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September 6-7, 2023

Alexandria, VA

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Confirmed Speakers:

Pearl Alexander
Executive Director Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
Georgia Tech

Marisa Afzali
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
Progressive Insurance

Kevin Bradley
Vice President Diversity, Inclusion & Community
HUB International

Desiree Coleman-Fry
Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Rosa Colon-Kolacko
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Tufts Medicine

Fenimore Fisher
 Vice President Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Yolanda Friend
 Managing Director North America Inclusion & Diversity

Tonya Parker
Chief Diversity Officer
Wesleyan College

Ripa Rashid
Head of Inclusion & Diversity
TD Cowen

Elena Richards
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Jessie Spellman
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Westin Alexandria Old Town – Alexandria

400 Courthouse Square,
Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 22314

Book your room for the 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Summit using our group rate.

Impact Over Intent: Strategies to Really Move the DEI Needle

The urgency for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion has never been greater: the workforce of the future is more diverse than ever, and newer generations are heavily prioritizing company values in their employment decisions.

In 2023, employers are increasingly expected to have DEI related policies and to actively tackle inequity in the workplace, through pay, benefits, health provisions and other channels. These expectations are not only coming from employees but also from a wide range of stakeholders, including regulators, investors, customers, suppliers and the media.

DEI initiatives can not only help to welcome a more diverse group of people into the organization, but they can also solve tokenism and as a result, offer many new perspectives. Organizations that get DEI right will benefit from a great culture and increased innovation. They will also enhance their reputations and gain an advantage in the growing war for talent. Those that fail to promote these principles will see their reputations and relevance diminished.

The business case for equity, diversity, and inclusion is strong and growing stronger, and while companies and institutions have demonstrated positive intent and increased discussion and activity, data shows that progress is slow. Greater clarity on what works, and what does not, can help leaders effectively create sustainable change.

HRO Today’s 11th Annual Inclusion Summit & Award Show will share success factors common across the DEI initiatives that yielded the most significant, scalable, quantifiable, and sustained impact. We will also celebrate inspiring DEI programs and practitioners that have made meaningful contributions to their organizations and the overall practice of D&I.

Session Topics Include:

  • The intersections of D&I and ESG
  • Sustaining stakeholder engagement in D&I Initiatives
  • Developing inclusive leaders
  • Innovative D&I training
  • Creating a culture of inclusion and belonging
  • Launching and revamping ERG’s
  • Attracting diverse talent
  • Measuring the ROI of D&I
  • Leveraging DEI data & analytics

Featuring the 2nd Annual HRO Today Inclusion Awards

HRO Today has a long tradition of recognizing the work of HR and talent management executives at our HRO Today Forums. In keeping with that tradition, the 2023 Inclusion Summit will recognize the work of HR, business leadership, and DEI executives that effectively implemented programs that promoted an inclusive workplace, enhanced their employer brand, and improved employee engagement & retention. Awards winners will be announced during a luncheon on day two of the event.

2022 DEI Executive of the Year Winners

Large Market

Keyantee’ Davis
Legal & Professional

Small-Medium Market

Regina Petty
Chief Diversity Officer & Partner
Fisher Phillips

2022 DEI Program of the Year Winners

Large Market
Small-Medium Market


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  • Discount Ends: 06/02/2023


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