Kentucky Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit - Agenda

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.
Welcome: Why the Kentucky Business Community Established the Center for Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ashli Watts, President & CEO, Kentucky Chamber
Joe Frazier, Executive Director, Center for DE&I, Kentucky Chamber Foundation

9:00 a.m.    
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Matter of America’s Economic Competitiveness and Prosperity

Rick Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

10:00 a.m.     
What is the Role of Public Policy in Fostering a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Commonwealth?

Honorable David P. Givens, Senator, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Honorable Samara Heavrin, Representative, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Honorable Gerald A. Neal, Senator, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Terrance A. Sullivan, J.D., Executive Director, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights
Moderator: Kate Shanks, Senior Vice President, Kentucky Chamber

Hear from a panel of key policymakers and state agency officials as they discuss the historical impacts of public policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion and explore potential reforms to law and regulations to bring about change and progress in Kentucky.

11:00 a.m.    
Supplier Diversity: Importance, Impact, and Barriers

Fesha Buie, Associate Vice President of Strategic Planning, Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley
Marilyn Clark, 1st Supplier Diversity Manager, University of Kentucky
Ray Daniels, Owner & President, Equity Solutions Group, LLC and Community & Minority Business Development Accelerator, Commerce Lexington
Kellie Watson, Equity and Compliance Officer, Louisville Metro Sewer District
Thomas Woods-Tucker, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer, Kentucky Department of Education
Moderator: Lettie Bailey-Johnson, CEO/Founder, Gifted By Design Leadership and Consulting

Minority Business Enterprises (MBE’s) play a powerful role in the diversifying landscape of the U.S. and Kentucky. This panel will focus on the need for intentional supplier diversity initiatives, it’s impact on our community, and barriers that MBEs often face when competing for corporate contract.
12:00 p.m.     
Luncheon Keynote: Culture Matters: Why what got us ‘Here’, won’t take us ‘There’

Chris Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Being from an underrepresented group in the workplace can often be an isolating experience. Burnout, attrition, microaggressions, and everything in between challenge the workplace experience every day. What do we do about it? Before we can improve our recruitment strategies to ensure a diverse workforce, we must first ensure that we have an inclusive environment to retain them. Join us for an interactive discussion around why “what got us here, won’t take us there”. Now, more than ever, well-being, culture, community and belonging are all important parts of the evolving DEI puzzle.

Luncheon Closing Comments
Joe Frazier, Executive Director, Center for DE&I, Kentucky Chamber Foundation

2:00 p.m.     
Education Equity in Kentucky: Disparities in Representation, Retention, and Talent Attrition

Dr. Kevin Cosby, President, Simmons College
Dr. Jessica Cunningham, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Statistics
Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Commissioner, Department of Workforce Development
Dr. Aaron Thompson, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Moderator: Beth Davisson, Senior Vice President, Kentucky Chamber, Foundation

Join our panel of distinguished guests in discussing the landscape of education in Kentucky through the equity lens.

2:45 p.m.
Equity in the Criminal Justice System

Kungu Njuguna, Policy Strategist, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Dennis Ritchie, Senior Director of Reentry and Young Adult Services, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
J. Michael Brown, Simmons College
Moderator: Jennifer Hancock, LCSW, President & CEO, Volunteers of America (VOA)

Research has long demonstrated the disproportionate impacts the criminal justice system has had on minority populations. This panel will discuss this history, how stakeholders and advocates are seeking to build a more equitable criminal justice system, and how criminal justice intersects with other key issues such as education, poverty, and public policy.

3:30 p.m.
The Backbone of Inclusion: Human Resources and its Role in DE&I

Katelyn Bloyd, Director of Employee Experience, Baptist Health System
Cheri Glass, System VP Employee Experience, Baptist Health System
Cyndi Benedict, Director Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, Norton Healthcare
Moderator: Lisa Johnson, Director HR, Kentucky Chamber

Human Resources is often the first line of defense when it comes to the making or breaking of workforce inclusion at a company. From incorporating inclusionary recruitment and hiring practices, identifying how policies and practices can be inclusionary versus exclusionary, to employee engagement strategies, HR plays a pivotal role in the success of a company striving to be an inclusive and equitable employer. Join our panel of HR experts as we dive into the responsibility of Human Resources as the lynchpin of DE&I in the workplace.

4:15 p.m.
Closing Comments

Joe Frazier, Executive Director, Center for DE&I, Kentucky Chamber Foundation

4:30 p.m.
Inaugural Kentucky Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit Concludes



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