2019 Conference Videos

2019 Conference Videos

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion held its 2019 Annual Conference on April 16 – 18, 2019. Below, find videos from our main stage general sessions, special presentations, and our collection of 20-minute Spotlight Sessions.

Live captioning at the conference provided by InQUEST Consulting.

Main Stage General Sessions

2019 Opening General Session: Welcome to the 31st Annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Day 2 AM Main Stage General Sessions
When: April 17, 2019

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Executive Director Steve Humerickhouse welcomes conference participants during the Opening General Session and opens the discussion around the 2019 conference theme: Bridging the Gap.

Also featured, Elena Richards (PWC), Julie Sullivan, Ph.D. (President, University of St. Thomas)

Signals from the Edge: Diversity at the Speed of Culture

Day 2 PM Main Stage General Sessions
When: April 17, 2019
Presenters: Kendra Clarke, sparks & honey; Elfi Martinez, Jennifer Brown Consulting

Workplace Inclusion is a phrase that flows freely in an increasing number of organizations embracing diversity as essential to doing business, yet actualizing workplace inclusion is more challenging than ever…click here for full description.

Meeting the Enemy…and Those We Don’t Agree With

Day 3 AM Main Stage General Sessions
When: April 18, 2019
Presenters: Deeyah Khan, Fuuse Films; Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Serve 2 Unite; Arno Michaelis, Serve 2 Unite; Roshini Rajkumar, Own Your WOW!™

Warning: This session includes video excerpts containing explicit language and sensitive content. Viewer discretion is advised.

Hear from Deeyah Khan, the Pakistani/Norwegian documentary film maker, who followed the 2017 white supremacists demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia…click here for full description.

Note: Video portions of the original documentary have been blocked due to licensing and copyright restrictions.

Culture. Power. Privilege. Inclusion. Expanding Our Capacity to Uplift.

Day 3 PM Main Stage General Sessions
When: April 18, 2019
Presenter: John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE

Second presentation “The Power of Standing For” with Brittany J. Harris, The Winters Group, Inc

John Hope Bryant frames today’s civil struggles for financial inclusion through the lens of Silver Rights. Sharing his doctrines on poverty and wealth, he discusses the impact of culture, privilege and power on financial empowerment programs for the poor…click here for full description.

Special Presentations

We’re Moving! A Forum Special Announcement

After 23 years at The University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is moving to its new home starting July 1, 2019. See the announcement featuring Paul Pribbenow (President, Augsburg University) and Steve Humerickhouse (The Forum on Workplace Inclusion) 

2019 Diversity Awards

Watch a presentation of the 2019 Diversity Awards presented during the 2019 Forum on Workplace Inclusion annual conference.

Tribute to Robby Gregg & Susan Moyer

Day 2 PM Main Stage General Sessions
When: April 17, 2019

A touching tribute to Robby Gregg and Susan Moyer during Day 2 Lunch General Session at the 2019 Forum on Workplace Inclusion annual conference.

Presenters: Steve Humerickhouse (The Forum), Davide Baker (University of St. Thomas), Howard Ross (Cook Ross)

A Peace of My Mind at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion (Part 1)

The 31st annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion invited artist John Noltner and his exhibit “A Peace of My Mind”. Not only was his exhibit on display in The Forum’s Marketplace of Ideas, but Noltner also created a special exhibit of stories and images directly from participants of the 2019 conference.

A Peace of My Mind at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion (Part 2)

A Peace of My Mind visited the Forum on Workplace Inclusion and asked, “When have you bridged a divide?” The response was overwhelming…and heartening.

Video courtesy of A Peace of My Mind.

Spotlight Sessions

These sessions, held in the center of the Forum Marketplace (similar to TED Talks), offer a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics in short, 20 minute segments.

MNPathways—A Governor’s Office Approach to Hiring Inclusively

Presenter: Emma Corrie, Office of Governor Mark Dayton

Learn about the MNPathways program—a unique and comprehensive approach to hiring and retaining qualified talent into career pathway jobs across state government.

Engaging for Refugees in Europe, Middle East and Africa: Learnings from the SAP Experience

Presenter: Miguel Castro, SAP

For European host nations, accepting refugees is just the tip of the iceberg. The integration into everyday life is the actual challenge, including adapting to a new culture and pursuing a fulfilled working life.

A Mexican Perspective of Inclusion: How Can a Comprehensive Conceptualization of DEI Help Us Bridge the Gaps in Public Workplaces?

Presenter: Dr. Tatiana Revilla, Gender Issues

Challenge your traditional concept of DEI and explore the major role played by gender, racial, ethnic and cultural elements in comprehensively defining the broader issue.

The Blame Game

Presenter: Lisa Love, Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

The Blame Game explores the blame dynamic which exacerbates discrimination and creates strong and damaging stereotypes.

Muslim-Inclusive workplace: An insight into workplace realities

Presenter: Hanadi Chehabeddine, Hanadi SBC

Redefine what it means to be Muslim in America and tackle widely held misconceptions that people have about Muslims: Why don’t Muslims denounce terrorism?

The CTR Factor: How High Is Your Leadership Quotient

Presenter: Suri Surinder, CTR Factor, Inc.

CTR Factor explores the science of gravitational leadership by examining the currencies that need to be earned (Credibility, Trust & Respect), assets that need to be built, and investments that need to be made.

Mindless clicks no more! Bridging the gap between digital and in-person experiences

Presenter: Dr. Michael Baran, inQUEST

Dr. Michael Baran, will describe a system that bridges the gap. He will describe the “Yellow Card System” designed to increase recognition of microaggressions and facilitate conversations following when a microaggression has occurred.

The SkiNy on Generations in the Workplace: Current Best Practice Insights

Presenter: Pam McElvane, Diversity MBA (DMBA, Inc.)

Understand the key differences of generations in the workplace and learn how to leverage the data to make decisions in bridging the generational gap.

The Friendship Gap & the Jazz Solution: Achieving Integration Through Shared Experience

Presenter: Dr. Naomi Ono, Synapse Minnesota LLC

This session addresses the friendship gap, a widespread disruption in our society that is reflected in every sector, the workplace, education, government, etc.

Robots and Religion: Religious Literacy in a Time of Technological Change

Presenter: Cameron Smith, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Tanenbaum will draw upon its experience in assisting with the creation of unique company policies for proactively addressing religion in the workplace, to make the case for utilizing religious literacy to address the workplace challenges of not only the near future, but also the present.

Nudging to Greater Success: How Small Nudges Can Boost Employee Equity and Retention

Presenter: Ross O’Hara, Persistence Plus LLC

In this session, we explore how addressing hidden barriers like stereotype threat or a fixed mind-set is crucial to boosting individual and collective success in increasingly diverse environments, and how small nudges can have big impact.

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