June Virtual: Expanding The Way We Think About DEI

Wednesday, June 07, 2023


Open Arms: Expanding the Way We Think About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Corporate America has opened its eyes to the need for robust and effective DEI initiatives, but in many cases remains stuck in a limited perspective on what “diversity” really includes. How can DEI leaders ensure their organizations look beyond broad, familiar definitions and create programs tailored to the individual experiences of their employees? Since every person’s identity is composed of multiple attributes, how can DEI functions understand intersectionality from a structural standpoint?


From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks: Nick Baily, CEO and Co-Founder, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
Show Us the Outcomes: The Impact of DEI on Business Strategy and Results (Fireside Chat)

How DEI became part of the conversation in the boardroom and what that means for best practices, accountability, compensation, and more, from the CHRO of a company that got ahead of the curve.


Suzan Morno-Wade, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Xerox 


Kadia Tubman, Managing Editor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Insider, Inc.

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Keeping Older Workers in Mind: What Workers 40+ Told AARP They Want (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

As today's workforce continues to evolve, understanding older workers' wants and needs can benefit workers and employers alike. The number of older workers is projected to grow substantially over the next decade, providing employers a strong pool of talent they can leverage to drive business forward. Join Heather Tinsley-Fix and Lona Choi-Allum from AARP as they reveal what older workers are looking for in a job, where their pain points and areas of burnout exist, and how organizations can support this valuable (and growing) segment of the labor market.  

Heather Tinsley-Fix, Senior Advisor, Financial Resilience, AARP

Lona Choi-Allum, Senior Research Advisor, AARP

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
How to Embrace Diversity of All Kinds in the Workplace (Panel)

While diversity and inclusion efforts have focused primarily on ethnicity and gender, many employers are seeking to be more inclusive of neurodiversity, people with disabilities, and other forms of diversity. Not only can this create a more culturally rich work environment for everyone, but an opportunity to broaden the search for talent in a competitive labor market. How can companies connect with overlooked talent pools and leverage the unique capabilities and perspectives of these communities, while providing the support and accommodation necessary to help everyone feel included?


Pragashini Fox, SVP of Global Talent and DEI, Thomson Reuters  

Timothy Fair, VP for DEI, Burlington Stores 

Stacie deArmas, SVP, DEI, Diverse Insights, Intelligence & Initiatives, Nielsen  

Kristen Carlisle, General Manager, Betterment  

Dave Wilkin, Founder and CEO, Ten Thousand Coffees (10KC) 


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Do More With Less: Inclusive Leadership Development Strategies for People Leaders at Your Organization (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

In these challenging economic times, with smaller staffs and smaller budgets, businesses are being required to do more with less. How can we continue to prioritize the development of inclusive, emotionally and culturally intelligent leaders and cultivate company cultures where all beings thrive? Join Meredith Haberfeld, founder and CEO of ThinkHuman, to learn strategies for building out an efficient and effective L&D program at your organization.

Meredith Haberfeld, Founder and CEO, ThinkHuman

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
The Inclusion Factor: Expanding the "I" in DEI (Workshop)

Join us for a guided conversation with tips for creating a more accessible and inclusive workplace. Workplace culture and inclusion starts even before day one–and encompasses multitudes. For example, according to the World Health Organization, 1.8 billion people identify as disabled. In an ever-more-competitive job market, are we ensuring that we hire and retain diverse talent? How does this go beyond just racial diversity? Consider your initial job descriptions: Do they include a true salary range? Is your application and outreach method accessible? Do you know how accessible your applicant tracking system is? 

Ming Montoya-Tang, Managing Partner, Firefly Partners

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Top Strategies to Operationalize DEI: A Systemic Review of Workforce, Workplace, and Marketplace (Workshop)

Are you looking to operationalize and embed DEI in all aspects of your organization? Do you want your DEI strategy to be metrics and data-driven? This session covers a holistic assessment-based approach that uses more than 400 DEI best practices to
identify strengths and gaps related to DEI. Join this session led by IBIS Consulting Group and hear directly from Patrick Boyaggi, CEO at Own Up, and Olivia O’Connor, director of people operations at Own Up, about the data-driven techniques they used to drive meaningful change.

Enin Rudel, PsyD, Senior Consultant, IBIS Consulting Group

Karen Young, Consulting and Assessment Practice Lead, IBIS Consulting Group

Patrick Boyaggi, CEO, Own Up

Olivia O’Connor, Director of People Operations, Own Up

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Building an ROI for DEI As a Risk Management Tool (Workshop)

DEI is typically viewed as a long-term investment, measured by increased demographics, not dollars. But DEI can also be used as a risk management tool, minimizing employee conflict, claims, and turnover–and saving costs. According to a 2022 research paper produced by Emtrain and the University of California-SF Law School, increased DEI reduces claims of bias and harassment. Join us as we outline how to correlate DEI to decreases in employee conflict, claims, and turnover and how to build an ROI for your DEI programs in 2023 and beyond.  

Janine Yancey, CEO, Emtrain  

Brandon Boatner, Global Impact Specialist, StockX

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Engaging an Increasingly Diverse Early-Career Workforce (Panel)

What makes them tick? Early-career employees have different needs and priorities than other generations because they’re at an early stage in life, but also because of differences in culture, values, and politics. How can employers stay in tune with what’s important to them in terms of workplace environment, career advancement, company purpose, and other factors? What kinds of conversations are most likely to foster helpful discoveries about them?


Yentil Rawlinson, VP, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Sherwin-Williams  

Dexter Davis, VP, HR and Global DEI, Ecolab  

Heather Wollerman, VP, Talent Management & Chief DEI Officer, McGraw Hill  

Beth Ridley, CEO, Ridley Consulting  

Tarawhona (Tara) Bellevue, VP, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Strategy, NAF  


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, From Day One Contributing Editor

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
How to Overcome Fears of Talking About Identity, Diversity, and Justice (Fireside Chat)

Conversations about identity are becoming more frequent and more difficult. Because temperatures are running high, we’re often terrified of saying the wrong thing. The authors of a practical, shame-free guide are here to show potential allies that these conversations don’t have to be so overwhelming.


Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, and co-author of Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice  

David Glasgow, Executive Director, Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and co-author of Say the Right Thing


Nicole Smith, Editorial Audience Director, Harvard Business Review

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Closing Remarks: Nick Baily, From Day One