Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
January 13-14, 2022 * Hilton San Diego Bayfront * San Diego, CA

Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

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COVID-19 Advisory: BRI Network holds above all else, the health & safety of our attendees and their families. Currently this event is scheduled as an in-person event. We will however, continue to monitor and follow recommendations regarding capacity from CDC and other health agencies.

About the Conference Diversity in the workplace has become a crucial 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
  • 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

Conference Agenda

Day One – Thursday, January 13, 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.
Joseph Machicote
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Premier Inc. 

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

Christopher Johnson
Director, Inclusion and Diversity
Humana 

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.

Angelica Kang
Chief Diversity Officer
City of Albany, New York

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
Diversity and Inclusion, Products and Systems Integration Director
Intel Corporation 

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Micron’s Journey to Comprehensive Pay Equity
When our President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra joined Micron in 2017, he committed to make diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) a business imperative. Micron believes our vision to enrich live for all must extend to how we compensate our team members. In support of this belief, we undertook an in-house study beginning in late 2017 to identify and address pay disparities between male and female team members. The initial analysis found a few instances in which the pay disparities between flagged team members could not be explained by performance or other justifiable factors. In response, we remediated the pay of those team members whose pay was lower relative to their comparator. In November 2018, Micron attained global gender pay equity for base pay. Since then, we have continued and expanded the analysis with the help of outside consultants. In 2020, we launched six external DEI commitments including a renewed commitment to equitable pay for all. We subscribed to a tool called Syndio that applies data science and artificial intelligence to review and evaluate team member compensation and recommends ways to eliminate statistically significant gaps in pay. In addition to base pay, we expanded our global analysis to include cash bonuses and stock awards. Our commitment to driving equality for all prompted us to add people with disabilities and, in the United States, veterans and Black and Latinx/Hispanic team members to our study. Just prior to Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States – March 24, 2021 – Micron announced that it had achieved pay equity in base pay, bonus, and stock awards among all underrepresented groups. We have implemented a robust communication strategy to transparently share our pay equity methodology internally, with the company’s Board of Directors and externally through our DEI Annual Report. To ensure Micron team members understand the importance of pay equity, specific pay equity-related metrics are now included in Micron’s bonus plan. Our efforts go well beyond compliance or checking the box — we are committed to pay equity for all.

Sharawn Connors Tipton
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Micron Technology 

12:40pm – 1:25pm
Lunch Break 

1:25pm – 2:05pm
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 

2:05pm – 3:05pm
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.
Panelists:
Vinay Kapoor
Senior Vice President, Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
FactSet 

Armond Kinsey
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Atlantic Health System 

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

3:05pm – 3:35pm
Networking & Refreshments Break 

3:35pm – 4:15pm
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, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Doctoral Candidate
Director of Talent and Workplace Connectivity
Global Asset Capital 

4:15pm – 4:50pm
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

Michael Spinella
Vice President, Partner Experience
Petco 

4:50pm –5:30pm
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
Hagerty 

5:30pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, January 14, 2022

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am Chairperson’s Recap

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.
Jason Butler
Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Danaher Corporation

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 & Refreshments 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.

Laureen Knudsen
Chief Transformation Officer, Enterprise Software
Broadcom

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

Gianna Driver
Chief People Officer
BlueVine

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

12:30pm Conference Concludes

Workshop – Friday, January 14, 2022

12:45pm – 2:45pm
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 meant for your organization - Writing inclusive job descriptions - Having a career website that is accessible to all candidates - 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 - How recruitment technology can help - Measuring your inclusive hiring program

Deborah Biddle
Founder and Chief Consultant
The People Company LLC

Featured Speakers

Bhavana Bartholf

Bhavana Bartholf

Chief Digital and Transformation Officer

Microsoft

Joseph Machicote

Joseph Machicote

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Premier Inc.

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Director, Inclusion and Diversity

Humana

Michael Spinella

Michael Spinella

Vice President, Partner Experience

Petco

Sharawn Connors Tipton

Sharawn Connors Tipton

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Micron Technology

Pamela Abner

Pamela Abner

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Mount Sinai Health System

Vinay Kapoor

Vinay Kapoor

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

FactSet

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

Hagerty

Jason Butler

Jason Butler

Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Danaher Corporation

Natalie Edwards

Natalie Edwards

Global Chief Diversity Officer

National Grid

Laureen Knudsen

Laureen Knudsen

Chief Transformation Officer, Enterprise Software

Broadcom

Gianna Driver

Gianna Driver

Chief People Officer

BlueVine

Faisal Roble

Faisal Roble

Chief Equity Officer and Principal City Planner

City of Los Angeles

 Deborah Biddle

Deborah Biddle

Founder and Chief Consultant

The People Company LLC

Angelica Kang

Angelica Kang

Chief Diversity Officer
City of Albany, NY

Armond Kinsey

Armond Kinsey

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
BlueVine

Karla Blanco

Karla Blanco

Diversity and Inclusion, Products and Systems Integration Director
Intel Corporation

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Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
619-564-3333
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  • 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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  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

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