Registration & Networking Reception
Registration & Breakfast
Diversity In Flux: The State of the Nation 2018
With a revitalized concern over the security of basic rights and a loosening of positive political support for minority groups from national leadership, the issue now begs the question – does our strength lie in numbers? As the edges of precious rights become frayed, is there a growing threat to the blanket of protectionism put forth by previous generations? This opening session explores the commonalities in our differences and the changing nature of our diverse nation in 2018.
Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion in Human Resources, Thomson Reuters
Susan Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union
Rachel Tiven, Chief Executive Officer, Lambda Legal
Seeing the Unseen: Overcoming Physical Discrimination in the Workplace (Breakout)
So much of a person can be missed from assumptions built upon the feedback of one’s own perceptions. Seeing a person solely from a perspective of health, ability, ethnicity, race or other visual identifier provides an extremely narrow viewpoint of all of the qualities a given individual may possess. This session addresses why physical discrimination, in any regard, is harmful to an organization’s bottom line, and offers cogent guidance around how to help individuals and/or organizations shift perceptions toward a more inclusive and pluralistic workplace.
What’s in a Number?: Eradicating Misperceptions Based On Ageism (Breakout)
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) expressly forbids employers from discrimination against people aged 40 years or older in their hiring practices. Though this law attempts to promote the fair employment of aging Americans, ageism is much more than an issue of numbers. Indeed, along with misconstrued beliefs around experience (or lack thereof), come fallacies around both intellectual and physical abilities, as well as assumptions that an individual is defined by the qualities of his or her generation. All things being equal, ageism spans generations and is not isolated to those protected by the ADEA. This round table explores the myriad issues in seeing an individual through a generational lens. Our facilitators will discuss how organizations can help foster a workforce built upon ideas as opposed to age brackets.
Aaron Tax, Director of Advocacy, Sage, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
Him, Her or Who Cares?!: An All-Encompassing View of Gender Discrimination (Breakout)
In a traditional sense, few would argue that aggressions such as sexism belong in the realm of gender discrimination. However, the finer points of this topic include much more than the dichotomy of male and female. This session explores the intersection of misogyny, misandery, homophobia, transphobia and related issues of gender identification in the workplace. Our facilitators will address why, in a politically tumultuous environment, the purview of this issue needs to be redefined and addressed at an organizational level.
Devin Glenn, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
The “I” in Team: Exploring Individual Ideologies in a Team Environment (Breakout)
A plurality of ideas often helps drive an organization forward. But to what extent are true ideological differences actually celebrated? Individuals with differing viewpoints around religious beliefs are often protected in the workplace, but what about those with contrarian political views, management panache or communication styles? What are the outer limits when celebrating ideological differences versus attempts to create an organizational culture based upon a concept of unity? This session will explore the many intricacies in walking the fine line between “one as many” and “many as one.”
Angel L. Ortiz, Esq., Senior Vice President, Labor Relations Operations, NBCUniversal Media, LLC
The Big Win-Win: Exploring Methods in Retaining a Diverse Workforce
Organizations are only as strong as their ability to develop and retain a diverse workforce. Thanks to increased competition and generational shifts in the contemporary workplace, many diverse professionals are leaving their employers for more rewarding (if lucrative) opportunities. What is behind this growing trend? And how can employers better retain top talent in the workforce? This round table asks participants to share best practices and brainstorm strategies around improving overall organizational health.
Robert J. Grey, Jr., Senior Counsel – Retired, Hunton & Williams LLP; President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Please join us for cocktails & canapés as we conclude the day’s proceedings.