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2019 Workshops

Our monthly workshops focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Topics and are designed to be a safe space where attendees can be educated and informed in an engaging, interactive setting. On average, the DLA workshops attract around 100-125 participants monthly. Workshops are always at No Charge thanks to donations and sponsorship from our amazing Community Partners.  However, in order to accurately accommodate attendees, registration is required. Past workshops have included topics such as The Art of Forgiveness, Unintentional Bias, Microinequities, Multicultural Do’s and Don’ts and the State of Mentoring & How to Make it Work for your Organization.

If you have any questions about our workshops regarding subject matter or registration please contact us.

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Presented by Eddie Moore, Jr. This interactive, informational, challenging and energetic session examines and explores issues of diversity, privilege, oppression and leadership across America and challenges participants to examine their own biases, behaviors and belief systems. September 17, 2019 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration: Begins at 7:30AM Location: Chandler-Gilbert Community College 2626 E Pecos Road Chandler, AZ 85225 Building: …

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Presented by Dr. Phillip Walker, President Walker International, Inc. August 15, 2019 8:00am – 12:00pm Registration: Begins at 7:30AM Location: Cox Communications 17602 N Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, AZ 85053 Building: Tigerman Hall (entry around back on the East side of the building) Note: We encourage you to review the map and directions prior to your arrival. Cost: Complimentary event …

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Presented by one-n-ten, Wallace Hudson (he/him), Gina Read (she/her) one-n-ten presents an overview of basic LGBT definitions and statistics. Following we will delve into best practices for creating safe spaces. June 4, 2019 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration: Begins at 7:30AM Location: South Mountain Community College 7050 S 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85042 Building: Student Union Note: We encourage …

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Presented by Dr. Jessica Hirshorn Principal Lecturer, Arizona State University April 3, 2019 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration: Begins at 7:30AM Location: Scottsdale Community College 9000 E Chaparral Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85256 Building: Student Center, Turquoise Room Note: We encourage you to review the map and directions prior to your arrival. Cost: Complimentary event with light refreshments – RSVP …

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March Synopsis Visionary Women: Champions for Us All Celebrating/Honoring National Women’s Month Tea with Alice and Me: A Solo Show Performed and Written by: Presented by Zoe Nicholson March 21, 2019 8:00am – 12:00pm In honor of National Women’s History Month, the Diversity Leadership Alliance shared the amazing stories of visionary women who have been champions for us all throughout …

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Workshop Locations

The DLA Workshop locations are sponsored by our partners at Marciopa Community College District and are hosted at various Community College locations. Sample details for each college location is shown below. We recommend you print the campus map and directions at your convenience before attending each workshop. Please note that 2-3 workshops per year are hosted at other Corproate and Community venues.

Do we have reserved parking for the workshops?

There are no reserved spaces for the DLA workshops. Parking is on a first-come basis. Print the campus map for your convenience and review the parking lot options.

Will there be signage on campus for the event?

Signage may not always be provided on each campus since there are many entry points to enter the various parking lots. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the building location and room which can be located on the campus map.

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  • Paradise Valley
    Community College

    18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    Center for Performing Arts (CPA)
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  • Mesa Community College

    1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
    Kirk Student Center (KSC) – Navajo Room
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  • Phoenix College

    1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
    John Paul Theatre
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  • Scottsdale Community College

    9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
    Student Center (SC) – Turquoise Room
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  • Estrella Mountian Community College

    3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392
    Estrella Conference Center
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  • Chandler – Gilbert Community College

    Pecos Campus
    2626 E Pecos Rd
    Chandler, AZ 85225
    Room – Pecos Agave Community Room
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  • Gateway Community College

    108 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
    IE 1302 – Cooper Room
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  • South Mountain Community College

    7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
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  • Glendale Community College

    6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
    Student Union (SU) 104 DE
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  • Phoenix Valley Community College

    18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    Center for Performing Arts (CPA)
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  • COX

    17602 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85053
    Tigerman Hall
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  • Desert Willow Conference Center

    4340 E Cotton Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040
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  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

    340 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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DLA Programs and Events

The purpose of DLA’s programs and events are:

  • Provide educational opportunities, tools, and resources to build an inclusive community.
  • Assist students to transition from school to work and/or adulthood.
  • Monthly Educational Workshops

    Monthly workshops or seminars, with attendance averaging over 100 attendees per workshop or seminar, feature world- class diversity and inclusion practice leaders. The focus is to 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. Workshops are always FREE to attend however registration is required. Past workshops have included topics such as The Art of Forgiveness, Unintentional Bias, Microinequities, Multicultural Do’s and Don’ts and the State of Mentoring & How to Make it Work for your Organization.

    Join us for our next workshop or seminar by browsing the link below. If you have an idea for a workshop or seminar please contact us and let us know.

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  • Annual Diversity Conference

    The annual conference, with attendance as high as 1,700, features multiple workshops, executive and legal forums and nationally recognized keynote speakers. This year’s conference celebrates 18 years of Diversity and Inclusion and will be held on November 15, 2019 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.

    This year, DLA is proud to be celebrating its 18th Year. The conference will be held on Friday, November 15th at the Sheraton in Downtown Phoenix. “OUR STORIES” Fostering Conversations that Ignite Change is this year’s conference theme. We will recognize, celebrate and honor companies and individuals blazing the Diversity and Inclusion Trail including a Youth Diversity Advocate, a person under the age of 30 in our newly created Youth Inclusion Leader category. Rounding out the 2019 stories we will celebrate overcoming, belonging and allyship in three dynamic conference experiences.

    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.

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  • Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipients

    Each year at our Annual Conference, DLA celebrates and recognizes Arizona individuals and companies that lead by example, creating an inclusive environment that enhances and strengthens the community. Nominees must have operations in the State of Arizona.

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  • Youth Leadership Academy

    The Youth Leadership Academy supports Phoenix area high school students. This program is designed to support students transitioning from high school to college or directly into the workforce. Students are provided tools to create and sharpen their leadership skills. Students also receive resources, funding, and guidance to help them pursue Higher Education or obtain satisfying employment. This year we are pleased to announce new scholarship donors, Mountain Park Health Center and Maya Cinemas who have graciously agreed to support the DLA Leadership Academy for the next 5 years!
    Mountain Park Health Care Maya Cinemas

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Education Committee

2019 WORKSHOP THEME “SHARING OUR STORIES”
“Stories are the communal currency of humanity.” — Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights.

Storytelling is a unique and powerful way to teach, persuade, and understand ourselves and others; where we are different and where we are the same. 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 proved their worth not just as works of art, historical perspective or amusement, but as catalysts for change.

We all love stories; sharing some of our favorite experiences or finding ourselves in another’s adventures. It may be a tale of victory after overcoming impossible odds or simply a memorable moment that happened to us in passing. Nevertheless, storytelling allows us to learn about ourselves and others and what is possible.

So, 2019 will be all about Sharing Our Stories, setting aside judgments and biases, listening and learning, and exploring the possibilities for tomorrow.
Every time somebody shares their experiences with us, we get to see what is truly possible. The benefit that shared experiences afford us, as a human race, is a deeper understanding of us all.

  • Who are you?
  • Where have you come from?
  • What do you know?
  • What experiences have you had?
  • What are you trying to share and give to us all?
  • Please share your story, and I will share mine.

A story can only be a story if it is shared. That’s what makes the act of sharing just as fundamental to storytelling as the experience itself. Once a story is shared it becomes part of us all. We are all part of each other’s stories.
Plan to join us in 2019 in Sharing Our Stories.

A Message From the Education Committee Chair


Mallary Tytel, Chair
DLA Diamonds Education Committee

Telling Our Story: The Diversity Leadership Alliance Education Committee

“If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.”
– African Proverb

For the past 9 years, I have had the privilege of being part of the DLA Education Committee and am honored to now serve as its new Chair. The DLA Education Committee helps plan, coordinate, and implement the ongoing education programs and events for our community, members, sponsors, and participants. Our regular, half-day programs are open to the community free-of-charge and focus on new and emerging topics around inclusion and fitting into our world. Ours is a group process, working together to identify and invite the most knowledgeable and effective speakers, catalysts, content experts, and guides to facilitate our monthly programs, while increasing knowledge and raising awareness.

Our objectives include

  • Developing skills and disseminating information through new tools and models
  • Building our own individual and collective capacities
  • Offering resources to identify innovative research and potential solutions for the changing work environment
  • Providing a safe venue for asking tough questions and understanding changing norms, customs, and expectations
  • Listening, observing, and welcoming new points of view

We do not operate within a vacuum. As educators as well as advocates, we reach out to, encourage action and participation, and seek the experiences and expertise of our members and participants. Together we may not find all the answers but through learning, commitment, and sharing our stories, we will come up with the right questions.

Thank You

  • Alethea Session
  • Betty Thompson
  • Dr. Brent Scholar
  • Jacque Starks
  • Kristen Walker
  • Shannon Walker
  • Suzanne Martin
  • Tyree Boze

Collectively our current 2018-2019 Committee, above, represents over 50 years of support for the Diversity Leadership Alliance.

Dr. Mallary Tytel, Chair,
DLA Education Committee

We welcome anyone who is interested in joining the Education Committee. For information, please contact Mallary at mtytel@healthyworkplaces.com.

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2019 Education Committee

  • Mallary Tytel
    Mallary Tytel
  • Alethea
    Alethea Session
  • Betty
    Betty Thompson
  • Brent
    Dr. Brent Scholar
  • Jacque
    Jacque Starks
  • Kristen
    Kristen Walker
  • Shannon
    Shannon Walker
  • Suzanne
    Suzanne Martin
  • Tyree
    Tyree Boze