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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to the ILS! Each event has its own webinar link and will start promptly so please join on time. You may submit questions for the panelists at any time during the event and time will be used at the end to answer as many as we can.

View the Digital Program here to learn more about the panelists and our sponsors.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1

12 P.M. - 1 P.M. - EY KEYNOTE SPEAKER - KEN BOUYER, DIRECTOR OF INCLUSIVENESS RECRUITING
As EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ken is responsible for developing and implementing the global EY organization’s recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas. Ken frequently serves as an EY industry group spokesperson on both diversity and recruiting trends at a range of events and with leading media outlets.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m - COVID-19 PANDEMIC — INEQUALITY AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
Leaders in organizations are tasked with many duties and responsibilities to serve both their organizations and their teams; the pandemic has required increased ability to pivot, to support employees with a broad range of differing needs, and to operate without a clear understanding of what our future will look like. Learn about how leaders prioritize this important work and navigate the challenges they have faced in practicing inclusive leadership.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m - ANTI-RACISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE @ WORK
The United States continues to reckon with it’s deeply rooted history of racism and injustice. #BlackLivesMatter first originated in 2015, but the movement has again picked up traction as the nation calls for reconciliation and action against forms of systemic racism and injustice. Additionally, heightened violence against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has only continued to amplify the need for reform. This panel will discuss ways organizations are shifting from a model that centers diversity and inclusion to one that prioritizes social justice and anti-racism.  

7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m - Case Competition Kick Off - MANDATORY FOR ALL REGISTERED TEAMS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2

5 P.M. - 6:10 P.M. - CAREER RECEPTION: COMPANY MEET AND GREET
As part of the Inclusive Leadership Summit, our employer sponsors are eager to chat with you. This Meet and Greet is a great opportunity to network with employers and hear about their internship and full-time opportunities as well as learn more about their company’s DEI practices. 

Don’t forget to submit your resume in Handshake so our employer sponsors can follow up with you. Internships have come out of the Inclusive Leadership Summit in the past. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your resume in front of our top employers!

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS
Leading as an entry-level employee, tools for advocating for DEI during your early career when you do not have formal power. Much of the time, discussions around diversity initiatives in the business world are focused on those with high-level decision-making power. But as we know, advocating for social justice and change requires action and commitment from all levels of an organization. What are the tools and techniques that each of us as individuals can bring to work in advocating for greater equity? Specific to different roles within an organization, what are the unique capabilities and responsibilities of those advocating for DEI? How is your role uniquely positioned to further social change? Find out during this panel discussion.

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - SOCIAL JUSTICE & SELF-CARE

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde
Sleep deprivation, work life imbalance, high stress and limited “down times” contribute to employee burnout. For those holding marginalized identities, advocating for social justice, at work and throughout life, can exacerbate these feelings as they experience routine microaggressions and battle fatigue. Join us for a discussion of how you can prioritize yourself and your well-being so that you can continue to do the meaningful work of building greater equity and championing diversity. Learn how to be an ally and support your colleagues, friends, communities in doing the same for themselves. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - PIONEERING SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Economic justice focuses on ensuring everyone has access to resources that create opportunities. In our current social climate, inequalities embedded in global systems that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities have been exposed. In response, many organizations are evaluating their social responsibility strategies and preparing to take meaningful action. This session will include a conversation about the ways business leaders can advocate for equitable economic development within the communities served by their organizations and society at large.

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. TRANS INCLUSION @ WORK
Cultures of inclusion are created and reinforced by hundreds and thousands of individual interactions: The language we use, HR policies and practices, and the expectations we have can underscore or hinder our goals to make workplaces more inclusive. In 2021, over 30 states have introduced more than 100 bills that aim to suppress the rights of transgender people across the country. What steps are companies taking to ensure their trans employees are supported, included and valued? What can corporate America do to challenge this type of discrimination? This session hopes to dive into these questions further.  

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4

6 P.M. - 7 P.M. - (DIS)ABILITY AND NEURODIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

A strong and inclusive workforce is one that includes all people. Disabled and neurodiverse employees often face unique challenges and needs in the workplace. Inclusive leaders are ones who provide safe, accessible and accommodating environments where employees can fully bring themselves to work. Learn more about how leaders and organizations can advocate for accommodating and welcoming workplaces for those in the disability and neurodivergent community

6 P.M. - 7 P.M. - INTERSECTIONAL ALLYSHIP

Intentional and active allyship plays a critical role in creating a more equitable society. Our demographic, social, and cultural identities are complex, and each of us experiences moments in our professional lives where we feel as though we are a member of the dominant group. What can allyship look like for each of us and how can we manage and improve our workplace cultures when we are great allies?

7 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - CLOSING REMARKS