Conference


Our Stories - Fostering Conversations that Ignite Change

2019 Annual Conference & Diversity Awards

Fostering Conversations that Ignite Change!

Friday, November 15th 2019

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sheraton Grand Downtown Phoenix
340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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“OUR STORIES”, Fostering Conversations that Ignite Change is this year’s conference theme. Storytelling is a unique and powerful way to teach, persuade and understand ourselves and others. It is a uniquely human trait and has been with us nearly as long as we’ve been able to speak. Whether it evolved out of necessity or was simply a by-product of our own intellectual development, stories are deeply embedded in our DNA. Across time and across cultures, stories have proven their worth not just as works of art, historical perspective or amusement, but as catalysts for change. Come listen and learn while you share your story, setting aside judgments and biases and exploring the possibilities that come when we are truly connected.

  • Registration and Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • Program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Please arrive early and allow additional time for parking and networking.
“I believe that for someone to show respect, they should respect themselves first.”
Student, Trevor Browne
2019 Schedule

7:00am – 7:50am      Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:00am – 8:50am     Opening Ceremony, Welcome, Logistics

8:50am – 9:00am     Break (Transition to workshops)

9:00am – 10:15am    Workshops Session #1 (3 workshops)

10:30am – 11:45am   Workshops Session #2 (3 workshops)

11:45am – 12:00pm   Break, Youth Speaker

12:00pm – 1:15pm     Conference Luncheon and Diversity Awards

1:15pm – 1:30pm        Break (Transition to workshops)

1:30pm – 2:45pm       Workshops Session #3 (3 workshops)

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Workshops

DLA Conference Workshop 1 Presenters and Moderator
Workshop #1

OVERCOMING – Breaking Barriers to Create our Own Stories

Panelists: Capt. Lynn Ripplemeyer, Adonis Watt, Kelly Falardeau
Moderator: Jezreel Ramirez, Program Administrator, Department of Veterans Affairs
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DLA Conference Workshop 2 Presenter
Workshop #2

BELONGING – Owning our Stories

Presenter: Calvin Terrell
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DLA Conference Workshop 3 Presenters and Moderator
Workshop #3

YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The Power of Allyship in Transformation

Panelists: Claire Sarnowski, Angelica Lindsey, Julian Melson
Moderator: Jacque Starks
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“The work of Diversity is about critical conversations. See the value of talking, listening and connecting in a moment when there isn’t a crisis.”
Dr. Neal Lester – ASU Project Humanities
2018 DLA Diversity & Inclusion Award recipient

Our Partners

  • Champion Partner
    $20,000

    20,000 Champion Partner

  • Partner
    $10,000

    10,000 Partner

  • Advocate Partner
    $5,000

    5,000 Advocate Partner

  • Supporter Partner
    $3,000

    3,000 Supporter Partner

  • Friends of DLA
    $1,000

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    Boeing
    Chubb
    City of Phoenix-Equal Opportunity Department
    City of Phoenix – Water Department
    City of Scottsdale
    Coconino County
    Coconino County – Public Works
    Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
    Girl Scouts – AZ Cactus Pine Council
    Harvest
    Liv Communities
    Nationwide Insurance
    Scottsdale Community College
    Terros Health
    Vanguard
    YWCA

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Partnership Opportunities

2019 Annual Conference Partnership Levels

Champion Partner $20,000 (2 available)
Partner $10,000 (5 available)
Advocate Partner $5,000 (10 available)
Supporter Partner $3,000 (10 available)
Friend of DLA $1,000 (Unlimited Friendships)

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“Growing up as a Muslim in America post 911 you have two choices, you either embrace your identity or you fold. I decided to embrace it and go out and develop my own faith, confidence, education and knowledge and then share it with others.”
Yaser Ali – Yaser Ali Law and “Greater Arizona” Founder
2018 DLA Diversity & Inclusion Award recipient

2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award Nominees

Listed below alphabetically, are all of the individuals and companies that were nominated this year.

  • ARIZONA SHRM
    BREANNE IFFERT
    CHANTEL WEST
    CHUBB
    CITY OF SCOTTSDALE
    COCONINO COUNTY
    DR. SARA BONFIG
    EDWARD JONES
    GIRL SCOUTS
    GOOD WILL INDUSTRIES
    INDIA ASSOCIATION
    KATE GOLDMAN
    KELLA PRICE

  • KOVILAKONDA BABU
    LAYN ABBOTT
    LUCINDA ANDREANI
    NAACP
    NADIA MUSTAFA
    PAT GILLUM
    ROY TATEM
    SARAY LOPEZ
    SISTERHOOD EXTRAVAGANZA
    TOM FRANKLIN
    UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
    VANGUARD

2019 Conference Co-Chairs

Elouise Nathaniel

Elouise Nathaniel
ASAP Recruiting


Reid DeSpiegelaere

Reid DeSpiegelaere
National Director
Velo Tutoring Program
Valley of the Sun United Way


We are extremely grateful and honored to have the opportunity this year to work in the capacity as the Conference Co-Chairs. This year we have been blessed with some incredible volunteers that contributed without hesitation by jumping right in to serve. Many of them sacrificed their time to meet after a long day at work and we are incredibly thankful for each and everyone of them. They did an amazing job helping us to pull the conference together and have made this year’s conference one of the best ever!

2019 Conference Committee

2019 DLA Conference Planning Committee
** Not all committee members pictured above. See full committee list below **

Thank you for your support.

 

    • Joanna de’Shay, Executive Director
    • Marion Kelly, DLA Co-Founder & Executive Board
    • Essen Otu, DLA Board of Directors
    • Phil Pangrazio, DLA Board of Directors
    • Lee Barnett, DLA Board of Directors / Youth Committee Dominic Bartola, DLA Board/Youth Committee
    • Michelle Gray, DLA Board of Directors
    • Barry Stratford , DLA Board of Directors
    • Dr. Mallary Tytel, DLA Board/Education Committee Chair Francisco Lucio, DLA Board of Directors
    • Tina S. Drews, DLA Board of Directors
    • Leslie Scott, DLA Board of Directors
    • Elouise Nathaniel, Conference Co-Chair
    • Reid DeSpiegelaere, Conference Co-Chair and DLA Board
    • Dr. Brent Scholar, Education Committee / Website
    • Alethea Session, Education Committee/Website
    • Betty Thompson, Education Committee
    • Tyree Boze, Education Committee
    • Shannon Walker, Education Committee
    • Suzanne Martin, Education Committee
    • Kristen Walker, Conference Committee
    • Chantel West, Conference Committee
    • Victoria Stinson, Conference Committee
    • Sam Dias, Conference Committee
    • Kellee Salas, Conference Committee
    • Jacque Starks, Conference Committee
    • Marcia Edwards, Conference Committee
    • Kara Saliba, Conference Committee
    • Ronda Lewis, Conference Committee
    • Dr. Sara Bonfig, Conference Committee
    • Shauniece High, Conference Committee
    • Gina Read, Conference Committee
    • Gabriela Woody, Conference Committee
    • Kamana Khadka, Conference Committee
    • Jeff Shewan, Conference Committee
    • Tikki Carmichael, Conference Committee
    • Julie Fink, Conference Committee
    • Kim Phillips, Conference Committee
    • Tondra Richardson, Conference committee
    • RJ Shannon, Conference Committee
    • Terry Mitich, Conference Committee
    • ASDdesign, Graphic Design