ABOUT INCLUSION 2023
INCLUSION 2023 will help you expand your thinking, understand how to foster inclusiveness and increase your own cultural awareness to become an even stronger diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) champion.
To find the right learning path for you, choose sessions from seven focused content tracks, follow leveled learning recommendations based on your experience and select session types that best match your preferred learning style.
You see the importance and value of diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. You’re interested in learning more but not quite sure where to begin. Sound like you? Sessions at this level are catered toward professionals who are novices in the area of DE&I and are seeking the basics on how to help build an inclusive work environment.
You are doing your part to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace—recognizing and checking your own biases and practicing inclusive leadership by making all your colleagues feel welcome—and believe you can do even more. Sessions at this level are designed for professionals looking to learn new strategies and increase their knowledge and expertise in specific DE&I topics.
You have successfully led the charge to build and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace by actively taking steps to hold your leaders accountable, elevate marginalized voices and combat any barriers inhibiting their success. Sessions at this level are geared toward professionals who are passionate, proactive and ready to take their allyship to the next level.
Whether you favor condensed, rapid-fire sessions; you can’t wait to hear from thought leaders on the Main Stage; or you're eager to roll up your sleeves for hands-on learning, there are different session formats to fit your learning style.
60-minute sessions on the Main Stage led by expert thought leaders and practitioners in the DE&I space. Their stories will inspire you to think outside the box and widen your perspectives. You’ll leave general sessions feeling energized, motivated and equipped to break through at your workplace.
These 60-minute breakout sessions feature thought leadership from analysts and experts in the profession.
Spotlight Stage Presentations
These rapid-fire sessions spotlight thought leaders, best practices and emerging ideas in the field to create better workplaces.
DEEP-DIVE PANEL DISCUSSIONS
These 90-minute sessions feature an experienced moderator leading a discussion with a panel of experts.
These seminars and workshops—each 4, 8 or 15 hours—are held prior to the conference and allow for in-depth discussion and learning on new approaches and best practices on DE&I topics. *Additional registration and fee required.
Discrimination In the Workplace
Discrimination due to racism or other prejudices can take many forms in the workplace, including unjust treatment in hiring, firing, promotions, benefits and more. Creating a safe work environment where such misconduct is not tolerated is crucial for fostering an inclusive and equitable culture.
Inclusive Hiring & Employee Well-Being
Inclusive hiring practices acknowledge that different backgrounds, experiences and opinions can add value to an organization. Hiring diverse talent should be supported by an inclusive and equitable work environment that considers employees’ well-being in the total employee experience—from recruitment and onboarding to training and development.
Technology & Accessibility
“Smart” devices powered by artificial intelligence have changed the way we live and work. Though advances in technology have equipped HR with tools to support a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, technology can also be responsible for perpetuating injustices. Harnessing the power of technology must be done carefully and thoughtfully, taking into account accessibility needs.
Cognitive diversity, or diversity of thought, is not predicted by factors such as gender, ethnicity, age or disability status. Leveraging different ways of thinking, viewpoints and skill sets helps drive business outcomes and, ultimately, success.
When unrealized or unchecked, unconscious bias—or stereotypes individuals form outside of their conscious awareness—can be harmful to the work environment and can result in the loss of top talent. To cultivate a truly inclusive workplace culture, organizations must actively acknowledge and mitigate these unconscious attitudes and beliefs.
Equity is central to an inclusive workplace. Organizations must guarantee fair treatment regardless of prescribed gender, race, class or other factors. This includes equitable pay and recognition, as well as equal access to resources, opportunities and rewards for all.
Understanding business value can help individuals and organizations shift from simply operating to embracing inclusion and diversity—from getting buy-in from leadership to adoption and implementation. Robust DE&I processes and strategies can positively impact the bottom line.
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