Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition

WAYS TO REGISTER

(800) 283-7476, option 3 (U.S.)
+1 (703) 548-3440, option 3 (Int'l)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET

Join HR generalists, diversity practitioners, senior managers and recruiters for professional and personal development, networking, and learning at the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition.
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
HR generalists or managers who need to provide measurable results for their company’s diversity & inclusion (D&I) programs or initiatives.
Aspiring HR or business leaders tasked with implementing a D&I program or initiative.
HR professionals responsible for recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Directors of D&I and chief diversity officers seeking innovative, forward-thinking strategies.
 
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
To learn how to incorporate D&I as a critical component of your organization’s corporate culture. 
To ensure that your organization’s D&I strategy aligns with its business objectives.
To create a globally inclusive and culturally competent workforce for the modern workplace.
To review measurement and accountability mechanisms for successful D&I initiatives. 
To exchange ideas and to learn best practices for the ever-changing landscape of D&I.

Keynote Speakers

Bettina Deynes, vice president, Human Resources , SHRM
Lisa Ling, acclaimed journalist, OWN & CNN
Monday, October 23 9:00 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. EDT

Hear from SHRM's VP, Human Resources & Diversity, Bettina Deynes and award-winning journalist, Lisa Ling (the executive producer and host of This is Life With Lisa Ling on CNN). 

Open Heart, Open Mind
Lisa Ling uses her role as a journalist to focus on positive social change. As a child, Lisa grew up without a lot of money in an entirely nondiverse community. The only Asian person she saw on television was Connie Chung, and Ling sought out a career like hers. Becoming a journalist allowed Ling to be exposed to things that never in her wildest dreams did she think she would experience. She will discuss how the world to which she was introduced changed her and propelled her on a course to change the way people think about each other. She will talk about how journalism plays an important role in the world around us and how, as times continue to change, it can be a force for propelling the world forward in new and positive ways.

Tony Byers, Ph.D., director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starbucks
Tuesday, October 24 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EDT

The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion

A diversity and inclusion program can increase engagement, creativity and business performance if properly managed. By also learning to leverage diversity and inclusion through best practices, organizations can turn D&I into a powerful business advantage that stimulates innovation and drives marketplace growth. You will learn how to create a multiplier effect of inclusion to increase utilization of talent and resources—more than doubling the capacity of a team to positively impact products and services, build brand image, and increase profits and performance. In this session, you will learn:

  • The eight steps that create a culture of inclusion.
  • The three most important inclusive behaviors to promote at your organization.
  • How to make the business case for doing D&I well.
  • How companies have leveraged employee diversity to create new products, engage new customers and grow revenue.
  • 10 themes for building senior leadership support for D&I programs.
Shilpa Pherwani, CEO/principal, IBIS
Sheree Galpert, senior consultant, IBIS
Tuesday, October 24 2:45 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. EDT

Center Stage or Behind the Scenes? Your Role in D&I

HR professionals play many roles: coach, consultant and strategic partner, to name a few. In this session, interactive theater (performed by professional actors) will be used to demonstrate various opportunities for you to impact D&I outcomes at your organization. Examples of D&I best practices will be revealed using real-life scenarios from a variety of sectors. These scenarios will involve ambiguous situations, comments and attitudes that illustrate unconscious bias and inclusive and exclusive behavior. In these scenarios, organizational D&I maturity will be demonstrated, and as each scene plays out, each organization’s D&I maturity level will be revealed. The scenarios and subsequent activities are designed to help you:

  • Diagnose challenging situations and explore options for productive, high-impact interventions you can make as HR leaders.
  • Recognize ways in which your own thinking, unconscious biases and behaviors can foster or inhibit a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Identify and practice alternative strategies for moving an organization along the D&I maturity framework.