10 Takeaways to expect at this year’s Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference

By Greg DeShields, Executive Director, PHL Diversity

The Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference returns for a second year, October 5-6, 2020.

Held at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, the summit is designed for those looking for innovative and progressive strategies on diversity, equity and inclusion to incorporate into their corporate culture. CEOs, corporate leaders, diversity officers, government officials and university-level hospitality educators and administrators will gather to exchange insights and share evidence-based research around diversity, inclusion and equity best practices.

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Topics and programs at the Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference:

Academic Think Tank – Unique to this conference, this program is designed for educators to collaborate on diversity, equity and inclusion best practices within academic programs on topics such as advancing tactics to access Diverse Talent Pipeline, produce Diverse and Inclusive Research and Performance Metrics, and create Diversity and Inclusion Curriculum and Staff Development.

Veterans Diversity & Inclusion – Veterans are part of creating an inclusive culture. Diversity is about individuals contributing their unique experiences, backgrounds and ideas and veterans have a spectrum of skills, experiences and perspectives that they can bring to the workplace. With a deep understanding of teamwork, leadership and the value of a strong work ethic, veterans know how to solve complex problems and can adapt quickly to changing circumstances and situations.

Diversity Includes Disability – Fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion benefits everyone. While companies increasingly recognize the benefits of building and retaining a diverse workforce, they inadvertently neglect “disability” in their diversity and inclusion practices.

Diverse Talent Pipeline – Employers are recognizing the strong business case to improve the level of diversity and inclusion within their workforce.

Employee Resource Groups (ERG) – Resource groups are evolving into business tools and sources for corporations to mine for insights into new markets.

Diversity and Healthcare – Diversity is becoming a key word in health care. Hospitals and health care systems are focusing on providing care that addresses the diversity of their patient populations. Hospitals also are working to increase the diversity of their leadership team, board and staff and building a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Diverse Marketing Strategies – Marketers have to be more attentive, communicating in ways that appeals to, and includes, diverse groups.

CEO Roundtable hosted by CEO Action! – Rapidly shifting local and national demographics, as well as continued globalization, requires organizations to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion not only as a means to enhance business performance but also as an enabler of innovation and collaboration. Businesses must make diversity a priority in practice, not just a promise. While there has been significant progress, organizations must do more to ensure everyone is able to achieve their dreams and potential.

Unconscious Bias Analysis – Provide personalized cultural collaboration assessments and create individual action plans.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Talk Sessions – 18 minute sessions on the matrix of intersectionality & implicit bias, cultural intersectionality, gender diversity and pay equity, and Connecting Communities & Companies: Engaging Your Community Leaders.

2019 Philadelphia Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Photo by WiseOwl Multimedia.

Emcee for the Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference will be Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group and keynote speaker is Howard Ross, Founder of Cook Ross. For additional speakers and panelists, click here.

Proceeds from the event benefits students at Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). The Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference is a partnership with PHL Diversity, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Lodging Media and Pink Media.LGBT.

2019 Philadelphia Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Photo by WiseOwl Multimedia.

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