DEI_Virtual_Summit_Program
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Virtual Summit 

 

Format

The DEI Summit is a single event whose cumulative programming has been spread across 3 days in order to accommodate the schedules and realities of working from home. While it will be possible to register for only one or two segments of the Summit, we recommend that you register for and attend the full Summit.  Only by attending all three portions of the event will you be able to fully experience and internalize this valuable personal and professional development.

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Education

July 14, 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am

What is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion? Day 1 of the virtual summit will help answer this question through a panel discussion that includes prominent thought-leaders and experts in the field who will provide context on what DEI is and the implications for the government relations field when DEI is not at the core of its long-term business strategy.

9:30 am – 9:45 am            Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Monica Almond, Founder, The Almond Group (Mistress of Ceremonies)
  • Kate Shenk, Incoming President, Women in Government Relations

9:45 am – 10:05 am            Keynote Presentation: “400+ Years of Black Racial Trauma: Policy Levers to End Systemic Racism”

  • Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:05 am – 10:35 am          Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: What is it and Why Does it Matter for Policy and Advocacy

Prominent thought-leaders on DEI will provide context on what DEI is and the implications for the government relations field when DEI is not at the core of its long-term strategy.

  • Dr. LaShonda Brenson, Senior Fellow, Diversity and Inclusion, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Vandana Das, Diversity & Inclusion, International Financial Corporation
  • Naomi Mercer, Senior Vice President; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; American Banker’s Association

10:40 am – 11:25 am        Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions allow participants to deep-dive on critical topics relevant to DEI by learning from experts in the field.

Session One: To Understand Systemic Racism, Study Housing Segregation

  • Bryan Greene, Director, Fair Housing Policy, National Association of Realtors (Invited)

Session Two: Microaggressions & Microresistence

  • Dr. Ferial Pearson, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Session Three: Conscious Bias: Why Unconscious Bias Training Fails & What to do Instead

  • Naomi Mercer, Senior Vice President; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; American Banker’s Association

Session Four: Income Inequality: The Causes, Consequences, and Remedies are a Moral American Crisis

  • Lillian D. Singh, Vice President, Programs & Racial Wealth Equity; Prosperity Now

Session Five: Intersectionality: Leaving no Group Unserved

  • Robyn Harper, Coordinator, Equity Strategy & Programming, DC Public Schools

Session Six: A Conversation about Racism and White Privilege

  • Kathleen Coulombe, Vice President, Federal Relations, Retirement Security, American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)
  • Rachel Stanley Nguyen, Assistant Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Principal Financial Group

11:25 am – 11:30 am         Closing Day 1 & Preview Day 2

11:30 am – 12:00 pm        Optional Social Breakout Rooms


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Ownership

July 21, 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Day 2 of the virtual summit will afford attendees an opportunity to participate in interactive sessions that provoke their thinking on critical DEI topics. Owning DEI is a commitment to embrace, model, and advance DEI ideals within the government relations field and places of employment.

9:30 am – 9:40 am            Welcome & Day 1 Recap

  • Larkin Willis, Research and Policy Associate, Learning Policy Institute; DEI Committee Vice-Chair

9:40 am – 10:00 am          Interactive Activity: "I am ________, but I am not _________"

10:00 am – 10:25 am        Race of Life Video - Where did you start in the Race of Life? privilege exercise

10:25 am – 10:40 am        Interactive Activity: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

10:40 am – 11:20 am        Break Out Sessions
Breakout sessions allow participants to deep-dive on critical topics relevant to DEI by learning from experts in the field.

Session One: Intercultural Competence

  • Deanna Blackwell, Intercultural Competence, Diversity & Inclusion Training Specialist for Peace Corps

Session Two: Your Role in Social Change 

  • Deepa Iyer, Senior Advisor, Building Movement Project

11:20 am – 11:30 am         Closing Day 2 & Preview Day 3

11:30 am – 12:00 pm        Optional Social Breakout Rooms


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Action

July 28, 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am

The final day of the summit, attendees will have an opportunity to share reflections from the past two sessions.  Significantly, they will walk away with several practical tools and actionable strategies for  themselves and other government relations professionals to use in both their personal and professional domains.     

9:30 am – 9:40 am             Welcome & Day 2 Recap

  • Dr. Monica Almond, Mistress of Ceremonies

9:40 am – 10:10 am           Framework for Action: Partnering in Diversity 

  • Jacki Ball, WGR President-Elect (Moderator)
  • Jocelyn Hong, H Street
  • Cherie Wilson, Washington Government Relations Group
  • Liz Lopez, Hispanic Lobbyists Association

10:15 am – 10:50 am        Breakout Sessions
 
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Policy and Advocacy

  • Kemba Hendrix, Director of U.S. House of Representatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Moderator)
  • Cristina Antelo, Principal, Ferox Strategies
  • Alane Dent, Founder & CEO, Dent Strategies
    Erica Miles
    , Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Financial Services Committee, U.S. 
    House of Representatives
  • Lorenzo Olvera, Director of Senate Diversity Initiative, U.S. Senate Office of Chuck 
    Schumer

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Communications and Public Relations

  • Teresa Stepic, Senior Vice President, Client Relations; DDC Public Affairs (Moderator)
  • Tiane Harrison, Director of Advocacy Communications, National Association of Realtors
  • Jill Kozeny, Senior Vice President, Communications; American Council of Life Insurers
  • Donte Shannon, CEO, Association for Equipment Management

How to Apply a Racial Equity Lens to Policies

  • Marlysa Gamblin, Bread for the World

10:50 am – 11:20 am        General Session: Leadership Agility in Action

  • Allison Manswell, Founder & Chief Results Officer, Path Forward Consulting

11:20 am – 11:30 am         Closing Day 3 & Commitments

11:30 am – 12:00 pm         Optional Social Breakout Rooms