Session and Workshop Descriptions

Opening Session with Breakfast Keynote – 9 am to 10:15 am

The Art of Unmasking: How Identities Impact One’s Workplace and Life Experiences

Room: 202ABC

 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Atira Charles
CEO  |  Think Actuality, LLC

Description: 

Dr. Atira Charles is CEO of Think Actuality, LLC and an Assistant Professor of Management at Florida A&M University. She is also founder of The Mask Project. She has presented her research nationally and has worked with many global organizations in her quest to better understand how identities impact one’s workplace and life experience. This workshop is aimed to promote more productive and inclusive environments. Dr. Charles’ research and consulting seek to shed light on the unique narratives of how people manage their individual identities while striving for professional and organizational success.

Workshop 1- 10:30 am to 11:45 am

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Subtle Discrimination: Being Aware of Unintended Offenses

Room: 104

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Idella Glenn
Certified Diversity Professional

Description: 

Some employers may practice subtle discrimination based on race, gender or religious preference without even realizing it. What are subtle actions that are offensive, but perhaps unintentional? How can employees make employers aware they are being offensive? Join an honest dialogue that will reveal surprising insights and best practices to become more self-aware and mindful of how actions can unintentionally lead to lack of engagement in the workplace.

Measuring Corporate Commitment Through Executive Leadership

Room: 103

 

Facilitator:

Silas L. Carter,
President | The Future Procurement Group, LLC

Description: 

Supplier diversity and other business diversity initiatives have been strategic developments for public and private sector entities for more than 40 years, and they remain as leading edge business drivers. There is a wide range of components that drive and lead to profitability, cost competitiveness, corporate governance, employee retention, sustainable growth, product/service innovation, branding, and corporate image. These all result from change initiatives that are necessary to ensure a position, either as leader or follower.

 

Session objectives and topics include: 

  • Highlighting supplier diversity
  • Companies that pursue supplier diversity
  • Emphasizing Executive orientation
  • Supplier diversity in the corporate sector
  • What the supplier diversity program means to you
  • The Strategic Procurement process
  • Tier I and Tier II overview
  • The scope of the supplier diversity program
  • Schedule implementation planning
  • Data tracking and trend activity
  • Q & A and wrap up; Appendix information
  • Case study reviews will be conducted during
    this session

LGBTQ Inclusion: Finding Commonality in Our Multiple Identities

Room: 101

 

Facilitator:

Simma Lieberman
The Inclusionists

Description: 

Laws and policies alone are not sufficient to create an environment where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people feel included, and are able to do their best work. Not feeling supported, welcome or treated equally negatively impacts productivity, creativity and being able to develop breakthrough products and services. The reality is that while there is more acceptance today, there is also resentment amongst some people, and backlash. People are afraid of what they don’t know. At the same time there are people that “just don’t know what to do” or say, but want to know more. This workshop will: dispel common assumptions and biases about LGBT people as a monolith; articulate the multiple identities amongst LGBT people and all employees to find commonalities to be even more successful together; help you help LGBT employees feel included and utilize all of their talents for business success; clarify the role of LGBT employees and resource groups in educating other people in the organization (everyone is included); enlighten you as a leader to what you need to know, say and do when encountering homophobia and transphobia (it’s about the business, and not just the bathrooms). This interactive program will focus on ways leaders can ensure that LGBT employees are included, successful and are able to participate fully and utilize their talents for individual and organizational success including covering the following topics:

 

Session objectives and topics include: 

  • Ways to make LGBTQ people feel included and utilize their talents
  • How to support LGBTQ employees for success
  • Creating “safe space”
  • Impact on productivity and the organization of not coming out
  • Moving past fear and discomfort and bias
  • Challenges that LGBTQ people face in the workplace
  • Why people have to bring their whole selves to work in order to do their best work
  • Diversity amongst LGBTQ people
  • What do the letters mean?
Luncheon with Keynote – Noon to 1:30 pm

The Role of White Men in Equity and Inclusion

Room: 202ABC

 

Keynote Speaker:

Bill Proudman
CEO & Founder | White Men As Full Diversity Partners

Description: 

Diversity and inclusion have largely focused on historically under-represented and marginalized groups, often leaving straight white men feeling left out of change efforts. This interactive and provocative discussion will examine our assumptions about white men and how they affect our partnerships at work. Attendees will learn to partner more effectively across differences.

Workshop 2- 1:45 pm to 3 pm

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Leading with Vision: Leveraging an Inclusion-minded C-Suite to Advance Profitability

Room: 101

 

Facilitator:

Darrick Paul
Chief People Officer | MUSC Health

Description: 

Leadership accountability must begin with the highest levels of the organization. Diversity and inclusion work is essential for building cultural business intelligence and a global mindset. To make a difference everyone is needed – from the diversity council member, to the front line manager, to the seasoned diversity leader, all the way to the CEO champion. Inclusive leadership at the board level and in the C-Suite leads to strategies that drive sustainable impact and innovation. In today’s global marketplace, achieving a competitive advantage requires innovation. This approach entails aligning the diversity strategy with the business strategy. This presentation will underscore why diversity is about effective leadership, and note some of the opportunities and challenges encountered in creating inclusive cultures. Leadership should not only be a function in organizations, but an obligation expected of each member of a team. This session will explore the traits of inclusive leadership and why they are important in order to better lead in a complex world. Left to our own devices, we often associate with people like ourselves. This session will ask you to consider whether your organization is inclusive by configuration or by action. If you believe your organization is inclusive, then what do you do – intentionally and proactively – to include differences in groups or processes?

Leading Bravely – Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Room: 103

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter
Vice President of Initiatives & Public Policy | Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Description: 

Individuals and organizations interested in becoming change agents must focus their efforts on becoming a part of the critical conversations regarding complex social issues. This workshop will highlight the role philanthropy plays in partnering with communities to create effective community engagement grounded in strong relationships and listening. South Carolina’s growing diversity offers leaders a unique opportunity to strengthen their communities through courageous conversations, authentic engagement and social change. This interactive workshop is designed for leaders who are ready to build more inclusive, welcoming organizations for those they serve and work with. Utilizing a values-based transformational leadership lens, you will leave with action steps to strengthen your leadership legacy while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Navigating Four Generations in the Workplace

Room: 104

 

Facilitator:

Kristin Meyer
Professional Training and Coaching

Description: 

In today’s workforce, we have four different generations all working together. The recently retired Traditionalists have been hired back on as consultants, the Baby Boomers are looking forward to retiring, the Gen Xers are seeking their next promotion, and the Millennials are ready to make their mark.

 

Each group brings to the table a different approach to work, life and career. We will explore some of these differences and create ways to bridge the generation gaps.

Workshop 3- 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

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Breakthrough Approaches for Gender Inclusion: Advancing Womenís Leadership

Room: 101

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Rebecca Heiss
CEO & Founder | Rebecca Heiss, LLC

Description: 

It has been widely researched and reported that gender balance at all levels of an organization is essential to engagement, innovation, growth and profitability. However, female business leaders continue to be scarce, perhaps in part due to the cultural and evolved differences between the male and female brains. As females, we are conditioned to behave in ways that aren’t always recognized as “best practices” in leadership. Understanding the difference in gendered brain leadership style can help both men and women become more successful leaders while neutralizing implicit bias on a personal and organizational scale.

Art of the Conversation: Using Vocal Art to Advance Inclusion

Room: 104

 

Facilitator:

Jonathan Parker
Director of City Involvement | Fellowship Greenville

Description: 

You create artwork every day through your conversations. Just like a painting is a reflection of the painter, your conversations – your vocal art – is a reflection of you. In our present cultural climate, leaders must be mindful and intentional about the vocal art they are creating as they discuss topics like inclusion, race, religion, politics, and diversity. Our companies and communities cannot afford for their leaders to be careless and reckless with their communication.

 

The Art of the Conversation will empower and enable leaders to engage in remarkable conversations that lead to clearer communication, deeper relationships, and greater productivity. No matter what level of leader you are or in what arena you lead, you will come away being more intentional in all of your conversations.

Latino Immigrants Making an Impact: Challenges and Opportunities in the South
and Nationwide

Room: 103

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Myriam E. Torres
Director | Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Description: 

South Carolinians Hispanics or Latinos make multiple contributions to the state’s economy sharing business, leadership, education, labor and other skills. Latinos represent nearly 6% of the state’s total population and are one of the fastest growing segments of the state’s population. These newcomers bring tremendous strengths despite adverse circumstances a large number face who live in low-wealth communities. In order for South Carolina to compete economically, culturally responsive services are needed for ethnic minorities, immigrant and refugee families to excel and thrive. Integrating everyone yields tremendous benefits for South Carolina, ultimately contributing to shared prosperity and economic vitality for all. In this workshop participants will understand the economic and social power of Latinos in our state as a rapidly growing population.

LEVERAGE. LAUNCH. LEAD. Networking Reception - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Join us for this reception to celebrate diversity, engagement and inclusion. This event allows the day’s conversations to continue and provides opportunities to speak one-on-one with the presenters, as well as, explore their products and resources.

 

Room: 102ABC

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