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2011 Association Forum Diversity Summit

May 17, 2011
9:00 AM -  4:30 PM
Catalyst Ranch

Who: C-level executives, vice presidents, diversity program directors and managers, human resources and membership professionals

Fee: $99 (member); $199 (non-member)
CAE Domain: 2 - Leadership
CAE Credit Hours: 7

Other: Breakfast, lunch and reception will be provided. 

The 2011 Association Forum Diversity Summit is a one-day conference during which participants will learn research, trends and association examples of increasing diversity awareness. Specifically, CEOs and other C-level decision makers will explore methods to create a diversity leadership pipeline for their boards, committees and other volunteer leader opportunities. Human resources and membership professionals will discover new ways to attract and maintain diverse staff and members.
Participants will:
  • Determine the return on investment on diversifying their organizations.
  • Discover best practices from real-life examples on how to implement diversity in their organizations.
  • Learn and hear solutions from experts that have addressed organizational challenges.
8 - 9 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast
9 - 9:30 a.m. - Diversity in the Arts: A Performance by Young Chicago Authors
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - The Diversity Advantage: Turning Barriers into Bridges, Lenora Billings-Harris
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Chief Executive Officer or Chief Diversity Officer? A CEO Executive Panel
12 - 1:15 p.m. - Networking Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Roundtable Discussions and Recap
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Overcoming Obstacles, Eric Alva
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Reception with Keynote Speakers

Diversity in the Arts: A Performance by Young Chicago Authors
Receive an exclusive youth poetry performance from some of Chicago’s best and brightest young writers. These Chicago Public School students have used poetry to improve and enhance their schools, neighborhoods and society by participating in “Louder Than a Bomb,” an annual teen poetry slam that engages schools and community organizations.

The Diversity Advantage: Turning Barriers into Bridges
In this interactive and results-oriented session, attendees will explore and analyze the biases of our society’s “isms,” such as racism, sexism, ableism, and ageism, as well as homophobia and other prejudices, and how these impede productivity. Participants will be better equipped to assess and improve the cultural intelligence of their organization. As a bonus, all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Billings-Harris’ latest book, Trail Blazers.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and limit the influence of stereotypes on their own actions, and the actions of others.
  • Use and teach the “S.T.O.P” technique to assess and avoid  multicultural mishaps.
  • Identify the four cornerstones for improving cultural competencies.

Chief Executive Officer or Chief Diversity Officer? A CEO Executive Panel
This panel discussion will push attendees to change the way they think about organizational diversity both internally and externally. Panelists will focus on challenging attendees’ attitudes and explore behaviors as it relates to diversity, and identify whose responsibility it is to make the business case for diversity.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to change attitudes and behaviors surrounding diversity
  • Discover what tools are needed to implement a successful diversity program.
  • Understand how to measure success of a diversity program.

Tangie Newborn, president, Immense Business Solutions, Bowie, MD

Patricia V. Blake, CAE, executive director, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Oak Brook, Ill.  Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer, American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago
Salvador Mendoza, vice president global diversity & inclusion, Hyatt Hotels

Roundtable Discussions
These interactive breakout sessions will be moderated by the executive panel members from the previous session. Attendees will interact one-on-one with panel members to discuss tactical details and share ideas and challenges we all face in our organizations. Come prepared to collaborate on your membership, board, staff or volunteer leader challenges collectively with experts and peers.

Patricia V. Blake, CAE
Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D, FACHE, CAE
Salvador Mendoza

Roundtable Discussion Recap
The group comes back together to share lessons learned from the roundtable discussions.

Tangie Newborn

Overcoming Obstacles: Iraq War Veteran and LGBT Rights Activist Eric Alva
A U.S. Marine and Iraq War Veteran, Alva’s unit in 2003 was among the first to cross the Kuwait border into Iraq for the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Three hours into the ground war near Basra, Alva trigged a landmine and the violent explosion threw him 15 feet from the vehicle — leaving him with a broken left leg and right arm, with severe nerve damage, and a badly injured right leg that later was amputated. He became the first American wounded in the war and received the war’s first Purple Heart award.

Since 2007, Alva has been an eloquent and influential spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's efforts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He has raised awareness about the strain of serving under the military's discriminatory law through many public appearances and media interviews, and met directly with congressional leaders to urge them to repeal the law. You won’t want to miss his compelling story.

Reception with Keynote Speakers
End this day of dynamic education programming by joining your fellow attendees at the evening reception — and have a chance to interact with the phenomenal conference speakers!


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