Conversations & Connections: Raising the Bar for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Results

It is with the highest level of caution, and consistent with governmental recommendations, that we are postponing the ‘Conversations and Connections: Raising the Bar for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Forum’ in Washington, D.C. on April 9.   We are re-scheduling the event for July 2020, and hope that you will be able to join us then.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, and although this is disappointing to us all, we believe that the health and well-being of our colleagues is of the utmost importance.  Thank you for your understanding.

Conversations & Connections:
Raising the Bar for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Results

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Host and Sponsor – American Institutes for Research, 1400 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

The most successful teams and organizations have learned that diversity across all dimensions brings the critical perspectives to support organizational innovation and success. This forum is an opportunity to take the conversation to the next level by bringing together experiences and expertise from across organizations to explore and share best practices. Through connecting with other professionals who are committed to building inclusive welcoming workspaces where all employees feel they belong you will learn about which DE&I challenges are front and center and what others are doing to address them and prepare for what’s next.

Please join us on April 9th to examine ways we can build diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. From helping executives understand the imperative of investing in DE&I through business cases and “ROI,” to building a ground swell of support through grassroots efforts, there is no one “right” way. The great news is there are multiple ways and Conversations & Connections will help you discover approaches that fit your needs and prepare you for what’s next.

As Al Etmanski points out in his book, The Power of Disability,  ”Diversity strengthens our social immune system.” What better way to be ready for the future?

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8:00 – 8:45          Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00          Welcome from AIR

9:00 – 10:00        Perspective Building:  The Complex Challenge of Building a Diverse,  Equitable and Inclusive Organization

10:00 – 10:15     Break

10:15 – 11:00   Creating the “Return on Inclusion” for Diversity Equity and Inclusion from the top-down Return on Inclusion Buy-In

11:00– 11:45      Creating Momentum for Diversity Equity and Inclusion from the bottom up

11:45 – 12:45     Lunch with panel

12:45 – 1:15        Creating the Intersection with Talent Management

1:15 – 1:30          Break

1:30 – 3:00          Shark Tank Exercise

Participants in our forums include…

  • VPs of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Talent Management Process Owners and Leaders
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Executive Sponsors
  • Diversity & Inclusion Research Practitioners
  • Senior Leadership Sponsors, Champions and Advocates