34th Annual Conference

April 5-7, 2022

 

Our flagship event, the annual conference, is our premier learning opportunity at the cutting-edge of the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) landscape, and now it’s available ON-DEMAND!

 

Did you miss the opportunity to join us live at the 2022 Forum annual conference? Or maybe you’re hearing about the US’s largest workplace DEI conference for the first time? The great news is, it’s not too late! We are pleased to present The Forum’s 34th annual conference, Solving for X: Tackling Inequities in a World of Unknowns On-Demand!

Questions? Contact us at workplaceforum@augsburg.edu or (612) 373-5994. 

For questions about our on-demand packages, contact The Forum’s Director of Business Development Dr. Harry Petaway at petaway@augsburg.edu.

What is On-Demand?

On-Demand means you can re-live the 2021 conference experience anytime or anywhere.*

What's Included?

Nearly everything that was available during the live conference will be available for on-demand users. View below for a full list.

How long do I get access?

sers get unlimited access to all of our on-demand content for a minimum of three months.

THIS EVENT HAPPENED IN MARCH. IS IT STILL RELEVANT?

Absolutely! Like all of our annual conferences, we program for the present and the future! We partner with DEI thought leaders and practitioners from all around the globe with the goal of programming for where we’d like to be, and how where going to get there – making our sessions, workshops, and presentations just as relevant and future focused in October as they were in April.

What is this year's conference about?

What does Solve for X mean? How do we “tackle inequities in a world of uknowns?” We’re glad you’re interested! Click here to learn more about what you can expect to learn from the 2021 conference on-demand package.

How do I access all of the content?

We’ve built the entire conference experience around our virtual conference platform called Pathable. Pathable allows you to experience the entire 2022 annual conference in a user-friendly and easily navigable place. No copying and pasting URLs or opening multiple websites. All it takes is a username and password.*

How much does all of this cost?

On-Demand access costs $600 and is all inclusive, meaning you pay one price and get access to everything! View below to see what all is included or click “buy now” to get started today!

Buying for a group? Contact us at workplaceforum@augsburg.edu for special group rates.

*Requires purchase of on-demand package valued at $600 for those who did not attend the conference. Computer and internet access required.

What’s Included with Conference On-Demand?

The 2022 Conference On-Demand package gives users all access to nearly every feature of the annual conference:

  • 46 Workshops – What’s a conference without workshops? We cover topics or “tracks” from Critical Employment Practices (9), DEI Strategy (8), Diversity Leadership (7), Government (3), Healthcare (3), Higher Education (3), Innovation & Transformation (7), Social Responsibility (6). Workshops range from introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Click here to browse our sessions in advance.
  • 4 Book Readings – Provocative readings by authors and brief discussion.
  • 8 Featured sessions – Featured sessions provide a deeper look at the complex issues of inclusion measurement, organizational transformation, and the relationship between races
  • 4 Art and Wellness Workshops – Four workshops specifically dedicated to art and or wellness.
  • Our Exhibitor Showcase
  • 5 Spotlights – The Forum Spotlight Series is back! These new Spotlights are 45-60 minute, expositions on important topics which we think you should know about.
  • 18 Trend Talks – Do you love Ted Talks? Trend Talks are short 20 minute presentations at the cutting edge of the DEI landscape.
  • 3 General Sessions, featuring Cassandra Worthy (Founder & CEO, Change Enthusiasm® Global) and Andrew Yang (Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, Nonprofit leader, and Former US Presidential & NYC Mayoral candidate), and an eclectic guest speaker panel discussing some of the most pressing topics in DEI.

About this Year’s Conference

Developing Our Conference Theme

Each year, through research and analysis, we – The Forum – identify current and emerging trends across the global business landscape. After rounds of vetting and re-tooling, a conference theme is determined.

What’s the Purpose of a Conference Theme?

The conference theme is the guiding source for all of the content and programing during the conference year – both identifying current and emerging trends as well as pushing new conversations and thinking in the DEI space. Hours, days, and months were spent in researching and creating the conference theme.

2022 Conference Theme – Solving for X: Tackling Inequities in a World of Unknowns

As we look to a future of continuous and unforeseeable change, what must we do to tackle systemic inequities so deeply embedded in our everyday environments and raise up inclusive, equitable, and sustainable work cultures that maximize our pluralistic potential?

Main Stage General Sessions

Create momentum and energy by diving deeper into a stimulating variety of topics in this year‘s dynamic General Sessions. You’ll learn from both pioneers and emerging leaders in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field who bring different ideas, experiences and perspectives.

cassandra worthy
Cassandra Worthy

Day 1 Keynote Speaker Cassandra Worthy, Founder & CEO, Change Enthusiasm® Global

andrew yang

Day 3 Keynote Speaker Andrew Yang, Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, Nonprofit Leader, and Former US Presidential and NYC Mayoral Candidate

andrew yang speaking

Solving for X

We are universally unified in the search for solutions to ongoing emergent challenges. Leaders across industries are pausing, prioritizing listening, and inviting dialogue about inventive ways of working together for maximum effectiveness. Many see this moment in time as an opportunity to discover more accessible, inclusive, and equitable ways of working. That said, pressing societal issues shift daily, challenging each of us to maintain laser focus on elevating diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work.

The Forum is committed to providing space and time throughout 2022 where people can connect, share, listen, learn, question, debate, challenge, and explore with one another what it takes in practice–not just in theory–to advance equity in our work and world. It begins with coming together at the annual conference to Solve for X: Tackling inequities in a world of unknowns.

Think about this: x + 1 = 3

If you were asked to solve it, that would mean finding some value for x that gives you three when you add one to it. Something plus one is three – well, we know since 2 + 1 = 3, x = 2. That’s it.

That’s what solving an equation is all about! This works no matter how complicated the equation gets. The only difference is that with a simple equation like this, it was possible to just think about it, and get the answer. Let’s look at a more complex equation by solving x to prove this statement: “EQUITY is the solution to many of the world’s problems.” 

Equity as the possible solution to many of our problems

In order to Solve for X, we must first shift from seeing EQUITY as the problem, to “solving for EQUITY” as the possible solution to many of our problems.

By assuming EQUITY as constant, we can begin to examine the other variables in the equation. This is our challenge: solving for X means finding what our equation requires from us to prove EQUITY true.

What Else Does the Forum Do?

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® – or The Forum for short – operates as an organization offering a wide variety of events, programs, and resources in addition to our flagship event – the annual conference. So who is The Forum, and what else does The Forum do? Click to find out more!

Support the Forum

Align your brand with the best in the industry! Expand your commitment, influence, and visibility to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our collective impact sponsorship model engages people and organizations both globally and locally. The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® is a year-round hub to align and engage before, during, and after the annual conference – with active financial and advisory support for our collaborative work.

Who Attends the Annual Conference?

Below is a breakdown of who attended our 2021 annual conference: Workplace Revolution.

People Involved

1,236

Presenters

210

Marketplace of Ideas Exhibitors

51

Volunteers

78

US States

39

Coaching Sessions

64

Countries

13

Participating Businesses

492

Sponsor Companies

28

Download the 2021 Annual Conference By the Numbers infographic.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® annual conference is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) conference designed for a national & global audience.

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