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June 13, 2019

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

2017 marked the NC Chamber’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Conference, and it has quickly become one of the Chamber’s most anticipated events. This timely program covers topics that will arm organizations of all sizes with the tools necessary to create a culture of belonging. Content will be valuable for a wide range of attendees, ranging from the young professional to seasoned executive. Seats and sponsorships are expected to sell out quickly for this event.


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Thursday, June 13
7:45 amRegistration and Networking
8:30 amOpening and Welcome Remarks

Jillian Munro, Head of Technology, Fidelity Digital Assets

8:45 amFireside Chat with Fidelity Investments
  • Amy Philbrook, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Fidelity Investments
  • Kevin Barry, President of Workplace Investing, Fidelity Investments
  • Roy Fralin, Vice President, Solution Architect, Fidelity Investments (moderator)

Fidelity Investments’ efforts to become a more diverse company is not only the right thing to do, it is about showing up for our customers. Today’s consumers, suppliers and businesses represent diverse backgrounds, experiences and values, and a customer-obsessed business should reflect that. Please join Fidelity leaders, Amy Philbrook, head of Diversity & Inclusion, and Kevin Barry, President of Workplace Investing, as they discuss how companies can create a more diverse workforce and how a culture of inclusion can enhance experiences for employees and customers.

9:30 amNetworking Break
10:00 amOpen Office Culture Shift: How D&I Builds Better Teams

Join Brittany Glover and Adrienne Michelle in an interactive and informal discussion on Diversity and Inclusion. From race to sexuality and everything in between; learn the interwoven techniques of a therapist and an engineer working together to provide education, unequivocal action steps, and understanding of the true value brought to organizations through inclusive practices.

10:30 amAvoiding the Inclusion Illusion

Charles C. Weathers, Sr., Founder and CEO, The Weathers Group

Leaders that fully encourage and embrace diversity can help establish incredibly powerful organizations in their communities.  While some believe the concept of “diversity in the workplace” is simply about documenting the race and gender of employees, it actually requires understanding matters much deeper than that.  As office environments become increasingly diverse, a variety of issues tend to arise. Differences in cultural, spiritual, and political beliefs can sometimes pose a challenge, however achieving true equity and inclusion requires more than checking a box on team demographics.

This participant-centered session provides a platform for individuals to engage in courageous conversations that expand thoughts, challenge assumptions and shift paradigms regarding the subject of diversity. The unique experience and background of the presenter contributes to a lively and meaningful exchange, providing real-world recommendations and practical tools.

11:30 amLunch
12:15 pmAsk the Experts Q&A Panel
  • Barbara Aguiar, Director of Communications and Industry Relations, BASF
  • Demetris Cheatham, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Red Hat
  • Kathie Trotter, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ayako Wilson, Senior General Manager – Administration, AW North Carolina, Inc.
  • Charmaine Riggins, Chief HR & Enterprise Systems Officer, LORD Corporation
1:00 pmNetworking Break
1:30 pmClosing Keynote: Workforce 2030: Global Workforce Trends that are Redefining the Workplace, the Workers and the Work

Dr. Shirley Davis, Global Workforce Expert

The work, workers, and workplace of the future will continue to undergo a dramatic transformation. Research suggests that by 2030 workers will be older and younger at the same time, more educated and less skilled, hyper-connected through new technologies, and more ethnically diverse. How can we ready our organizations for this new workforce reality? What new strategies, competencies, and skills will be necessary to harness the benefits, yet counter the negative effects of these global disruptions? More importantly, what new leadership models will be needed in order to achieve high performance, innovation, and inclusiveness?

Dr. Shirley Davis, a recognized authority on the global workforce and leadership effectiveness will answer all these questions as she details the megatrends and business implications that will shape the workforce of the future. Additionally, she will provide practical strategies that business leaders should employ if they expect to achieve greater Inclusion in 2030.

2:30 pmClosing Remarks