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Washington State DEI Empowerment Conference 2024

Opening Day Keynote with Ijeoma Oluo!

The 2024 DEI Empowerment Conference will open strong with a virtual Keynote by Ijeoma Oluo.

Ijeoma Oluo (ee-joh-mah oh-loo-oh) is a Seattle-based Writer, Speaker and Internet Yeller. Her work on social issues such as race and gender has been published in The Guardian, Esquire, Washington Post, ELLE Magazine, New York Times, NBC News and more. She has been featured on The Daily Show, All Things Considered, BBC News, and more. Her #1 NYT bestselling first book, So You Want To Talk About Race, was released January 2018 with Seal Press. Ijeoma was named one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017 & 2018, and is the recipient of the Feminist Humanist Award 2018 by the American Humanist Association, the Harvard Humanist of the year 2020, the Media Justice Award by the Gender Justice League, and the 2018 Aubrey Davis Visionary Leadership Award by the Equal Opportunity Institute.

Check back in April to see information on our other presenters. 

Equity & Belonging Through Disrupting Policy & Practice

The 2024 WA DEI Empowerment Conference’s theme is Equity & Belonging Through Disrupting Policy & Practice. When we say “Disrupting”, we are looking for presentations that will provide information on the importance of pausing and analyzing our current policies and practices to help us identify and remove barriers. We are committed to supporting statewide and agency-specific efforts to build a broad path towards equity, anti-racism and belonging in the workplace.

The conference schedule

The conference will be held virtually over Zoom Wednesday June 5, Thursday June 6, Tuesday June 11 and Wednesday June 12. Add a hold to your calendar (this will downlaod a file you can open and save). We will also have in-person "watch events" that will welcome state employees to gather in-person to watch our virtual sessions. Watch events will be held in Olympia and Spokane. More details to come!

Four sessions will be presented each day.  Daily sessions will include a keynote and three additional sessions. Each session will be 90 minutes long, with the exception of the keynotes.  Keynotes will be two hours. There will be an hour break for lunch. (Daily schedules subject to change.)

The conference dates have been thoughtfully chosen not to overlap with important BRG annual events. We encourage team members to attend virtual and in-person events being planned by WIN, BUILD, and RAIN during the month of June! We are excited to partner with our BRG community

Attend the live virtual sessions

While DEI practitioners and agency leadership will find the conference relevant to their work, all employees have the power to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in their workplaces. We encourage you to block time on your calendar to attend the live sessions.  While we strive to provide accessible solutions like recorded sessions for later playback, some sessions may only be available live for presenter safety or due to other concerns.

See materials from past DEI Empowerment Conferences

Dates to remember

April 3, 2024 – Conference speakers announced

May 1, 2024 - Attendee Registration Begins

June 5, 2024 – Opening Day

September 1, 2024 – Conference recording playback will be disabled


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