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June 10, 2021

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 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. Content will be valuable for a wide range of attendees, ranging from the young professional to seasoned executive.


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Thursday, June 10
8:00 amAttendees May Join Event and Network
8:30 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks
8:45 amLeading from the Top: DEI Journey from the CEO Perspective
9:15 amHow Business Can Advance Racial Equity

Colleen Briggs, Executive Director of Inclusive Economies, Financial Health and Community Development, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Join a discussion with Colleen Briggs, Head of Inclusive Economies for JPMorgan Chase, on best practices for corporations to advance racial equity. Colleen will share insights from the Business Roundtable’s recent commitments to promote racial justice and JPMorgan’s $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity by harnessing the firm’s products, hiring, philanthropy and advocacy to help dismantle structural inequities within the firm.

9:30 amNetworking Break
9:45 amCOVID’s Impact on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: How to Move Forward
  • Crystal Cene, , MD, MPH, FAHA, System Executive Director for Health Equity, UNC Health
  • Dr. Diego Garza, Director of Telehealth, MindPath Care Centers, PLLC
  • Day Peake, III, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Moderator:  Shaylah Nunn Jones, Principal, Government & Public Affairs, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical

There is no doubt that COVID has caused the most significant disruption to the workplace in generations. Research highlights how increases in economic inequality, mental health issues, and stress and burnout are disproportionately impacting our diverse workforce. It is critical more than ever that leaders embrace diversity, ensure equity and inclusion, and harness opportunities learned during the pandemic to improve their approach. Get insights and tangible advice from our panel of experts on how communication, flexibility, mental health and financial support, safety protocols, and changes to internal policies can ease the burden on your employees and aid in your organization’s continued progress and growth.

10:15 amStrategies for Creating an Inclusive Corporate Culture
  • Lindsay Wrege, Founder and CEO, 321 Coffee
  • Pam Diggs, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Leigh Ann Stradford, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Bioventus
  • Moderator: Stephanie Jensen, Director of Professional & Specialty Solutions, BASF

What does true inclusion look like in the workplace? How is “professional” defined in your organization and how might that hinder true inclusion? During this session, you will learn from experts how companies achieve inclusivity, learn steps for building a true inclusive culture, and gain tools to ensure your employees feel connected to their workplace, coworkers, and your organization’s mission. Discussion topics will include inclusive language, social media activity, company leadership, mentoring, cultural events and holidays, remote work, feedback systems, and more.

10:45 amNetworking Break
11:00 amEngagement and Inclusion through Improv

Robyn Lynne Norris, Senior Core Faculty & Solution Designer, Business Improv

In this 60-minute, “up-on-your-feet” keynote you’ll discover how Business Improv techniques strengthen a skill set directly related to virtual presence, engagement in the virtual medium, working with diverse groups, creating psychological safety in the virtual space, and ultimately, some “Zoom Etiquette.” Robyn will walk you through some small changes—which most folks don’t even think about—that can make an enormous impact in how you show up virtually. This session is designed to be experiential, entertaining and thought-provoking.

12:00 pmClosing Remarks