Join our opening networking session. Meet others from around the region who are coming to find best practices and new ideas to foster more diverse and inclusive workplaces.
11:00 a.m. GENERAL SESSION AND LUNCHEON
The general session commences with our region’s Business and Education CEOs setting the tune for the summit and kicking off our awards luncheon.
- Morgan O’Brien, President & CEO, Peoples Natural Gas
- Leroy Ball, President & CEO, Koppers, Inc.
- Randy Dearth, President & CEO Calgon Carbon and, as of September 1, new President of GCP Applied Technologies Inc.
- David Motley, President &CEO, MCAPS, LLC
- Christopher Howard, D.Phil, President, Robert Morris University
11:45 a.m. REI AWARDS LUNCHEON
Vibrant Pittsburgh is recognizing leaders and Employee and Business Resource Groups that are Leading the Way to an inclusive, growing and vibrant Pittsburgh region.
At this year’s Luncheon, we will honor Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and Jerry MacCleary, CEO and Chair of Covestro LLC.
This year’s Luncheon will feature Employee Resource Groups, Affinity Groups, Business Resource Groups and other employee networks that are leading the way toward inclusive efforts in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.
The REI Summit luncheon will bestow the Employee Resource Group Executive Sponsor of the Year Award on an individual who has provided an ERG with the best support, advocacy, guidance and exposure.
1:15 p.m. AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS
The Concurrent Sessions provide insights, ideas, practices and solutions:
Early Stage Sessions are for those whose diversity and inclusion efforts or organizations are in the early stages of their journey. These discussions will focus on getting started, creating readiness and key initial steps.
Advanced Stage Sessions are for those seeking new ways to take their current diversity and inclusion strategies to the next level.
EARLY STAGE SESSIONS:
Unconscious, Implicit, or Conscious Bias
This session explains unconscious bias and how it affects our organizations and workplaces and explores ways to reduce bias in our organizations.
- Alicia Moody, M.S.H.R.M, HR Talent/Digital Development Project Manager (Graduate Leadership Development Program- Human Resources), ThermoFisher Scientific
- Audrey Murrell, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, Director, David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, and Kenneth R. Woodcock Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
- Lori McAdoo, Leads the Inclusion, Diversity and Employee Experience, Alcoa Corporation
Making the Case for Your Diversity and Inclusion Effort
Do you know how to determine and find the essential facts, stories, data, or benchmarks that determine the case for your organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and approach? Panelists will also examine ways to use this information to build your strategy and drive the diversity and inclusion work.
- Mekael Teshome, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer of the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
- Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago
- Pam Connelly, Esq., Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh
- Vera Krekanova, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Launching Employee Resource Groups
When should you launch ERGs for your organization; and if so, how do you get started? This session will explore the questions and the work that should be done when considering ERGs or other employee networks for your organization.
- Katie Malesic, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
- Godfrey Bethea, Inclusion and Employee Relations Specialist, FedEx Ground
- Tamaira Ridgely, Global Procurement Team Lead, United States Steel Corporation
- Myla Grandino, Chair of Exploring Asian Societies and Traditions, Highmark Health
- Jennifer Sun Park, Director and Chief Diversity Officer, Cohen & Grigsby
ADVANCED STAGE SESSIONS:
CDO and HR Executives: Making Changes and Getting It Done
Stories and experiences of leaders working together to build and drive diversity and inclusion strategies throughout the organization. Whether you are building a diversity and inclusion strategy, executing one or refreshing a current strategy, this discussion will examine how to join forces to get things done.
- John Galley, Chief Human Resource Officer, UPMC
- James Taylor, Ph.D., Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Officer, UPMC
- Caitlin McLaughlin, Executive Vice President, EVP, Director of Talent Acquisition and Total Rewards, PNC Financial Services Group
Next Evolution of Employee/Business Resource Groups and Employee Networks
Fascinating discussion on ERGs and other employee networks with panelists who either oversee corporate-wide ERG initiatives, serve as an executive sponsor of an ERG, lead an ERG or study the impact of networks in the context of organizations. For those seeking to sustain, grow or evolve their ERGs come participate in this session.
- Loren Hudson, Vice President of Human Resources, Comcast- Keystone Region
- Margaret Schmitt, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Ansys
- Brandy Aven, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business
- Nicole Furon, Chief Administrative Officer, Asset Servicing Americas, BNY Mellon
Mona Dine, Director, Talent & Organizational Effectiveness, Kennamental
How to Have Difficult Conversations in the Workplace
Participate in a facilitated session on why and how to have difficult conversations in our workplaces during a time of social and cultural change. These skills become foundational abilities necessary to move beyond unconscious bias to effective, inclusive action.
- Brittany Harris, Vice President of Innovation and Learning, The Winters Group
We Can't Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics, the book by Mary-Frances Winters, will be available for purchase during the Affinity Groups Market Place Reception.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS: AFFINITY GROUP MARKETPLACE RECEPTION
One of the best opportunities for attracting, retaining and elevating a diversity of talent for the Pittsburgh area is to invest in the diverse community-based groups that are doing amazing work in the Pittsburgh region. The Summit will conclude with a reception featuring some of our region’s Affinity Groups. Learn about new networks, broaden your connections and find new sources to promote your job opportunities.