REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Welcome & Morning Keynote
Five Components of Extraordinary Teams
Lee Rubin, Lee Rubin Speaks
You know that it takes more than individual talent to build a great team. Lee Rubin can help you help you reinforce that message by sharing the components of great teams with your student-athletes. Lee draws from his personal experience as a former student-athlete and his professional expertise to share insights, best practices, and step-by-step instructions to equip your team with the tools to do the things that great teams do.
After Lee’s presentation, you will understand the importance of communication among team members. You will be more inclined to make personal sacrifices in order to build team chemistry. You will also approach practice differently to develop the necessary consistency to be a part of a championship team.
Diversity in Utah Panel Discussion
In May of 2021, The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released an extensive data book that reveals significant differences in economic, education, health, and housing outcomes in Utah by race, ethnicity, and sex. The differences, while multi-layered and complex, show Utah’s minority populations (with a few notable exceptions) are more likely to have less income and wealth, higher poverty rates, lower educational achievement and attainment, less home ownership, and higher housing cost burdens. This panel discusses the data and explores solutions and what we can expect in the future by exercising these solutions.
- RyLee Curtis, Director, Community Engagement, University of Utah Health
- Dustin Jansen, Division Director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs
- Tony Milner, Director, Housing Stability Division, Salt Lake City
- Sidni L. Shorter, PsyD, President & CEO, Utah Black Chamber
- Tracey Dean, Chairwoman Emeritus, LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
A Conversation with Governor Spencer J. Cox on Diversity & Inclusion in Utah
Governor Spencer J. Cox will have conversation on diversity and inclusion in the state and highlight the One Utah Roadmap.
Breakout Session #1
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Today’s Workplace: Preventive and Proactive Legal Solutions
DEI questions and opportunities continue to expand in the corporate world. Legal issues related to gender, gender identity, and race continue to surface regularly. How can employers take appropriate steps and avoid potential legal pitfalls? This presentation will outline the current and developing law at the federal level and in Utah and highlight some actions companies can take to stay in compliance and make progress in DEI.
Topics include: gender salary gaps, policy reviews, hiring outreach, complaint process/resolution, diversity training, and ways to demonstrate diversity accomplishments
- James Moss, Employment Law Partner, Payne & Fears
How to Start a Diversity Initiative That Works
We know diversity in the workplace is more important than ever and has a direct return on investment to your organization. Knowing where to start can feel daunting. In this presentation, Nicole Carpenter with the Women’s Leadership Institute will share the first seven things you can do for a D.I.V.E.R.S.E. workplace, without pointing fingers or placing blame. Even if you are not ready for a full diversity initiative now, your company can start diverse practices that lead to ongoing successes later.
- Nicole Carpenter, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute
Organizational Barriers That Limit the Impact of the Chief Diversity Officer
When organizations center “white ideology” through the interpretation and execution of its mission, leadership, values, and operations, they inadvertently establish structural barriers that prohibit social change in the workplace. In this presentation, the author further investigates these organizational barriers as well as the ways in which they limit the overall impact of social justice-oriented roles, such as the CDO.
- Dr. Teshia Koffi, Founder/CEO, Capacity Consulting and Development
How Diverse is Your Diversity?
Alta-Snowbird (2nd Floor)
Utah’s businesses, governments, and NGOs must acknowledge there is a systemic lack of representation of diverse voices within their leadership and development practices. DEI centers inclusivity and employee wellbeing as central facets of success; and to bring those values to life, companies must implement programs and initiatives that actively make their offices more diverse, equitable and inclusive spaces. Latinas, female Asian, Native American, and Pacific Island voices are disproportionately excluded from the conversations needed to promote these programs. Join us to learn what you can do to combat this systemic issue.
- Edward Bennett, Director of Business Development, Suazo Business Center
- Samantha Eldridge, Director, American Indian Resource Center, University of Utah
- Victoria Petro-Eschler, Council District 1, Salt Lake City
- Leslie Nuon, Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
- Lisia Satini, Executive Director, Jordan Support Services
Breakout Session #2
We Are All Responsible for Equity: How to Apply Shared Equity Leadership in the Workplace
Too often, leaders and organizations approach diversity as a numbers game accompanied by training requirements rather than an imperative for true organizational and cultural change. This tends to result in poor retention of talent, persistent issues of discriminatory practices, policies, and behaviors, and no real meaningful or sustainable changes to increase equity or create a culture of belonging. The new model of Shared Equity Leadership (Kezar et al., 2021) is one approach that utilizes research on leadership for equity to outline how institutions can be successful in their equity work by making equity everyones work rather than delegating to those in designated EDI roles. While Shared Equity Leadership originated in higher education, the best practices can be used by all types of organizations to transform their approach to leading for equity.
- Dr. Amy Fulton, Senior Director, New Leadership Academy, University of Utah
- Emma E. Houston, Assistant Vice President for EDI & Chief Diversity Officer, University of Utah
Equity as a Business Imperative: The Swinging Door Principle
Organizations that lead with equity, meaning strive to celebrate and retain a diverse workforce while supporting an inclusive workplace culture, are more successful and better equipped for the future. This session will invite attendees to intentionally understand how by driving business outcomes with an equity lens, assessing who benefits from programs as well as who lacks access, we all rise together. The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) is uniquely codified within state law to consult and collaborate with state agencies and partners to frame equity work as good public service and explore how inclusive leadership and buy-in is key. Presenters will explain the value of inclusive leadership for sustainable action as well as debut a tool for asset mapping and community belonging that can reinforce the need to not just celebrate diversity, but retain it.
Additionally, MCA uses the “swinging door” principle to invite the audience to explore the value of advancing initiatives that take into consideration the holistic inclusion of both internal and external stakeholders. This principle will visually and conceptually remind organizations that all outputs and outcomes need to be paired with reciprocating community and workforce impact and experience.
- Nubia Peña, Senior Advisor – Equity and Opportunity to Governor Cox and Director, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
- Miguel Trujillo, Training & Research Coordinator, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
DE&I Programs Should Look Like the Company
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have become imperative for nearly every major corporation. The calls for substantial systemic change require organizations to do more than make pledges – they must install practices that make real change. This presentation will introduce the audience to creating organizational change through the CAPE process. The process assures leaders they understand their own organization?s DE&I from the beginning and can construct the right DE&I plan to make real long-systemic organizational change.
- Jason R. Thompson, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Governors University
Equality Utah: The Utah Way – Finding Common Ground
Alta-Snowbird (2nd Floor
The Directors from Equality Utah will talk about how to establish common ground around difficult topics. They’ll share strategies for bringing people together in our hyperpolarized world.
- Olivia Jaramillo, Director of Public Outreach – Diversity & Inclusion Trainer, Equality Utah
- Troy Williams, Executive Director, Equality Utah
- Mindy Young, Managing Director, Equality Utah
Awards Ceremony & Lunch Program
Large Business (250+ employees): Northrop Grumman
Medium Business (51-249 employees): GSBS Architects
Small Business (Less than 50 employees): Target River
Non-profit organization: Tech Moms
Government organization: Salt Lake County
Award in Excellence: Utah Muslim Civic League
Lessons Learned for Partnerships Supporting Business Diversity
As part of Salt Lake County’s Center Of Opportunity Partnership (CO-OP), it works with 15 partner organizations to serve over 1,500 lower income and diverse small businesses every year. CO-OP achieves its mission through a shared commitment to elevate partner organizations that elevate their communities and create economic opportunity for all. This panel will provide lessons learned by partner organizations, which can inform summit attendees’ future work to support business diversity.
- Jevon Gibb, Economic Development Director, Salt Lake County
- Gloria Mensah, Executive Director, GK Folks Foundation
- Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou, CEO, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources
- Liz Pitts, CEO, Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
- Luna Banuri, Executive Director, Utah Muslim Civic League
- Antonella Packard, Economic Development Manager and CO-OP Program Manager, Salt Lake County
Breakout Session #3
Implementing Legally Compliant Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
Alta-Snowbird (2nd Floor)
Holland & Hart employment attorneys will provide attendees with information to empower companies to consider, formulate, and implement legally compliant diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; programs; and/or committees. We also will present the business case for developing and implementing a DEI plan related to a company’s workforce and culture and how such a plan positively affects the bottom line. At the same time, we will underscore and educate about a recent trend of successful lawsuits filed by employees who claim to be adversely affected by their employers’ DEI programs. View our publication, “Moving Beyond Traditional Workplace Trainings,” for a more in-depth overview of DEI training offering.
- Bryan Benard, Partner, Holland & Hart
- Mickell Jimenez, Partner, Holland & Hart
- Engels Tejeda, Partner, Holland & Hart
Utilizing Individuals with Disabilities: What Supervisors Need to Know
Disability and Employment 101. This session will cover the basic information on the ADA, how it applies to recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities, disability etiquette, available resources and how to connect for more support.
Leah Lobato, Director, Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Josh Rodeback, Business Relations Supervisor, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation
Inclusion in Branding, Messaging & Marketing
An important element of DEI is not only the personnel who work for an organization, but also the population they serve. Certain populations segments are frequently excluded by an organization, often unintentionally, by their brand guidelines, the advertising messaging they create, the forms of marketing they choose, and the data points they select to market to. This presentation will include important data related to the impact this exclusion has, the ways this affects various populations, and provide key takeaways to address these issues to ensure no population is missed, ignored, or neglected.
- Brian Epperson, CEO, Target River
- Ross Romero, Principal/CEO, Inclusion Strategies
Am I a Jerk? How to Recognize (and Combat) Implicit Bias
In this empowering and engaging presentation, Stacy leads a discussion on some of the ways Implicit Bias affects the work environment, from the C-suite down. Everyone has some sort of bias and the only way to work through it is to recognize, accept, and own it. Stacy provides tools and actionable strategies for attendees to implement in their personal and professional settings to recognize their own biases, chart a course for correction, and create lasting change in their lives. She challenges the status quo and encourages historically excluded groups (and their allies) to not only lean into the proverbial table but to speak up and be heard. Stacy creates a welcoming space for what can often be clumsy, uncomfortable conversations. This presentation is a must for any organization wanting to improve its diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Stacy Bernal, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, See Stacy Speak
Breakout Session #4
DEI in Support of a Commitment to Health Equity
Alta-Snowbird (2nd Floor)
Data show that a person’s health is determined not just by their genetics or personal choices, but overwhelmingly by other factors that exist within and beyond the community in which they live. Further, it is widely accepted that the disparities that exist across communities are a result of inequitable systems and actions. Thus, consistent with its cause, Regence has made a commitment to health equity and to making the health care experience simpler, better and more affordable. This cross-functional panel will discuss Regence’s DEI strategy, highlighting the surging behavioral health needs exacerbated by the pandemic as well as ongoing economic challenges, while sharing internal and external initiatives to address health equity and reach its most vulnerable members.
- Tonya Adams, SVP Consumer Experience and Operations, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
- Michael Ann Benchoff, Assistant Director, Health Equity, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
- Donna Milavetz, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
- Kayla Norman, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
- Miguel Rovira, Director of Community and Business Relations, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
Discover Winter is a program aimed at increasing the diversity in Utah’s ski and snowboard industry. Currently, only three percent of Utah’s skier visits are from non-white/Caucasian snowsports enthusiasts. During the 2021?22 ski season, Ski Utah set out to change this. With Utah being home to an increasingly diverse BIPOC community, in January 2022, Ski Utah and six of its member resorts came together to provide the opportunity to 150 of these diverse Utahns to experience The Greatest Snow on Earth®.
This program was made possible through a grant from the Utah Office of Economic Opportunity, the Larry H Miller Foundation and the generosity of Utah’s ski resorts. Many companies and individuals came together to donate equipment and clothing and volunteers faithfully showed up each week to chaperone and encourage the participants. The program began in January 2022 and continued through March 2022.
Participants for the program were recruited from the Future Scholars of Africa, the Mountain Life Christian Church of Park City and Weber State University. They were from 27 different African countries, Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain and one Native American reservation. There were also members from the LBGTQ+ community.
Learn more about the impact of the Discover Winter program and what else can be done.
- Raymond Christy, Airport Senior Planner, Salt Lake City Department of Airports
- Raelene Davis, Vice President of Marketing & Operations, Ski Utah
- Dave Fields, President/GM, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
- Lamont White, Artist
Culture, Talent & Data: Gauging Organizational Resistance and Readiness for Diversity & Inclusion
This panel discussion will unpack the significant yet underexamined notion of organizational preparedness in initiating and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts. Specifically, the panel of subject matter experts in communication, culture, research, law, and community engagement will highlight how culture, leadership, data, and community partnerships both inform and determine an organization’s readiness or resistance to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the organizational infrastructure, which has a direct impact on organizational productivity and sustainability.
- Marin Christensen, Co-Founder, Vice President, Utah Child Care Cooperative
- Richard Leverett, Director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T
- Sidni L. Shorter, PsyD, President & CEO, Utah Black Chamber
- Tamara N. Stevenson, Ed.D., Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College
Making Allyship Easy: Seven Tactics Anyone Can Use Today
Inclusion and allyship are at the top of every business priority list, but we don’t always know where to start. Whether you’re in HR, Management, or an Individual Contributor, these 7 tactics will help you be a better workplace ally.
- Rachel Cottam, Director of B2B Content, Clearlink