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2020 Virtual Conference

Thursday and Friday

October 29th and 30th 2020

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Uncomfortable Conversations that Ignite Change

  • 2020 Virtual Conference

    Uncomfortable Conversations that Ignite Change is a two day conference designed as a safe space and place to listen and learn. This virtual conference will take all of the pain, hurt, anger, fear and emotion that we are all feeling and harness that energy into a powerful tool of action, where through meaningful and healing dialogues, we can bring about sustainable change. In order for true progress to be made, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations must be had around the topics of Systemic Racism, Bias, Privilege, Equity and Allyship.

    Join us with open minds and kind hearts as we stand together for Justice and Equity for All.

  • Change Agent Presenting Sponsors       

     

     SRPMayo Clinic  $20000 DLA Partner Cox Communications

    Download 2020 Conference Brochure

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Conference Theme

Uncomfortable Conversations that Ignite Change is a two day conference designed as a safe space and place to listen and learn. This virtual conference will take all of the pain, hurt, anger, fear and emotion that we are all feeling and harness that energy into a powerful tool of action, where through meaningful and healing dialogues, we can bring about sustainable change.
In order for true progress to be made, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations must be had around the topics of Systemic Racism, Bias, Privilege, Equity and Allyship. Join us with open minds and kind hearts as we stand together for Justice and Equity for All.

Key Strategies & Programs

Workshops – Monthly workshops, with attendance averaging over 100 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.
We were able to smoothly transition to a virtual format successfully with our 2020 workshops and embarked on a 5-part virtual dialogue series.

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. Funded by Mountain Park Health Center and Maya Cinemas.

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.

Become a 2020 Partner Today – Sponsorship levels still available to help elevate your brand!

2020 Partnership Levels

  • CHANGE AGENT / $20,000

    DLA needs 20 Companies to commit as Change Agents in 2020!

    • Virtual Podium Acknowledgment by Moderator
    • Premiere placement of company logo on digital communication
    • Digital platform speaking opportunity to conference attendees
    • Full-page ad in digital event program booklet
    • Logo recognition on event Power Point presentation
    • Company logo on DLA website with hyper-link to company site
    • (50) Virtual registrations for conference attendees
  • PARTNER / $10,000

    • Virtual Podium Acknowledgment by Moderator
    • Inclusion of company logo on electronic promotional items
    • Half page ad in digital event program booklet
    • Logo recognition on event Power Point presentation
    • Company logo on DLA website with hyper-link to company site
    • (30) Virtual registrations for conference attendees
  • ADVOCATE / $ 5,000

    • Inclusion of company logo on electronic promotional items
    • Quarter page ad in digital event program booklet
    • Logo recognition on event Power Point presentation
    • (15) Virtual registrations for conference attendees
  • SUPPORTER / $ 3,000

    • Acknowledgment in digital event program booklet
    • (12) Virtual registrations for conference attendees
  • FRIENDS OF DLA / $1,000

    • (10) Virtual registrations for conference attendees

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2020 Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

Day One

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Session Keynote
10:30 a.m. – 12:00  and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop #1 – Trauma of Racism and Discrimination.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop #2 – Co-Conspiracy for Social Justice – Allyship and Advocacy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
CLOSING SESSION PANEL DISCUSSION – Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Navigating Society as a Man of Color in America.

Day Two

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Session Keynote
10:30 a.m. – 12:00  and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop #1 – HEALING – Trauma of Racism and Discrimination.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00  and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop #2 – A Culture Revolution – Shifting the Culture of Diversity and Inclusion.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
CLOSING SESSION PANEL DISCUSSION – A Generation of Oppression – The Past, The Present and OUR Future.

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Partnership Opportunities

2020 Annual Conference Partnership Levels

CHANGE AGENT $20,000 (20 available in 2020 ONLY!)
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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2020 Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Awards

About the Awards

In 2020, DLA will celebrate and recognize 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. In addition to recognizing Corporations and Organizations, DLA will also honor 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.

Award Categories

  1. Youth Inclusion Leader (<30 years of age)
  2. Diversity Leader (1 individual)
  3. Inclusive Workplace – Community (Not for Profit)
  4. Inclusive Workplace – Large Business (> 250 employees)

How to Nominate

Nominations for the 2020 DLA and AZ SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Award are now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted nominations! Winners will be announced virtually at the Annual Diversity Leadership Alliance Conference on Thursday or Friday October 29 or 30, 2020.

For questions, comments or to email form: awards@diversityleadershipalliance.org.

Special thank you to our Award partner

Arizona SHRM

2019 Winners

Inclusive Workplace – Non-profit category

The Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus Pine Council
The Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus Pine Council
 
 

Inclusive Workplace – Large Company

Edward Jones
Edward Jones

Diversity and Inclusion Leaders

Saray Lopez
Saray Lopez, University of Phoenix

Layn Abbott
Layn Abbott, Edward Jones

Lucinda Andreani
Lucinda Andreani, Coconino County

Pat Gillum
Pat Gillum, Sisterhood Extravaganza

Nadia Mustafa
Nadia Mustafa, City of Scottsdale

“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