Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Discovering Your Winning Strategy

  • 09 Feb 2021
  • 13 Apr 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • 09 Feb 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EST)
  • 09 Mar 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EST)
  • 13 Apr 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom Webinar


  • Members of ATD, other ATD Chapters, members of organizations represented by program speakers.
  • For those who are not members of ATD or affiliated organizations or students. If you join the chapter for $65 for a year, you could register for this and many other programs for free.
  • This event is free for chapter members.

Registration is closed


Three-part interactive workshop offered via Zoom


With growing demands to come up with a winning DEI strategy, T&D professionals need time to think, reflect, gather and vet resources, and collaborate with their learning community on real solutions for their particular organizational context.

Using an action learning approach, this workshop will give T&D professionals an opportunity to build their own context-specific plans to enhance their organization’s DEI by:

  • understanding the existing inequities in the workplace by hearing the stories of those who have experienced them
  • reflecting deeply on their role in making a change for the better
  • imagining a better future in their workplace when racism, inequity and bias are eliminated
  • brainstorming potential solutions with colleagues
  • investigating how to implement solutions in their specific context
  • developing concrete plans for implementation 
  • gaining a resource book of plans developed during workshop

Registration Fee Information

The registration fee includes all three sessions. Due to the nature of the program, we are not allowing part-time registration or refunds for missed sessions. Half of registration fees collected for this program will be given as a donation to an Allegheny County nonprofit that serves marginalized communities and whose mission is linked to work readiness or workforce development.


Workshop Outline

February 9, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.
Part 1: Agree on current state

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”—Desmond Tutu


Kickoff keynote: Marla Bradford, D&I Recruiting Leader at Duquesne University

Icebreaker activity facilitated by Cassandra Cooper, Manager of Diversity Learning, UPMC

Small group discussions and sharing

Panel session, moderated by Dana Whatley Smith,Manager, Learning & Development, Duquesne University


Kesi Howard, Leadership Coach | Facilitator | Strategist, Structured Strategies, LLC

Charmelle Jackson, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Kheir Mugwaneza, Senior Project Manager, Immigrant Inclusion and Health Programs, Allegheny Health Network

Monica Ruiz-Caraballo, Executive Director at Casa San José


Closing Activity facilitated by Cassandra Cooper


March 9, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.
Part 2: Imagine a better future

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” —Oprah Winfrey


Session Kickoff keynote: Susan Baida, Director, UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion

Large group discussion, facilitated by Esther Jackson, National Advisor for Chapters at ATD

Small groups discussions to envision futures

Small groups come back together and report out

Large group discussion on closing the gap between current and future, facilitated by Esther Jackson

Session recap/reflection and organize for post-session team work, facilitated by Esther Jackson

April 13, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.

Part 3: Make commitments to concrete actions

“Have a vision. Be demanding.”

—Colin Powell


Session Kickoff keynote: Phillip L. Ealy, Penn State Children, youth and Families at Risk (CFYAR), Professional Development and Technical Assistance (PDTA) Center Coaching Coordinator

Large Group reporting out on T&D solutions research

Facilitated discussion of solutions, facilitated by Sonia Layne-Gartside, Certified DEI Trainer and Change Manager

Small Groups form around specific solutions to draft action plans

Return to large group: Teams present plans and expert panel gives feedback.


Jamie Campbell, Asst Dean For Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Kesi Howard

Charmelle Jackson

Kheir Mugwaneza

Monica Ruiz-Caraballo

Accountability discussion and wrap-up facilitated by Sonia Layne-Gartside



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