2022 Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
September 22-23, 2022 * Westin Kierland Resort & Spa * Scottsdale, AZ

2022 Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit








About the Conference:

Diversity in the workplace has become a popular topic of conversation in recent years, as more progressive movements and views have permeated society and culture. At this point, the need for and benefits of more workplace diversity with regards to gender, race and sexual orientation has been well documented, and hiring managers are aware of how it increases their bottom line and retains employees. A diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce has become a factor that can give an organization the edge. Winning clients, attracting talent or even securing funding to take a company public can depend on diversity. This conference will explore the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and processes for determining DE&I priorities for your organization. You will walk away with tips that will help you better understand diversity and how it makes today’s organizations stronger. Explore how leaders become more inclusive and enhance the performance of their teams, how to manage generational diversity, setting DE&I goals, how to leverage technology to build a more inclusive workplace, DE&I communication strategies, how DE&I boosts employee engagement, effective ways to make your virtual workplace more inclusive, and much more.

Who Should Attend?

From Employers:

  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Diversity and Inclusion Officers
  • VP of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • Talent Management
  • Recruitment Specialists
  • VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Human Capital
  • HR Director
  • General Counsel
  • Employee Engagement
  • HR Operations
  • Training & Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Total Rewards
  • Legal Counsel
  • Program Directors
  • Operation Directors

Also of interest to Vendors/Consultants/Recruiting Agencies/Service Providers

Conference Agenda

Day One - Thursday, September 22, 2022

7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:10am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks 

8:10am – 8:50am
Keynote: SIMPLY BE Your Authentic Self: Why DE&I Matter in a World of Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation is affecting every company across the planet: now every company is a technology company. Today, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion matter well beyond the social aspects—research shows that diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams lead to greater innovation. As a result, STEM is now a worldwide imperative, and we as a global economy now face change at the magnitude of any of the industrial revolutions. ​Join Bhavana Bartholf, Chief Digital and Transformation Officer, Microsoft Commercial Solutions Areas, as she shares her firsthand insights into today’s dynamic, modern workplace, and why careful attention to DE&I, Cultural Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Futureskilling, and Belonging matter to organizations everywhere. Bhavana also will share about her evolution as a leader who is a voice for DE&I, a STEM advocate, and an ally for women and racial/ethnical minorities (REM). As you learn more about the latest transformational workplace trends—including Tech for Good—you’ll also hear Bhavana’s personal story, and why she believes our collective future success depends on “everyone feeling they can Simply Be their authentic selves at work”.

Bhavana Bartholf
Chief Digital and Transformation Officer
Microsoft Commercial Solutions Areas (Global)

8:50am – 9:30am
The Keys to Inclusive Leadership
Inclusive leadership is emerging as a unique and critical capability helping organizations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas and talent. For those working around a leader, such as a manager, direct report or peer, the single most important trait generating a sense of inclusiveness is a leader’s visible awareness of bias. But to fully capitalize on their cognizance of bias, leaders also must express both humility and empathy. This session will explore organizational practices that can help leaders become more inclusive and enhance the performance of their teams.

Dionne Wright Poulton, PhD
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Care New England

9:30am – 10:00am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:00am – 10:40am
Setting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals
Understanding what diversity means at your company is a hard task; taking that one step further by creating diversity goals can feel impossible. Without goals, your company could be floating around in the nebulous cloud of “needs improvement” without a real idea of what needs to change. Creating specific goals for diversity, equity and inclusion can mean a variety of things – they can be a demographic that you are looking to increase or a change in process. Or these DE&I goals can mean a complete overhaul of your values or a change in hiring strategies. This session will explore the steps to get you started with DE&I goal setting. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Identifying your “why”
  • Making the process collaborative
  • Looking beyond recruiting quotas
  • Analyzing and understanding performance of workplace diversity objectives

Norma Marquez-Barahona
VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Softpath System, LLC.

10:40am – 11:20am
The Challenges and Realities of Being Your Organization's DEI Leader
Being selected/hired/appointed as your organization's DEI leader is a significant step for your organization's path to progress and a credit to your professional ability and success. However, the role is a heavy responsibility and comes with challenges. In addition, many DEI officers are the first or second to hold the position in their organization and can be asked to accomplish a great deal with limited resources. This presentation will acknowledge and discuss some of the complexities of the role of changemaker in systems and institutions (especially local government), as well as explore ways leaders can advocate for themselves and empower each other.

Nathaniel H. Benjamin
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

11:20am – 12:00pm
How Integration of DEI Strategy Across Business Units and Leadership Accountability Helps Advance DEI Priorities
Everything rises and falls in leadership; the commitment and role modeling from the top set the tone. Karla Blanco will share how Intel integrates the DEI strategy across the business units providing clarity, consistency, and accelerating results. She will best practices to advance the DEI agenda towards the vision of becoming the most inclusive company.

Karla Blanco
Global Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact, External Affairs Director
Intel Corporation

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Communications Strategies to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Topics like DE&I are not something to shy away from. They’re critical to the success of your company and the wellbeing of your employees. Oftentimes, DE&I can unearth uncomfortable conversations that need to be faced head-on. This session will explore DE&I communications strategies, including:

  • Getting buy-in from business leaders
  • Starting an employee resource group and ensuring the group has both time and resources
  • Involving everyone at all levels
  • Facilitating ways to give feedback
  • Being an active listener
  • Turning words into actions

Brian Blake
Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion
National Hockey League (NHL)

12:40pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Break 

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Leading with Equity: Mitigating Racist and Biased Behaviors, Practices and Policies

  • Learn tips for being an inclusive leader in order to foster an inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Understand how racism, bias and white privilege manifests in organizations
  • Generate strategies to mitigate against racism and bias

Pamela Abner, MPA, CPXP
Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Mount Sinai Health System

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: Fostering Equity Alongside Diversity and Inclusion
Workplace Equity is all about making the employees feel empowered and level the playing field for every employee. When organization promote equality in the workplace they benefit from the competitive advantage of employing diverse talent. Equity in a workplace refers to fair treatment for all. Transparency is evident to cause and effect where everyone expects the same in terms of consequences and rewards. When there is equity, there is equal opportunity. When you give importance to equity, it creates a positive work environment for both the employees and employer. This session will focus on how to promote workplace equity, including the difference between equity and equality, and reasons to prioritize equity alongside diversity and inclusion.

Renee M. Stewart, PHR, SHRM-CP
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Yang Ming America Corporation 

Rosalind F. Cohen, Ph.D, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Socius Strategies

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking & Refreshments Break 

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Creating a Sense of Belonging in the Workplace
With the recent social justice movements in response to issues of racially and ethnically motivated violence and discrimination, companies are focused on developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies.  However, where does belonging fit into this equation?  Belonging is defined a sense of security and support felt when someone is seen, included, and accepted for who they are. Employees who feel a sense of belonging are more engaged which can positively affect an organization’s and individual’s success. So, what can leaders do to create a culture that supports employees to “be themselves” and fully contribute to an organization? This session will explore and provide examples of practical ways leaders can create an environment of belonging through their behaviors and actions. Attendees will leave with ideas and approaches they can use within their organizations.

Rosalind F. Cohen, Ph.D, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Socius Strategies 

4:30pm –5:15pm
Effective Ways to Make Your Virtual Workplace More Inclusive

A virtual culture is more than Zoom happy hours. It’s a space where each employee feels comfortable, safe, respected and treated like a valued member of the team; it’s where they feel like they belong. Virtual workplace practices need to stimulate productivity while also upholding a culture of inclusivity where every employee is treated like a valued member of the team. This session will explore ways companies can create an inclusive virtual work community. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Demonstrating vulnerability and empathy
  • Asking about people’s needs, acknowledging them, and tailoring actions accordingly
  • Challenging personal assumptions, adopting learning orientation, and seeking to understand others’ experiences and personal styles
  • Building space for diverse perspectives and encouraging greater participation
  • Making time for structured remote team building and networking
  • Mentoring and developing all team members

Mary Garcia
Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Cocktail Reception

Day Two – Friday, September 23, 2022

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:10am
Recap of Day One

8:15am – 9:00am
How to Be and Inclusive Leader Through a Crisis
The transition to a new way of working—in the context of a global pandemic with far-reaching societal and economic implications—presents both challenges and opportunities for promoting diversity and fostering inclusion. Before COVID-19, the social and business imperatives for D&I became increasingly clear, with commitment to and investment in D&I on the rise across corporate America and around the world. Now, more than ever before, leaders must prioritize inclusion. This session will explore how to be innovative in the face of a crisis, including seeking input from a diverse group of employees who approach problems from a variety of perspectives.

Erick T. Garcia, MHA, CDP
Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Advisor
Office of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity
Mayo Clinic Arizona

9:00am – 9:45am
How to Manage Generational Diversity in the Workplace
Age is an important factor in the workplace, especially in relationships between supervisors and subordinates, and it’s something that managers must pay attention to as they develop their management style. Younger supervisors, in particular, may find it difficult to manage older employees, who may perceive them as inexperienced. On the other hand, young managers may write off the unique and important experiences that older employees bring to the table. This session will explore intergenerational communication and tools to strike a balance and effectively manage all employees, regardless of age. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Understanding the generation gap in the workplace
  • Recognizing ageism and generational conflict in the office
  • Ageism in the hiring process
  • Workplace communication strategies to defuse generational conflict

Natalie Edwards
Global Chief Diversity Officer
National Grid


9:45am - 10:15am
Networking Break

10:15am – 11:00am
How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Boost Employee Engagement
Diversity and inclusion are not just about promoting a workplace filled with a diversity of backgrounds and experience; it’s also a key foundation for a variety of employee-centric benefits and initiatives like leadership programs for women, parental leave policies, working parent coaching programs and alternative work schedules. Given the link between these types of programs and employee satisfaction and retention, it’s easy to see why elevating diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to a successful employee engagement strategy. When employees feel that they can bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to a supportive, inclusive workplace that values them, they’ll be more engaged to collaborate with others and will connect more easily to your company’s purpose. This session will examine why diversity, equity and inclusion is an imperative to employee engagement and creating a positive employee experience.

Khalil Smith
Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement
Akamai Technologies

11:00am – 11:45am
Building Sustainable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Many CEOs have espoused that DEIB is a priority, but organizations are struggling to make real progress. The most successful DEIB initiatives are sustainable, meaning the strategy is supported by the entire organization, measurable over time and embedded into existing processes. Organizations that successfully create sustainable DEIB strategies have increased employee engagement and retention, higher levels of productivity and innovation, and overall higher employee satisfaction. 

This session will explore steps to build sustainable DEIB practices, including:

-        Focusing on employees

-        Prioritizing metrics that track overall progress over time

-        Embedding DEIB into existing talent and business processes 

Marcia (MJ) Calloway, M.S
Chief Diversity Officer
San Ysidro Health

11:45am – 12:30pm
Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a Part of Your Corporate Wellness Program
For diversity, equity and inclusion to truly become part of an organization, it must be integrated into everything a company does, including corporate wellness programs. Including all employees–regardless of background or identity–in your company’s culture and decision-making isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s necessary for employee wellness. This session will explore steps you can take to build DEI into an employee wellness program, including:

  • Promoting total wellbeing
  • Establishing a wellness committee
  • Making health part of the work environment
  • Using inclusive health messaging

Faisal Roble
Chief Equity Officer and Principal City Planner
City of Los Angeles, California

Conference Concludes

Workshop - Friday, September 23, 2022

12:45pm – 2:45pm

Workshop: Building an Inclusive Recruitment Process
Inclusive hiring practices are in the spotlight as they have become increasingly vital to every organization’s success. Inclusive hiring translates to improved employee retention and productivity and a host of other organizational benefits. This session will examine what inclusive hiring looks like and what inclusive hiring practices you can implement to reap these rewards. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Defining what DE&I means for your organization
  • Writing inclusive job descriptions
  • Developing your EEOC statement
  • Expanding where you advertise your jobs
  • Making DE&I part of your brand
  • Providing employees with career opportunities
  • Using a standardized job interview process for all
  • Establishing diverse interview panels
  • Measuring your inclusive hiring program

Dr. Enin Rudel, PsyD.
Organizational Psychologist
Founder and Principal; EI Consulting, LLC

Featured Speakers

Bhavana Bartholf

Bhavana Bartholf

Chief Digital and Transformation Officer

Microsoft Commercial Solutions Areas (Global)

Karla Blanco

Karla Blanco

Diversity and Inclusion, Products and Systems Integration Director

Intel Corporation

Pamela Abner, MPA, CPXP

Pamela Abner, MPA, CPXP

Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Mount Sinai Health System

Vinay Kapoor

Vinay Kapoor

Senior Vice President, Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer


Renee M. Stewart, PHR, SHRM-CP

Renee M. Stewart, PHR, SHRM-CP

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Yang Ming America Corporation

Rosalind F. Cohen, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Doctoral Candidate

Rosalind F. Cohen, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Doctoral Candidate

Director of Talent and Workplace Connectivity

Global Asset Capital

Mary Garcia

Mary Garcia

Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging


Natalie Edwards

Natalie Edwards

Global Chief Diversity Officer

National Grid

Faisal Roble

Faisal Roble

Chief Equity Officer and Principal City Planner

City of Los Angeles, California

Deborah Biddle

Deborah Biddle

Founder and Chief Consultant

The People Company LLC


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What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

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What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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