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2020 Virtual Conferencethank you DLA conference attendees

Thursday and Friday

October 29th and 30th 2020

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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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.

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Meet Our 2020 Speakers and Presenters

  • Honorable Mayor Corey D. Woods

    Honorable Mayor Corey D. Woods

    City of Tempe
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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    KEYNOTE PANELIST: Leading Differently in difficult times

  • Michele Y Halyard, MD, FASTRO

    Michele Y Halyard, MD, FASTRO

    Mayo Clinic
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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    KEYNOTE PANELIST: Leading Differently in difficult times

  • Peggy J. Chase

    Peggy J. Chase

    President and CEO
    Terros Health

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    KEYNOTE PANELIST: Leading Differently in difficult times

  • Dr. Veenod Chulani

    Dr. Veenod Chulani

    Section Chief – Adolescent Medicine
    Phoenix Children’s Hospital

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    12:30 p.m.
    PANELIST: Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Deanna Singh

    Deanna Singh

    Chief Change Agent
    Uplifting Impact

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    PRESENTER: Co-Conspiracy for Social Justice – Workshop

  • Dr. Ray A. Ostos, Ed. D.

    Dr. Ray A. Ostos, Ed. D.

    District Director for Student Affairs
    Maricopa County Community College District

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PANEL MODERATOR: Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Panel Discussion

  • Michelle Melton

    Dr. Michelle Melton

    Clinical Psychologist
    Melton Psychology Group

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    PANEL MODERATOR: Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop
    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    PANEL MODERATOR: Healing from the Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno

    Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno

    CEO and Co-Founder
    Future for Us

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
    PANEL MODERATOR: A Generation of Oppression – Panel Discussion

  • John Loredo

    John Loredo

    Political Consultant
    Former State Representative

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: A Generation of Oppression – Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Lesley L. Williams, MD

    Dr. Lesley Williams, MD

    Board Certified Family Medicine Physician
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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    10:30 a.m.
    PRESENTER: Healing from the Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Dr. Michael Do, MD

    Dr. Michael Do, MD

    Board Certified Pediatrician
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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    12:30 p.m.
    PRESENTER: Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Mark W. Murphy

    Mark W. Murphy

    Executive Consultant | Bias & Inclusion Trainer | Author
    FranklinCovey

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    PRESENTER: A Culture Revolution – Shifting the Culture Around Diversity and Inclusion!

  • Dr. Lauren C. Taveras, PsyD.

    Dr. Lauren C. Taveras, PsyD.

    Coral Valley Health
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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    PRESENTER: Healing from the Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Carlos Mavins Jr.

    Carlos Mavins Jr.

    Founder and CEO Bridge To Leadership
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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Panel Discussion

  • Souta Calling Last

    Souta Calling Last

    Blackfeet & Blood
    Executive Director
    Cultural Humility Trainer

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: A Generation of Oppression – Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Vicky T. Lomay

    Dr. Vicky T. Lomay

    Dine Psychologist
    Tsinajini Psychology Services

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    12:30 p.m.
    PRESENTER: Healing from the Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Alberto Olivas

    Alberto Olivas

    Executive Director
    Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Panel Discussion

  • Armonee Jackson

    Armonee Jackson

    President
    NAACP  Youth & College Division
    Founder – National Community Collective

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: A Generation of Oppression – Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr.

    Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr.

    Associate Professor & Honors Faculty – Asian Pacific American Studies
    Arizona State University

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Ernesto Reza

    Dr. Ernesto Reza

    Clinical Psychologist
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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    10:30 a.m.
    PRESENTER: Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Dr. Shirley Yang

    Dr. Shirley Yang

    PsyD. Psychologist
    Arizona Sate University Counseling Services

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    10:30 a.m.
    PRESENTER: Trauma of Racism and Discrimination Workshop

  • Dr. Roy Whitmore, PhD

    Dr. Roy Whitmore, PhD

    Implicit Bias Scholar, Program Chair
    University of Phoenix

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: A Generation of Oppression – Panel Discussion

  • Tyler Walls

    Tyler Walls

    Onondaga/Hopi – Project Director, Cultural Humility Trainer, Indigenous Vision
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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PANELIST: Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Panel Discussion

Thank you to all of our 2020 Partners who helped make our first ever Virtual Conference a HUGE Success!

2020 Partners

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Meet our 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award Winners

  • 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!
“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