The 2019 Five Star Diversity Symposium
May 8, 2019 | Dallas, Texas


8:00–9:00 a.m.

All-Attendee Breakfast

9:00–9:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:05–9:20 a.m.

Disrupting Diversity & Inclusion: New Strategies, Initiatives and Technologies to Take Your Efforts to the Next Level

Many organizations are participating in D&I Initiatives and having courageous conversations about their culture, but skeptics remain. What’s next? What should you be doing to tell your organization’s D&I story?

9:20–10:05 a.m.

#MeToo and the Impact on the Workplace

How has the cultural revolution changed the way we work?

10:05–10:20 a.m.

Retaining and Advancing Underrepresented Talent

There is still far to go before the board room of corporate America truly reflects the diversity of its workforce. What progress is being made and how do the most inclusive organizations avoid the pitfalls that inhibit progress?

10:20–10:30 a.m.

Session Break

10:30–11:00 a.m.

400 Years Later: Issues in African American Homeownership

This year will represent 400 years of African American history in the United States of America. What is current state of housing for African-Americans and how much progress is yet to be made in achieving equal housing opportunity for all?

11:00–11:45 a.m.

Navigating Intersectionality

As cultural awareness grows, so does the realization that more than one minority identity may apply to an individual, complicating the challenges associated with inclusion. How should we be addressing the issue?

11:45 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Lunch Service

12:35–1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

1:00–1:15 p.m.

Bridging Generational Gaps and Hidden Threat of Ageism

How does generational diversity impact a company’s ability to recruit and retain talent? What should companies be thinking about as they plan diversity initiatives for three to five years down the road?

1:15–1:30 p.m.

Session Break

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Cultural Shift: LGBTQ Inclusion and Homeownership

While we have come a long way, many people in the LGBTQ community still experience discrimination in their pursuit of homeownership and in the workplace. What needs to be done to overcome this reality?

2:15–2:30 p.m.

Unconscious Bias: Is It Real? Does Training Work?

We all have biases. But to what extent do they affect our work and what should we do about them? Is mandatory training the answer or is there another way?

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Creating and Calculating Your Diverse Supply Chain

Organizations are placing a greater focus on engagement with minority- and women-owned businesses within their supply chain. How do we grow minority supplier engagement and how should it be calculated?

3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks