2018 Annual Conference | Diversity + Flexibility = Embracing Change

Our Annual Conference is one of the DC area’s largest gatherings of prominent leaders from around the world committed to strategically addressing the critical issues of Diversity and Flexibility. Each year, our conference brings together executive leadership and partners at professional services firms, general counsel, diversity and inclusion professionals, and talent management professionals who share how they have implemented successful strategies in their organizations for retaining and promoting women and supporting work-life control for everyone.


On March 21, 2018, join your colleagues from financial giants like Deloitte, KPMG and Morgan Stanley, tech industry icons like Dell, Intel and EverFi and prominent law firms like Akin Gump, Fried Frank, Dentons, White & Case and Seyfarth Shaw. Entitled Diversity + Flexibility = Embracing Change, this year’s conference is a highly interactive one-day event delivering the latest trends and best practices in diversity and flexibility, including:

– Emerging trends, leading best practices and real-life case studies in flexibility and leave initiatives that are proven to attract and retain top talent in all industries;

– A 360 approach to organizational change that emphasizes the role that leadership, as well as clients, play in shaping a culture of success that embraces diversity and creates a powerful road map for the advancement of women;

– The latest, cutting-edge research from Gallup, the world’s preeminent research authority, on the value of Employee Engagement and the critical steps your organization needs to take today.



Diversity + Flexibility = Embracing Change

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

8:15 am – 4:15 pm
Offices of Jones Day

300 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Alliance Members receive two complimentary tickets as a member benefit!
Members: Please reserve your complimentary tickets no later than February 28 to ensure availability.

Special offer for members until February 28:
Register yourself and bring a client for FREE!

Give the gift of knowledge and inspiration! Don’t miss this opportunity to share practical, real world strategies for creating inclusive work cultures and promoting the use of flexible work policies for everyone. Spend the day with your client learning and sharing insights on industry initiatives and demonstrate how committed you are to embracing diversity and flexibility to meet the needs of your employees as well as your clients.

Members who take advantage of this special offer will now have three complimentary tickets all together to use as part of their yearly member benefits (the extra ticket must be used by a client!) Contact Eliza Musallam first to use this offer and register your client by February 28, 2017.



(January 9 – February 28)

Members (Additional Tickets): $495

Non-Members: $595

(March 1 – March 13)

Members (Additional Tickets): $549

Non-Members: $649

(March 14 – March 21)

Members (Additional Tickets): $595

Non-Members: $695

Representatives from law schools, government agencies, and nonprofits: $195



8:15 am  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am  Welcome Remarks & Presentation of the Flex Leader Award

9:15 am  Organizational Changes with Big Impact & Presentation of the Flex Impact Awards

In every industry there are trendsetters who go beyond the norm and lead the way with embracing change. Hear from organizations that have taken flexibility to new heights and are leading their industries in the quest for the recruitment and retention of a more content and successful workforce.

10:15 am  Networking Break

10:30 am  Making Change Happen from the Outside-In: The Power of Client Persuasion

To stay competitive, law firms are recognizing the need to evolve and be more aware of their clients’ values.  It’s not enough to “be the best” — clients want to see prospective outside counsel investing in the development of diverse teams, advancing women, and supporting  flexible work initiatives. Our panel of leading in-house counsel will discuss the importance of  diverse teams and inclusive cultures, both internally and externally, and the role they are playing to make change happen from the outside-in with their vendors.

11:30 am  Lunch & Presentation of the Flex Success® Awards

1:00 pm  Featured Speaker: Vipula Gandhi, Managing Partner, Eastern US, Gallup presents State of the American Workplace: Findings & Implications

An overview of the eye-opening data and insights from Gallup’s research on what is driving recent workplace trends and what some innovative companies are doing to address associated challenges. Vipula will discuss how these findings can help organizations increase employee engagement, performance management, and foster flexible, matrixed teams.

1:45 pm  Networking Break

2:00 pm  Making Change Happen from the Inside-Out: Industry Leaders Shaping Organizational Culture

As they compete for consumers, clients, employees, and market share, corporations and professional services firms have found success by embracing flexibility and diversity. Our executive panel from the financial, technology, and consulting industries will discuss how they are incorporating changes from the inside-out by making the business case for diversity and flexibility.  By embracing these changes, they are creating a culture for success that leads to tangible profits as well as the intangible gains of creating a loyal, happy, and dedicated workforce.

3:00 pm  Creating a Successful Women’s Initiative with Impact: A KPMG Case Study

Are you looking to advance more women into leadership? Are you looking for ways to empower your women’s initiative to drive change? You know you need to take action at the organizational level, but you don’t know where and how to initiate the necessary changes. Alliance President and CEO, Manar Morales and Lisa Madden of KPMG will highlight how the firm has implemented, developed, and sustained the women’s initiative for the International Tax group at KPMG. This candid discussion will also reference best practices on how to affect change through affinity groups and overcome organizational challenges.  Attendees will have the opportunity to share their best practices with one another during this session.

4:15 pm  Closing Remarks


Mohammed “Mo” Chahdi
Global Director of Human Resources

Nicole Collier
Director of Policy & Public Affairs

Vipula Gandhi
Managing Partner, Eastern US
Gallup Inc.

David Greenwald
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Cindy Kelley
Vice President, Medical Education
Summa Health

Kim Koopersmith
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

David Koschik
Partner & Executive Committee Member
White & Case

Poppy MacDonald
President & COO
Politico USA

Lisa Madden
National Operations Leader, International Tax Practice

Lori Mihalich-Levin

Suzan “Sam” Miller
Vice President
Intel Corporation

Manar Morales
President & CEO
The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

Kevyn D. Orr
Partner-in-Charge Washington
Jones Day

J. Stephen Poor
Chairman Emeritus & Partner
Seyfarth Shaw

Robert Spencer
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Tamika Tremaglio
Managing Principal, Greater Washington Area

Tammy Wincup
Chief Operating Officer

















Show your support for creating inclusive cultures that advance diversity and flexibility by sponsoring this year’s conference! Sponsors receive complimentary tickets based upon their level of support.
Learn more about our different Sponsorship levels here.
Contact Manar Morales for more information on sponsorship.