Title: Experiences of Women of Color in the Workplace (Panel Discussion)
Description: Often the narrative around women of color in this country is negative and pejorative leaving many with socialized bias or unconscious bias toward them. This powerful panel of individuals will share their personal and professional stories giving perspective to a different narrative.
Title: Gender Identity and Expression 2.0
Presenter: Anna Warbelow, The Whitfield School
Description: This interactive session focuses on the fluidity of gender identity and expression. Participants will have the opportunity to review larger concepts around gender and sexuality, take a deeper dive into understanding trans, particularly non-binary, identity, and learn practical tips for creating safer and more inclusive environments for all gender identities. A portion of the session will be dedicated to examining institutional policies and practices and actionable next steps. Participants are encouraged to ask questions!
Title: The Social Model of Disability, More Than Accommodating Difference, Embracing the Strengths of Full Inclusion
Description: The presenters will discuss the history of the disability rights movement and the evolution from the medical to the social model of disability. In addition, speakers will describe what is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and how going above and beyond the minimum legal requirements can benefit employees and your organization. Throughout the presentation, practical real-life experiences will be shared and best practices will be offered to help you recognize and embrace the strengths of full inclusion.
Title: Culture Versus Religion: Exploring How Culture and Religion Impact One Another
James Fowlkes-Comninellis, Archdiocese of St. Louis and a Byzantine Catholic
Venerable Jue Huang, Director of Fo Guang Shan St. Louis Zen Center
Rabbi Neal Rose, Congregation B’nai Amoona
Leslie Heberlie, Interfaith Partnership
We often talk about religious diversity and learn about the many faith traditions that make up our landscape, but we less frequently explore diversity within religions. Is a Buddhist a Buddhist, or is there more to it than that? We will hear personal narratives about how culture impacts the lives experience of religion and is varied within a tradition.
Title: Training Isn’t Enough, Building a Comprehensive Diversity Equity and Inclusion Program
Presenter: Angela Cody, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Description: “Ugh, it is time for that ‘Diversity’ training again.” Year after year, we talk about the same things: Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and non-discrimination. The boxes are checked and yet the needle doesn’t move. Developing a comprehensive, multi-dimensional, metric driven, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, will not only set your organization up for success, it will positively impact the total employee experience.
Title: Healing our Community: Forward Through Ferguson #STL2039
Presenter: David Dwight, Forward Through Ferguson
Description: Racial Equity is an outcome; a future St. Louis where life outcomes cannot be predicted by race. While we have a definition of what Racial Equity is, we don’t have a shared vision for what that looks like in reality and what about our community would show we’ve achieved equity. This breakout session will explore how discovering and defining our a vision for Racial Equity can drive urgent systems change work in the present.
Title: Overcoming Communication Barriers When Working with Speakers of Other Languages
Presenter: Anita Barker, International Institute
Title: Navigating Microaggressions in the Workplace
Presenter: Keisha Mabry, Hey Friend & Co
Description: Microaggressions are the daily statements, actions and incidents that embarrass, shame and discriminate against members of marginalized groups such as racial and ethnic minorities. During this session, attendees will learn how to navigate these commonplace behaviors in the workplace using a five-part SPEAK technique.
Title: From Legislative Action to Community Organizing: Cultivating LGBTQ Allyship in Missouri
Mandi Kowalski, PROMO
Elizabeth Fuchs, PROMO
Description: This session will focus on the role of ALLIES and discussing action steps for supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.
Title: Attracting, Engaging, and Retaining Millennials
Presenter: Kendra Elaine
Title: Communication Across Difference in Toxic Political Times
During this session, participants will confront many of the most difficult conversation topics that are currently happening in our communities. We will explore the thoughts and feelings that come regarding those that we agree with and those that we disagree with in such conversations. We will explore our current strategies for engaging or not engaging in these conversations and look at tools that can be used to have more productive conversations, especially across identity, ideological and political differences.
Title: Journey From Diversity to Inclusion: Using Advanced Inclusion Metrics to Create a More Diverse, Better Performing Organization
Title: Listen. Talk. Learn. More: Continuing the Dialogue
Presenter: Catrina Salama, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Description: Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in the summer of 2014, our communities locally, nationally, and globally have been impacted by an increasing amount of conversations about race and related issues. From #BlackLivesMatter to Mizzou to Sandra Bland, our cultural consciousness around racial bias has been heightened, and we are being expected to understand these concepts with an increased level of dexterity. Though the core of our conversations has remained the same, the ways we talk about them and the stories we tell have changed. We have listened, talked, and learned. And many of us are ready to do more.
** Diversity Awareness Partnership is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.00 PDC for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about this certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
Title: The Youth Journey of Gender Transitioning (panel discussion)
Alix Johnson (Moderator), Diversity Awareness Partnership
Dr. Christopher Lewis, Transgender Center at Children’s Hospital
Dr. Sarah Garwood, Transgender Center at Children’s Hospital
Title: The Wall of History: How did we get where we are today?