2018 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference

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2017 marked the North Carolina Chamber’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Conference, and it has quickly become one of the Chamber’s most anticipated events. This timely program covers topics that will arm organizations of all sizes with the tools necessary to create a culture of belonging. Content will be valuable for a wide range of attendees, ranging from the young professional to seasoned executive. Seats and sponsorships are expected to sell out quickly for this event.

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What: 2018 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference
When: June 12, 2018 | Time: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center | 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703

Registration Information

Ticket Pricing:

Cornerstone Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225

Members: Early-Bird $200 | Regular $225 | Late $250

Non-Members: Early-Bird $300 | Regular $325 | Late $350

Table of 8

Cornerstone Table: $1,750

Member Table: $2,000

Non-Member Table: $3,000

Pre-Conference Session Add-On: “D&I for the Small- to Mid-Sized Employer”: $50
Must be purchased in conjunction with a full event ticket

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Tuesday, May 15. Late registration pricing starts on Thursday, June 7.  Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 8.

 **We kindly ask that you check with your company to determine your member status prior to registering. Non-members who register at the Member or Cornerstone rate will be required to pay the owed difference prior to the event.

Sponsorship Information

Click below to view the marketing opportunities for this event.

After each event, sponsors receive a customized ROI Brochure, which recaps their marketing benefits and provides information on the reach of the event. To see results from past sponsors’ investments, view a sample Workplace Diversity & Inclusion ROI Brochure HERE.

Questions about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Angela Sutton for more details.


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Draft Agenda

7:00 a.m.  
Pre- Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. 
Pre-Conference Session:  D&I for the Small- to Mid-Sized Employer
Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President and Principal Consultant, Diversity & HR Solutions

7:45 a.m.  
General Registration and Networking

8:30 a.m.  
Opening Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

8:40 a.m. 
Welcome Remarks from Presenting Sponsor

8:45 a.m. 

9:05 a.m. 
Opening Keynote:  Six Disruptive Demographics That Will Change North Carolina Forever
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

10:15 a.m.  
Networking Break

10:45 a.m.  
D&I Best Practices

11:30 a.m.
Entertainment or Activity

11:45 a.m. 

12:30 p.m.  
Keynote:  Implicit Bias and Your Business
Dr. Benjamin Reese, Jr., Vice President, Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University

 1:30 p.m. 
Gender and Sexual Diversity in the Workplace

2:00 p.m.  
Networking Break

2:30 p.m.
Inclusion Round Table Discussions
Facilitator:  Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President and Principal Consultant, Diversity & HR Solutions

2:45 p.m.
Creating a Sense of Belonging in Your Organization
Moderator: Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President and Principal Consultant, Diversity & HR Solutions

3:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

Continuing Education Credit

Recommended credit: 5 hours


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