With Diarra Imani, Wordsmith
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Regional Perspectives Organizational cultures are just one piece of the picture when it comes to creating a welcoming Pittsburgh region for all - a career destination must be a place where top talent can live, work, and play. What multifaceted efforts are necessary for a more vibrant Pittsburgh region? What could a regional welcoming strategy look like? Join regional leaders for a conversation about the value of place and the creation of a community where all thrive.
Creating an Inclusion Culture: Practices That Work Creating an inclusive culture requires intentional, multifaceted efforts, but how does an organization know their practices are making a difference? What strategies, tools, and tactics have been successful for our region’s organizations? Join our cross-sector panel as they discuss what makes for a thriving organizational environment.
Diversity & Leadership: Building a Culture of Belonging Belonging cultures capture the synergy of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion through purposeful leadership and action with impact. Join Vibrant Pittsburgh member expert diversity leaders for a high-level discussion to energize your DEI efforts and build organizational environments that attract, retain, and elevate top talent.
Navigating Attraction, Retention, and Elevation of Talent In the Pittsburgh region, and throughout the country recruiting and retaining top talent is no easy task – how can a purposeful organization not only attract top talent but also help them plant roots? This panel will tackle the “elephant in the room” - retention of top underrepresented talent - through the lenses of talent pipelines, recruiting, hiring, and talent management.
Gender Equity & Intersectionality: Improving Outcomes for Black Women in Pittsburgh In September of 2019, the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission released its report, Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race, illustrating the stark disparities in livability occurring in the Pittsburgh region, specifically noting that the City of Pittsburgh is one of the worst areas for black women to live and thrive. Two years later, many in the region ask, what has been done with this knowledge? This panel discussion will bring perspectives from the Gender Equity Commission, regional health institutions, and the nonprofit sector together for a conversation addressing the actions necessary to improve outcomes and eradicate disparities in our region.
Data Justice: Ethical Practices + Better Decisions = Equitable Outcomes Applying a justice, ethics, and equity lens to eliminate data bias. Inherent bias can be built in the ways in which data is collected, analyzed, interpreted, and distributed. Biased data can be a barrier for innovating meaning actions, strategies, and measurable progress toward more equitable outcomes. As expectations of stakeholders continue to rapidly evolve, the ability to advance equity as a core aspect of an organization’s mission has emerged as the signature professional leadership competency to drive business sustainability in the 21st century—and data integrity will be foundational to meeting these expectations. This panel will highlight evolving thought leadership in operationalizing data justice to accelerate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Improving Diversity through Corporate & Community Partnerships How are Pittsburgh organizations making investments in underserved communities? What does responsible social impact look like? This panel will explore the ways in which our region’s employers and community organizations are breaking down systemic barriers and creating pathways to equity through strategic partnerships.
What's Next for DEI + Belonging? What Can You Do Next to Build a Culture of Belonging in the Region?
Inclusive Leadership Inclusive leaders commit to ensuring all team members are treated equitably, feel a sense of belonging and have the resources and support they need. Creating feelings of belonging for all employees is one of the best things you can do to improve employee engagement, performance, and help support institutional goals. Without an inclusive company culture, recruiting a diverse workforce could lead to a revolving door of candidates and employees from underrepresented groups. In this training participants will:
Allyship: Not Performative but Action Oriented DEI initiatives that use allyship show three times more progress than DEI efforts without allyship. Dr. Victoria Mattingly and Sertrice Grice of Mattingly Solutions share research, best practices, and examples of using purposeful allyship to foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations. During this session attendees will learn:
Next Generation of Equitable Solutions: A Blueprint to DEI Strategies For organizations that are looking to spearhead diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in their management practices and approach it from a holistic strengths-based perspective, this blueprint can help. More than ever, a workplace is a diverse collection of individuals proud of who they are: their gender, their sexual orientation, their religion, their ethnic background, and all the other components that make an individual unique. Participants will:
Measuring and Managing Impact As a leader of an organization engaged in corporate philanthropy and charitable initiatives, you work hard to make a difference and want to give your organization the tools it needs to measure what matters. Knowing that you are making an impact when you are doing good helps you learn how you can make a bigger difference. Join us to explore the process of using data-driven decision making to plan, organize, and implement impact with a measurable outcome in mind. Participants will:
7:30am – 8:30am: Invitation Only Executive Breakfast (In-Person, Westin – Postponed until Spring 2022)
Virtual Event Begins: 9:00am
9:00am – 10am: Welcome, Opening Remarks, General Session and Open Plenary
10:00am – 11:00am: Morning Concurrent Panel Sessions, Part 1
11:00am – 12:00pm: Morning Concurrent Panel Sessions, Part 2
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch, Gold Sponsor Remarks, Virtual DJ Dance Party
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Afternoon Plenary
2:30pm – 3:45pm: Afternoon Concurrent Workshop Sessions
3:45pm – 4:00pm: Thank You and Closing Remarks
4:30pm – 6:30pm: 10th Anniversary Cocktail Reception (In-Person, Westin – Postponed until Spring 2022)
Interested in speaking at the 2021 REI Summit? View our RFP HERE.
Submissions are due no later than 5:00 PM EST on August 20, 2021.