Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Excellence Conference:

June 28 & 29, 2023

Eau Palm Beach Resort - Florida

Customized to
your needs

This DEI Conference is fueled by our prescriptive and predictive research and segmented into two tracks for DEI Champions and DEI Leaders.

Systemic
Transformation

Becoming truly diverse, equitable and inclusive amounts to culture change and we seek to empower more DEI champions in the HR Community.

Grow Your Network

Collaborate and grow your network in an intimate setting with your peers in Learning, Talent, HR, and DEI.

Workshops

Leverage the expertise and experience of our analysts and award winners in highly-interactive workshops.

For Learning, Talent and HR Professionals

Most organizations understand that DE&I is not just an initiative or program but a strategic endeavor involving cultural change. Yet, 57% of organizations with a strategic plan have had it for two years or less, meaning that for many employers, the shift from programs, initiatives and tactics to strategy is still in its infancy.

This conference will help Learning, Talent, and HR professionals create strategies to better support today’s workforces.

It’s more than a
conference

Our speakers are not only industry leaders but also Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award winners that have a proven track record of success. We position our sessions and workshops to be interactive and actionable so you can leverage and implement the takeaways in a practical way when you return to your organization.

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Presenters

Program​

June 28

8am - 9am

Meals and Breaks

Breakfast and Event Check-in Opens

8am - 9am

General Session

Keynote by Rachel Cooke on DEI Strategy with a workshop on how to Develop DEI Strategic Plan for today’s workforce. A strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) is the blueprint for a comprehensive approach toward becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. Rachel will go over the key components of a DEI strategic plan and Brandon Hall Group’s DEI framework. The workshop will help you gain buy-in for DEI across the organization.

11am - 11:45am

Any program or initiative involving change, while guided by values and principles, must include strong, inclusive governance that sets goals, measures progress, and mobilizes resources. With diversity, equity and inclusion, a DE&I council is a common form of governance and can be extremely effective if it is well-conceived, organized and executed.

In the spirit of advocating a best-practice approach, we will discuss the council in terms of building one from scratch. The information can also be used to improve or enhance councils that are already up and running.

11am - 11:45am

Women continue to be severely underrepresented in leadership roles at most employers, according to Brandon Hall Group’s study, What’s Changing for Women in the Workplace? Though 75% of organizations say women are included among their top internal succession candidates for CEO and C-suite roles, only 17% of organizations have women CEOs. That number is about the same as Brandon Hall Group we first asked that research question in 2015.

12pm - 1pm

Meals and Breaks

Lunch

1:15pm - 2pm

Organizations cannot build and sustain a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without fair hiring and advancement practices that are accepted at all levels of the organization and demonstrated and advocated by leaders at all levels.

The goal is to base employment and advancement decisions on core values and behaviors needed for a role, regardless of a person’s gender, race, age or other identifying factors. For this to occur, everyone involved in the hiring and promotion processes must be trained and supportive of making decisions based on those values and behaviors.

2:15pm - 3pm

You can’t have a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace without pay and benefits equity. While there are many reasons people accept employment, compensation remains an important motive for most. Lack of pay and benefits equity negates other types of equity and inclusion.

Pay and benefit equity is highly important, according to a survey of professionals active in DE&I initiatives for their organizations. But less than half believe DE&I efforts actually improved pay and benefits equity.

2:15pm - 3pm

Understanding the influencers, conditions and boundaries of one’s community is essential to fostering an inclusive environment. Understanding the subtle and not- so-subtle ways things happen at work, key influencers, motivations, consensus-building, decision-making and knowing innate biases inherent to the culture and its leaders, is essential. Recognizing opportunities, challenges and limitations of the culture when considering new ways of thinking and acting.

3:15pm - 4:15pm

General Session

Despite the best intentions of employers, the business impact of DE&I remains modest. Only one in four organizations has metrics established for understanding the impact of DE&I. The lack of measurement — including 43% of organizations that do not measure inclusion in any manner — indicates the messaging and rhetoric around DE&I has not yet fully translated into a business priority.

4:30pm - 6pm

General Session

Welcome Reception

June 29

8am - 9am

Meals and Breaks

Breakfast and Event Check-in Opens

9am - 10:30am

General Session

Sponsorship, mentorship and allyship are all about being an advocate and reliable colleague, assisting in their efforts to develop. It is true that we need to be one-for-all and all-for-one to promote a feeling of inclusion and belonging with our teammates. We all want to be on a great team and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with it. But that also means we need to be great teammates ourselves. To be a great teammate is to put others before you; to believe the team is more important than any one person. We need to sell out to the idea that being inclusive is blending our individuality into the culture of the team for the sake of the team.

10:15am - 11:15am

working to support it, must actively model inclusive behaviors and reinforce their importance to team members. This is important to create a climate in which respect, equity and positive recognition of differences are cultivated. Building an inclusive work culture helps create an environment of psychological safety, which is critical for employees to navigate change and take any necessary risks to learn and grow and help the organization evolve and thrive.

10:15am - 11:15am

To be an authentic person is to speak and act in a genuine manner. Others look for genuineness in a person as a way of gaining comfort with the person. Genuineness is a reflection of a person’s character and maturity and a high degree of genuineness allows others to feel confident and trustful that the words and actions coming from the person are not motivated by a hidden agenda. As the saying goes, “seek first to understand” is an important aspect of being an empathetic person. We must be able to practice patience and spend time understanding where another person is coming from before we begin talking about ourselves. This requires taking a step back and giving others your undivided attention — being present and in-the-moment with them.

11:15am - 12:00pm

The goal is to base advancement decisions on core values and behaviors needed for a role, regardless of a person’s gender, race, age or other identifying factors. For this to occur, everyone involved in the promotion processes must be trained and supportive of making decisions based on those values and behaviors. In advancement practices, women, people of color and other diverse groups traditionally lacked the same development opportunities as men. The targeted development opportunities are an effort, not to favor those people for promotion, but put them on a level playing field so they can be evaluated based on similar training and experience, as well as performance.

11:15am - 12:00pm

Self-awareness is the cornerstone to others viewing you as an inclusive person. Self-awareness is the ability to be present and understand how you are coming across to others. This can be very challenging to do. We are often moving at a very quick pace and under the pressure of deadlines, commitments and other stressors, which can put us in a position to be not as self-aware as we should be. We must make a concerted effort every day to raise our level of self-awareness. To do this, we must understand what makes up a good sense of self-awareness.

Understanding how we communicate with others is the first step in improving our self- awareness. Our communication approach and style impacts people’s perceptions of how self- aware we are. The first element of communicating with others is how we translate our views and how we feel about the world. The second element of our communication conveys how we feel about the people receiving them. In our busy world, we often forget or don’t spend enough attention on the second element of communicating.

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Meals and Breaks

Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Description coming soon.

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Improving diversity, equity and inclusion is a business driver, but it is unique in that it is also a culture initiative. It cannot be successful unless the principles and values of DE&I are embedded at all levels of the organization.

Therefore, all leaders – from the front-line to the C-Suite – must help the people they manage understand the importance of DE&I and encourage them to do their part to demonstrate inclusion in everything they do.

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Creating and encouraging a variety of employees to participate in employee resource groups helps ensure diverse employees have a sense of belonging and a safe space to address issues and concerns that might not otherwise get a voice.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

General Session​

Inclusive leadership is essential to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Leaders must demonstrate the values and behaviors they want everyone in the organization to adopt. For many organizations, becoming more inclusive requires significant change, which demands leaders who are agile, creative and emotionally centered.

June 28

8am - 9am

Meals and Breaks

Breakfast and event check-in

8am - 9am

General Session

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

11am - 11:45am

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

11am - 11:45am

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

11:45am - 1:30pm

Meals and Breaks

Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

3:30pm - 4:30pm

General Session

Description

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

5:00pm

General Session

Welcome Reception

June 29

8am - 9am

Meals and Breaks

Breakfast and event check-in

8am - 9am

General Session

Sponsorship/Mentorship/Allyship

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

10:15am - 11:15am

Measuring DEI

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

10:15am - 11:15am

Advocate for Inclusive Work Cultures

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

11:15am - 12:00pm

Leadership Development for Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

11:15am - 12:00pm

Leadership Development for Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Meals and Breaks

Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm

ERG to address DEI / Foster/Expand/Improve ERG’s 

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Being Authentic, Building Trust, and Being Empathetic

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Corporate Outreach to Promote DEI in Communities

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Governance of DEI / Build DEI Council

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

3:30pm - 4:30pm

General Session​

General Session: Measuring DEI

Speaker

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

4:30pm

General Session

Inclusive leadership

Early Bird

Jan 31 – April 28

$545

Members

$745

General

Exclusive Offer

$545

Super Early Bird

Open – Jan 31

Standard

April 28 - June 28

$795

Members

$995

General

Hotel

$299

Eau Palm Beach Resort located at 100 South Ocean Blvd, Lantana, FL 33426.

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is located 8 miles, 15 minutes from the
resort; Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) is 40 miles, 40 min. and Miami
International Airport (MIA) is 65 miles; 1 hour and 15 min.

But Wait, There is More!

Attendees of the DEI Conference will also receive a 25% discount AND credit towards either one of our DEI Certification Programs. We have two running programs that you can enroll in at any time: Become a Certified Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leader (CDEIL) or a Become a Certified Diversity Equity and Inclusion Champion (CDEIC).

Both certification programs can be completed at your own individual pace or ask us about joining a cohort and completing the program with like-minded peers from other organizations. Both options are 100% virtual.

*Discount and credit only applicable to those who attend the DEI conference. The redemption code and access to the course will be made available once the DEI conference has concluded.

Download Our WIL Magazine

Snag a copy of our legacy Women In Leadership 2020 magazine. This magazine marks the turn of our newly widened “A Way Forward” movement – taking our WIL and looking to more inclusivity through a DEI lens.

About the WIL magazine: As a key component of our A Way Forward movement, the annual Women In Leadership Summit embodies our ongoing mission to make the world a better place by ensuring there is gender equity and inclusion throughout the workplace, especially among its leadership. In May, women from a variety of organizations from all over the world met at the annual Women In Leadership Summit for conversations, panels, presentations and networking to confront the Inclusion and Diversity issues we face every day in the workplace. I hope you will read about their stories here, join the WIL Network and plan to attend the next Summit. There’s so much we can do as individuals, as you will also read here, but together, along with our allies, we can be unstoppable.

Frequent Asked Questions

Conference registration includes access to General Sessions, Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Receptions, Meals and Expo Area throughout the 2-day event. Hotel accommodations are not included with your registration fee. To make your hotel reservations, please visit our hotel page.

CLOs, CTOs, CHROs, VPs/ Directors/Managers of Learning & Development, Talent Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management, Payroll, Benefits, Compensation, Current and Past HCM Excellence Award Winners, Brandon Hall Group member organizations.

All cancellations are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. You may cancel your registrations through May 28, 2023 for a refund (minus the cancellation fee). Any cancellations made on or after May 28, 2023 will not be refunded. You may transfer your registration to someone else without incurring any fees. You may also opt to receive a credit to apply towards future events, services, awards entries, etc. To cancel your registration, please reach out to us at deiconference@brandonhall.com.

Please contact us at deiconference@brandonhall.com to make arrangements.

Please contact us at deiconference@brandonhall.com for any questions regarding which registration type you should select.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be made on or before May 28, 2023 to receive a refund.

All cancellations will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received on or after May 28, 2023.

No-show registrations will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact us

Covid-19 policy:

As a general rule, we are following our local/state mandates and guidelines. In the event that we are mandated to wear masks again, we would implement that within the event as well. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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