Learn How Diversity Can Grow Your Business
Take your company to the NextLevel in diversity, culture, leadership, management, hiring, technology, retention, job satisfaction, teamwork, and innovation. Diversity is MUCH more than just hiring a diverse workforce. If properly integrated it can simultaneously grow your business while leaving your competition in the dust. Our line-up of highly qualified professional speakers will give you the tools and education you need to build a world-class work environment. Spend a day with us learning new insights, strategies, solutions, and concepts that will catapult your organization to the NextLevel of performance and profit.
The fact is diversity is becoming more important than ever, and has shown it's not only the right thing to do but it's also excellent for business. Research shows that companies that have more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue than their non-diverse competitors. This is accredited to a direct link between diversity and innovation. Furthermore, companies in the top 25% for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. This is just scratching the surface of what Diversity can do.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Identify solutions, strategies, and best practices for addressing diversity in the workplace.
Find out the key business advantages of working with diverse populations.
How to become a more inclusive leader.
Learn about the current state of women in the technology industry, how to overcome barriers and be an ally.
Strategies on how to communicate more inclusively
Learn how successful minority business owners have overcome challenges and barriers in Pittsburgh.
The affects of Tokenizing on hiring, managing, and office culture.
Create an action plan to use diversity as a catalyst to improve recruiting and retention, innovation, and company culture.
We are excited to announce our line-up of speakers for the upcoming Pittsburgh Business Diversity Conference & Job Fair. Our wide array of professional speakers feature executive coaches & consultants, diversity experts, authors, and experienced local business owners. Together we plan to bring you and your organization massive value in the form of new ideas, concepts, strategies and solutions that you can take home and implement in your own business.
Look at the pictures below:
Would it be fair or even accurate to guess their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or disability?
How do the assumptions we make negatively affect our business environment on a daily basis?
Hover over the speakers pictures below to see a short bio:
GET YOUR TICKETS
Breakfast 8:00 - 9:00AM @ Main Stage
Professional Networking Event 8:00 - 8:30AM @ Networking Lounge
Meet and greet other like minded professionals.
A deep dive into what Diversity truly is and how it translates into our lives. Learn how the assumptions we make negatively impact the choices we make.
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY PANEL 9:45 - 10:45AM @ Main Stage
* Moderated by Pancho Timmons
Erica Peterson - Founder - Mom’s Can Code
Meesha Gerhart - Founder - Red Tree Web Design
Neysha Arcelay - Founder and CEO - Precixa
THE BELONGING FACTOR PODCAST 9:45 - 10:45AM @ Stage A
Devin Halliday - Rudiment Solutions
Unlock the Power of Belonging 11:00AM - 12:00PM @ Stage A
Devin Halliday - Rudiment Solutions
Learn how great brands and great leaders inspire loyalty, build community, and grow profits, provides tools and techniques to unlock the power of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. This engaging and interactive workshop gets you ready to leverage that power to inspire loyalty, build community and grow profits in your business.
The Power of Influence: 4 Ways to Create Motivation in a Diverse Workplace 11:00AM - 12:00PM @ Stage B
Dave Loshelder - 3LG Solutions ConsultingAttendees will learn four highly effective ways to communicate to get results and profit from your team. Learn to motivate and inspire with impact and to build a better culture by making stronger connections with team members. Lead with less stress and more fun.
LENDIO PITCH EVENT 12:00 - 1:00PM @ Main Stage
Lendio - Where Shark Tank Meets Business Banking
Looking for a business loan or to take your business to the next level? We're giving business owners the opportunity to practice pitching their business growth plan and receive valuable feedback from a panel of lending experts. Not only will this help you gain visibility in the business community but it will also let the community know what resources you need to grow your business (partners, services, funding, connections, talent).
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00PM @ Main Stage
Diversity BUSINESS LEADER PANEL 1:00 - 2:00PM @ Stage A
*Moderator Sue Miller - WSBA (Women’s Small Business Association)
Sal Acosta - Managing Partner - Landon & Acosta
Kelauni Cook - President & CEO - Black Tech Nation
Rob Jones - President & CEO - In Good Company LLC
Monica Malik - HR Director - Penn Brewing Company
Melanie Marie Malloy - Director Of Development - Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce
Mastermind Session 1:30 - 2:30PM @ Stage B
Adam Kripke - Alpha Project
Solve some of your biggest professional challenges through the combined cognitive power of group impute! Join us for a stimulating breakout session to both help and be helped by a diverse group of highly educated business professionals. Gain priceless connections, insights, solutions, strategies, and resources to help you on your path. Please bring with you 1 to 3 questions that you are seeking help with. Everyone will have an opportunity to share their unique question as well as help others solve theirs.
MAKING IT MATTER - KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2:30 - 3:30PM @ Main Stage
Andrea Wetherald - Owner - & Beyond Improv
Making it Matter - embracing diversity and reaping the benefits of divergent perspectives once the hiring is done. There’s a type of racism in the workplace many of us have personally witnessed, perpetrated or experienced: tokenism. Tokenism is, simply, covert racism. Tokenizing can happen at the hands of well-intentioned employers who have not developed strong listening hygiene, or who do not understand what it means to truly embrace diversity in a practical sense. This talk will demonstrate HOW to create a Culture of Curiosity that allows leaders to truly benefit from having a diversity of perspectives represented in their employee base... and how certain improv skills enable us to do this well.