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1111 East Broad St. Suite 203 
Columbus, OH 43205 
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REGISTER NOW for this three day virtual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium!

Govern: Creating a Culture of Inclusion, Innovation and Impact in Ohio's Public Sector

Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 6, 2020: 8:30 Am - 11:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, October 7, 2020: 8:30 Am - 11:30 AM EDT
Thursday, October 8, 2020: 8:30 Am - 11:30 AM EDT

Registration Fee:
$75 - Public Sector/Nonprofit
$150 - Non-public sector/Nonprofit

Full list of Speakers/Moderators and their bios can be found here.

Featuring Keynote Speaker - Dr. Tiffany Jana, DM

Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Tiffany JanaFounder and CEO: TMI Consulting, TED Speaker and Author, Social Entrepreneur, 24 Publications, 11 Honors & Awards, speaks 3 languages. Dr. Jana is the co-author of Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences, Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion, and the 2nd edition of the B Corp Handbook. Dr. Jana has spoken on the TEDx stage on the Power of Privilege and at SXSW on Unconscious Bias. She has been recognized as 2019 Best for the World (overall & Governance), Changemakers to Watch: DEI, Agents of Change and 11 books to read if you want to be more inclusive.

About the Event Virtual - yes. Disconnected - no. 

You'll get to meet participants from all over the state of Ohio, engage in authentic break-out conversations, and discuss how to put what you're learning into play in your space.

- We get it. Governing well is hard. -

The challenges of diverse recruitment and retention, a status quo that hinders innovation, and the delicate balance of varied stakeholder voices and votes all create barriers to the kind of impact-driving change and life-giving culture that those in the public sector want to create. 

From our hamlets to the heart of the state’s executive office, Ohio’s governing bodies could be highly-innovative, best places to work, but are they? Are they curating the kind of culture that brings top-tier talent into our cities, scaffolds and supports that talent, and shapes the next generation of leaders and neighborhoods?

Join thought leaders from all layers of Ohio’s governments in Columbus for 3 mornings of gathering to explore 3 key facets toward building the kind of Ohio that:
Exercises inclusion, a culture that not only allows for but encourages all community members to engage in the process of government, for the people, by the people. Drives innovation a culture that puts innovation and creativity at the forefront of our work, compelling a high-potential talent pool to come to us and stay with us and Creates impact, a culture that resists status quo performance and coaches people to wield real influence, creating change agents who are excited about their work

AGENDA Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - Inclusion
8:30 - 8:45 Log-in, Get Settled, Enjoy some tunes, We will start shortly    
8:45 - 8:50 City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion video
8:50 - 9:00 Opening and welcome    
9:00 - 9:45 "Inclusion Revolution" with Dr. Tiffany Jana
Dr. Tiffany Jana will address the amazing results of creating a space where all people get to show up as the very best versions of themselves - adding value, perspective, and leadership. She’ll bring new ideas and constructs to what inclusion is, and what it might take to get there.
9:45 - 10:00 Open Q&A with Dr. Jana
10:00 - 10:10 DEI Video Quick Blips/Break     
10:10 11:10 Panel: Is Inclusion an Illusion?
Our first panel of leaders will piggy-back off Dr. Jana’s keynote address, exploring ideas around moving inclusion from myth to reality. We’ll hear from public and private leaders about the obstacles, and opportunities, around true inclusion.
Panelists: Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor Whaley  and Catherine Crosby
Moderator: James White
11:10 - 11:25 Open Q&A with panelists    
11:25 - 11:30 Closing 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - Innovation
8:30 - 8:45 Log-in, Get Settled, Enjoy some tunes, We will start shortly
8:45 - 8:50 DEI Video Quick Blips    
8:50 - 9:00 Opening and welcome
9:00 - 9:20 "Just What Is Innovation" with Paul Reeder   
9:20 - 10:20 Panel: Are Consistency and Innovation at Odds?
Our second day of panel conversation will explore the disparity, or not, between consistency and stability, what so many are looking for in employment, and innovation, which can feel risky and effort-laden. Are they mutually exclusive?
Panelists: Michael Stevens, Paul Reeder and Rita Danish
Moderator: Daniel Juday
10:20 - 10:30 Open Q&A with panelists
10:30 - 10:40 DEI Video Quick Blips/Break 
10:40 - 11:25 Breakout Discussion
11:25 - 11:30 Closing

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - Impact
8:30 - 8:45 Log-in, Get Settled, Enjoy some tunes, We will start shortly
8:45 - 8:50 DEI Video Quick Blips 
8:50 - 9:00 Opening and welcome
9:00 - 9:20 "Transformational Change: A Frame" with Daniel Juday    
9:20 - 10:20 Panel: What Does Transformational Change Look like?
None of this matters if we can’t put it into play. On day three we’ll listen in to a panel of Chief Diversity Officers discuss how to put transformational ideas and practices into play, from the individual to the organizational level.
Panelists: Beverly Stallings-Johnson, Qiana Willaims, Angela Bretz and marquis Miller
Moderator: Marlon Moore  
10:20 - 10:30 Open Q&A with Panelists
10:30 - 10:40 DEI Video Quick Blips/Break 
10:40 - 11:25 Breakout Discussion
11:20 - 11:30 Close 

Full list of Speakers/Moderators and their bios can be found here.

sponsored by City of Columbus Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Franklin County, City of Toledo and City of Dayton