September 28, 2011
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Diversity 2011 Sponsors

The Community Foundation
University of Rochester
Time Warner
SUNY Brockport
Nixon Peabody LLP
Harris Beach PLLC
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Bausch & Lomb
Al Sigl Community of Agencies
LDA - Life and Learning
Rochester Business Alliance
Monroe Plan
St. John Fisher College
Monroe Community College
United Way

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Final Reminder! The Power of Inclusion Conference Starts Sunday! Register online until Thursday Sept. 29. After that you may register at the door Sunday or Monday.

  • WDN members save 20%.
  • Group discounts - save 10-30%. Contact Mike Streeter, 315-333-4009
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    The Power of Inclusion has been approved for 7.25 General credit hours by the HR Certification Institute. See instructions and forms to submit your activity here or at registration.

Agenda I Presenters I Keynotes I Online registration I Sponsorship Information I Exhibitor Information


A Not to Miss Opening Keynote, Networking Reception & Entertainment, Bush Mango Drum & Dance Group - Sunday 4-6 p.m.
The award-winning Bush Mango Drum & Dance group, is a multicultural, multi-generational company that teaches and performs music and dance of Guinea, West Africa.

Sunday October 2 Opening Keynote - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Laraine Kaminsky - “Leveraging Cultural Competence for Inclusion in a Rapidly Changing World” Cross Cultural Competence is an asset for all. How do you leverage this for inclusion in multicultural organisations domestically and globally ? This keynote will provide provocative questions and strategies. Laraine will engage all participants to think and continue their learning processes in this dynamic topic.


Monday October 3, 2011 - Keynotes & Sessions

Welcome & Keynote - 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. - Robert Wendover - The Power of Inclusion Celebrating Age Diversity in Today’s Workplace

Concurrent Sessions - 9:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

  • Edward Hubbard - Diversity Training ROI: how to measure the return on investment of training initiatives
  • Gregg Ward - The Respect Factor: the key to the collaborative workplace
  • Doug Harris - Moving the Pendulum on D&I Education
  • Kelly Clark - Gay Days Daze - A Cultural Competency Case Study
  • Joel Frater - Succession Planning for Diversity in Tough Economic Times
  • Michele Atlas - Managing Through Nonstop Change in Diverse Organizational Cultures

Concurrent Sessions 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Robert Wendover - Common Sense by Friday: Introducing Critical Thinking to the Menu Driven Generation
  • Joe Gerstandt - New Tools, New Rules: Putting Social Technology to Work for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Denise McLean & Thomas Fagan - Embedding Diversity and Inclusion in Your organization
  • Bill Shackelford, Brian Sumner - Getting to an Inclusive Culture: one company and Its Journey
  • Mauricio Velasquez - Why Diversity training and Related efforts Have to Change
  • Nadine Vogel- Successful Workplace Collaborations - Supporting Employees with Disabilities is Everybody's Business
    Cultures with Good Humor: Identities and Laughter  

Keynote & Lunch – 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. - Cathy Bao Bean: Bridging Cultures with Good Humor: Identities and Laughter

Senior Leadership Panel – 2:00 to 3:00

Concurrent Sessions - 3:10 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

  • Susan Woods - Moving Inclusion Forward: Diffusing Resistance and Conflict
  • Scott Fearing - Understanding the Power of Bias
  • Luis Martinez - The World is Flat- Implications for Business, Ethics and HR
  • Deb Koen, Clay Osborne - To Affinity and Beyond: Strategic Career Management
  • Julian Smith - Multi-Dimensional Mentoring
  • Cathy Bao Bean - Bridging Cultures with Good Humor: Identities and Laughter
  • Nancy Ares, Dena Phillips Swanson - Workplace Micro-Aggressions: Demoralizing and Corrosive

Closing Keynote - 4:40 - 5:30 - Joe Gerstandt - RESET




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