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07:50 AM
Breakfast and Check In
08:50 AM
Opening Comments
09:00 AM
Pulse Check: Benchmarking DEI Post Pandemic and What Does Success Look Like

Over the last three years, we have seen massive change in the way we work, where we work, and the very definition of what it means to be productive. Additionally, women, diverse, and other traditionally marginalized groups are finally being given a voice. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go.

This panel will explore:

• How the corporate landscape has changed
• Navigating the challenges and the benefits
• What we can do to continue to push the needle forward

09:45 AM
Disrupting the Noah’s Ark Approach to DEI: Creating a Culture of Inclusion

According to Bible scholars, there are no unicorns left in the world because they never made it on to the Ark. It’s thought that they were running late or they had a disagreement with Noah; no one is quite sure, but the point is that we don’t know how many other creatures missed the boat! In The Loudest Duck by Laura Liswood, she notes that at some point, corporate diversity came to mean the inclusion of at least two of every kind. Far too many believe that if you cram two people of each underrepresented group into a company or a boardroom, you have accomplished the task of creating a diverse work environment. Nothing could be further from the truth!

This panel will explore:

  • How partners and associates can engage their firm in more creative D&I initiatives
  • How firms can show their clients that they are sincerely implementing change and not just using a broad brush
  • How credit is given at law firms and what has to change
  • The responsibility of in-house counsel in helping law firms to become more diverse
  • What corporations can do to become more diverse

10:30 AM
Sponsorship, Change Agents & Allies

Because creating and maintaining a diverse workforce is no longer a gesture of goodwill, but essential to organizational growth, finding ways to foster diversity in the workplace is imperative. This is where leadership is most needed: by using privilege for the greater good, by paying it forward through sponsorship, and by offering mentoring and coaching where appropriate.

This panel will explore:

• What true allyship means
• Sponsorship programs and relationships that work
• Making the most of mentors and coaches

11:15 AM
Networking Break
11:55 AM
Harnessing the Benefits of a Multigenerational Workforce

This is a timely topic now that the workplace is as age diverse as ever before. Older workers say they feel like they are being pushed out while younger workers are leaving in large numbers because they feel undervalued. If organizations are going to thrive, communication and comprehension are the keys to a more harmonious and productive workforce.

This panel will explore:

• The challenges and opportunities of a multigenerational workplace
• Reverse mentoring
• Helping emerging leaders up the ladder
• Succession planning that works for all

12:40 PM
Keynote: DEI Champions: Driving Change, Getting Buy-in and Leveraging Success

With workplace culture evolving beyond the traditional in-office environment to hybrid and remote positioning, many companies and firms are beginning to feel the necessity of fortifying their commitment to DEI initiatives. Additionally, there is mounting pressure on the General Counsel and Senior Partners to show up and take a stand on those initiatives by actively participating in changing the company’s culture and the way they do business.

This panel will explore one or more of the following topics:

  • The ROI on DEI
  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Path to the GC Suite/Partnership---Legal Leadership
  • Driving Inclusion Through ESG

01:25 PM
Lunch & Networking
01:55 PM

Rotating, 20-minute discussions hosted by a topic expert.

03:10 PM
Networking Break
03:25 PM
Cultivating Allies & Change Agents

Because creating and maintaining a diverse workforce is no longer a gesture of goodwill, but essential to financial growth, finding ways to foster diversity in the workplace is imperative. This requires collaboration across disciplinary and organizational boundaries to tackle discriminatory practices and promote a true culture of inclusion. In order to be successful, it means getting buy-in from the dominant group as well. This is where leadership is most needed: in helping today’s dominant group embrace tomorrow’s reality.

This panel will explore:

  • Identifying allies, advocates, and co-conspirators
  • Using privilege for the greater good—Becoming an ally
  • Developing an engagement strategy

04:10 PM
It's More than a Feeling: Busting Stereotypes and Unpacking Unconscious Bias

The chances are extremely high that during your lifetime you have felt the impact of unconscious bias. To complicate matters, as human beings, every one of us has biases that we may not be aware of. That doesn’t make the effect any less dismissive or dehumanizing to the target. Whether discrimination comes from overt prejudice or unconscious bias, underrepresented groups and women are not receiving equal opportunities or treatment when it comes to landing in-house counsel positions, earning promotions, or making partner in a law firm. In fact, the impact of unconscious bias can too easily be underestimated and even rationalized. How can we identify our own unconscious biases/microaggressions and those of others?

This panel will explore:

  • How to do a moral inventory
  • Recognizing and resolving the commission of microaggressions: Power of language, Institutional bias, Ignorance, and education
  • How to approach: Managers, Peers, Direct reports

04:55 PM
VIP Interview Series: Featuring Robert Harmon Jr.

Inspired by the success of our podcast series—Journeys to Equity—CenterForce is proud to introduce our VIP Interview Program. Each of our Summits will now highlight the career path of one particular speaker. We will explore the challenges they faced, and the impact that diversity has played, on their road to success. The goal is to give our audience tips, insights and support as we work together to cultivate a community of inclusion for all.

05:25 PM
Closing Comments + Networking Cocktail Hour
  • Closing Comments
  • DEI Awards Ceremony
  • Networking Cocktail Hour