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June 9, 2022

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, and not hinder the progress you have made prior to the impacts of Covid-19?

This timely event delves into topics that will arm organizations of all sizes with the tools necessary to build a culture of belonging and maximize employee satisfaction, including keys to successful B2B diversity programs, second chance employment, post-pandemic rebound, and the challenges and opportunities of the great resignation. 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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Thursday, June 9
8:00 amRegistration and Networking
8:25 amVirtual Attendees Join Event
8:30 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Emmy Boyette, Director of Marketing, NC Chamber
  • Martin Horrocks, Director, Seed Treatment North America, BASF
8:45 amA Conversation with Wendy John
  • Wendy John, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Fidelity Investments
  • Jim Sills, President & CEO, M&F Bank
9:15 amSecond Chance Employment
  • Reginald Bean, Principal Consultant, Yardstick Management
  • Day Peake, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Moderator: Jessie Smith, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, UNC School of Government

Experts will discuss the criminal justice system’s impact of low-level, non-violent misdemeanors on minority communities and how second chance hiring can provide a pool of untapped talent for employers.

10:00 amNetworking Break
10:30 amKeys to a Successful Business-to-Business Diversity Program
  • Steven Johnson, Director of Culture, Diversity, & Inclusion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Aleyah Pryor-Pankey, System Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UNC Health
  • Greg Watson, Director of Corporate Services, CVMSDC
  • Moderator: Emma Hayes, Chief Culture Officer, State Employees’ Credit Union

Across all industries, embracing a strategic Business-to-Business Diversity Program not only benefits the owners of these diverse businesses but also drives business value and improves your bottom line. In this session, experts will discuss best practices for how to establish and grow a business-to-business diversity program in your organization.

11:15 amAttracting and Retaining Talent during the Great Resignation
  • Barbara Aguiar, Director of Professional and Specialty Solutions, BASF
  • Kelly Bennett, Vice President, Total Rewards and Head of Inclusion & Engagement Programs, Martin Marietta
  • Moon Roy, Senior Advisor in Talent Acquisition, Dell Technologies
  • Moderator: Pam Diggs, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Now is an opportunity for you to showcase why your organization is an attraction for diverse employees. In this session, you will learn from seasoned professionals on how to attract young, diverse talent, build your talent pipeline, and grow and keep that talent in your organization.

12:00 pmLunch and Networking
12:45 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