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Conference Details

  • Overview

    Overview

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we are postponing all of our in-person training, including the Diversity & Inclusion Conference scheduled for May 13. We have rescheduled the D&I Conference to November 3, 2020.

    Learn how diversity and inclusion can make a positive impact on your business and in our communities.

    Learn practical examples of how diversity outreach and inclusion efforts are good business ... and good for our communities.

    Hear from experts, community partners and other key stakeholders who will share:

    • Diversity and inclusion successes and challenges.
    • Practical examples of how diversity is not only good for business, but helps address some of our country’s most troubling trends.
    • How building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace is critical to the growth of your business, and is vital to the health, safety and vibrancy of our communities.
    • Resources in the community who can aid your efforts to achieve your D&I goals.

    Stick around for our networking event at the end of the conference to connect one-on-one with Chief Diversity Officers, our conference speakers and community partners.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Italian Community Center
    631 East Chicago Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Agenda

    Agenda

    Schedule Sessions
    7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast
    8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome / Introductions
    8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Opening Session: Going Beyond!
    9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session 1: Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusion: Preparation, Pipelines and Practices
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 2: Double Down Effect: Living Diversity in a World of Adversity/Conflict Resolution
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session 3: Go Further Together – Community Connections Speed Round
    2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session 4: Disability D&I - Building a Business Case
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking: Network with the Experts!
  • Sessions

    Sessions

    Keynote Opening Session

    8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Presented by John Robinson, CEO, Our Ability
    Going Beyond!

    John Robinson shares his story of overcoming obstacles as a quad amputee and leading a business by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Our Ability’s mission is to consult with employers to leverage the successful employment of individuals with disabilities; proven to lower job turnover rates, boost morale and increase bottom line profit. Learn how to enhance employment opportunities and build training modules towards successful employment outcomes. Together, we all have the ability to overcome personal obstacles and build stronger lives for those of us with challenges.

    Session 1

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Presented by Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC

    Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusion: Preparation, Pipelines and Practices

    An increasing number of employers are looking to the population of neurodiverse individuals, particularly those who are Autistic, as a potential new source of talent. In this presentation, we will discuss how this interest has emerged, the opportunities and challenges which companies have been facing in the evolution of their experience, and recommendations for effective workplace policies and practices to maximize successful recruitment, retention and inclusion of neurodiverse individuals.

    Session 2

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Presented by Mary Dowell, Founder and CEO, MJ Dowell & Associates

    Double Down Effect: Living Diversity in a World of Adversity/Conflict Resolution

    Perseverance, integrity, and finding the right support systems are key components for overcoming obstacles, barriers, and biases to become your best self. Through thought-provoking examples and resources for development, participants will have the opportunity to think about the current state of their leadership journey, and areas where they can improve. They will be provided resources to enhance their skills and performance regardless of where they are in their life and career.

    Session 3

    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Go Further Together – Community Connections Speed Round

    Tackling diversity and inclusion can seem overwhelming at times – many employers don’t know how to get started or where to focus their efforts. During this session, we will introduce you to several organizations in our community who have resources available to help you navigate D&I in your organization. This fast-paced session will leave you with unique ideas and tools to bring back to your workplace.

    Session 4

    2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Presented by John Robinson, CEO, Our Ability

    Disability D&I - Building a Business Case

    The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities nearly 70% and yet businesses in the United States are effectively at full employment. During this session, we will take a look at the business case and ROI for employing individuals with disabilities yesterday, today and tomorrow. During this session, you will learn about practical solutions for businesses and individuals to connect.

    Networking

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Network with the Experts!

    Join us as we wrap up the conference during our networking social. You will have the opportunity to connect with our speakers, community partners, MRA’s affirmative action experts and members of MRA’s Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable group. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect one-on-one with the experts and ask your burning questions.

  • Fees

    Fees

    • In-Person Conference:
      Member/Nonmember Early Bird: $150/person
      Member/Nonmember: $200/person
    • Live Stream Conference:
      Member/Nonmember Early Bird: $150/person
      Member/Nonmember: $200/person
    • Employers bringing 8 or more attendees:
      Want to bring 8 or more attendees? Call Katie Chapman at 262.696.3365 or email katie.chapman@mranet.org to register and make arrangements for your group.
  • Sponsorship

    Sponsorship

    Sponsoring MRA events is a tremendous opportunity to bring your message of business value to our growing membership of organizations HR professionals and business leaders. Our members represent all industries including manufacturing, service, distribution, finance and health care! 80% of event attendees are new at each event offering you the opportunity to network with new contacts. We are very excited about the event this year and hope you can join us!

    For more information on sponsorship and exhibit booths, call Katie Chapman at 262.696.3365 or katie.chapman@mranet.org.

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  • Facility

    Facility

    The Italian Community Center
    631 East Chicago Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

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  • Accommodations and Special Requests

    Accommodations and Special Requests

    Please contact us at 800.488.4845 or registrations@mranet.org in advance for any accommodations, special requests, or dietary needs. Nursing mothers, please ask the MRA representative at the front desk or the program instructor to show you our private area. Food and beverages provided at conferences, programs, and Roundtables will vary. If you have any special dietary needs (gluten-free, vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please contact the MRA location in advance, so we can provide an appropriate meal.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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