2017 Conference Videos

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Did you miss the 2017 conference or simply want to replay your favorite sessions? Videos of the General Sessions and Spotlight Series talks are available online.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion held its 2017 Annual Conference on March 28-30, 2017. We were honored to have CNN’s Van Jones as the featured presenter and moderator, along with other notable experts and leaders in the diversity and inclusion field. Thank you to the 2017 Lead Sponsor, Target, for making the conference possible.

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Forum 2017: Day 2 Morning General Session

The Forum welcomed Van Jones as its Opening General Session presenter and moderator. Panelist included Caroline Wanga (Target), Howard Ross (Cook Ross, Inc.), Jacob Rascon(NBC News), Tinna Nielsen (Move the Elephant, World Economic Forum), and Miles Davis (Shenandoah University).

Forum 2017: Day 2 – Tiffany Jana

Tiffany Jana, Founder and CEO of TMI Consulting, was the presenter during the Day 2 Lunch General Session. Her insights on bias, privilege, and the power of personal narrative provided a mid-day boost of inspiration. Thank you to Prudential for sponsoring this session.  

Forum 2017: Day 3 Morning General Session

What makes C-suite attributes really make a difference? Moderated by Subha V. Barry (Working Mother Media), this Morning General Session on Day 3 included an introduction from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, and panelists James C. Burroughs II(State of Minnesota), Greg Cunningham and Jennie Carlson (U.S. Bank), Nancy Lyons and Meghan McInerny (Clockwork), and Michael Clementi and Mita Mallick (Unilever). Thank you to Thrivent Financial for sponsoring this session.

Forum 2017: Day 3 Closing Session

Day 3 was capped off with the 2017 Diversity Award winners (Michele Myer-Shipp, Prudential Financial; Department of Citywide Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity, City of New York; and Jordan Roberge, HealthPartners). Following the awards, attendees watched an invigorating Lunch General Session that included Air Force R.O.T.C. Color Guard from the University of St. Thomas, and presenter Admiral John C. Harvey (U.S. Navy – retired), who discussed resourceful readiness and preparing for the unpredictable.

Spotlight Series

are 20-minute segments held in the center of the Forum Marketplace (similar to TED Talks) on a variety of D&I topics. Thank you to the 2017 Spotlight Series sponsor, Johnson Controls, for making these possible.

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LGBT Inclusion in Latin America & the Caribbean

Francesca Molinaro, Decode Leadership

Laws governing LGBT rights are complex in the Americas and acceptance of LGBT persons varies widely. While there is full recognition of same-sex marriages in some countries, others continue to have anti-sodomy laws and anti-gay immigration laws on the books. Learn what about the status of LGBT rights across the region and understand the implications for supporting LGBT employees and creating LGBT-inclusive workplaces in LAC.

The SKiNy on Hiring: Secrets on Attracting Top Talent

Pamela A. McElvane, Diversity MBA

This talk addresses what is necessary for companies to do to broaden the lens of their frontline recruiters and hiring managers. Attendees will be able to immediately validate if their practices are well defined or if they need to expand their training. You will also learn best practices from what other industries are doing to attract and retain talent.

Leadership for Inclusion: The Role of Privilege Fragility

Teresa Rothausen, University of St. Thomas

This presentation generates discussion about the need to explicitly address the fragility of the privileged as a significant barrier to our vision of a more inclusive society and to more inclusion within organizations. Four elements are briefly reviewed: the emergence of concepts such as white fragility and white debt, considering economic resources in our diversity and inclusion work, research suggesting different development needs for privileged and oppressed social identities, and human development models as critical to inclusion.

Why Isn’t Your CEO an Activist?

Cheryl Burrell, The Dignities Agency

We’re seeing more and more CEOs taking a public stand for social and corporate justice, sometimes is very unexpected ways. We know that people prefer to work for companies that have a strong social consciousness. Are you prepared to be a highly visible and valued strategic advisor to your CEO in the new climate?

Use Social Media to Attract, Recruit and Retain Diverse Top Talent

Fay Marie Dunbar, Prudential Financial

This spotlight session will inspire you to push yourself beyond the ordinary and passive efforts we often make on behalf of being a talent representative or a talent ambassador for our companies, causes or other organizations. We will unlock the secrets to using simple tools, such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor, for becoming a talent magnet.

International Perspective on Unconscious Bias

Dr. Ramón A. Pastrano, ImpactLives

This presentation generates discussion about the need to explicitly address the fragility of the privileged as a significant barrier to our vision of a more inclusive society and to more inclusion within organizations. Four elements are briefly reviewed: the emergence of concepts such as white fragility and white debt, considering economic resources in our diversity and inclusion work, research suggesting different development needs for privileged and oppressed social identities, and human development models as critical to inclusion.

Diversity 3.0: A Focus on Transformation

Sara Taylor, deepSEE Consulting

Transformational Diversity takes our D&I work, and our organization as a whole, to the next level. Diversity 1.0 focused on representation. Diversity 2.0 focused on inclusion to ensure respect in the workplace. Today we think that’s not enough, and our focus is on Transformational Diversity — a shift to a new level that actually requires us to operate differently. In this stage, we are able to enter the workplace with new mindsets and skillsets, allowing us to transform the situations we’re in and the organizations we lead because we’re actually able to see and respond to greater complexity.

MN Tech Diversity Pledge: Steps Toward Making Change in the Local Tech Industry

Nancy Lyons, Clockwork

Clockwork started the MN Tech Diversity Pledge (www.mntechdiversity.com) in early 2016 to draw attention to a problem that our local economy faces: an underrepresentation of LGBTQ, women, and people of color in the technology industry. Companies and organizations that take the pledge commit to changing this through direct action. In this session, Nancy Lyons, CEO of Clockwork and MN Tech Diversity Pledge founder, discusses what inspired her to start the pledge, why diversity & inclusion is so critical to the future of the tech industry, and how she plans to make change.

Global Citizenship: Future View for Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability

Cheryl Kern and Catherine Potter, Johnson Controls

As global citizens, we are faced with a myriad of challenges and opportunities. People issues are at the forefront of the challenges we face as we seek to maximize an internationally diverse workforce. As these issues intersect with issues that our planet faces, sustainability emerges as a critically important area to leverage. Whether you are part of a small, medium or large organization, each of our entities will more fully thrive when we fully consider the future ramifications of integrating our Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability strategies.

Listen In: Addressing the Issue of Race at Work

Allison Mansell, Cook Ross

This workshop hosts the often-avoided conversation of race in the workplace. The premise of the workshop is that we cannot solve for issues that we are not able to talk about. Participant dialogue is facilitated with the goal of increasing awareness of why this conversation is difficult, fostering understanding of the impact of the issues, and making new agreements about how colleagues can learn from each other and create new ways of being.

Toxic Muslim & Christian Masculinities, and Cultivating Alternatives

Dominic Longo Ph.D., University of St. Thomas

This session will analyze examples of contemporary toxic Muslim and Christian masculinities and “radicalization” using critical perspectives from the realms of gender studies, queer theory, and comparative theology. Through consideration of what gender has to do with professional development, job performance, and organizational health, attendees will come away with new tools to use in thinking about gender diversity as well as its importance. The session will end with a note of hope and practicality by offering suggestions for how we can create greater space for masculinities that are constructive and thriving rather than destructive and disturbed.

Getting Women on Boards: What’s Happening in Asia?

Florence Chan, Community Business

Community Business has been reporting on Women on Boards in Hong Kong since 2009. In March 2017, they launch their latest edition, sharing key interviews, important data, analysis and observed trends for Hong Kong and the region. This session will run through their findings, and copies of the report will be provided.