(Hybrid: Attend Live and Virtual)

Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones.

Wednesday – Friday, October 12 – 14, 2022

Conference Sponsorships Available
$99 Individual Ticket

DLA Partnerships   SUPPORT DLA

Conference Themes

At Diversity Leadership Alliance, our goal has always been to provide a forum for diversity and inclusion dialogue, as well as offer learning opportunities to enhance professional development, understanding, promotion, and management of diversity as an essential part of business success. We believe that organizations that understand, recognize and value diversity can attract and retain top talent, as well as have a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The 21st annual DLA Conference is about having BRAVE CONVERSATIONS in hopes that they will turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones for change. Through our innovative opening sessions, dynamic workshops, and cutting-edge fire-side chats, our 2022 conference will cultivate change agents that are leading with empathy and openness.

This year, we challenge participants to raise their collective voices loud enough to drown out the hate and unravel the havoc that racism has wreaked throughout our beloved community and country.

Key Strategies & Programs

WORKSHOPS: Monthly VIRTUAL workshops, with attendance averaging over 200 plus attendees per month, feature world-class diversity practice leaders who promote leadership skills and educate attendees on a wide variety of topics. Participants gain valuable tools and information that can be implemented in their organizations and community all in our new virtual format.

About DLA

Diversity Leadership Alliance is the premier Diversity Education organization in Arizona. We provide thought-provoking Diversity training, leadership guidance and continued support to help cultivate an inclusive community where each individual is valued and respected.

Youth Leadership Academy

The Youth Leadership Academy assists High school students transitioning from school to work, as well as provide them with tools and resources to help build leadership skills. Students receive resources, funding and guidance to pursue Higher Education.

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Award Nominations are Open

Nominate your favorite leaders in diversity and inclusive organizations!

Nominate Now

2022 Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

Please note that all times are MST (AZ time)

Day One (Hybrid)
Wednesday, Oct 12

6:00 – 8:00 pm

21st Anniversary Diversity and Awards Ceremony

Day Two (Virtual)
Thursday, Oct 13

8:30 – 9:00 am

9:00-10:00 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

12:30 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Day Three (Virtual)
Friday, Oct 14

8:30 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 10:00 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

12:30 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 3:30 pm

ASL Interpreting and Captioning Services available at Conference in partnership with    


2022 Speakers and Presenters Coming Soon


Our 2021 Partners

Change Agents


2021 Sponsor USAA  2021 Sponsor SRP  2021 Sponsor Mayo Clinic Sponsor: 12 News

Partner Level Sponsors


Cox Communications                      Sponsor: University of Phoenix                                          Sponsor: Arizona Public Service APS


Advocate Sponsors


                                                     Sponsor: PerkinsCoie



Additional Sponsors


         Arizona SHRM                       Ability 360         

                 Phoenix Sky Harbor


FRIENDS OF DLA –  $1,000
City of Phoenix – EOD Department
City of Glendale
City of Mesa – Police Department
City of Scottsdale
CSAA Insurance Group
Donor Network of Arizona
Edward Jones
GIRL SCOUTS – Arizona Cactus-Pine
LIV Communities
Scottsdale Community College

“Without talking and truly trying to understand why people live a certain way, we are not going to be able to grow as a species.”
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Jackson Asante Whitaker
2020 DLA Youth Leader

Partnership Opportunities

2022 Annual Conference Partnership Levels

Partner $10,000
Advocate Partner $5,000
Supporter Partner $3,000
Friend of DLA $1,000 (Unlimited Friendships)

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2022 DLA Sponsorship Packages

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    2021 Award Winners

    Congrats to all of our nominees and winners!

    2022 Diversity Award Nominations are now open!

    Nominate Now

    • 2021 Youth Inclusion Leader

      Guadalupe Martinez

    • 2021 Diversity Leader

      Dr. Lois Brown

    • 2021 Diversity Leader

      Mini Salas

    • 2021 Diversity Leader

      Dr. Ousama El-Hillal

    • 2021 Diversity Leader

      Dr. Versha Anderson

    • 2021 Inclusive Workplace


    About the Awards

    DLA celebrates and recognizes Arizona individuals, Corporations and Organizations that lead by example, creating an inclusive environment that enhances and strengthens the community. The DLA Diversity and Inclusion Award is a joint award given on behalf of Diversity Leadership Alliance and Arizona SHRM. This prestigious award is given to a Corporation or Organization that recognizes and values Diversity, Equity and Belonging. They create a safe space in an inclusive, collaborative work environment where their employees can be their genuine and authentic selves. In addition to their innovative, internal Diversity programs and initiatives, they also lead the way in terms of their extensive Community outreach efforts and support. DLA also honors individuals who serve as Diversity and Inclusion Leaders in the Community. These passionate individuals demonstrate collaborative leadership and a visible commitment to the work of Diversity and Inclusion. These individuals are bravely forging forward and creating spaces where others can celebrate and be celebrated and they do so selflessly with dignity and humility. 2022 Nominations are Open!

    Special Thanks to our Award partner AZSHRM and our Video Production partner COX!
    “We have to make strategic and intentional changes to create safe spaces for diverse communities.”

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    Kevina Devereaux
    Manager, Workforce Development – Desert Botanical Gardens