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General Session
Now What? Rethinking DEI in a Divided Era
Exhibit Hall B
In-Person and Virtual Monday 10/30/2023 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Add to calendar

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

To view all event accessibility & accommodations details, visit here.

General session doors will open around 8:00 AM.

We’re at a critical time in our nation’s history, a time where we’re (at once) as diverse as we’ve ever been and as divided as we’ve ever been. Business and government leaders have scrambled for solutions, with organizations throwing money at DE&I initiatives and the general public taking sides and casting blame toward anyone with a differing opinion. But the same tired approaches aren’t yielding any real progress, only increased polarization. Join Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., and Professor Erec Smith for a fireside chat as they discuss the need to REEVALUATE, RESET and EXECUTE to create change that lasts.

All general sessions will be livestreaming at the Spotlight Stage in the INCLUSION Marketplace (Monday and Tuesday only) and the Oglethorpe Auditorium.

Advanced seating assistance is available for anyone with mobility issues, sensory sensitivity, pregnant women, etc. Please head to the Accessibility & Accommodations Advanced Seating waiting area outside the doors to the Main Stage by 7:45 AM to be seated at 7:50 AM. 

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All virtual sessions inherently run the risk of audio or visual issues due to factors out of our control. If any technical difficulties arise, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to resolve it. All virtual sessions, unless marked as "LIVE ONLY" or "VIRTUAL LIVE ONLY", are recorded and will be available to view on demand until December 1, 2023.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP Photo
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Erec Smith, Ph.D. Photo
Erec Smith, Ph.D., President and Co-founder,
Free Black Thought