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2021 Sponsor USAA            2021 Sponsor SRP       2021 Sponsor Mayo Clinic       2021 Sponsor Channel 12 KPHX

2021 DLA CONFERENCE

(Now All Virtual)

Uncomfortable Conversations that Ignite Change…
the dialogues continue!

Wednesday – Friday, November 17-19, 2021

$99 Individual Ticket

DLA Partnerships   SUPPORT DLA
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Conference Theme

Our conference, “Uncomfortable Conversations that Ignite Change – the dialogue continues” will be held from November 17th – 19th and is a three-day all virtual Conference, with our Diversity Awards presented in partnership with AZ SHRM on Wednesday evening November 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The 2021 conference will identify, address, and eradicate the deep-rooted, insidious nature of racism by harnessing the powerful tools of Education and dialogue. We will dig deeper into the systems of inequities we see in Education, Media, Gender Pay Equity for women, RaceLighting and Mental Health. By having these meaningful dialogues, we hope to eliminate some of the racist thoughts, behaviors, and actions within various systems, encourage advocacy and social justice and promote authentic, sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and programs.

DLA is calling on all advocates, allies and activists to join us with open minds and kind hearts as we stand together for Justice and Equity for All.

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2021 Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

Day One (Virtual)
Wednesday, Nov 17

6:00 – 8:00 pm

20th Anniversary Diversity and Awards Ceremony

DLA and AZ SHRM
Co-Chairs Dr. Brent Scholar and Ms. Lorena Castro

OPENING PERFORMANCE / VIDEO
Special Musical Guests

Check Your Blind Spots

AWARDS CEREMONY
Celebrating and Honoring our Diversity Champions

Day Two (Virtual)
Thursday, Nov 18

8:30 – 9:00 am
CONFERENCE WELCOME

Co-Founder Marion K. Kelly & Executive Director Joanna C. de’Shay

9:00-10:00 am
OPENING KEYNOTE
Race & Gender in Media
 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm &  12:30 – 2:00 pm
WORKSHOP #1

Tolerance to Authenticity
Featuring Dr. Joel P. Martin – 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Featuring Mr. Lor Lee –           12:30 – 2:00 pm

10:30 am – 12:00 pm &  12:30 – 2:00 pm
WORKSHOP #2

Power & Privilege

2:15 – 3:30 pm
CLOSING SESSION

Dispelling the Myth of Critical Race Theory

4:00 – 6:00 pm
EMPLOYER INFORMATION SESSION

Featuring speakers from our top-tier sponsors.
Networking with hiring managers and leadership

Day Three (Virtual)
Friday, Nov 19

8:30 – 9:00 am
CONFERENCE CLOSE

DLA Conference Co-Chairs Reid DeSpiegelaere & Tikki Carmichael

9:00 – 10:00 am
OPENING KEYNOTE

Racelighting - A Racial Reckoning
Featuring Dr. Jonathan Luke Wood

10:30 am – 12:00 pm  &  12:30 – 2:00 pm
WORKSHOP #1

Closing the Pay Gap for Women

Featuring Ms. Alika Kumar

10:30 am – 12:00 pm &  12:30 – 2:00 pm
WORKSHOP #2

Eroding Toxic Behaviors
Featuring Dr. Mitchell Kusy

2:15 – 3:30 pm
CLOSING SESSION

Can You Unlearn Hate? Becoming an Anti-Racist Nation


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Meet Our 2021 Speakers and Presenters

  • Speaker Alika Kumar

    Ms. Alika Kumar

    Executive Director
    Arizona Minority Business Development Agency

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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021
    10:30 am – 12:00 noon & 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

    WORKSHOP #1 Closing the Pay Gap for Women

  • Speaker Dr. Jonathan Luke Wood

    Dr. Jonathan Luke Wood

    Professor, Author, Intellect
    Vice President of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity
    San Diego State University

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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021
    9:00 – 10:00 am
    CLOSING DAY KEYNOTE: Racelighting – A Racial Reckoning

  • Speaker Dr. Mitch Kusy

    Dr. Mitchell Kusy

    Professor, Author and Fulbright Scholar
    Graduate School of Leadership Change
    Antioch University

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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021
    10:30 – 12:00 noon & 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    WORKSHOP #2: Eroding Toxic Behaviors

  • Dr. Joel P. Martin

    Dr. Joel P. Martin

    President
    Triad West Inc.

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    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
    10:30 am – 12:00 noon
    WORKSHOP #1: Tolerance to Authenticity

  • Speaker Lor Lee

    Mr. Lor Lee

    DEI Trainer and Consultant
    LOR LEE Inclusion Consulting

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    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
    12:30 – 2:00 pm
    WORKSHOP #1: Tolerance to Authenticity

Our 2021 Partners

Change Agents

$20,000

2021 Sponsor USAA   2021 Sponsor SRP   2021 Sponsor Mayo Clinic   2021 Sponsor Channel 12 KPHX

Partner Level Sponsors

$10,00
                      2021 Sponsor University of Phoenix                    

Advocate Sponsors

$5,000

                                             

 

Additional Sponsors

SUPPORTER SPONSORS –   $3,000

         Arizona SHRM             City of Phoenix Water Services Dept           Ability 360         

                Phoenix Sky Harbor

 

FRIENDS OF DLA –  $1,000
City of Phoenix – EOD Department
City of Glendale
CSAA Insurance Group
Edward Jones
LIV Communities
Medtronic
Scottsdale Community College
TERROS Health


“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.”
Jackson Asante Whitaker
2020 DLA Youth Leader

Partnership Opportunities

2021 Annual Conference Partnership Levels

CHANGE AGENT $20,000
Partner $10,000
Advocate Partner $5,000
Supporter Partner $3,000
Friend of DLA $1,000 (Unlimited Friendships)

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    Meet our 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award Winners

    2021 Awards Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all who nominated!

    • Eric M Baily

      DLA/AZ SHRM 2020 Diversity Leader Award

      Eric M. Bailey
      Bailey Strategic Innovation Group

    • Myoshi Maul

      DLA/AZ SHRM 2020 Diversity Leader Award

      Myoshi Maul
      Cox

    • Jackson Asante Whitaker

      DLA/AZ SHRM 2020 Youth Inclusion Leader Award

      Jackson Asante Whitaker

    • Coconino County Arizona

      DLA/AZ SHRM 2020 Inclusive Workplace Award

      Coconino County

    • Desert Botanical Gardens

      DLA/AZ SHRM 2020 Inclusive Community Workplace Award

      Desert Botanical Gardens

    About the Awards

    In 2020, DLA celebrated and recognized 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 honored individuals who serve as Diversity and Inclusion Leaders in the Community. These passionate individuals demonstrated 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.

    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.”
    Kevina Devereaux
    Manager, Workforce Development – Desert Botanical Gardens