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Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

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Diversity and Inclusion

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Learn how diversity outreach is both good business and good for our communities.

Area businesses are critical to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce which makes a positive difference within our communities. Attend this conference to learn more about how you can make the biggest impact.

·        Gain a C-level perspective on D&I initiatives and critical conversations in your organization

·        Participate in an interactive workshop on how to get D&I programs started or re-energized

·        Learn from a D&I experts on Unconscious Bias

Conference Details

  • Agenda


    Time Session
    7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome/Introductions
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Session 1: Moving from Unconscious bias to Inclusive Leadership – Hayley Barnard, Inclusion Thought Leader
    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
    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
    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
    10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 4: The Business Case for Inclusive Leadership - Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshops
    2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Workshops


  • Sessions


    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Session 1: Moving from Unconscious bias to Inclusive Leadership
    Hayley Barnard, Inclusion Thought Leader

    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

    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 studies 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

    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

    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.

    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:

    1.) 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

    2.) 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

    3.) 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
  • Speakers


    Hayley Barnard

    Hayley Barnard, Managing Director, MIX Diversity Developers, is a prominent keynote speaker and consultant to a number of the world’s largest brands. She is a subject matter expert on Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership and Gender Parity in the Workplace. Hayley combines the latest research on inclusion of diversity with first-hand experience, helping a wide range of companies establish what inclusion looks like for them, what their business case is and how to move the agenda forward. Within the last 12 months Hayley has:

    • Designed an Inclusive Leadership program for the top 600 leaders globally at Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, and for clients such as Capital One and Experian.
    • Delivered a culture change program for BAE Systems focusing on ‘embracing difference’.
    • Provided keynotes and board level briefings for clients including Aspect Capital, Legal & General Investment Management, Lloyds, Skanska, Intralinks, Milliman, De La Rue, T-Systems, City of London and Babcock.
    • Spoken at over 40 events across banking and finance, construction and engineering, aerospace, legal, telecoms, technology and the energy sector.
    • Provided briefings for the Irish Government on the UK lessons learnt from adopting Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation.
    Reggie Jackson

    Reggie Jackson has been a much sought-after speaker, published author, and journalist for over a decade. As a trainer/consultant with Nurturing Diversity Partners, he helps communities, institutions, and individuals around the country develop greater historical and cultural literacy, compassion, and capacity for action.

    To do this, Reggie shares seldom-told stories of the African-American experience past and present and conducts anti-bias, diversity, and inclusion education at schools, libraries, social service agencies, churches, and businesses. He also frequently provides background on contemporary racial issues to regional, national, and international media.

    Mr. Jackson has received awards for his social justice and public service work from the Wisconsin State Assembly, Southeast Wisconsin’s YWCA, the City of Milwaukee, the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope), the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

    Shirley Davis

    Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. She brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. With over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies, Dr. Davis’ expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performance and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive. Most recently, she worked at the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management as Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies.

    Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, CNN.com, and Inclusion Magazine. She is the author of, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over-Performing and Undervalued.” This year, she was honored to become an author for LinkedIn Learning and launched her new online course entitled, “Inclusive Leadership.”

  • Fees


    • Full Day Conference:
      Member/Nonmember: $150/person
    • Table of 8:
      Member/Nonmember: $1,000/table
    • Live Stream AM only:
      Member/Nonmember: $100/person
  • Facility


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


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