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September 26, 2023

Improve recruitment. Increase engagement and retention. Create psychological safety.

You’ve read the research. You’re aware that diverse workplaces are the most successful in reaching organizational goals. But how do you ensure your business is truly inclusive? This timely event delves into topics that will equip organizations of all sizes with the tools necessary to build a culture of belonging and maximize employee satisfaction.

If you are a young professional or a seasoned executive focused on building a work environment where employees feel they belong, join us for this highly anticipated event!


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Tuesday, September 26
8:30 amRegistration and Networking
9:00 amWelcome Remarks
9:15 amThe Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility

Successfully implementing a corporate social responsibility strategy can be both challenging and complex. During this session, you will hear from business leaders about their journeys into CSR and why it is important to their organizations. Join our speakers for a discussion about how they are achieving employee engagement, determining priorities, creating buy-in throughout the organization, and measuring progress.

10:00 amEmbrace Our Brains: Creating Neurodivergent-Friendly Spaces in the Workplace

Ashlyn Baker, MA, LCMHCA, NCC, Licensed Therapist, AshTree Counseling Center

Psychology’s understanding of how neurodivergent brains work is constantly evolving. Join Ash Baker, a licensed North Carolina mental health therapist, as she discusses effective ways that businesses can expand their talent pool by creating spaces that allow for neurodivergent folks to find success at work. Ash happens to be autistic herself, and specializes in working with individuals who are ADHD, autistic, OCD, bipolar, and other neurodivergent identities. In this session, you will be educated about common types of neurodivergence, unlearn harmful negative stereotypes, and explore new ways to find fantastic talent in unexpected places.

10:30 amNetworking Break
11:00 am2023 and Beyond: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go Next?

Many organizations have been on the DEI journey for numerous years now while others are just embarking and taking the initial steps. Our panel of DEI professionals will offer insights into how they are evaluating and measuring themselves as they progress toward their goals. You will also learn how organizations are preparing the workplace of the future and what you can implement to be ready for upcoming generations.

  • Steven Johnson, Global Director of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion, Lowe’s Companies
  • Ciara Lilly, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Diversified Maintenance
  • Moderator: Janet LaBar, President and CEO, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
11:45 amLunch and Networking
12:30 pmClosing Keynote: Generations + Racial Equity: Where & Why Generations & Racial Equity Intersect to Move Us Forward

Raven Solomon

In this informative and inspiring keynote, Raven breaks down the connection between equity and generations that every organization needs to know and lean into to thrive in a marketplace that is growing more racially and ethnically diverse by the decade. She helps attendees of all backgrounds understand how and why a generation can impact how they view, understand, and even combat racism. Attendees will leave with greater clarity on the role their generation can play in fighting for racial equity, and how to effectively collaborate with other generations in that pursuit.

1:30 pmClosing Remarks