Diversity Awareness Partnership

Diversity Summit

Join us for our 9th Annual Diversity Summit on June 27, 2019!

DAP’s Annual Diversity Summit is one of the region’s top diversity and inclusion professional development events. Our 2019 Diversity Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.

Participants learn, discuss, and grow during the Summit by attending the keynote, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Our Summit facilitates great conversations on current trends to promote and sustain diverse and inclusive communities throughout our region.

Keynote Speaker

Diversity Awareness Partnership welcomes Marty Castro as keynote speaker for the 2019 Diversity Summit. He will address:

Diversity & Inclusion in an Era of Division & Intolerance

Marty Castro is the President and CEO of Castro Synergies, LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to corporations, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations seeking to have a positive social impact on diverse communities. Utilizing his multifaceted experience in community service, government, politics, healthcare, social service, philanthropy, business and law, coupled with his broad and deep local, national and global network of relationships, Marty assists his clients in building and executing upon projects that will benefit the community.

As part of his consulting practice at Castro Synergies, Marty currently serves as the Interim CEO of Casa Central, one of the largest Hispanic social service agencies in the Midwest. Casa Central’s programs address the needs of the entire family, from early childhood to older adults, in order to build strong, healthy and stable families and communities.

In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Marty to a six-year term to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and also appointed him Chairperson of the Commission. He was the agency’s eighth Chairperson and the first Latino Chairperson in the history of the Commission. Marty served as Chair of the Commission until December of 2016.

In 2018, Marty was appointed by Illinois Governor-Elect JB Pritzker to co-chair his Transition Committee on Equality, Equity and Opportunity. The Committee issued a report to the new Governor to help guide his administration on a host of equity issues impacting the people and government of Illinois.

In May of 2016, Marty was presented with the Ohtli Award, by the Mexican government, its highest honor outside of Mexico, awarded to persons who have had a profound, positive impact on the Mexican Diaspora.

In 2009, Marty was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to Chair the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The Commission is the State public body that arbitrates complaints of discrimination in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act. Marty served as Chair of the Human Rights Commission until March of 2015.

Marty was recently selected as one of the “50 Most Influential Latinos In Chicago” by Negocios Now magazine and was also selected by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. in October 2011. Marty is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, most recently from Governor’s State University in May of 2018. Marty was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Roosevelt University in December 2011 for his work in advancing social justice. In June of 2016, Marty’s alma mater, De Paul University, presented him with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters for his community activism and work in the area of civil and human rights. Read his full bio.


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