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2023 Washington State DEI Empowerment Conference schedule and registration

The 2023 WA DEI Empowerment Conference, with a theme of Bridging Gaps and Leaning into Action, will held virtually over Zoom each Wednesday in June (June 7, 14, 21 and 28). We are committed to supporting statewide and agency-specific equity and anti-racism work, with the goal of building more just systems and fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging with our state workforce.

Registration for the conference will open May 8, 2023, to all employees of state agencies, boards and commissions. Select a tab to see details of sessions on each day.

Session Title Date Presenter(s) Registration/Password
Welcome Keynote with Carolyn Hartness – A Reckoning, An Invitation to Healing Jun 7, 2023 - 8:00am Caroline Hartness

Data Sovereignty, Indigenous Methodologies and Two-Eye Seeing Partnerships for Change Jun 7, 2023 - 10:30am Sauncha Romey

Neurodiversity: What is it? Jun 7, 2023 - 1:00pm Renae Smith

Generational Trauma of Native Americans Jun 7, 2023 - 3:00pm Dr. Marie Natrall-Ackles 

Mental Health & Anti-Racism: Prioritizing Wellness in the Workplace Jun 14, 2023 - 8:00am Dr. Isaiah Pickens

De-siloing Your Data Strategy For Equity Jun 14, 2023 - 10:30am Dr. Brandeis Marshall

Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Workplace Culture using the 3 A’s Jun 14, 2023 - 1:00pm Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Come to the Table: Washington's Efforts to Achieve Equity in Public Spending Jun 14, 2023 - 3:00pm Shana Greenberg Barehand, ​​​​​​​Doug Mora, Shamekia Moultrie, Resie Rogers and Drew Zavatsky

Drag Story Hour and Fireside Chat Jun 21, 2023 - 8:00am Jonathan Hamilt, Sam Mendum-Pardy, and Alex Petrovnia

The Urgent Matter of Colorism: A Missing Link in Anti-Racist Work Jun 21, 2023 - 10:30am Dr. Sarah L Webb

Incorporating DEIB and Anti-Racism Work into Recruitment Jun 21, 2023 - 1:00pm Lisa Grund and Tangi Tash

Elephant in the Room Jun 21, 2023 - 3:00pm Philip "Sharp Skills" Jacobs

Asian American Inclusion in DEI Work Jun 28, 2023 - 8:00am Dr. Joan Sung King

Disability Awareness: Inclusive Language and Practices Jun 28, 2023 - 10:30am Linda Clemon-Karp 

EQUITY ON TRIAL!: Has the Supreme Court declared Diversity DEAD or ALIVE? Jun 28, 2023 - 1:00pm Winona Hollins-Hauge, Delbert Richardson, Jesse Wineberry, Atty, and John Yasutake

Work Spaces as “Well-Spaces”: The Equity-Hope-Resilience Connection Jun 28, 2023 - 3:00pm Lucretia Robertson

Be a Revolution! - Welcome Keynote with Ijeoma Oluo Jun 5, 2024 - 8:30am Ijeoma Oluo (she/her)

Ownership > Buy In: Creating a Curious Culture Jun 5, 2024 - 10:30am Pat McGregor (he/him) & Amandeep Puri (she/her)

Equity and Belonging – Why am I so emotional? Jun 5, 2024 - 1:00pm Aunna Moss (she/her) & Lenora Sneva (she/her)

Building DEIB Momentum Amid the War Against DEI Jun 5, 2024 - 3:00pm Marianne Ozmun-Wells (she/they)

Combatting Islamophobia and Antisemitism Jun 6, 2024 - 8:30am Zachary Markwith and Karen Stiller

The ADA: A Model for Disrupting Policies and Practices to Foster Equity Jun 6, 2024 - 10:30am NW ADA Center

The Myth of the Model Minority Jun 6, 2024 - 1:00pm Jim Mendoza (he/him)

Immigration as a Barrier to Employment- Raising Every Voice Jun 6, 2024 - 3:00pm Teddy Dianah Kemirembe (she/her), Sarah MacLeod (she/her) & Seth Pilkey (he/him)

Disrupting Organizational Status Quo By Identifying Equity Gaps in Policy and Practice Across the Organization Jun 11, 2024 - 8:30am Dr. William Lewis (he/him)

Enhancing Veteran Inclusivity in Washington State Workforce: Disrupting current policies for greater equity and belonging Jun 11, 2024 - 10:30am VERG Members

Disability Inclusion: simple steps you can take today to make your workspaces more inclusive and equitable Jun 11, 2024 - 1:00pm Linda Lohdefinck (she/her) & Sarah Norton (she/her)

Embedding The 4-D Model of Neuro-Inclusive Communication Jun 11, 2024 - 3:00pm Chris Hooten, M.A. (they/them)

Supporting Leadership and Utilizing BRGs to Recruit and Retain Latine Employees Jun 12, 2024 - 8:30am Hermina Esqueda (she/her/ella), Tony Griego (he/him) & Monica Andrade Hupp (she/her)

Building an Organizational Road Map for Equity & Belonging Jun 12, 2024 - 10:30am LueRachelle Brim-Atkins (she/her)

Living in Two Worlds-Unpacking Institutional and Policy Inequities Through Story Jun 12, 2024 - 1:00pm Elizabeth Coleman (she/her), Tammy Cooper-Woodrich (she/her), Angela Letoi (she/her), and Melody Woodrich (she/her)

Normalizing Shared Power as a tool to Disrupt Policies, Practices, and Processes (The 3 P's) Jun 12, 2024 - 3:00pm Rauniesha Larkins (she/her/diva), Sabrina Njoroge (she/her), Amber Ortiz-Díaz (she/her/ella) & Jean Paul (he/him)

Who is this conference for?

The DEI Empowerment Conference is free and open to all employees from Washington state agencies, boards and commissions. While DEI practitioners and agency leadership will find the summit relevant to their work, all employees have the power to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplaces.  

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