Our 2019 Annual Conference, Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! was held Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Washington, DC Offices of Jones Day (300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001).
This event was approved for 3.75 MCLE General Credit hours in IL and 3.75 Ethics hours in AR.
In Case You Missed It: 2019 Conference Overview
We called this year’s conference Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! because we believe you can learn everything you need to start taking your organization to a new level in one day. Our dynamic speakers and influencers shared their insights and perspectives on creating work environments that meet the needs of today’s employees and ensures everyone is supported and valued. Here are some of the highlights from our speakers to help you ignite change in your organizations.
- Erica J. Bolden, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Mercedes-Benz USA: D & I isn’t just smoke and mirrors; be intentional about it. Internally we’re reestablishing what our community and culture looks like. Externally, we’re positioning ourselves for greater visibility through more intentional interactions with the community.
- Stacy Bunck (Flex Success® Honoree), Office Managing Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart): Client support is everything; Rafael Medina always made it clear he would support me and that family came first.
- Sarah Chapman, PhD, Director within Deloitte’s Sustainability & Social Impact Advisory Practice & National Lead, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Deloitte, Canada & Chile: Look at men’s experiences and their expectations to make them supporters and active participants in gender equality.
- Jami de Lou, Diversity & Inclusion Director, Boston Consulting Group: Representation within your organization has to match the people you want to recruit. Think about what it means to thrive; our flex programs need to be driven by the talent management teams, not just the D & I teams.
- Anne Donovan, US People Experience Leader, PwC (Flex Impact Organization): Retention is one of the biggest issues in our industry. We have to teach and convince managers that if staff isn’t delivering, it’s a performance issue and not a flexible work issue. Leaders have to get out of the office and talk about the issues.
- Jenn Flynn (Flex Leader Honoree), Managing Vice President, Head of Small Business Bank, Capital One: People do their best when they feel valued and included. I made a commitment to be a role model for flex in my career, and I feel I have an obligation to pay it forward for others in my organization.
- Jo Ann Jenkins (Luminary Honoree), Chief Executive Officer, AARP: Diversity and inclusion is our business strategy. The only way to succeed is to invest in employees. People want to work for an organization with a strong purpose, do work they care about, and at a place they feel they are making a difference.
- Charlie Johnson, Hiring Partner (DC), Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Having a diverse workforce for firms is an absolute
- Danielle Katzir (Flex Success® Honoree) Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (2019 Flex Success® Honoree): Creatively defining flex has made all the difference. We occupy many roles in our lives and nurturing those requires thoughtful investment.
- Matthew Keen, Managing Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart: I want to have an environment where people prosper. Since the firm has embraced flexible work schedules, we’ve retained our talent and reduced our attrition rates.
- Lea Ann King, General Counsel, Toyota Material Handling, USA, Inc.: We need to look like who we work with – both from the client and consumer sides. We’ve now started hiring for aptitude and attitude over direct experience.
- Kevyn D. Orr, Partner in Charge (DC), Jones Day: Technology and artificial intelligence are the future, so diversity and flexibility are particularly relevant now. Address disparities now so they don’t become part of the organizational structure.
- Honorable Tonya Parker, Presiding Judge, 116th Civil District Court, Dallas County, Texas: Some labels are truths, and some are judgments. Words have staying power, and labels don’t fall away easily. People want to be truthfully, completely, and precisely known.
- Danny Sikka, Senior Counsel, McDonald’s Corp. on behalf of Rafael Medina (in memoriam (Flex Success® Honoree): Rafael used his power and influence to benefit others and champion diversity and family in and out of the office. He went out of his way to ensure new and diverse attorneys would be successful.
- Dia Simms, CEO, Brn Group: Acknowledge a person’s value no matter what side of the table you’re on – it’s good business and fosters engagement, loyalty, and happiness. If someone says they wish they could find someone like me for the job, I tell them I can connect them to people like me. Let me be the one-person diversity initiative, and let me introduce you to more people like me.
- Grace E. Speights, Global Leader, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Flex Impact Organization): Most attorneys are data driven (especially partners), so make your case with data. Outline expectations and guidelines with a new initiative, and use technology, practice support, and knowledge management to your advantage. Sixty percent of our associates said they chose to work here and stay because our of new flexible work policies.
- Burton White, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Excella: We need to create communities that we want to see. As leaders, we have to hold ourselves and others accountable to see change happen.
- Mary Wilson, US Managing Partner, Dentons: D & I is a business imperative, and clients influence this space. Goals can’t be numeric; there has to be a strategic plan in place. We’re placing a Diversity Partner in every practice group to put customized goals together.
- Lily Zheng, Author, “Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace”: A manager’s attitude is the greatest prediction of the quality of a person’s workplace – not the policies. Managers are the key to incorporating inclusion. Inclusion has to be an integrated and ongoing process.
2019 Conference Speakers
2019 Keynote Speaker
& 2019 Luminary Award Recipient
Chief Executive Officer
Our 2019 Keynote Speaker was Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP. A true international visionary and global thought leader, Jo Ann shared her unique perspective on the value that diversity brings to the culture and success of her organization and the workplace in general.
Jo Ann received the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s inaugural Luminary Award which honors a global thought leader who is consistently and uniquely devoted to the advancement of diversity and whose vision is leaving a lasting legacy of inclusivity for future leaders.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Office Managing Shareholder
& 2019 Flex Success Award Honoree
Director within Deloitte’s Sustainability & Social Impact Advisory Practice
National Lead, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
Deloitte Canada & Chile
Jami de Lou
Diversity & Inclusion Director
The Boston Consulting Group
U.S. People Experience Leader for Human Capital
Stockbridge Real Estate Funds
& 2019 Flex Success Award Honoree
Bright Spots Roundtable Facilitators
2019 Conference Agenda
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome Remarks – Manar Morales & Kevyn D. Orr
Panel I: Turning Inspiration into Innovation – 2019 Flex Impact Award Presentations feat. Manar Morales, Grace Speights & Anne Donovan
Meet the Influencer: Lessons in the Label with the Honorable Tonya Parker
Panel II: Innovation in Action feat. Charlie Johnson, Erica J. Bolden, Sarah Chapman, PhD & Jami de Lou
Meet the Influencer: Lessons in Inclusion with Lily Zheng
Presentation of the Flex Leader and Flex Success® Awards feat. Jenn M. Flynn, Stacy M. Bunck, Danny Sikka, Danielle Katzir & Darren Drake
Keynote with Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, & Presentation of the Luminary Award
Panel III: Igniting Innovation Through Thought Leadership feat. Burton White, Jenn Flynn, C. Matthew Keen, Lea Ann King & Mary Wilson
Meet the Influencer: Lessons in Leadership with Dia Simms
Networking Break & Group Photo for Tipping the Scales
Recognition of Tipping the Scales Recipients, Law Firm Insights Interview Preview, and Bright Spots Roundtable Discussions feat. Brenda Carr, Andy Colon, Jami de Lou, Lia Dorsey, Amie Santos & Michelle Wimes
Thank you to our Amazing Sponsors!
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
(July 25 – September 13)
Members (Additional Tickets): $545
(September 14 – October 25)
Members (Additional Tickets): $599
(October 26- November 7)
Members (Additional Tickets): $645
Representatives from law schools, government agencies, and nonprofits: $249
Please note that we are unable to issue refunds. If you find that you are unable to attend, please transfer your ticket to a colleague.