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Concurrent Session
Keeping DEI Strong During Volatile Times
Oglethorpe Auditorium
In-Person and Virtual Monday 10/30/2023 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), Organization (Technical) | Intended Audience: Advanced (Elevating DEI), Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
Workplace Application:
Participants will learn 2-3 strategies to navigate turbulent times and make the case to keep DEI a valuable part of their organization.  

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

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Just three years after the killing of George Floyd set off a slew of corporate pledges to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, organizational programming around DEI is facing legal and political threats. Some companies are doubling down on their DEI efforts and others are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. Others are nervous that their efforts may be diminished or even eradicated. Chief Diversity Officers are also operating within an environment of global economic uncertainty, where their work can be marginalized. In the absence of a clear connection to business outcomes, DEI work is particularly vulnerable to economic and sociocultural upheaval. How can today’s CDOs and DEI teams make the case for the power of their work to an audience that is fixated on bottom line profits? Seramount’s latest research shows how linking DEI to urgent business goals can bolster DEI’s value to the company and the importance of moving beyond the conventional understanding of “the business case” for diversity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Insights into ways to use negative or volatile situations to your benefit and bolster your value to the organization.
  • Proven strategies from several CDOs who have been able to navigate turbulent times and come out ahead.
  • In-dept industry-specific case studies showing how to move beyond the business case to specific business drivers.

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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.

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