35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023

 

General Sessions

 

Welcome to the 2023 Forum on Workplace Inclusion® 35th Annual Conference:

Combining Forces(x): Fueling our Collective Capacity for Change.

Our General Sessions synthesize the theme of our 2023 program year on the conference’s biggest stage.

Day 1 – 35th Annual Celebration — Welcome Event + Following Reception will be held at Orchestra Hall!

March 27, 2023 at 4pm CST

Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Augsburg University, and The Forum combine forces to showcase inclusion and the advancement of equity through the arts, media, philanthropy, and higher education, including conversation with Michelle Miller Burns, Duchesne Drew, and Paul Pribbenow, moderated by Eric Jolly

Host/Moderator

Eric Jolly

CEO & President

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Michelle Miller Burns

CEO & President

Minnesota Orchestra

Duchesne Drew

President

Minnesota Public Radio

Paul Pribbenow

President

Augsburg University

Day 2 General Session: GROUNDING HYBRID ENERGIES: Cross-Industry Design for Impact + Sustainability

March 28, 2023 10am CST

Cross-industry innovation expert and ideaDJ, Ramon Vullings, shares the power of reframing to unearth innovative DEI solutions. In his keynote Ramon will set the stage for transformative thinking with a message about why remixing of ideas cross-sector is a smart strategy in this era. 

A moderated Q&A with cross-sector industry leaders talking about about their most wicked challenges tees up active participation in three 2-day collaborative cross-industry think tanks.

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Keynote Speaker
RAMON VULLINGS

Cross-Industry Expert & Idea DJ

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Guest Speaker

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Rachel Korberg
Guest Speaker

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Kathy-Martinez
Guest Speaker

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Think Tanks — New for 2023!

March 28 & 29, 2023

At times, the work of advancing DEI within organizations — and even within industries — can feel isolating. Many feel siloed in their efforts to find new solutions for decades-old challenges. It’s difficult to keep pace with constant and rapid change.

Think Tanks are an exciting opportunity for professionals from across industries to come together and imagine the possibilities of combining forces to maximize DEI impact.

Following his keynote, Ramon Vullings will be joined by Todd Palmer, director of Diversity in Design, to facilitate highly interactive, two-day sessions. Think Tank sessions will help DEI professionals look beyond the borders of their proprietary domains and learn smarter business strategies — collaboratively.

Ramon and Todd will frame the conversation for a healthy debate and help contributors — at all levels, from all generations — feel comfortable to freely participate.

Think Tank Leaders

 

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Facilitator
RAMON VULLINGS

Cross-Industry Expert & Idea DJ

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Facilitator
TODD PALMER

Director
Diversity In Design

Day 3 Closing General Session: LEVERAGING OUR NET FORCE: Recognizing and Promoting DEI Superpowers

March 29, 2023

Three distinctly different influencers set the stage with moving messages and deeply personal conversation, challenging us to own and leverage superpowers others may perceive as limitations.

Guest Speaker
ASHTON APPLEWHITE

Against Agism

Guest Speaker
NADYA OKAMOTO

New Passions

Guest Speaker
JOSE PIRANIAN

Everyone Stutters

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

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