The Communicator's Role in Building an Equitable, Anti-Racist Workplace | April
Learn Steps to Help You and Your Organization Move beyond Diversity toward Racial Equity
April 14, 2021 | 10:00am - 3:00pm CST
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Go Beyond the Basics in This 1-Day, Must-Attend Virtual Event
➡️ Fast-paced and jam-packed agenda
➡️ Interactive experience with real examples
➡️ Live Q&A with Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion thought leaders
Discover ways to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion programs that will create a respectful working community.
Hear what your communications and HR peers are doing today. Past leaders in this space who shared practical examples and strategies, include:
Ph.D., SVP and Chief Policy Officer
Director, Strategic Communications Office of the CHRO and Chief Diversity Officer
A Leader Like Me
Associate Director, Technical Operations Communications
What You Will Learn
Have you found yourself asking what is DEI, where do I start, and as communicator what role do I play? This ALI fast track has been put together to help you define diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as how to begin implementing strategies and programs into your workplace.
Join your HR and communication peers in this timely virtual event as you learn how to:
- Ensure that your DEI programs are solid and sustainable
- Identify the most relevant opportunities for change
- Elevate equity
- Encourage senior leaders to acknowledge societal inequities and recognize that the organization isn’t a level playing field
- Break down silos and communication barriers
- Promote the full participation and sense of belonging of every employee
- Activate diversity
- Navigate DEI programs with a remote workforce
- Have meaningful – sometimes uncomfortable – conversations
- Establish clear goals, roles, and relationships
- Lead inclusively
- and more!
“Thanks for the great organization and use of technology and for the opportunity to meet virtually and learn more!”
“Love the variety of speakers! Great expertise and very engaging – great to know we’re all in this together. Left the conference feeling valued as an internal communicator and not so alone. Thank you!!!”
Benefits of Attending This Virtual Conference
Join your peers for interactive discussions designed to provide you with solutions for your most pressing challenges.
- Meet 20+ HR and communications professionals face-to-face while remaining safe
- One 5-hour information-packed day
- 1 track learning environment
- Case studies, panels, and interactive hands-on breakout sessions
- Access to presentations and recording post-conference
- Certificate of attendance for CEU’s
- Networking list to continue the conversation after the training ends
- Content from leading organizations, consultants, and visionaries delivered to you wherever you are and available to access and share with colleagues later
- Guaranteed extensive, how-to instructions that you can use immediately
- Opportunity to ask questions to speakers and peers in real-time
- This isn’t a passive experience! You will be encouraged to weigh in with poll questions, engage via chat throughout the event, and turn on your camera and sound during group breakout sessions.
“They were all great. The DEI panel was very insightful and my vote for most valuable of the day.”
“I especially enjoyed the breakout discussions, panels and interactive dialogue with presenters and colleagues.”
Who Should Attend
- Federal, State & Local Government & Nonprofits
- Internal Communications
- Employee Engagement
- Brand Communication
- Corporate Communications
- Public Affairs
- Strategic Communications
- Employee Communications
- Change Management
- Intranet Communications
- Digital Communications
- Global Communications
- Strategic Planning
- Public Relations
- Employee Relations
- Field Operations
- Organizational Development
- Human Resources
- Training & Development
What People are Saying
The time zone for this event: [CST]
Day 1 - 04/14/2021
|10:00 am - 10:30 am|
Welcome Announcements & Setting the Stage
Ann Melinger, CEO | Brilliant Ink
Welcome to ALI and Brilliant Ink's 2nd virtual conference on Building an Equitable, Anti-Racist Workplace.
We ask that you turn your camera on during this session as you are broken into small groups. Take this time to discuss with your communication and HR peers the biggest challenges you're currently facing and what you hope to achieve by attending this event.
|10:30 am - 10:50 am|
From D&I to DEI: Advancing Equity with Strategic Communications - Freddie Mac
Joseph Dawson, Director, Strategic Communication | Freddie Mac
Increasingly, organizations are evolving their diversity and inclusion efforts to include equity with a renewed focus on structurally removing and eradicating biased processes and systems. Communicators play a critical role in communicating this evolution by helping to turn intention into meaningful progress. Hear Freddie Mac’s journey to communicate their DEI efforts and ways that communicators can advance an organization’s DEI goals.
In this session, we’ll discuss:
|10:50 am - 11:30 am|
Diversity in Action: The Internal Communication Role in Driving Action - A Leader Like Me
Advita Patel, Co-Founder | A Leader Like Me
Priya Bates, Co-Founder | A Leader Like Me
2020 highlighted both challenges and opportunities for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Starting with protests and performative gestures, individuals and organizations started asking for performance and proof of true change personally and professionally. Internal Communication Professionals can play a leadership role as a strategic advisor that can support during challenges and enable opportunities.
In this session, we'll discuss:
Individually and collectively, it's time to lead ourselves and our organizations through a fundamental shift that demands actions that match promotions and promises.
|11:30 am - 12:00 pm|
Refresh & Recharge Break
Take a moment to turn off your camera, refuel, and digest all that you've heard.
|12:00 pm - 12:20 pm|
Creating Change Through Communities - BioMarin Pharmaceutical
Lydia Hemphill, Associate Director, Technical Operations Communications | BioMarin Pharmaceutical
|12:20 pm - 12:45 pm|
Think Tank: Solve Your Biggest Challenges With Your Peers
This session is designed to give you the floor. In small groups you will have an opportunity to help your peers solve their biggest DEI challenges as well as propose your own and gain practical advice you can apply.
|12:45 pm - 1:05 pm|
Equity First: Supporting Change to Create a Just Society - Lumina Foundation
Dr. Danette Howard, Ph.D., SVP and Chief Policy Officer | Lumina Foundation
Leave this session with new ideas to help you define your own DE&I initiatives, including:
|1:05 pm - 1:25 pm|
Critical Conversations and How They Can Make or Break Your Organization- Understood
Nponano Maikori, Senior Manager Internal Communications | Understood
|1:25 pm - 1:45 pm|
Stop AAPI Hate: What One Workplace is Doing - DoorDash
Lisa Lee, VP of Global Culture & Belonging | DoorDash
Sueli Shaw, Head of Social Impact | DoorDash
In the wake of recent incidents of assault and the rise of xenophobia toward the Asian community, hear how Lisa Lee and Sueli Shaw have supported employees at DoorDash and how they’ve led their company to take action.
|1:45 pm - 1:55 pm|
Refresh & Recharge Break
|1:55 pm - 2:40 pm|
Power Panel: Step Up, Speak Out, and Take Action
Gihan A.M. Hyde, CEO & Founder | Communique
Rachel Dorcelien, Director of Global Employee Engagement | DoorDash
Stacie Barrett (she/her/hers), Director, Internal Communication | Domino's
Ann Melinger, CEO | Brilliant Ink
Grab a notebook and get your questions ready.
During this session we will hear from a variety of speakers and their advice on how to go beyond checking the box of creating a DEI strategy, but actually making change happen.
|2:40 pm - 2:55 pm|
A Safe Space: Open Q&A
In this safe space we will stop recording and give you the opportunity to ask your questions. You can ask the audience, prior speakers, or panelists available.
We have designated this time to be sure you leave this event without any questions unanswered.
|2:55 pm - 3:00 pm|
Final Words & Next Steps
You've heard a lot of stories and received a lot of advice, so what next?
Hear advice on how to move forward and how to set achievable goals throughout the next year.
Head of Social Impact | DoorDash
Director of Global Employee Engagement | DoorDash
Co-Founder | A Leader Like Me
Co-Founder | A Leader Like Me
Dr. Danette Howard
Ph.D., SVP and Chief Policy Officer | Lumina Foundation
What People are Saying
ALI heard your requests and concerns loud and clear. All winter and spring conferences will be held virtually.
This is your chance to attend this top-rated communications conference from the safety and convenience of your desk: No travel concerns, hotels, or extra costs associated with attending the event live.
This virtual event will still provide the high-quality content, leading speakers, and interactive breakout sessions ALI conferences deliver in person.
Ways to Save:
Alumni Rate: Past ALI conference attendees may use Promo Code "ALUM100" to receive the $100 off discounted alumni rate. Contact us if you have questions.
Non Profit / Government Discount: Contact us to receive your promo code for $100 off.
Team Discounts: Attend this training with your colleagues. Contact us for promotion codes.
- Team of 2 save $100 each, Team of 3 save $150 each, Team of 4 save $200 each
*Only one promo code allowed.
Terms & Conditions:
- Payment by check or invoice option is available on the registration form.
- Payment or proof of payment must be received prior to the start of the meeting.
- Substitutions are always welcome. No refunds on virtual conferences. All attendees will receive the event recording and copies of the presentations after the event is held.
Visit our Terms & Conditions page for full information about payment, cancellation, postponement, and substitutions.
What Past Virtual Attendees Say:
"ALI has great insights with the speakers they work with, and I'm glad to have this learning option!"
"Engaging, allows participants to participate."
"Virtual, affordable, convenient, mix of big picture strategy plus tips for executing at the content level."
"I really appreciate the ALI team and the presenters they're able to find for these virtual events. It's not easy trying to figure out how to make that switch to online-only, but you all really have made such a graceful and (seemingly) flawless transition." - 2020 Virtual Conference Attendee
"Interactive and engaging format with a dynamic speaker who used storytelling techniques to make us relate to him and the subject." - 2020 Virtual Conference Attendee
"You guys did such a good job. Really can't say enough positive things about the speakers and the content that was shared. The DEI panel was really phenomenal and really well facilitated." - 2020 Virtual Conference Attendee