Diversity Leaders Exchange

The Diversity Leaders Exchange sessions offer the unique opportunity to engage with and hear from chief diversity officers and senior HR practitioners paving the way in the D&I space. Each session will include time for a presentation and Q&A. Lenora Billings-Harris, an expert in the D&I field, will help facilitate engaging, thoughtful discussions and exchanges. Programmed for the senior-level D&I professional, these sessions will inspire new and diverse thoughts, cultivate the exchange of ideas and allow you to share and learn best practices for the ever-changing landscape of D&I.

Moderator: All Diversity Leaders Exchange Sessions
Lenora Billings-Harris, diversity strategist, Excel Development Systems, Inc., Greensboro, N.C.

Lenora Billings-Harris will moderate each of the Diversity Leaders Exchange sessions. She will help lead thoughtful Q&A between the speaker(s) and the attendees. The Q&A aspect of these sessions is a key – we encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas and to learn from D&I leaders. 

Please note: Seating for the Diversity Leaders Exchange sessions is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive at your desired sessions early to claim a seat! Keep in mind, these sessions are geared toward a Senior-Level audience, but all levels are welcome to attend!

When:
Monday, October 23  03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Presenter:
James E. Page, vice president, Diversity & Inclusion, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Recertification Credit:
1.00 SHRM PDCs
Workplace Application:
Learn how to recruit leaders and assemble a winning team through leveraging the power of diversity and overcoming hidden biases.

Human capital is the greatest asset of any company/organization, and recruiting and retaining high-performing employees is key to competitive performance. While it is well-established that diversity increases creativity and problem-solving, hidden biases may deprive companies from acquiring precious talent. In this session, you will engage in an interactive exercise— “Choose Your Group”—which will mimic selecting the best team for a project. The simulation will open with a video that provides the background of an organizational challenge. You will then experience the interplay of balancing the professional, personal and diverse portfolios of potential team members with the specifics of a task and your own preconceived perceptions. The session will illustrate the fallacies that there is a single successful solution to any challenge and that people tend to be neutral. In this session, you will learn to:

  • Increase your self-awareness related to unconscious bias in self and others.
  • Recognize systemic factors that can remedy implicit bias.
  • Improve team-building skills.
When:
Monday, October 23  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Presenter:
Tom C. Hogan, DM, SHRM-SCP, professor of practice, Human Resource Management, Penn State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Moderator:
Lenora Billings-Harris, diversity strategist, Excel Development Systems, Inc.
Recertification Credit:
1.00 SHRM PDCs
Audience:
Senior-level
Workplace Application:
Learn what transformational executive leadership coaching is and how it can be leveraged as a management intervention tool to promote inclusion and drive organizational results.

This session will explore the theory and practice of transformational executive leadership coaching. The focus will be on leveraging this leadership development tool as a management intervention tool to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and civil discourse. The potential impact on workforce engagement, collaboration, creativity, innovation and productivity will be discussed. A mini (15-minute) executive leadership coaching session will be conducted with a volunteer from the audience. In this session, you will:

  • Learn what transformational executive leadership coaching is and how it can accelerate the transition to an actively inclusive, diverse culture.
  • Discuss best practices, trends and potential organizational benefits.
When:
Tuesday, October 24  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Presenter:
Bernard C. Coleman III, global head of Diversity & Inclusion, Uber Technologies, Inc
Recertification Credit:
1.00 SHRM PDCs
Audience:
Senior-level
Workplace Application:
Learn about intersectionality and what it means to be an ally.

Diversity and inclusion are terms that are widely used but often defined differently. Also, many employees struggle to recognize the part they can play in D&I; they want to engage but don’t have the tools to meaningfully participate as an effective friend, colleague or ally. Using micro-inclusion techniques, you can expand your D&I toolbox to improve professional and personal relationships. You will learn:

  • The meaning of micro-inclusion.
  • What it means to be an ally in your organization.
  • Techniques for modeling inclusion.
When:
Tuesday, October 24  01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Presenter:
Marcia Jones (MJ) Calloway, director, Diversity & Inclusion, The American Institute of Architects
Jeffrey Ostrander, manager, Diversity & Inclusion, The American Institute of Architects
Moderator:
Lenora Billings-Harris, diversity strategist, Excel Development Systems, Inc.
Recertification Credit:
1.00 SHRM PDCs
Audience:
Senior-level
Workplace Application:
Learn how the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Equity in Architecture Commission developed priority recommendations on equity, diversity and inclusion.

The AIA created the Equity in Architecture Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of leading architects, educators and diversity experts, to investigate diversity and inclusion in the profession. The 20-member group was charged with assessing recent data, setting a plan of action and reporting on results to the AIA Board of Directors by the end of 2016. The commission was a result of the “Equity in Architecture” resolution passed at the 2015 AIA annual meeting—a call to action to retain talent, advance the profession and further the value of design in society through diversity actions. This session will summarize the five “keystone” areas of focus identified and, within those areas, the 11 priority recommendations, or action items, that were selected for implementation within the organization and membership. You will learn how to:

  • Use metrics-driven knowledge, collaborative discussions and definitive action to develop specific recommendations that will lead to equitable practices, investing in a diversity that mirrors society at large.
  • Create measurable goals, recommended metrics for measuring progress against those goals and mechanisms for assessing ongoing progress.
  • Present a plan of action based on the recommendations and a system of annual reporting that informs members of progress and achievements for equitable practice.
When:
Wednesday, October 25  08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Presenter:
Tiffani “Tie” Wang-Jones, dual Ph.D., global diversity & inclusion team, IKEA Group
Recertification Credit:
1.00 SHRM PDCs
Audience:
Senior-level
Workplace Application:
Learn and share best practices for developing strategies that integrate D&I into the business.

For the typical employee, the first things that come to mind about diversity and inclusion are trainings, events and affinity groups. But to make results-driven, long-term impact, leaders must balance these soft and discrete initiatives with hard and integrative strategic plans. A comprehensive strategy for D&I must become part of the fabric of the business to influence individuals, teams and systems. In this session, you will:

  • Learn why some D&I initiatives fall short of achieving tangible results.
  • Learn best practices for developing D&I strategic plans.
  • Benchmark and brainstorm with other organizations about comprehensive D&I approaches.