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Concurrent Session
Seven Proven Methods of Overcoming DEI Opposition
Chatham Ballroom B
In-Person and Virtual Monday 10/30/2023 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Advanced (Elevating DEI)
Workplace Application:
This interactive session will help attendees to deliver seven proven methods for overcoming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion opposition. 

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.

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Despite facing increasing opposition from various groups across the nation, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and policies will ultimately prevail.  It is not uncommon for transformative initiatives to experience a maturation process where the entire area of focus may come under fire, based upon the overreaches of its weakest ambassadors.  Despite these challenges, successful DEI practitioners have consistently managed to overcome these obstacles. Along their journey, they have gained valuable insights on how to flourish in a marketplace that includes critics seeking to undermine efforts to create workplaces that value DEI.  Join Eric M. Ellis, President & CEO of Integrity Development Corp., in this interactive session as he shares his expertise on overcoming DEI opposition and fostering inclusive workplaces. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key indicators of structural DEI resistance.
  • Leverage empathic leadership skills to better understand the viewpoints of DEI critics.
  • Provide seven proven methods for overcoming DEI resistance.
  • Present real world case studies of successful DEI initiatives.

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Eric M. Ellis Photo
Eric M. Ellis, President and CEO,
Integrity Development Corp