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2017 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium Agenda
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Tuesday, May 23
2:00 - 3:00 pm Registration
3:00 - 3:10 pm
Welcome - Ken Robertson and Rosalyn Hargraves, Ph.D.
3:15 - 415 pm

Opening Keynote - Overcoming Bias: Moving Beyond Words and Into Action
Tiffany Jana, CEO and President, TMI Consulting
4:15 - 5:00 pm
Positioned for Progress:  A panel discussion with top local leaders on ways our region is
becoming more inclusive and ensuring readiness for the radical demographic changes ahead


Joseph P. Casey, Ph.D., County Administrator, Chesterfield County
Jennifer McClellan, Senator, Virginia State Senate, 9th District

Jeffrey Bourne, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates, 71st District
Jim Taylor, Deputy County Administrator, Hanover County
Rodney Hathaway, County Administrator, New Kent County


Jonathan Zur, President, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Networking Reception and Book Signing
Wednesday, May 24
7:30 - 8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Welcome and Introduction: Ken Robertson and Rosalyn Hargraves, Ph.D.
8:45 - 9:45 am
Morning Keynote: The Inclusion Paradox
Andres Tapia, Korn Ferry

Concurrent Sessions
10:05 - 11:10 am

An Unorthodox Approach to
Developing Young Professionals

Jonathan Young, VSU

What Successful Companies Know: Diversity Leads to Enhanced Economic Impact

Dannellia Green, Ph.D., Owens & Minor
Religious and Cultural Inclusion:
How to Get it Right

Dr. Imad Demaj, VCU
Mona Siddiqui JD
11:10 - 11:25 am Transition
11:25 am -
12:25 pm

Educate the Child, Engage the Family, Empower the Community

Damon Jiggetts, Peter Paul Development Center
LGBTQ+: Understanding Where We've Been to See Where We're Going

Ted Lewis, Side by Side (formerly ROSMY)

Police as Partners in an Inclusive Community

Deputy Chief Eric English, City of Richmond Police
VCU Chief John Venuti, VCU

12:25 - 1:10 pm
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Lunch Keynote: Case Study: Why Building a Diverse Investments Team Can Deliver Big Results
Ronald Schmitz, Chief Investment Officer, Virginia Retirement System
Vera Pleasants, Investment Operations Manager
Chung Ma, Senior Portfolio Manager
Jummai Sarki-Hurd, Senior Investment Officer
1:45 - 1:55 pm
1:55 - 2:55 pm
How Current Students Will Shape
Future Workplaces

Jessica Hawthorne, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Enhancing Inclusion through Employee Resource Groups: Lessons and Opportunities

Jim Gregware, Mercer (facilitator)
Joy Thorpe, Altria
Shane Olsen, Dominion

Housing and Recovery the CARITAS Way

Marilyn Milio, CARITAS Works

2:55 - 3:05 pm
3:05 - 4:05 pm
Closing Session: UnMonumental - Everybody Has a Story
Kelley Libby, Public radio producer and community engagement strategist, NPR
4:05 - 4:15 pm
Closing: Ken Robertson and Rosalyn Hargraves, Ph.D.

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