About The Forum

About The Forum

For over 35 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® – The Forum for short – has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow professional leadership and effectiveness skills in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by engaging people, advancing ideas, and igniting change.

The Forum expands mindsets, skill sets, and tool sets necessary for true workplace inclusion through our events and programs, our media platform and our flagship event – the annual conference.

Photo: Former Forum Executive Director (2002-2023) Steve Humerickhouse

Our Story

A program of Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Forum designs and convenes programming for professionals seeking strategies, resources, and stretch opportunities for personal, professional, and organizational development. Over the past 35 years, our flagship conference has grown to become the largest and one of the most highly-valued workplace DEI learning experiences in the United States, bringing cross-sector leaders together to share practices, exchange ideas, and engage in experiential learning.

The Forum continues to be a hub for creative exploration and collaborative learning among DEI practitioners worldwide by keeping step with expanding global business communities and continually responding to the most current and emerging DEI issues and trends.

As communities experience charged dynamics around societal events, political shifts, and racial and religious polarization, it is more important than ever leaders have the mindsets, skill sets, and tool sets necessary for responsive leadership to drive strategies for advancing DEI in the workplace.

The 2023 conference will mark 35 years of The Forum, and it features a global line up of outstanding experts, presenters, educational experiences, and networking.

Today, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® – or The Forum for short – operates as an organization offering a wide variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion events, programs, and resources in addition to our flagship event – the annual conference.

Our Vision

A world where all people in all workplaces have equitable access to everything they need to feel valued and thrive.


Our Mission

Our mission is to convene learning experiences and forge connections that engage, advance, and ignite bold thinking towards equitable workplace solutions for lasting impact.

Tagline: Engaging People. Advancing Ideas. Igniting Change.

About Augsburg University

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® is based at one of the most diverse private colleges in the Midwest, Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community committed to intentional diversity in its life and work.

Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®
2211 Riverside Ave, CB 54
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 373-5994

Photos by Sarah Morreim Photography
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