What makes us who we are? It goes beyond traditional diversity labels.

#WeAreMore than the color of our skin.

#WeAreMore than the country we migrated from.

#WeAreMore than our gender identity and expression …

We are shaped by our background, our culture, our personalities, and our experiences. We are multi-dimensional and complex. We are inherently intersectional.

We don’t experience the world in one dimension, so why design workplaces with only one dimension of diversity in mind? Truly diverse and inclusive workplaces recognize intersectionality’s relevance to new ideas, the bottom line, and positive culture.

This year’s Inclusive Workplace Conference provides a fresh lens on inclusion. Discover how to cultivate a more inclusive mindset by exploring different frameworks. Deepen your inclusive capabilities through meaningful learning, and get effective tools and resources to put lessons learned into practice.

Speakers

Deb Pine

Executive Director of the Center for Women and Business and Executive Education
Bentley University

Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach PARADIGM People Development Inc

 
 
Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

John DeLorey

Founder, WelcomeHome TO

 
 
Rebekah J. Steele

Principal, Diversity and Inclusion Breakthroughs

Sepideh Shahi

Sepideh Shahi

Senior Inclusive Designer, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University


Agenda

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

7:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Opening and blessing of the conference
8:45 a.m.
Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

9:00 a.m.

Diversity and inclusion initiatives that try to group people into such categories as gender, ethnicity, and age provide a narrow view of what shapes our identities. No one is defined by a single category: We are influenced by our experiences, culture, and background. This is a core concept behind intersectionality.

This opening keynote session will set the stage for the day as we seek to expand our inclusion efforts by embracing the rule of “one size does not fit all.”

9:30 a.m.

Recognition and understanding of intersectionality—how overlapping identities and experiences impact and sometimes disadvantage people—should be a D&I priority for all organizations. Yet many people, including D&I practitioners and C-suite leaders, find the concept confusing and intimidating. We’ll begin our discussion exploring the most important concepts, and engage panel of inclusion and diversity champions to reflect on intersectionality as it applies to business strategy. They will discuss their personal and organizational journeys, share practical stories and lessons learned, and explore thought-provoking questions such as:

  • How does intersectionality impact your workforce?
  • How do you prioritize intersectionality in a constructive, meaningful way within your workplace?
  • What cultural changes to you need to consider as you integrate intersectionality into your D&I strategy?
Deb Pine

Moderator

Executive Director of the Center for Women and Business and Executive Education
Bentley University

10:15 a.m.

Our spotlight sessions provide delegates with eye-opening experiences as we share personal stories, challenges, and successes. Get a glimpse of life through someone else’s eyes and appreciate their diverse perspectives.

10:30 a.m.
Networking break
11:00 a.m.

Our spotlight sessions provide delegates with an eye-opening experience as we share personal stories, challenges, and successes. Allow yourself to see life through someone else’s eyes and appreciate the diversity of perspectives.

11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions—Set A (please select one)

SESSION A1

The inclusive design framework provides opportunity and space for diverse perspectives to come together and influence business outcomes and decisions. It recognizes humans’ intersectional nature and provides inclusive processes and tools to build a foundation for greater innovation. This interactive session will provide tangible ways to engage your workforce through strategic collaboration and engagement to ensure that your D&I framework reflects your workforce’s diversity and uniqueness.

Sepideh Shahi

Sepideh Shahi

Senior Inclusive Designer, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

Session A2

A leading Canadian organization will share lessons and good practices for organizations to consider when designing inclusive and accessible products and services.

12:15 p.m.
Lunch
1:15 p.m.

In this spotlight session, Rania Younes shares her story and how it’s shaped who she is and influenced the work that she is doing. Draw lessons from her experiences on how you can, in turn, create a workplace environment that welcomes and supports Canadian newcomers with open hearts and minds.

John DeLorey

Founder, WelcomeHome TO

1:30 p.m.

Panelists will share personal and business experiences with developing an organic culture where employees feel safe bringing their authentic selves to work without fear of repercussions. Hear how businesses are prioritizing inclusion and actively seeking greater diversity for a more positive culture and bottom line.

Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach PARADIGM People Development Inc

2:15 p.m.
Networking Break
2:45 p.m.

Our spotlight sessions provide delegates with eye-opening experiences as we share personal stories, challenges, and successes. Get a glimpse of life through someone else’s eyes and appreciate their diverse perspectives.

3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions—Set B (please select one)

SESSION B1

When inclusion flourishes, it permeates your whole environment. It impacts innovation, talent attraction and performance, customer relations, and revenues. To seize these opportunities, you need more effective ways to approach inclusion. And new ways to measure inclusion and its impact on business outcomes. In this interactive inclusion lab, we’ll embrace Design Thinking to:

  • Explore a whole new approach to inclusion
  • Design ways to bring inclusion to life in your daily work and in your organization
  • Review and refine elevated inclusion scorecards

Rebekah J. Steele

Principal, Diversity and Inclusion Breakthroughs

SESSION B2

Despite good intentions and stated commitment, the representation of women and diverse leaders has not progressed as far as we had hoped. We need a new approach – one that goes beyond trying to change mindsets, building awareness and implementing programs with little result. This session will explore how behavioral science and human-centered design can pave a faster way towards inclusion and belonging.

Some questions we will answer include:

  • What is behavioral science and how can we use it to drive inclusion for everyone?
  • How can a small-wins approach bridge differences and produce large, measurable cultural change?
  • How can we design recruitment and talent processes to interrupt bias for more objective people decisions?

Sylvia Apostolidis

Sylvia Apostolidis

President & Chief Consultant The Jasmar Group

4:00 p.m.

Our closing keynote presentation will focus on the opportunities that arise when inclusion is prioritized and acted on. The equation is simple: Diverse thinking and perspectives supported by an inclusive culture lead to greater innovation and impact on an organization’s mission.

4:30 p.m.
Wrap-up and adjournment
5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by COUNCIL ON INCLUSIVE WORK ENVIRONMENTS

Members of the Council on Inclusive Work Environments (CIWE) are pleased to invite you to join them for a post-conference reception and networking event hosted at the conference venue.

CIWE provides a forum for diversity professionals to network and engage with inclusion thought leaders and share best practices and challenges with peers.

Learn more about CIWE

HRPA CPD logoThis event is approved for 5.5 CPD hours by Human Resource Professionals Association.

Please check in regularly for any updates to the proposed agenda.

2018 Event

The Inclusive Workplaces Conference has been ongoing since 2007. Here are some highlights from the 2018 Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Conference.

  • 175+ attendees
  • 86 business represented
  • Attendee job function:
inclusion_2018-attendees Human resources Policy Communications Education Legal

“Great location; presenters that had relevant and pragmatic content; workshop was valuable and well-designed.”
—2018 Conference Attendee

Register

$1,195


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Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Location

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9



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