Full Speaker and Session Lineup for DE&I Conference

In our fully¬†virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, we’ll spend three days journeying together with the goal of leading our region’s business community in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce where opportunities and resources are equitable for all.

The conference is less than one week away and we’re excited to share the full speaker and session lineup! At the end of the conference, you will be equipped with the resources you need to undertake the DE&I journey within your own organization.

Day One

Keynote: The Business Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ray Dempsey, Jr.
Chief Diversity Officer, BP America;
President, BP Foundation

Chief Diversity Officer Panel: Lessons from Industry Leaders

  • Shawn Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer, The Citadel
  • Melanie Stith, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Michael Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, Blackbaud
  • Moderated by: Mamie Bush, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hilton Garden Inn – Charleston Waterfront/ Downtown

General Session: Understanding the Role of Bias in the Workplace
Renard Harris, Chief Diversity Officer, College of Charleston

Fireside Chat: Creating Inclusive Cultures and a Sense of Belonging
Chase Glenn, Executive Director, Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA)

Day Two

Keynote: Connecting Communities and Companies

Darrin Goss, Sr.
Chief Executive Officer
Coastal Community Foundation

General Session: Racial Equity
LaVanda Brown, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Charleston

General Session: Statistical Representation of Our Region Today
Kenya Dunn, Owner, The Power-Filled Woman LLC; DE&I Executive Fellow, Charleston Metro Chamber
Jacki Renegar, Director, Center for Business Research

Breakout Session One: Education, Talent and the Future of Business
Quinetha Frasier, Chief Executive Officer, The Global Foundation for Education and Economic Mobility
Phyllis Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-County Cradle to Career

Breakout Session Two: How Improving Transportation Helps Improve the Disparity Gap
Keith Benjamin, Director of Transportation, City of Charleston
Melvin Williams, Senior Business Developer and Officer, S&ME Inc.

Breakout Session Three: Disparities in Healthcare: A Healthy Workforce is GOOD for Business
Kimberly Butler Willis, Director of Community Health, Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Breakout Session Four: Minority-Owned Businesses and Their Importance to the Lowcountry
Diana Saillant, Chief Executive Officer, Saillant Language Services

General Session: Intentional Leadership
Anton Gunn, Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Community Health Innovation
Medical University of South Carolina

Day Three

CEO Panel: Inspiring Action

General Session: Moving Beyond Performative Diversity and Inclusion
LaTisha Vaughn and Audrey KS Lane, Co-Founders, E3 (Educate, Empower, and Elevate)

General Session: Gender Equity and the Impacts of COVID-19
Jamie Tozzi, Owner, Jamie Tozzi LLC

Fireside Chat: Where do we go from here?
Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO, Charleston Metro Chamber
Kenya Dunn, Owner, The Power-Filled Woman LLC; DE&I Executive Fellow, Charleston Metro Chamber


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