The 2023 Annual Conference took place at the Washington, DC offices of Akin (2001 K St NW) on November 2.
The 2023 Annual Conference has been approved for 4.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits. The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.1 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 4.1 qualify as hours of credit for diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias (BCLE Reg. 302:1).
This program has been approved for 4.00 Illinois MCLE general credit hours.
Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO, National Geographic Society
We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Society will be our 2023 Keynote Speaker. The first woman CEO in the organization’s 134-year history, Jill has a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and is leading an effort to amplify the voices of women and those from underrepresented groups at the Society.
Under her leadership, the Society is prioritizing diversity and inclusion in the next generation of National Geographic Explorers, has built a senior team that is 60% women, and developed a board of trustees with equal numbers of women and men. Don’t miss Jill’s fascinating and inspiring keynote!
2023 Closing Keynote & Luminary Award Winner
Tamika L. Tremaglio, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
We are thrilled to have Tamika L. Tremaglio, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association, as our Closing Keynote. Former Managing Principal for Deloitte’s Greater Washington offices, Tamika is a DEI trailblazer who has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort giving back to her community through volunteering, mentorship, and board service.
2023 Speakers & Honorees
Chief Operating Partner
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Miller & Chevalier
Vice President, HR Consulting
Arnold & Porter
Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Managing Director, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The D. E. Shaw Group
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Fish & Richardson
President & CEO
Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Chief of Staff for the President of the Retail Bank
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
2023 Conference Agenda
A Look Ahead to a More Advanced, Humanized, and Inclusive Workplace
As organizations adjust to the changing global landscape, now is the time to reevaluate values and goals, seize new opportunities for success, and evolve to meet the needs of a top-notch diverse workforce. Manar Morales will provide an overview of the current state of the global workplace and reveal her prediction that 2024 will mark the beginning of the era of a more advanced, humanized, and inclusive workplace.
Thriving in Today’s Flexible Workplace – Honoring Progressive Strategies Centered on Innovation and Inclusion
This panel of leaders from organizations pioneering a more innovative and inclusive workplace will share their progressive initiatives for connecting, collaborating, communicating, and impacting the culture of flexibility. They’ll offer tangible action steps, detailed best practices, and unique insights into strategies for harnessing the power of technology, prioritizing wellbeing, and driving inclusion in the hybrid workplace.
Innovative Insights with Jo Ann Jenkins
Sabbaticals: A Powerful Tool for Boosting Employee Wellbeing
We are in the middle of a global burnout epidemic. We often hear about personal actions employees can take to manage stress, but in order to truly tackle the problem, organizations must take the lead in developing strategies to prevent burnout and support wellbeing, productivity, and resilience. One such tool is a sabbatical. This session explores how AARP is using sabbaticals as a tool for boosting wellbeing and how its CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins, has personally benefited from a sabbatical.
The upheaval of the last several years has forever marked the modern workplace and organizations are recognizing the need to adapt to a more human-centered empathetic workplace. Further, the Supreme Court’s recent decisions impacting DEI and lawsuits challenging law firm diversity programs have many organizations examining the evolution of these efforts and looking for best practices to ensure inclusive cultures. Join this panel of Talent and Diversity & Inclusion leaders to learn new areas of focus and effective strategies for cultivating engagement and belonging.
Significant Trends from Alliance Research: Announcement of the 2023 Tipping the Scales Honorees
Manar Morales will share notable highlights and trends from this year’s Alliance research projects including our 2023 New Partner Report. She’ll announce the 2023 Tipping the Scales firms with 50% or more women in their new partner class and share valuable Alliance guidance on best practices central to increasing women in leadership. She’ll also share valuable insights into the significance of this year’s global data.
Keynote – Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society
As the first woman CEO in the 134+ year history of the National Geographic Society, Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler will share her commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as her approach of leading with empathy during the pandemic and beyond. Her vision in helping National Geographic realize more gender parity in senior leaders, broadening the voices receiving grant funding, and the addition of the organization’s first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer models the best practices toward effectively humanizing a global workforce.
Presentation of the 2023 Flex Leader Award – Kathryn Cameron Atkinson
Living and Leading Through Holistic Flexibility
Each year the Alliance presents its Flex Leader Award to an executive who promotes a more diverse and inclusive workplace through holistic flexibility. Hear how this year’s recipient, Miller & Chevalier’s Chair Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, has been a champion of inclusion, representation, and equity while using flexibility as a tool for success.
The Leadership landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years, forcing leaders to prioritize creating collaborative workplaces where people feel heard, supported, encouraged, and valued. McKinsey’s 2023 State of Organizations report pinpoints the most important shifts that organizations are contending with, among those being increasing speed and resilience, true hybrids, AI, new rules of attraction and retention, skills and capability development, talent tightropes, inspiring leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging progress, mental health support, and organizational efficiency. Our panel leaders, from organizations with a global reach, will share how they are tackling these shifts and successfully leading in a different and effective way.
Honoring & Learning from Exceptional Leaders Driving Transformational Cultural Change
Created in 2023, our Culture Catalyst Award honors exceptional Talent, Diversity or Human Resources professionals who have been integral to transforming their organizational culture and embracing innovation, inclusion, and/or flexibility. Our inaugural Culture Catalyst awards will be presented to two extraordinary leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to impacting organizational culture with integrity, enthusiasm, mentorship, passion, and empathy. Drawing on their extensive experience, our two honorees will share how they have played a key role in driving cultural change and impacting recruitment, retention and employee engagement.
Culture Connection Discussion: Taking Action – Building the Organizational Cultures We Envision
Drawing on the inspirational momentum from the conversation with our Culture Catalyst honorees, this interactive session facilitates attendees connecting with each other as they share best practices and challenges in transforming organizational culture that meets the needs and demands of the modern workforce.
Closing Keynote & Presentation of the 2023 Luminary Award – Tamika Tremaglio, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
Throughout her career, Tamika Tremaglio, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, has dedicated herself to living a life of significance where she is serving her purpose of protecting, supporting, and amplifying the voices of those she represents and leads. Hear how this approach has allowed her to consistently and uniquely advance diversity in attracting and retaining top talent while building a lasting legacy of inclusivity.
- Early Bird Registration (June 28 –
- Alliance Member Extra Tickets
- Non-Member Tickets
- University, Law School, Government & Non-Profit Tickets
- Early Bird Registration (June 28 –
- Regular Registration
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- Late Registration
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2023 Community Sponsors
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. Held in Washington, DC, 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 an 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, and Flex Impact 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 2022
2021 Annual Conference - Reflect. Reimagine. Recalibrate. Paving the Way to Inclusive Flexibility
If you were unable to join us, please watch our short HIGHLIGHT VIDEO.
2020 Annual Conference - Moments of Impact: Transforming Organizational Culture
2017 Annual Conference - Diversity + Flexibility = An Evolving Culture
2017 Annual Conference
Our 2017 Annual Conference Diversity + Flexibility = An Evolving Culture was held on March 16, 2017 at the Washington, DC offices of Jones Day.
2016 Annual Conference - Diversity + Flexibility = Talent Success
2016 Annual Conference
Our 2016 Annual Conference Diversity + Flexibility = Talent Success was held on March 16, 2016 at the Washington, DC offices of Jones Day.