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Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

Event Date/Time

Mar 25, 2019 to May 8, 2019
9:00 am until 9:00 pm

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference


Also Available via Live Stream.  For Registration details go to

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Session 1: Moving from Unconscious bias to Inclusive Leadership
Hayley Barnard, Inclusion Thought Leader
(included in Live Stream)

Inclusive leaders recognize that we are all affected by a level of unconscious bias, both on a personal level and across our organizations. Hayley Barnard, CEO of MIX Diversity Developers, will start our day with an inspirational journey from unconscious bias to inclusive leadership covering:

  • What is unconscious bias and how we can identify it in ourselves and in our organizations
  • Actions we can take to outsmart bias
  • The role of each leader in developing inclusive practices and processes
  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategy – What’s working and not working.

Expect to leave Hayley’s session feeling challenged and yet equipped to make a change both in your own working lives and within your organization.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Session 2: Inclusion of People with Unique Abilities (Non-Traditional Workforce)
Angela Adams, Vice President Community Relations, Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin
(included in Live Stream)

People with Unique Abilities have a lot to offer to your workplace.  This discussion will break down perceptions that exist about hiring people with unique abilities, provide a case study highlighting the business benefits of an inclusive culture, and offer ideas of how to effectively tap into this untapped labor market.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Session 3: Inclusive Leadership in the Community: Building Racial Understanding
Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum
(included in Live Stream)

Building Racial Understanding will take a close look at the historical forces that have created racial divisions throughout the nation’s history to gain a better understanding of how we became a nation that is so divided by race. We will look at some common sense solutions that will assist us in making progress towards building a racially just society that we will all benefit from as Americans.    

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 4: The Business Case for Inclusive Leadership
Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP
(included in Live Stream)

Inclusive leadership couldn't be more important than it is today. Recent research reveals that inclusive leaders create inclusive work environments that produce higher performance, increase employee engagement, fuel innovation and creativity, increase retention, and positively impacts the client's experience. The demographics of the 21st century are dramatically different than 20 years ago as the workforce has become more diverse, global, multi-cultural, multi-generational, hyper-connected, and are working more virtually. As a result, the ability to lead across differences, create a culture of belonging, inclusion, and high performance will be a key lever for attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent, new customers, clients, members, and donors.

In this informative and engaging presentation, learn the new leadership models, skills, competencies, and strategies required to be an effective 21st century leader in the global workforce.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the most significant demographic shifts that will redefine the workforce of 2020 and 2030
  • List the key challenges and issues that leaders face in the workplace amidst a more diverse, global, and hyper-connected world
  • Describe the new models and mindsets that every leader must adopt in order to be more effective
  • Identify key competencies and common best practices for creating a culture of inclusion, innovation, and high performance

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Session 5

Where are you on your D&I journey? While each organization makes its own unique path, there are recognizable milestones and valuable steps for moving forward. Our breakout sessions give you an opportunity to work with others who are engaged in a similar journey. Choose from three breakout sessions that will focus on different phases of the D&I journey:

Session 5A: Valuing. Your organization has started important conversations about D&I—excellent! Perhaps you’ve outlined a vision and provided some training. You might now be asking how to engage your diverse stakeholders in a proactive way to  make D&I a part of the everyday organizational culture. In this breakout you will:

  • Discuss practices and policies that build a foundation for D&I
  • Share education and training opportunities
  • Identify ways to move from activities based on reaction to proactive initiatives

Session 5B: Managing. Your organization recognizes and experiences some of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive culture—terrific news! You probably have a D&I plan or other infrastructure in place, and you’re working hard to align inclusion efforts to your company mission and vision. You’re looking for ways to integrate diversity and inclusion into all practices and procedures and successfully make inclusion a core value. In this breakout you will:

  • Assess the strengths and challenges for integrating D&I in your organization
  • Identify opportunities to build D&I into your employee development and engagement practices
  • Recognize potential challenges and plan strategies to address them

Session 5C: Leveraging. Your organization has had some D&I successes, events and activities you can point to with a sense of accomplishment and pride—congratulations! You see your employees taking responsibility for inclusive behaviors, and diversity and inclusion is a part of your company culture. Of course you want to grow and keep building on your successes, and you’re also looking for benchmarks and next best practices. In this breakout you will:

  • Hear best practices
  • Explore what else is out there
  • Re-energize your vision

Cost $150 Member and Nonmember

Milwaukee Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago Street
Milwaukee , WI
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Additional Information
Contact nameSue Stark

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