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Breakout Sessions

  • Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 10 Avenue Of The Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102 (map)

10:15 - 11:10 a.m.

Supplier Diversity

PETITE BALLROOM, 2nd FLOOR

Moderated by: Gerald A. Fernandez, President & Founder of The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

Panel Introduction by: Bill Hooker, President, SourceOne Innovations, Inc.

Panelists:

  • Gladys Lopez, Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at Hilton

  • Jeff Benjamin, Executive Vice President of Operations of The Fitler Club

  • Jodi Sweed, Director of Contract Administration, Planning & Support, Avendra

  • Omari Head, Associate, Paramount Lodging Advisor

This session will deliberate Supplier Diversity proactive business programs encouraging the use of minority, women veteran, LGBT, service disabled veteran owned, historically underutilized business, and SBA-defined small business vendors as suppliers. Supplier diversity programs recognize sourcing products and services helps to sustain and progressively transform a company’s supply chain.

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10:15 - 11:10 a.m.

Diversity in Tech

THE EXCHANGE, LOBBY LEVEL

The Tech Sector has a Diversity Problem, an industry driven by innovation and finding solutions, why therefore is this still an issue in the 21st Century? Join us as we discuss the business case for diversity and inclusion, and how to implement strategies and achieve success.

Moderated by: Kiera Smalls, Executive Director of Philly Startup Leaders

Panel Introduction by: Tyrone Dixon, CEO and Founder, Let's Live Philly

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10:15 - 11:10 a.m.

Talent Pipeline

PLAZA BALLROOM, 3rd FLOOR

Moderated by: Jameel Rush, Philadelphia Chapter President of the Society for Human Resource Management

Panel Introduction by: Christopher E. Lopez, Sr., Diversity Contact Recruiter, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources

Panelists:

Organizations and educational institutions are partnering to align education and training with the jobs of today and tomorrow. But, how common is this practice? What works? And what are the plans for the future? In this Talent Pipeline session, we explore how companies are recruiting and can partner with universities to secure their talent pipelines.

Within this session we will also discuss how individuals with disabilities are fully included into a company structure. As experienced problem solvers with a proven ability to adapt and gain a competitive edge through innovative thinking, this is a critical dialogue within the diversity and inclusion realm. Join us as we explore this topic as well as other during the Talent Pipeline Session.

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11:15 - 12:10 p.m.

Diversity in Healthcare

THE EXCHANGE, LOBBY LEVEL

Moderated by: John Clayton, Director of Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives of Independence Blue Cross

Panel Introduction by: Joseph Hill, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals 

Panelists:

  • Millicent Gorham, Executive Director of National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

  • Ky’a Jackson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, AmeriHealth Caritas

  • Dana Beckton, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Christiana Care Health Systems

  • Joseph Hill, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Today it is vital to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of health care for ethnic, racial and economic minorities.  Join us as we discuss why Cultural competence is required by healthcare professional to provide optimal care and services to patients from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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11:15 - 12:10 p.m.

Women Leadership & Board Governance

PETITE BALLROOM, 2nd FLOOR

Moderated by: Terri Easter, Principal of T.H. Easter Consulting Group LLC

Panel Introduction by: Teddie E. Malangwasira, Ph.D., Scholar, Leadership Speaker & Author; Malangwasira Leadership Consulting

Panelists:

Today’s business and social environment requires bold steps forward, especially for companies and organizations looking to change the paradigms of business. We need to overcome the barriers to creating organizational boards that better reflect the diversity of our society. The proportion of women and people of color represented is a disappointing missed opportunity for the organization to model how to operate in an awake, inclusive fashion.

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11:15 - 12:10 p.m.

Benchmarking Best Practices: Diversity & Inclusion

PLAZA BALLROOM, 3rd FLOOR

Moderated by: Michael Days, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion of Philadelphia Inquirer

Panel Introduction by: Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr,  Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Office of Mayor Jim Kenney; City of Philadelphia

Panelists: 

This session will present “Benchmarking Best Practices” highlighting the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry bests or best practices from other companies.

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Earlier Event: March 26
Break
Later Event: March 26
Closing Luncheon