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Below is a list of upcoming conferences featuring the Global D&I Benchmarks.

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October 15, 2015, Tacoma, Washington, USA

Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Success

GDIB Expert Panelist Barbara Deane will speak on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks tool at the monthly breakfast meeting of the South Puget Sound Chapter SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) chapter (south of Seattle, Washington). The presentation will provide participants the opportunity to briefly assess their organization’s level on Diversity amp; Inclusion, to explore the GDIB tool as standards they can use in their organizations, and to increase their understanding of what it takes to be a “best practice” organization on Diversity & Inclusion.  

For more information: http://sps.shrm.org

October 6, 2015, Portland, Oregon

Assessing the Success of D/I Initiatives using D/I Benchmarks

Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), 77th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, October 5-7, 2015 
Concurrent Workshop, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm 
Barbara Deane, Expert Panelist, is presenting with Joseph Marth, Vice President, Business Solutions, Archbright, Seattle Washington. 

How do you know you are doing high-quality Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) work? Not an easy question to answer because no industry standards have existed. Now this void has been filled through the recently developed Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB). The tool addresses 13 categories of D&I work with five levels of benchmarks. This session offers participants hands-on learning methods to become familiar with the GDIB, interactive dialogue with their colleagues about how to apply the tool in their organizations. 

For more information: http://www.nhrmaconference.org/2015/agenda

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February 20 & 21, 2014

7th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Seminar, Barcelona, Spain
The official conference theme is Diversity At the Crossroads: Is It Time for a New Model? The conference will mark the official launch of the 2014 version of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks along with the announcement of the Diversity Collegium as the new primary sponsor of the Global D&I Benchmarks. Lynda White, president of the Collegium, will offer a session on the Benchmarks.

Conference brochure and registration information is available at:  http://www.icongroupltd.com/services/7th-international-diversity-inclusion-seminar/ 

February 13, 2014

Do You Know How You Measure Up Against the World's Best? Learn How to Develop Global Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nene Molefi and Alan Richter both Collegium members, presented the Global D&I Benchmarks tool in a half-day session for business leaders. The session focused on the impact of Diversity and Inclusion at a systemic level, in the areas of marketing, customer relations, productivity, supplier management and organizational vision and leadership.  The session was hosted by Mandate Molefi, a consultancy with 10 years experience in the field of Diversity and Inclusion consulting with South African companies and facilitating dialogues with Boards, CEOs, and senior executives. Mpho Makwana, Chairman of Acelor Mitttal, and Nolitha Fakude, Executive Director of Sasol also participated.

More information is available at: http://www.mandatemolefi.co.za

March 18 - 20, 2014

Forum on Workplace Inclusion, Minneapolis, MN

Breaking New Ground is the theme for the 26th annual Forum, which changed its name last year from the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity. The session, Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Implement Successfully Using Change Management will be presented by Barbara Deane, Collegium member and Joseph Marth, Washington Employers on March 19.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is presented by the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, and sponsored by The Travelers Companies, Inc. The conference emphasizes three key ideas: We Speak Business, We Fuel Change, and We Lead With Action. The conference is preceded by Professional Development Institutes and other special programs on March 18. Several other Collegium members are presenting at this conference.

More information and registration information is available at: http://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/

September 10, 2014

Central Florida Diversity Learning Series, Orlando, Florida, USA

Julie O’Mara is facilitating a 3-hour workshop, Using Global Diversity Benchmarks as an Inclusion Tool (Julie is one of the co-founders of the Global D&I Benchmarks tool). This session will explore and use the Global Diversity Benchmark study as a foundational tool and resource for rebuilding our understanding of Inclusion in our multicultural, globally-connected organizations. Using the data from this study, along with some futuring activities, we will create additional paths to be more inclusive to our marketplaces, workplaces and workforces. This will help us build a stronger infrastructure needed to support our expanding organizational reach – whether that be for our students, patients, staff, guests and others who may request or require our knowledge, skills or services.

 To register: http://cfdls.com/Pages/CFDLS/CFDLS_Home.html

September 19, 2014

6th Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD) Symposium, Tokyo, Japan

Organized by Expert Panelist Hiroko Tatebe the theme is “The Power of Inclusion: Viewing Diversity Through Different Lenses.” GDIB Expert Panelist (EP) Kay Iwata, will present “Evolution of D&I Toward the Fourth Wave of Business in the 21st Century.” In their book, The Fourth Wave: Business in the 21st Century, authors Maynard and Mehrtens foresee a radically different future evolving for corporations. Values, personal integrity, business principles, concerns for the environment, a focus on the well-being of humankind both inside and outside of the organization, and a global citizenship mindset are key characteristics. The principles and values that underlie these characteristics are the same that provide the foundation for Diversity and Inclusion. In this presentation learn more about the what and why of this 4th wave of change and how Johnson & Johnson’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy is a key driver in their evolutionary process.

To register: http://www.jas-socal.org/event-897289

September 22 and 23, 2014

Talent Management Alliance Annual Inclusion Summit, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

GDIB user Pam Arnold, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, will present a session on Benchmarking for Success. Benchmarking allows you to assess the inclusion work your organization is doing against other organizations. It's a critical tool in progressing and working toward a truly inclusive culture and organization. In this session we learn how using the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Strategies for Organizations Around the World can transform your strategies and provide the groundwork for measuring effectiveness and contributing to our bottom line.  Takeaways:  Explanation of several ways to benchmark. A list of things to consider when benchmarking and a comprehensive look at the GDIB and how it can save you time and resources from other ways of benchmarking will be provided. Last year the event attracted over 100 Diversity & Inclusion executives and this year it is expected to attract more. The 2014 Inclusion Summit will feature practitioners and thought leaders sharing case studies, best practices and frameworks on measuring and assessing the inclusion journey and creating a strong business case for inclusion in organizations.  

To register:  https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1558209

Please note that there are some restrictions on who can attend. If you don’t meet those specifications described on the website, contact the organizers and ask for consideration.

September 25 & 26, 2014

Carrying The Fire Series: Organizational Development for Culture Change Agents, London, UK

Expert Panelist Lisa Kepinski and Elaine Yarbrough are co-leading this course. D&I work is culture change work. It is driven formally by those in the role, plus formally and informally by key partners in HR, CSR, Communications, business managers, etc. Often change efforts get stalled or fail due to reasons such as lack of leadership support, repetitive conflicts, and using the same methods which generate the same results. And the change leader experiences energy drain and frustration. While intentions are good, leaders tasked with driving a change initiative may not have the background nor the opportunity to fully develop skills necessary to lead sustainable cultural change toward healthy human and business outcomes. The goal of Organizational Development is to create a well-functioning organization in which people can contribute their best, and are satisfied and productive. To do so, Culture Change Managers & team members need to understand their system’s culture, have the ability to diagnose both the obvious and hidden parts, and intervene to guide the organization to healthy outcomes. The course will be experiential, covering key topics and tools. The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks will be used as an example of a structured framework for guiding strategic actions and for key partners and stakeholders’ engagement.

To learn more and to sign up: http://www.icongroupltd.com/services/carrying-the-fire-o-for-culture-change-agents/

October 22-25, 2014

SIETAR USA, Portland, Oregon, USA

Expert Panelists, Donna Stringer and Lillian Tsai, co-chair the 2014 national conference for The Society for Intercultural Educators, Trainers & Researchers (SIETAR USA).  A poster session on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks will be co-presented by Carmen Carter and EP Barbara Deane. A slide show will cover the key features of this tool and be augmented with questions, answers, and discussion. Carmen M. Carter, president, Diversity on Demand, has over 20 years of professional experience that spans academia; nonprofit, and government organizations; as well as has having held leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies. She collaborates with leaders to “unleash the power of diversity on demand,” which is her trademarked approach to diversity and inclusion work.  Barbara Deane, editor in chief, DiversityCentral.com, is a writer, editor, consultant and speaker on diversity, inclusion and cross-cultural business issues. She has worked with organizations to change their cultures and with individuals to develop intercultural competency. She is the associate editor of Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014).

For more information: www.sietarusaconference.com

November 11 & 12, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion in Asia 2014 Conference, organised by Community Business, Hong Kong

Note: GDIB has a special relationship with Community Business, having supported the development of their DIAN Strategy Frameworks, an assessment tool based on the principles of our GDIB and adapted for use by companies operating across the Asia Region. For more information see: www.communitybusiness.org and http://dfs.communitybusiness.org

Expert Panelists, Ralph deChabert and Mary-Frances Winters, will represent the GDIB at a special Partners meeting on November 10.

About the conference: With the theme Diversity & Inclusion – Driving Competitive Advantage, this year’s programme will take the discussion of diversity and inclusion to a new level. Looking beyond the workplace, we will explore tangible ways in which D&I drives competitive advantage – unleashing creativity and innovation, tapping new markets, winning new customers and ultimately increasing revenues.  This year Community Business is excited to offer an extended programme, with sessions targeted for broader audiences from across Asia, including: 

  • HR and D&I Professionals (2-Day Conference) 
  • Senior Business Leaders (Senior Executive Roundtable) 
  • Global Heads of Diversity & Inclusion (Global Heads of D&I Networking Lunch) 
  • Representatives of Women’s Networks in Asia (Day 1 ‘The Female Advantage’ Programme and Women’s Networks in Asia Lunch) 
  • Representatives of LGBT Networks in Asia (Day 2 ‘Taking the Lead with LGBT’ Programme and LGBT Networking Reception)

To register, go to: http://programme.communitybusiness.org/diasiaconf2014/

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