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This half-day virtual conference offers a powerful line-up of nationally renowned speakers and panel discussions. You will discover what it means to have an inclusive culture – and what it takes to sustain a culture that works for everyone and be challenged to break down barriers.

Diverse and inclusive teams, along with an equitable culture, create a dynamic work environment that inspires creativity and innovation which fosters business growth. The DEI Leadership Conference is designed for everyone along the DEI journey. Attendees will leave the conference feeling inspired and equipped with practical resources to help launch, build, and elevate their company’s DEI strategy. Join us to create the future now!

Learn ways to harness the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization’s culture. Discussion topics include retention, nontraditional talent, employee resource groups, mental health, culturally competent leaders, and difficult conversations.

Sessions will be recorded and available after the event to all registrants.

Meet The Keynote Presenters

Opening Keynote

Princess Found | You Are More Than Your Title

Presented by Princess Sarah Culberson | What does it mean to have an inclusive culture, and why should you care? Culture often exists on three levels – the claim, or what we say about it; the policies, or how we reinforce our claims; and the norms, which are the behaviors we abide by every day. Building and sustaining an inclusive culture takes more than our good intent. It requires vision, discipline, and personal accountability. In this honest conversation about workplace systems, we explore the many ways our norms sometimes work against our highest aspirations, and how we can use our voices and our influence to shape a culture that works for everyone.

Raised in West Virginia by her adopted parents, Sarah Culberson had little knowledge of her ancestry. She grew up in a loving, white household, but she had questions about her identity and biracial roots that led her to hire a private investigator. When she began her unforgettable journey to find her family, she never imagined what she would discover or how it would change her life: she was related to African royalty. Her biological grandfather is the Paramount Chief of a village in Sierra Leone, West Africa and Sarah is considered a Mahaloi, with the status of a princess.

Princess Sarah will take you on her journey from princess to humanitarian. She shares that everyone has to earn their title, whether it’s that of being a mother, a company leader, or new team hires. The title alone does not give a person success. Sarah’s talk focuses on core values that attendees can use personally and professionally:

  • Build a community and culture
  • Empowerment
  • Embrace diversity and inclusion
  • Overcome your fears to live your dreams

Princess Sarah will present all attendees a challenge to make their own discovery of self-identity and transformation.

Closing Keynote

When Generations Connect | How to Facilitate Knowledge Transfer

Presented by Phil Gwoke | In the midst of an era where it’s necessary to focus on racial, ethnic, gender, or similar lenses of diversity, there is a tendency to overlook how much our generational identity informs us about all aspects of our human dynamic.

There are very real generational differences that will directly impact your workplace, and we want to help you work through them. In this session, Phil will cover who this young generation is and, more importantly, why they approach work differently from their generational predecessors. And we’ll show that neither Millennials, Xers, nor Boomers need move over for Gen Z, because there’s strength in a cohesive, multigenerational team.

Attendees will walk away with:

  • Understanding of the evolution of specific milestones such as civil rights, women’s rights, and other social reform movements over the decades. Attendees will gain an appreciation for the unique experiences that have shaped our expectations around DE&I in the workplace.
  • Value for the unique strengths that each generation brings to the workplace and a desire to seek out the innovative ideas that are found in the diverse perspectives that coexist within your organization. We will share what those strengths are and how to tap into them.
  • Acceptance that all lenses of diversity can show up with different expectations of their ideal environment. We will explore how all individuals can contribute to making your organization a better place to work and to make sure everyone feels heard, respected, and represented.


9:00 am - 9:15 am (EDT)Welcome
9:15 am - 10:15 am (EDT)Session 1
Princess Found | You Are More Than Your Title
10:15 am - 10:30 am (EDT)Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am (EDT)Session 2A | The Value of Employee-led Groups in Advancing DEI Efforts
Session 2B | Mental Health & Belonging: Creating a Healthy Workplace for Employees
Session 2C | Best Practices to Make Your Affirmative Action Program Come to Life
11:15 am - 11:30 am (EDT)Break
11:30 am - 12:15 pm (EDT)Session 3A | Culturally Competent Leadership
Session 3B | Leaning Into Difficult Conversations
Session 3C | Maximize Your DEI Efforts With Meaningful Data and Metrics
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm (EDT)Break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (EDT) Session 4 | When Generations Connect | How to Facilitate Knowledge Transfer
1:30 pm - 1:35 pm (EDT)Closing

EANE is proudly partnering with MRA Employers Association to deliver this exciting virtual conference to employers in our region.

While the sessions in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Conference will be recorded and emailed to registered participants after the end of the conference, they WILL NOT be made available in the member Webinar Archives. Members and nonmembers will need to register in order to gain access to this training content.

 HRCI & SHRM® Credits: 3.5

Registration Fee

EANE MEMBERS | $100 Per person

FUTURE MEMBERS | $125 Per person