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Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2017

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Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Driver: The Impact of Inclusion

November 1, 2017
Summit: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Ballroom at the new Alumni and Friends Center, Boise State University
1173 W University Drive, Boise, ID 83706
Free parking provided in the West Stadium lot. Your inbox contains the instructions for parking.

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Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
8:30 a.m. Summit welcome

8:45 a.m. Welcome Keynote: Inclusion in the Media: Ways We Create It, Ways We Destroy It by Dr. Christopher Bell, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
In his TED talk, viewed more than 1,000,000 times, Dr. Bell calls us to, “bring on the female superheroes!” while dissecting the institutional bias inherent in movie, television and mass media. In this talk, Dr. Bell will delve further into the role of media in both creating and destroying inclusive communities.

9:45 a.m. Panel: Financial Inclusion: the Social Impact of Banking and the Capital Markets
This panel seeks to explore the intersection between finance and social justice from two perspectives- first, do no harm, and second, have a positive impact. The panelists will discuss ways that banking and finance must ensure they do not negatively impact marginalized people and communities through intentional or unintentional strategies. Additionally, the panelists will explore the many ways banking and investors can catalyze financial inclusion and help to overcome bias, ensuring fair and effective access to capital for all. Panelists and moderator include:

  • Moderator: Angeli Weller, Boise State University
  • Alejandro Hernandez, Senior VP, Wells Fargo
  • Lisa Cooper, President and Founder, Figure 8 Investment Strategies
  • Ben Wright, Idaho Market Manager, Montana & Idaho CDC

10:35 a.m. Panel: Workplace Inclusion: the Art and Science of Ensuring Employees Feel Welcome, Safe and Valued
This panel seeks to explore what inclusion looks like in the workplace from the perspective of local diversity and inclusion leaders and Boise State students. Ensuring that employees feel welcome, valued and safe is both an art and a science, and this session aims to leave you with concrete ideas that will help you to create a more inclusive workplace.

  • Moderator: Francisco Salinas, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Boise State University
  • Trinia Ponce, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, HP
  • Toni L. Carter, Inclusion and Diversity Strategy Director, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
  • Alexandria Suggs, Research and Consulting Coordinator, IBIS Consulting Group and Graduate Assistant, Responsible Business Initiative at the College of Business and Economics
  • Dawn S. Hutchison, Global Integration and Inclusion Manager, Micron Technology

11:25 a.m. Closing Keynote: Inclusion is the Work by Stacy Parson, Cofounder and Partner of The Dignitas Agency
In these closing remarks, Diversity and Inclusion Expert Stacy Parson will weave together the discussions on inclusion from the previous speakers, and help us all to understand why inclusion is the most critical – and the most difficult – aspect of any diversity effort.

12:00 p.m. Summit adjourns
12:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshop: Leadership Development – Understanding Implicit Bias and Navigating Micro-Aggressions
The Dignitas Agency is facilitating a workshop designed to help position you to lead by moving from intention to action and eventually driving results. Dignitas will give you the tools to help build a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Space is limited: the workshop is open to any practitioner responsible for improving diversity and inclusion in their workplace. The workshop also includes lunch.
The workshops objectives:

  • Develop the mindset, habits and ability (actual behaviors) to cultivate breakthrough beliefs so that participants are able to help lead through change
  • Create more passion and understanding across diverse groups
  • Create a shared vision for the community and your organization
  • Create a platform for personal development and leadership commitment

3:30 p.m. Workshop adjourns

Registration Information:

General Admission includes an individual ticket to the summit, lunch and participation in the afternoon workshop.
Students receive free admission to the summit with the option to sit at a company-sponsored table, receive lunch and attend the afternoon workshop.
Table sponsor package includes 6 seats for the organization and 2 seats for students at their table (or 8 seats for the organization), vocal and visual recognition at the summit and within the summit’s marketing materials, including our website, signage, promotional activities, press, etc. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor for the summit please contact us at

Read about last year’s summit here.

The summit is sponsored by Boise State’s College of Business and Economics, Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, University of Idaho- Boise, Idaho Power, Saint Alphonsus and Micron.

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