2017 Fall Event

DiversityInc’s 2017 Fall Event, New Ideas for Best Practices, took place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott. The successful event focused on new approaches to holding stakeholders accountable for D&I results, using talent development as a revenue driver and infusing diversity in succession planning. Companies also shared innovative resource-group case studies and discussed how they have communicated effectively with their employees regarding their stance on today’s social issues.

The event’s keynote speaker, Professor Carol Anderson, chair of African American Studies at Emory University and author of the book White Rage, delivered a poignant and captivating analysis surrounding the continued use of systematic racism to oppress people of color in this country.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. capped off the day-long event sharing his perspective on the increasingly overt racial divisions sown by the current administration and the public’s obligation to remain engaged to preserve civil rights.
See videos below.

Laura Long, 'Executive Director, Systems Alignment and Integration | National Diversity and Inclusion, Kaiser Permanente; Sue Townsen, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, KPMG Who is Accountable for D&I Results and How to Hold Them Accountable

Panelists:

  • Laura Long, Executive Director, Systems Alignment and Integration, National Diversity & Inclusion, Kaiser Permanente
  • Sue Townsen, Chief Diversity Officer, KPMG
  • Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc
 Effectively Communicating to Employees Where You Stand on Today’s Social Issues Effectively Communicating to Employees Where You Stand on Today’s Social Issues

Panelists:

  • Kathleen Navarro, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, New York Life
  • Elena Richards, Managing Director, Office of Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Sharon Harvey Davis, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Ameren Corp.
Innovative Resource-Group Case Studies Innovative Resource-Group Case Studies

Panelists:

  • Damion S. Jones, Ph.D., SPHR, Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Monsanto
  • Alicia Petross, Vice President Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement, The Hershey Company
Fireside Chat

Warner Baxter, Chairman, President and CEO of Ameren Corporation, sits with DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti to discuss how CEOs can lead the charge on addressing social issues with their workforces.

 Carol Anderson: ‘White Rage’ Carol Anderson: ‘White Rage’

The chair of African American Studies at Emory University and author of the book White Rage, delivered a poignant and captivating analysis surrounding the continued use of systematic racism to oppress people of color in this country.

How to Infuse Diversity in Succession Planning

Panelists:

  • Rachel Russell, Vice President, HR, Hilton
  • Latricia Smith, Director, Strategic Talent Solutions & Insights, AT&T
  • Amy Thiem, AD Talent Management Lead, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.