||REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
Ruben L. Anthony, Jr. PhD. President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison
Paul Jadin, CEcD, President, Madison Region Economic Partnership
Derrick Smith, Board Chair, ULGM
Tim Gaillard, Board Chair, MadREP
Special address by Secretary Ray Allen, WI Department of Workforce Development
PLENARY SESSION: The State of the National Economy and the State Economy
Special welcome by Secretary Ray Allen, WI Department of Workforce Development
John Koskinen, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue
Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development
This opening session will give an overview of our state and national economies, and what that means to the Madison Region.
KEYNOTE SESSION: The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion
Dr. Tony Byers, Former Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starbucks
A properly managed diversity and inclusion program can increase engagement, creativity and business performance. By also learning to leverage diversity and inclusion through best practices, organizations can turn D&I into a powerful business advantage that stimulates innovation and drives marketplace growth.
In this game-changing keynote, Dr. Tony Byers shows you how to create a multiplier effect of inclusion that can increase utilization of talent and resources—more than doubling the capacity of a team to positively impact products and services, build brand image and increase profits and performance.
||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Providing Opportunities to Youth of Color: Industry & Community Based Organization Partnerships in the Development of a Diverse Workforce
Panelists: Tom Brown, Career Development Specialist, Urban League of Greater Madison; Karen Coller-Menendez, Executive Director, Centro Hispano of Dane County; Sherrie Stuessy, Experiential Learning Coordinator, Madison Metropolitan School District; Bridgett Willey, Director of Allied Health Education and Career Pathways, UW Health; Hugh Wing, Community Development, City of Madison
In this breakout session, we will hear from a Madison Region business that serves as a “Best Practice” example of a local business providing career pathway experiences in the workplace to students of color. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from a number of local community-based organizations that feature programs to connect businesses looking to enter this space with local students from underrepresented populations.
The Corporate Equality Index – Local Best Practices
Panelists: Joe Hankey, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, CUNA Mutual Group; Oather Taylor, Director of Recruitment & Diversity, Alliant Energy; Tyler Whipple, Diversity & Inclusion Director, American Family Insurance
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. In the 2018 CEI report, 3 Madison Region employers earned a score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. Will hear from representatives of these three companies about what that “perfect score” means for efforts to ensure a fully LGBTQ inclusive workplace.
Foxconn in Wisconsin: Fostering Opportunity for All
Foxconn’s Technology Group’s historic investment in Wisconsin, expected to create up to 13,000 jobs and generate up to $10 billion in capital investment, is the single largest economic development project the State has ever seen. And while the project is located in Racine County, the magnitude of the project means that there is opportunity for businesses across the State. In this session, we will hear more about the expected timeline and economic impact of the project, including efforts to connect to communities of color. Updates will be provided on the industrial, transportation, and utilities-related construction opportunities generated because of the project, and how local companies can register to receive consideration for inclusion in the Foxconn supply chain.
The Intersection of Multicultural Marketing and Workplace Diversity & Inclusion
Presenters: Eric Hansing, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, CUNA Mutual Group; Angela Russell, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group
The discussion of diversity and inclusion (D & I) in business settings tends to follow two distinct directions—embracing D & I as a means to reach new external markets and customers via multicultural marketing, and embracing D & I as a means to grow and improve a company’s internal workforce. In this breakout session, we will explore the intersection of these efforts, and how an effective business strategy must recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Madison Region I.T. Industry
Moderator: Ashley Powell, Vice President of Sales, Nei-Turner Media Group
Panelists: DeShawn Witter, Zendesk; Jennifer Javornik, Filament Games; Matt Gonnering, Widen Enterprises; Brad Grzesiak, Bendyworks
The I.T. industry in the Madison region has grown tremendously over that last few years, and we are now officially part of discussions regarding I.T. hotspots across the nation. However, leading I.T. firms across the nation have acknowledged the industry’s need to improve its diversity and inclusion track record. As the industry continues to grow in the Madison region and we continue to receive more national attention, we have a great opportunity to lead the way. In this session, four local I.T. leaders will describe how their companies are purposefully and proactively addressing diversity and inclusion.
Building Developers: A Path to Economic Equity
The Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program is an initiative that recruits and retains minorities for professional careers in the field of commercial real estate. The goal of the Milwaukee-based program is to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management, and construction management. In this session, we will see how the ACRE program is transforming lives and neighborhoods, and discuss efforts to build on that work in the Madison Region.
Luncheon Featuring State of the Madison Region remarks from Urban League and MadREP leadership and "EDD Talks"
||EDD Talks - Economic Development & Diversity Talks
|What's Your Gen IQ?
Founder & CEO
|Out-of-the-Box New Directions in Corporate Engagement
Director, Adult Education and Workforce Development
|ROI Analytics of Diversity & Inclusion (part 2)
DR. EDWARD E. HUBBARD
President and CEO
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc
||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
What’s Your Gen IQ?
AMY LYNCH, Keynote Speaker, Author, Generations Leadership Expert & Contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine
Welcome to the perfect storm! The biggest demographic shift the workplace has ever seen collides with the Digital Revolution. In this session, Generations Expert AMY LYNCH reveals the critical role of Generational Intelligence—the combined brainpower of all age groups during times of accelerated change—and how to put it to work for you and your company. Amy helps you overlay your business goals with the traits and strengths of each generation. She guides audiences through the Gen IQ steps of Awareness, Curiosity and Flip Moments that reveal next steps to breakthrough results.
Women In Leadership: What holds women back, and what can we do about it?
MARY BURKE, Founder & CEO, Building Brave
Women have made tremendous progress over the last 100 years. However, when it comes to women in leadership, there is still a long way to go. This two-part session begins with Mary Burke sharing her unexpected journey to unlocking her leadership potential. The second part of the session features a diverse panel of five incredible women leaders who will share their perspectives on how we create environments in which women can thrive.
Out-of-the-Box Workforce Development Programs: New Directions in Corporate Engagement
SURADHI JAIN, MA, Director, Adult Education and Workforce Development, UnidosUS
UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) is the nation’s leading organization serving the needs of the Latino community. In addition to national research, policy analysis, and advocacy UnidosUS partners with affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing. In this session, we will hear about some of the innovative work they have been doing to forge corporate and community partnership in the areas of workforce development and adult education to create access to opportunity for immigrant and low-income communities. They will also highlight case studies of work that is being done locally with the Madison region’s thriving healthcare and credit union industries.
ROI Analytics of Diversity & Inclusion (part 2)
DR. EDWARD E. HUBBARD, President and CEO of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc
Back by popular demand, Dr. Edward E. Hubbard will lead a session that builds on the conversation last year about measuring diversity and inclusion efforts. Doing so is important to making the case for diversity. More importantly though, it’s an important part of setting and monitoring diversity goals and objectives linking them to business strategy.
CLOSING PLENARY SESSION
Diversity and Inclusion Awards Presentation