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Concurrent Session I

Exploring Multi-Generational Work Styles to Optimize Collaboration (Panel)

Different generations working alongside one another in the workplace can sometimes present challenges to both employees and supervisors. Exploring multi-generational work styles can provide insights into ways different groups can aim to collaborate with each other in more efficient and effective ways. By understanding and leveraging these differences, companies can foster collaboration and productivity among employees.

How to Leverage Employee Resource Groups (Roundtable)

Some organizations have had Employee Resource Groups (“ERGs”, “Employee Networks”, or “Affinity Groups) for the last 25 years or more. In recent years, for various reasons, organizations are seeking to align resource groups with overall organizational strategic objectives, which led to both repositioning of existing groups and, for those organizations just forming ERGs, to a new template for formation and operation. Panelists will discuss the changes, challenges, and successes experienced in positioning employee resource groups for greater strategic impact.

Most Powerful and Influential Women

Success is not only about achieving a certain status in the corporate world or as an entrepreneur, but success is also achieved by the way you live; what you say; how you dream; and what you know is true. Hear from some of the nation’s Most Powerful and Influential Women and understand what it takes to become a woman of power and influence in today’s world.

Concurrent Session II

Attracting, Developing, and Retaining the Next Generation of Black Leaders (Panel)

In the United States, racial and ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective industry medians. Today’s candidates, especially diverse applicants, consider different aspects of a prospective employer, such as the company mission and vision, social responsibility, an open and inclusive culture, and opportunities for growth. Once part of the team, additional steps must be taken and continuously pursued in order to effectively develop the talent into successful leaders.

Ground Breaking Ideas in Work-Life Balance (Panel)

Ensuring employees maintain a healthy work-life balance is one of the keys to a successful professional and personal life. Business leaders will share the ways in which their organizations have successfully contributed to improving employees’ work life balance. They will cover topics such as benefits, work environment, fitness facilities, flexible scheduling plans, and more!

How to Evolve a Future Workforce (Roundtable)

In this session, participants will explore the different values that each generation brings to the organization. The focus will be on how to capitalize on the strengths of each generation by learning their motivations and meeting their needs in the modern workplace. Various trends that are gaining popularity will be explored (i.e.: flex time, telecommuting, giving back to the community, continued learning & development).

Concurrent Session III

Advocacy and Sponsorship: White Men Advancing D&I (Panel)

While white men are more likely to hold leadership roles in the private sector, they are often the least likely to be included or engaged in D&I conversations in the workplace. While it may seem counterintuitive, including white men in the D&I conversation is crucial because they often hold the power to help implement organizational policies or changes related to D&I. Panelists will discuss strategies on how to actively engage and include this demographic in the D&I conversation, and suggest steps that white men can take to promote the importance of D&I initiatives.

Entrepreneurial Best Practices (Roundtable)

Join this panel of entrepreneurs as they share a holistic perspective on the principles of entrepreneurship. These entrepreneurs will emphasize the mindset and self-understanding needed to undertake entrepreneurial endeavors, and the practical process of entrepreneurship.

Promoting Physical Fitness & Mental Wellness in the Workplace (Panel)

It is incredibly important for organizations to promote physical fitness and mental wellness within the workplace. These two things can play an integral role in employee satisfaction, engagement, productivity, and overall success. Panelists will share their organizations’ best practices in the physical fitness and mental wellness arenas.