After talking to hundreds of recruiters and HR professionals about their diversity and inclusion initiatives, we found there to be a major gap between D&I efforts and results. While over 58% of recruiting teams surveyed in our 2019 Trends Report had some sort of D&I initiative in place, 50% believed they should be doing more to ensure a fair and unbiased hiring process.
What diversity means to one workplace may differ from another - yet, there's a lot we can AND should learn from each other. One of the best ways to share ideas and get inspiration? Conferences!
Welcome to our 2020 Guide To Diversity Conferences & Events, where you'll find a run down on the year's best D&I conferences. These events put you in the same room as thousands of like-minded peers eager to knowledge-share best practices, new strategies, and innovative approaches in order to move the needle forward for D&I. They will give you a chance to hear from industry experts and learn from the successes (and failures) of major organizations. Ready to get learning? Check out our guide below.
Date: January 21st - 22nd, 2020
Location: Tacoma, WA
About: The 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Summit aims to advance DEI in public service by building community and competency among all levels of state employees and will cover the following: Implicit Bias; Norms/Discomfort/Tension in DEI conversations; Micro-aggressions; Privilege Walk and Understanding Privilege; Bias Blockers; Transforming Othering Through Empathy; First Nations; Developing Teams of Inclusion Practitioners; DEI and Data; Accessibility; History, Barriers and Present Day; Gender Identity; Facilitated discussion breakout rooms and more.
Must-Attend For: Talent and HR professionals working in the public service industry
Date: January 28th - 29th, 2020
Location: London, UK
About: The d&i Leaders Global Forum brings together 500+ senior diversity, inclusion and HR professionals looking to accelerate their workplace d&i strategy. The event features 40+ speakers and a unique CPD accredited two-day programme that includes on-stage interviews; panel discussions; interactive polling and a choice of deep-dive stream sessions.
Can’t Miss Sessions:
- Representation matters: leveraging data to better understand your workforce – Raashi Sikka, Head of EMEA Diversity & Inclusion at Uber
Embedding a philosophy of inclusion and diversity in your organisation – Leendert Den Hollander, UK Vice President & General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners
Must-Attend For: Talent and HR managers and leaders looking for strategies to implement team-wide
Cost: $495 - $2190
Date: March 4th, 2020
Location: San Francisco, CA
About: As an add-on to Great Place To Work's For All Summit, the Leveling Up On D&I Forum brings together a powerful community of executive people and diversity leaders and allows attendees to leverage the collective expertise of leaders across industries to advance knowledge and practices that each leader can take back to their organization.
Must-Attend For: D&I and HR leaders, especially those already attending the For All Summit
Cost: $1795 (includes admission to both the Summit and the Forum)
Date: March 10th - 12th, 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
About: For 31 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion annual conference has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow professional leadership and effectiveness skills in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Must-Attend For: Any HR or Talent professional with a focus on D&I strategy
Cost: $465 (prices go up Jan 10)
Date: April 18th -23rd, 2020
Location: Houston, TX
About: The National Diversity & Leadership Conference is a gathering of over 5000+ diversity and HR professionals featuring sessions, workshops, coaches corners, and speakers that cover a wide range of topics in the scope of workplace diversity. From understanding how to be a better leader and creating a better workplace to embracing Multiculturalism and Diversity, there is something here for you.
Can't Miss Sessions:
- Bridging the Gap Between Talent Management and Diversity
- Let's Talk Talent: Examining the Talent Lifecycle Through A D&I Lens
Must-Attend For: Talent Management and HR leaders - check out the tracks tailored just for you
Cost: $649 and up
Date: April 27th - 28th, 2020
Location: San Francisco, CA
About: Head to HCI’s 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Conference and network with like-minded colleagues, learn from expert keynotes, and attend life-changing workshops, coaching sessions, and smaller focused data labs. It’s it's a two-day investment in your accelerated personal and organizational growth.
- To Live is to D.I.E.: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Lessions From Special Operations - Chaveso Cook, MilitaryMentors.org; Monday April 27th at 4:30pm
- Leveraging Diversity Data For Leadership Buy-in - Amy Philbrook, Fidelity Investments; Tuesday April 28th at 9:35am
Must-Attend For: HR and TA leaders invested in advancing diversity and inclusion at their organization and through their work.
Date: June 2nd - 3rd 2020
Location: New York City, NY
About: Each year this event features success stories from a wide range of organizations and practitioners from diverse backgrounds. It will deliver the knowledge and insights you need to make a difference to your organization and in the lives of your employees. But it will also address the culture of organizations, identify and explore effective D&I practice and link these to the needs and results of the business.
Can't Miss Sessions:
- Addressing Unconscious Bias – What Really Works and What Doesn’t
- Allyship in Action – The Case Of “Men For Inclusion” at Cisco - Antonette Ligons, Program Manager, Information Technology, Cisco
Price: $2495 and up