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:
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.