National Summit on Welcoming Environment

2021 Welcoming Environment

Thank you for making this event a huge success!

If you were unable to attend this important event, the recordings will be able for purchase beginning June 28. 

The National Summit on Welcoming Environment brought leaders together to explore how they can strengthen their organization’s DE&I efforts to provide a space that is inclusive for all professionals and members. If your organization is struggling with where to start, this event provides leaders with actionable ways to get started. 

Purchase the National Summit on Welcoming Environment recordings to:    

  • Learn from industry leaders who are creating a Welcoming Environment in their organizations 
  • Explore actions to integrate DE&I into your organizational strategy and become a truly Welcoming Environment 
  • Gain access to ten educational sessions and gain key takeaways to apply to your organization

Event Sessions

DEI First Steps: Cracking the Code on Creating an Equitable & Inclusive Association
Speaker: Dr. Brandi M. Baldwin, PhD, CEO, Millennial Ventures Holdings  
Setting the Tone: Bringing DE&I into Practice at Meetings & Events 

In partnership with Destinations International

  • Melissa Cherry, Chief Operating Officer, Destinations International
  • Patrick Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer, Visit Tampa Bay
  • Melissa Gogel, Vice President of Marketing, Tourism, and Communications, Visit Phoenix
Inclusivity Discussion: What Are Your Biggest Roadblocks and How Might We Eliminate Them?
Facilitated by the Welcoming Environment Committee Members
Race Relations in America 
  • Moderator: Paul Pomerantz, FACHE, CEO, American Society of Anesthesiologists 
  • Panelists:
    • Geoffrey Brown, CAE, CEO, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
    • Greg Heidrich, CEO, Society of Actuaries 
Hilton Worldwide: The Journey to Becoming a Best Place to Work 
Speaker: Meghan Magette, Senior Director of Employer Brand, Hilton Worldwide
The Critical Role of Strong Leadership on the DE&I Path to Success 
Speaker: Richard Yep, CEO, American Counseling Association 
Identity-Based Advisory Groups to Further Association DE&I Efforts
  • Moderator: Norma Castrejon, CAE, Associate Director of Information Technology, Higher Learning Commission
  • Panelists:
    • Jacqualine Price Osafo, MBA, CAE, Vice President of Membership, AHIMA
    • Bob Moore, MA, CAE, Executive Director, ACOFP
    • Josie Hernandez, IOM, Manager, DPG/MIG Relations, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Perspective: What the Welcoming Environment Research Co-Sponsors Have Learned So Far 
  • Moderator: Jon Hockman, Principal, McKinley Advisors
  • Panelists:
    • Shawn Sanford, Manager, Member Relations, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • DJ Johnson, Vice President of Membership and Volunteer Engagement, AWHONN
DE&I Talent Management Strategy 
Speaker: James Pogue, PhD, President and CEO of JP Enterprises
Lead Your Ship: Seven Steps to a DEI Culture Where Emerging Leaders Thrive
Speaker: Candace Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Pivotal Impact Learning

More Welcoming Environment Resources

Virtual Event Dates: 

June 15-16, 2021 

Credit Hours:  

6.5 CAE 

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