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June 11, 2020

Improve recruitment, increase retention, create a work environment where employees feel they belong.

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 powerfully inclusive? This timely program covers topics that will arm organizations of all sizes with the tools necessary to create a culture of belonging and maximize employee satisfaction. Content will be valuable for a wide range of attendees, ranging from the young professional to seasoned executive.


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Thursday, June 11
8:30 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Emmy Boyette, Director of Marketing, NC Chamber
  • Paul Rea, Senior Vice President Agricultural Solutions North America, BASF
8:45 amKeynote Address: Leading Across Generations

Tru Pettigrew

Millennials and Centennials have ushered in a New Era, with New Expressions, and New Expectations. To thrive in this new era, organizations must adopt and employ a cross-generational leadership approach that employs both Diversity AND Inclusion! This session helps attendees understand how to be more effective 21st century leaders by leveraging the power of insight, influence, and inclusion. Attendees walk away with a proven cross-generational leadership model that can be applied right away!

9:30 amBreak
9:35 amInclusion in the Workplace: Beyond Race and Gender

While many organizations have successful race and gender diversity initiatives, fewer have adopted effective inclusion practices in other dimensions of diversity, such as age, sexual orientation and gender identity, or physical and mental disabilities. Our panel of experts will discuss the importance of looking beyond race and gender and how you can achieve full inclusion in your organization.

  • Kathie Trotter, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kirby Barbour, Director, Automotive Electromechanical Solutions, Parker LORD
  • John Samuel, Chief Innovation Architect, LCI Tech
  • Susie Silver, LGBTQ+ Ally Consultant, Speaker and Artist, Ally Consulting
  • David Laboy, Director of Inclusion & Diversity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC (moderator)


10:20 amBreak
10:25 amVirtual Privilege Walk

Jackie Ferguson, CDE, Director of Multicultural Programming, Walk West

Many people only associate privilege with race, gender and affluence. In this interactive session, you will be guided through a virtual privilege walk where you will explore your personal privilege in ways you may have never considered. Through this activity, you will learn how privilege can be used to support and benefit those who encounter more life challenges and how those who have faced significant challenges can be role models to succeeding despite circumstances.

10:45 amBreak
10:50 amThe Role of ERGs in the Time of COVID-19

During a time of remote working and social distancing, it may become more difficult to feel connected to our colleagues in the workplace. In this session, you will hear why the role of Business or Employee Resource Groups are more important than ever and how you can continue to create a sense of community as we navigate this challenging time.

  • Angela Clark, Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Fidelity Investments
  • Tamara Pearce, PHR, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion and University Relations, Cree
  • Kerry Shad, Partner, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair, Smith Anderson
  • Courtney White, Head, Human Resources, BASF Agricultural Solutions, North America (moderator)
11:35 amClosing Remarks