Watch DZConneX's engaging and insightful online forum, DEI Initiatives: Staying the Course & Navigating Through the Noise, featuring a panel discussion with leading experts in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). 

DEI Initiatives: Staying the Course & Navigating Through the Noise

In this hour long discussion, our panelists address critical questions and share their perspectives on the current state of DEI in 2023 and beyond, strategies for attracting and recruiting diverse early career talent, DEI innovations, lessons learned, and much more.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Attracting Diverse Early Career Talent: Learn about innovative approaches organizations are taking to stand out in the attraction and recruitment of diverse early career talent, particularly in the context of changing generational dynamics.
  • DEI Innovations: Discover the latest DEI innovations being developed or adopted by organizations and how these innovations are shaping the future of diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Development for Diverse Talent: Gain insights into how organizations address the development of diverse talent through special programs, focused mentoring, external coaching, and other strategies.
  • Being an Ally at Work: Understand the do's and don'ts of being an ally at work, with practical advice on how individuals can actively support diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Talking about Privilege and Power: Learn recommendations on how individuals representing different dimensions of diversity can engage in meaningful conversations about privilege and power within the workplace.
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Don't miss this opportunity to hear from industry leaders and gain valuable insights into the changing landscape of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2023 and beyond. Watch this engaging and informative discussion that can help shape your organization's DEI strategies for the future.

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Regina Blair
Vice President of Talent, Inclusion and Diversity at Day & Zimmermann 

Regina Blair is an organizational development and diversity and inclusion leader currently serving as Vice President of Talent, Organizational Development and Diversity and Inclusion at Day & Zimmermann.

While key responsibilities include oversight of the learning strategy, diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, engagement survey process and action planning, design and facilitation of the leadership development experience, the 360 assessment and coaching process for senior leaders, the corporate employee resource groups and overall diversity strategy, some of her most rewarding work comes through partnering in the design of the real-time, custom talent solutions that help advance the business strategy. Her internal clients look to her for leadership in career pathing, organizational design, team effectiveness and change management.

Regina's success is built on a foundation of diverse career experiences at several widely respected organizations. After successfully managing revenue and profit responsibility for a multimillion-dollar book of business as a commercial underwriter, she has spent the last 20 years as a HR professional in roles as an HR Business Partner, U.S. Training Leader, Diversity Director, and Organizational Development/Performance Consulting Director.


Keynote Speaker

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Rocki Howard
Chief Equity & Impact Officer at The Mom Project

Rocki Howard is Chief Equity and Impact Officer at The Mom Project and host of the Voices of Diversity and the Grown Woman Life podcasts. Rocki is a tenured talent acquisition strategist with Lean, Project Management, and HR certifications.

Rocki is a 2023 SIA Diversity Influencer, advisory board member for WedgeHR and Informed Decisions, member of the Forbes HR Council has been featured in talent outlets such as HR Executive and ERE. She he has been featured on ABC news, multiple podcasts and has been a featured speaker, panelist and influencer on the topic of DEIB including events such as SIA's Executive Forum and CWS, SourceCon, HR Tech, TA Week, and Hacking HR.

She is a proud over 40, black, Christian wife and mom who prioritizes being a voice for diversity, creating high-performing inclusive work cultures and advocating for bold, brilliant, badass women. She believes "If we change the lives of the historically excluded, we change the world.”


Featured Speakers

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Kim Moton 
Managing Director for Talent Acquisition & Outreach at Harvard University

As an accomplished talent management professional with over 25 years of experience, Kimberly is known for her creativity, ingenuity and the ability to formulate and implement comprehensive, high impact human capital and talent management solutions.

Prior to joining Harvard in 2022, Kimberly worked at Johns Hopkins University where she served as the Executive Director, Talent Management, HR, Finance and Administration for Development & Alumni Relations. Kimberly has held Talent and/or DEIB roles throughout her career where she made measurable impact at BAE Systems, Fannie Mae, the American Red Cross and Arthur Andersen. Additionally, Kim is an esteemed Wharton Global Fellow in Talent Management.

Through her training at the Coaches Training Institute, Kim is also an executive and life coach where she helps emerging leaders discover and develop their strengths and to maximize their leadership potential. On a personal note, Kim is extremely passionate about helping young women discover their Goddess within.


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Dawn McCartney
Vice President of Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Council at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)

Dawn McCartney is the Vice President of the Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Council at SIA, leading and overseeing the CWS Council and SIA’s Certification & Training, including the Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP & SOW) accreditation program, and CW Workshops.

Responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing cutting-edge research and strategies for the end users of contingent labor, McCartney, who joined SIA in 2012, has been an integral part of the SIA team with ongoing contributions to the rapid development of the CWS Council and in her role advising CWS Council members—amounting to more than $100 billion in contingent spend—in managing their extended workforce programs.

With over 13 years of frontline experience working on both the supplier and buyer sides, her expertise on the buyer side includes contingent workforce policies, procedures, and the implementation of contingent workforce programs including VMS and supplier selection, and a previous role as the Global Workforce Manager for McDonald’s Corporation. A highly regarded industry speaker, Dawn frequently shares insights, thought leadership, and best practices across the workforce solutions ecosystem.


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Trish Ferrett
Vice President of Talent Attraction and Acquisition at The Trevor Project

Trish Ferrett (she/they) is the Vice President of Talent Attraction and Acquisition at The Trevor Project, the world's leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.  Her over 30 year career has always been focused on bringing the right talent to the right gigs at the right times, starting with an undergraduate degree in Music Industry from James Madison University (Go Dukes!).  It didn't take long into their career to realize that 1) music is a lot more fun when your livelihood doesn't depend on it, and 2) navigating the world of talent needed to be better for all involved--whether hiring manager or job seeker.

After several years in the for-profit sector with companies such as Circuit City, AMF Bowling, and Advance Auto Parts, Trish shifted her career to the non-profit space with the American Red Cross, Pact, Counterpart International, and Save the Children before making the move to Trevor.  In these amazing experiences, they've found particular joy in the care and feeding of recruiters--helping them grow and develop into true talent professionals: emerging from the expectations of "post and pray," and changing the perception of recruiters being administrators to true thought partners.

Trish now holds an MBA in Organizational Development and an SPHR, and still enjoys performing music on the side.