Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition


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

Special thanks to our conference sponsors



Online registration is closed. Onsite registration available October 24, 2017.

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are at the core of an organization’s culture. Having a diverse and inclusive culture will positively affect innovation and your organization’s bottom line. It’s no longer a nice-to-have; a strong D&I strategy aligned with your organization’s business objectives is imperative. Gone are the days when it was only about affirmative action. 

Join us in the vibrant city of Austin, Texas, for the 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition. Come with your needs and ideas. Share them. You will leave the conference armed with best practices and actionable tools for implementing a forward-thinking strategy that will build positive change in your workforce.


  • The means of developing a robust D&I strategy that aligns with your organization’s strategic goals.
  • How to incorporate D&I as a critical component of your organization’s corporate culture.
  • Ways to measure the impact of a diverse, inclusive and culturally competent workforce.


Keynote Speakers

Rita Moreno, Kennedy Center Honoree, singer, dancer and actress
Tuesday, October 25 1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. CDT

The Value of Diversity to Our Culture

Little did Rita Moreno know how her life would change, when as a five-year-old immigrant to New York City, as she was confronted with such overwhelming diversity.  Everything was different from what she had known on her island home of Puerto Rico; the climate, the food and where she lived. To those she eventually acclimated. But nothing prepared her for the reaction from people. Suddenly she was "different" and for the rest of her youth and most of her career was forced to navigate the then uncharted waters of diversity. Moreno will share her powerful story of how she survived and thrived.

James E. Wright, SHRM-CP, diversity & inclusion strategist and tech enthusiast
Wednesday, October 26 8:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M. CDT

Moving the Race Conversation Forward

Race continues to be at the forefront of the American consciousness. From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, to individuals are engaging in dialogue about racial disparities and the changing face the U.S. In just a little over 25 years, ethnic minorities are on track to gain majority status. In fact, five states or equivalents are already majority-minority with 85% of the total U.S. population growth being multicultural. Moreover, if you are 5 years old or younger and white, you have become the new minority. Are we making progress or moving backwards on race relations? What do we need to do to mend the divide? This session will explore:

  • The changing face of the U.S. and how it will affect your workforce.
  • The U.S. history of institutional racism and the systems it continues to impact.
  • The spoken and unspoken rules to discussing racial differences openly, honestly and respectfully.
  • The language of inclusion and its importance in improving race relations.
  • How to prepare your company leaders, managers and employees for the demographic shifts in management and leadership.
Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
Wednesday, October 26 1:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. CDT

Closing the Gender Gap in Technology

It’s no secret that the tech industry has a serious gender imbalance. We live in an era in which girls are told they can do anything, so why aren’t there more women in leadership roles to look up to? In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the mission of correcting this disparity. Since then, she has sparked a national conversation about increasing the number of women in tech, and Girls Who Code has reached nearly 40,000 young girls, 90 percent of whom have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science. With Google and Twitter as backers, and Facebook and AT&T (among others) signed on as mentors, the program aims to enroll 1 million women by 2020.

Drawing from her new book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, Saujani will advocate a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course, both personally and professionally. She will weave in stories of accomplished women who have overcome roadblocks and forged new paths, share her personal story, and inspire and ignite you to help remake the U.S.  

Jennifer Arnold, Co-star of TLC’s “The Little Couple,” neonatologist and cancer survivor
Thursday, October 27 11:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. CDT

Think Big

Dr. Jennifer Arnold, co-star of TLC’s “The Little Couple,” will discuss her life—and philosophy for triumphing over adversity. She will dive into numerous topics, including her sources of inspiration and hope, and her strategy for overcoming obstacles. “Think Big” is an acronym for Arnold, and each letter has its own power behind it; together, the letters add up to a way of doing more than one would have ever imagined or thought possible.

Reasons to Attend: 
  • Presentations by the game changers in diversity and inclusion, the innovators who are helping to rewrite the D&I playbook.
  • Interactive discussion with your colleagues and experienced practitioners who ventured successfully into new territory with new approaches.
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from like-minded professionals who share your commitment to the business imperative of diversity and inclusion.
Who Should Attend: 
  • HR generalists, as well as senior HR professionals and business leaders who need to provide measurable results for their company’s D&I programs or initiatives.
  • Aspiring HR or business leaders tasked with implementing a D&I program or initiative.
  • Workplace diversity educators, directors of D&I and chief diversity officers seeking the best, most comprehensive information available.
  • Professionals responsible for workplace diversity who want innovative, forward-thinking and usable strategies—people like you.

Special thanks to our conference sponsors