About The Conference
This ground-breaking event offers an experience like no other! You’ll immerse yourself in an afternoon of inspirational content, connection and collaboration. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to interact with other attendees and presenters in real-time!
We’ll walk you through key steps and strategies for harnessing the power of People, Purpose & Productivity to Cultivate a Holistic Work Culture that ensures your organization’s success now and for many years to come.
From our panel discussions to research presentations and inspirational keynotes, you’ll connect with dynamic thought leaders and visionaries blazing the trail with innovative initiatives that are truly changing the way we work.
You’ll actively collaborate with peers leveraging the wisdom in our Alliance Community. Learn how to take the best of who you were in-person, with the best of who you were as a virtual team, to create a successful hybrid culture!
Are you ready to be part of the future of work?
An Inclusive Leadership Journey
Don’t miss this unforgettable keynote from one of the world’s most effective corporate leaders — Anne Chow, former CEO of AT&T Business. Anne will share how her dedication to combatting unconscious bias, along with a passion for education, diversity and advancing women, has helped to cultivate a new generation of leaders and build an inclusive culture.
2022 Closing Keynote
Harness the Power of Good Anxiety
Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Science
New York University
Award-winning NYU Professor of Neural Science & Psychology, Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a celebrated international authority on neuroplasticity and one of Good Housekeeping’s top ten women changing the way we see the world. Drawing upon her recent book, Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion, Wendy will share strategies for using anxiety as your superpower.
Wendy regularly serves as a sought-after expert for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Shape, and Health. Her TED talk has more than 55 million views and was the 2nd most viewed TED talk of 2018. She is also the author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life.
2022 Speakers & Honorees
Partner and Chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Managing Partner, Global Head of Enterprise Business
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Chief Legal Talent Officer
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Global Head of Capital Markets Practice
Managing Director, Talent Strategy and People Experience Leader
Director of Talent & Diversity
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
President & CEO
Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
Chief Talent Officer
Wiley Rein LLP
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Chief Diversity Officer & Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
MHP Management, LLC
Saul Ewing LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
2022 Conference Agenda
Cultivating A Holistic Work Culture: The Power of People, Purpose & Productivity
November 3, 2022 – Virtual Conference
Welcome & State of the Workplace – Manar Morales
A Look Back at a Transformational Decade of Diversity & Flexibility
In celebration of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s ten year anniversary, President & CEO Manar Morales will share highlights and trends from the transformations in diversity & flexibility during the last decade, how the pandemic has changed the workplace, and our vision for the future of work. She’ll share how to take the best of who we were in person, merge it with the best of who we were virtually to create the successful hybrid workplace of the future.
Presentation of the 2022 Flex Impact Awards
The Power of Purpose: Balancing Organizational Success with People-First, Industry-Leading Initiatives
This panel of trailblazers will reveal their industry-leading, hybrid workplace initiatives that are preparing their organizations for the future. They’ll reveal cutting-edge strategies for how they are reinforcing purpose, implementing boundaries and encouraging healthy lifestyles to create inclusive cultures where everyone can thrive.
Keynote – Anne Chow
An Inclusive Leadership Journey
Anne Chow, former CEO of AT&T Business, will share her commitment to combatting unconscious bias, her passion for education, diversity and advancing women, and her vision for cultivating a new generation of inclusive leaders.
Reflect & Connect Breakout Session
Innovative Insights – Dr. Milana L. Hogan
Leveraging Grit & Growth Mindset to Drive Team Success
Many of us are familiar with the concepts of grit (perseverance and passion for long-term goals) and growth mindset (the belief that skills and intelligence can be improved with effort and persistence) and know from personal experience just how important these traits are in achieving professional success. New research reveals that these traits are also critical in the team context. When team leaders lead in a growth mindset-oriented way, and team members work together to engage in gritty behaviors, the team thrives. Moreover, gritty team members are three times more likely to have a positive experience, which increases their job satisfaction and makes them less likely to look for other opportunities. In this session, Dr. Hogan will share the latest research and present a 5-pronged leadership model that is designed to help current and emerging team leaders harness the power of these important traits.
Presentation of the 2022 Flex Success® Awards
The Power of Productivity: Remarkable Achievements with Reduced Hour Schedules
Hear from exceptional law firm partners, along with their clients, as they share how flexibility has enabled them to maintain their productivity, advance their careers and make time for volunteering, while managing their personal commitments. Hear how they have overcome challenges brought on by the pandemic, in particular increases in hours and fewer boundaries, and maintained a successful career path.
Innovative Insights – Vipula Gandhi
Cultivating People, Purpose, and Productivity in the Hybrid Workplace
The ‘Great Global Work from Home Experiment’ created by the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we work and expect to work far into the future. One such change is the blending of remote work flexibility and on-site work. In this session, Managing Partner Vipula Gandhi will share Gallup’s latest data and insights on what makes hybrid workplaces successful. Learn more about how leaders and managers are navigating new ways of working, from coordinating schedules to fostering a connection to culture.
The Alliance’s 2022 New Partner Report Findings & Trends and Recognition of Tipping the Scales Firms
Presentation of the 2022 Flex Leader Award
Leadership Lessons for Cultivating Your Holistic Hybrid Working Culture
This panel of extraordinary organizational leaders will share how the pandemic has challenged their organizations in the short-term, as well as the long-term opportunities and implications for the future of work. They’ll discuss how flexibility has evolved over the years and how their organizations are seizing on this moment to build more inclusive and holistic hybrid working cultures.
The Power of People: Embracing Inclusion & Building a Successful Hybrid Team
One of the biggest fears people have regarding a hybrid workplace is that you will have an “in-group” and an “out-group.” This panel of diversity experts will share how their organizations are embracing the power of their people and creating intentional, inclusive and iterative initiatives that enable everyone to thrive. They’re creating powerful hybrid work cultures that drive and enhance diversity, rather than act as a detriment.
Closing Keynote – Dr. Wendy Suzuki
Harness the Power of Good Anxiety
Dr. Wendy Suzuki, NYU Dean & Professor of Neural Science & Psychology, will draw upon her recent book, Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion, to share strategies for transforming anxiety into something productive and helpful.
You know when you get that ambiguous email from your boss, you start to feel sweaty palms and that empty, freaked-out sensation in your stomach? Then you know, it’s back again….. Anxiety. But what if anxiety isn’t always a bad thing? What if, by using tools from neuroscience and psychology, you could learn to turn down the volume on your anxiety and transform all that activation energy that’s making your mind race into something that’s actually helpful? That jujitsu move of transforming anxiety into something productive and helpful is the topic of Dr. Suzuki’s talk.
Members Receive Complimentary Tickets!
Alliance members* receive two (2) complimentary tickets as a member benefit AND may register a client for free.
*Corporate members may invite a client, professional services partner, or outside counsel (no consultants or vendors).
- We also welcome Non-members – please see rates below.
- Additional member tickets can be purchased at the rates listed below.
- Early Bird Registration (7/26-9/30)
- DFA Member Extra Tickets
- Non-Member Tickets
- University, Law School, Government & Non- Profit Tickets
- Early Bird Registration (7/26-9/30)
- Regular Registration
- Late Registration
(10/22 – 11/3)
Interested in sponsoring this year’s event and showcasing your commitment to transforming organizational cultures? Contact Manar Morales, the Alliance’s President & CEO, to make your pledge today. We have three levels of sponsorship: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Sponsors receive complimentary tickets based upon their level of support as well as recognition in conference materials, on the Alliance website, and in social media.
2022 Community Sponsors
Community sponsors are organizations with similar missions to us who agree to help us spread the word about our Annual Conference. Community sponsors share information with their members through social media, newsletters, and emails. Please contact Irena McGrath if you’d like to be a Community Sponsor.
Hear why this may be one day you can’t afford to miss.
Our Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to gather with prominent leaders committed to strategically addressing the critical issues around diversity and flexibility. While usually held in Washington, DC, due to the pandemic the conference will be virtual again in 2022. Regardless of location and format, our speakers and attendees come together to explore success strategies for improving retention of top talent and the most up-to-date action steps to create a truly inclusive work environment.
Each year, our conference brings together corporate leaders, partners at professional services and law firms, general counsel, and diversity and inclusion and talent management professionals who share how they’ve implemented successful strategies in their organizations for retaining and promoting women and supporting work-life control for everyone.
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Our attendees gain valuable insights into the most effective strategies for results when time and resources are limited. They hear cross industry best practices from leading law and consulting firms and Fortune 500 corporations and build networks of senior level peers. Attendees also learn about cutting-edge data and case studies that help build powerful business cases internally to advance diversity and flexibility within organizations.
Each year during our Annual Conference, we present our Luminary Award to an outstanding global visionary, as well as our Flex Leader, Flex Impact and Flex Success Awards to individuals and organizations leading the way in flexible working. Our award honorees share their secrets for success and outline their strategies that have helped them make positive changes in workplace culture.
A Look Back at 2021
If you were unable to join us, please watch our short HIGHLIGHT VIDEO.
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