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Third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium | May 23-24, 2017

Join us at the Student Commons Building at VCU on May 23-24, 2017 for the Third Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium co-hosted by Richmond SHRM and VCU.

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2017 Sponsors


Keynote Speakers

Tiffany Jana

CEO and President

TMI Consulting


Overcoming Bias: Moving Beyond Words & Into Action


Everybody's biased—even nice people like you. We all harbor unconscious assumptions about people who are different from us that get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from working together harmoniously and effectively. So in an increasingly diverse and globalized world, what does respecting difference actually require? And right here in Richmond, Virginia what can we do? In this impactful session, author and acclaimed speaker Tiffany Jana will teach you how to identify your personal points of privilege, make genuine connections with people who aren’t like you, and figure out how to break down social barriers across a spectrum of differences (race, religion, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more). She will discuss hidden biases and show how they arise from our histories and cloud our perceptions.

Andres T. Tapia

Senior Client Partner/Solution Lead
Workforce Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Practice
Korn Ferry

The Inclusion Paradox: Why Your Current Diversity Strategy is Not Enough

Dramatically changing demographics are upending politics, marketplaces, workplaces and communities. What do those changes mean for our future? In this thought provoking session, diversity through thought leader Andres Tapia explores the cultural implications of what has been the Obama Era, and what it takes to move into the next generation of diversity work to grow business and attract and retain the best talent. He makes the case that the work of diversity and inclusion has never been more urgent, particularly in an era of polarization around the world, as everything has globalized, and paradoxically, atomized at a massive scale. Yet nations and companies are woefully and dangerously unprepared for this diversity. Because it's one thing to acknowledge the diversity already here, quite another to make the most out of it. Mr. Tapia will offer practical and strategic solutions for how anyone, including business, diversity, human resources and community leaders, can make organizations and the people in them stronger, more productive, and more successful.

Thought Provoking Breakout Sessions

Afternoon General Session

Ronald Schmitz, Chief Investment Officer, Virginia Retirement System
"Case Study: Why Building a Diverse Investments Team Can Deliver Big Results"

Additional Sessions

» Positioned for Progress: A panel discussion with top local leaders
» Religious and Cultural Inclusion: How to Get it Right

» Police as Partners in an Inclusive Community

» Housing and Recovery the CARITAS Way

» What Successful Companies Know: Diversity Leads to Enhanced Economic Impact

» Enhancing Inclusion through Employee Resource Groups: Lessons and Opportunities

» LGBTQ+: Understanding Where We've Been to See Where We're Going

» Educate the Child, Engage the Family, Empower the Community

» An Unorthodox Approach to Developing Young Professionals

» Success in Education: How Current Students will Shape Future Workplaces

Closing Speaker

Kelley Libby, Producer, NPR - "Unmonumental: Everybody Has a Story"


Sponsorship Information

For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Symposium, click here.


Registration Rates

After March 31
 Table of 8 (Preferred reserved seating, company name in program, plus 8 copies of Tiffany Jana's book, "Overcoming Bias")
Regular $219  $1,500
Public Sector/Non-Profit $179  

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  Symposium Agenda   Speaker Lineup

Do you have a question for the panel of local government leaders (Session Title: The view from the top: RVA’s city and county leaders share their vision)? Send it to by May 16.

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