The Tri-Cities Diversity Summit is an annual half-day event focused on helping professionals create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Through engaging breakout discussions and an inspiring keynote presentation, Diversity Summit attendees will receive actionable information and powerful resources to optimize their team and bring about lasting change in their organizations.
2023 TRI-CITIES DIVERSITY SUMMIT AGENDA
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Check In & Registration
8:30 – 9 A.M.
9 – 10 A.M.
Session A - Using an Equity Lens in Workplace Decision Making
Dr. Anna Plemons, Associate Vice Chancellor, Washington State University Tri-Cities
Session B – Panel Discussion – Workplace Accessibility and Inclusivity
Kailey Baer, Divisional Programs Manager, Columbia Industries
Jim Bischoff, M.S. C.R.C., WA State Department of Social and Health Services
Christine Lindgren, M.Ed, Director, Responding to Autism Services
10:15 – 11:15 A.M.
Session A – The Science of Why Diversity Fails
Brian Moreno, Owner, Steward Leaders LLC
Session B – "What Do You Mean?" A Guide to Culturally Effective Communication
Dr. Luz Garza, Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia Basin College
11:15 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Networking with Sponsors & Registration
12 – 1:30 P.M.
Membership Luncheon - Diversity Summit Awards & Keynote Presentation
Leading with Inclusivity: Empowering Executives to Foster Lasting Organizational Change
Kitara Johnson, National Diversity and Inclusion Organizational Leadership and Development, Trainer, Advocate, Speaker, and Consultant
TRI-CITIES CHAMPION OF DIVERSITY AWARDS
The Tri-Cities Champion of Diversity Awards aim to recognize and commend an individual and a member organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievements and sustained commitment to the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in the community and workplace.
VANESSA CASTAÑEDA MUNGUIA
2023 TRI-CITIES CHAMPION OF DIVERSITY AWARD RECIPIENT (IND.)
WASHINGTON RIVER PROTECTION SOLUTIONS
2023 TRI-CITIES CHAMPION OF DIVERSITY AWARD RECIPIENT (ORG.)
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Our events are some of the most respected and anticipated events in Eastern Washington. From our monthly membership luncheons and Business After Hours socials to our premiere events, like the Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference and Tri-Cities Diversity Summit, there are a variety of event sponsorship opportunities available to you and your business. Sponsor benefits include logo recognition, preferred seating and table placement, and much more.
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