Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Training Series

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Small Business Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Training Series, sponsored by sustaining partners Semnani Family Foundation and Zions Bank, was developed to provide newly designated or seasoned professionals in the field of Diversity and Inclusion access to thought leadership and program development.

Cohort attendees will learn from experts the business case for implementing a diversity and inclusion program. This training will help participants develop a diversity and inclusion playbook for their team, company or industry sector and infuse these strategies into their respective cultures. Implementing the strategy and tactics from the training will also build unity and relationships across organizations as they interact with other cohort attendees.

This program will set up these smaller businesses for success by providing the necessary tools, resources and training, as well as give best practices to make a significant impact on diversity and inclusion in Utah.

Candidate Requirements

  • Currently has a role that includes diversity and inclusion responsibilities
  • Interested in enhancing diversity and inclusion skills

Cohort Description

  • Size of group: 25-30 people
  • Training Schedule: Two hours, twice a month for three months.
    • 90 minutes of in-person training and 30 minutes of discussion/conversation with the group.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed and applicants notified whether they were accepted or not.


  • Scholarships have generously been made available to offset the total cost of the program. All accepted applicants are guaranteed the scholarship pricing of $299 (actual value: $1,500).

Application Deadline

  • August 19, 2022

Cohort Fall 2022 Schedule

August 30, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Topic: The WHY of DEI
  • Presenter: Sui Lang L. Panoke, Zions Bank
  • Facilitator: Ross Romero, Inclusion Strategies
  • Description: This session will provide a “Big Picture” overview of why diversity, equity, and inclusion is key to the success of any business and the significant role small businesses play in building Economic Inclusion.

September 13, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Title: Unconscious Bias: How to Wake-Up and Heal the Divide
  • Topic: Unconscious Bias. Strategic Communications.
  • Presenter: Aundrea DeMille, The Wake Up Stories
  • Facilitator: Ross Romero, Inclusion Strategies
  • Description: Imagine an office space where everyone can confidently be themselves and productivity is at an all time high. Imagine a work enviroment where every person feels safe to thrive despite their gender, race or sexual orientiation. One conversation at a time, together, we can heal the divide and create work spaces that feel welcoming and productive.

September 27, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Title: Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse and Equitable Workforces
  • Topic: Recruitment. Retention. Data. Analytics. Employee Surveys
  • Presenter: Trina Limpert, RizeNext Corp and Tech Moms
  • Facilitator: Ross Romero, Inclusion Strategies
  • Description: Within this session you will learn how to recruit, hire, retain and promote diverse workforces. Focus on methods for attracting talent, and how to develop your leadership skills to be more inclusive and retain critical talent. We will review available systems, data and processes that allow you to track initiatives through DEI scorecards and training plans.

October 11, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Topic: Enhancing the Employee Experience: People. Culture. Engagement
  • Presenter: Leah Lobato, Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Facilitator: Ross Romero, Inclusion Strategies
  • Description: More information to come.

October 25, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Title: Fostering DEI Policies and Strategies to Improve Business Performance and Employee Appreciation
  • Topic: Policy. Practices. Programs.
  • Presenter: Gabriela Benitez, Diversified Insurance Group
  • Description: When was the last time you evaluated your cultural values? The marketplace is changing. We are in an environment where DEI is becoming a driving force; as a result, do your employee benefits align with your cultural values around DEI? During this presentation, we will discuss the framework for organizing and incorporating inclusive business strategies, such as: aligning your employee benefits to your company values, standard operating policies, best processes, and strategic programs. We will look at specific examples in today’s environment, what is happening in the marketplace with your peers, benchmarking, and programs that will help your company align with DEI.We will discuss how you can align your policies, practices, and programs to what you want your culture to be.

November 8, 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Title: The Journey–Diversity, Inclusion, and Beyond & Graduation Luncheon
  • Topic: Strategy. Planning. Accountability.
  • Presenters: Dr. William Guillory, Innovations International, Inc. and Jeff Seely, Innovations International, Inc.
  • Description: This presentation will describe the strategy, planning, and accountability involved in achieving Diversity, Inclusion, and a glimpse of the future. It will clearly show why and how achieving D & I are necessities for transitioning from high performance to exceptional performance. We will describe how the various components and processes of these initiatives, such as resolving unconscious bias, experiencing personal and cultural transformation, managing differences, and survey measurements are all part of a sequential, planning process for achieving inclusion. The two crucial factors in achieving success throughout the journey are leadership commitment and management accountability.


Gabriela Benitez
Gabriela BenitezDiversified Insurance Group
Aundrea DeMille
Aundrea DeMilleThe Wake Up Stories
Dr. William Guillory
Dr. William GuilloryInnovations International, Inc.
Trina Limpert
Trina LimpertRizeNext Corp and Tech Moms
Leah Lobato
Leah LobatoGovernor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Sui Lang L. Panoke
Sui Lang L. PanokeZions Bank
Ross Romero
Ross RomeroInclusion Strategies
Jeffon Seely
Jeffon SeelyInnovations International, Inc.

Certificate and Credly Badge

  • Each participant who completes the training will be presented with a certificate of completion. They will also receive a Credly badge, a digital certificate to share their expertise, experience and accomplishments.


Special Thanks to Sustaining Partners