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Full Lineup Released: D CEO’s 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium

The hybrid event will take place Sept. 9 and include leaders from YUM! Brands, Amazon, Deloitte, Bank of Texas, and more.
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Last year created a new consciousness about systemic racism and its impact on people of color nationwide. Obstacles to equity are built into the way corporate America functions, and many companies have taken a long look in the mirror over the last 18 months to better understand how they can be part of the solution.

The dust has settled from the George Floyd protests, corporations are no longer posting black boxes on their Instagram feeds, and we are finding out which companies, organizations, and governments are serious about making change, and which ones were just trying to stay on trend. Have hiring practices changed? Do all the new chief equity officers have the power to shift culture? What more needs to be done?

D CEO will host its third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium to answer those questions and more through a series of panels and keynote addresses.

This half-day, in-person and virtual event offers opportunities for networking and engaging with key executives and top leaders who are walking the talk when it comes to DEI. Don’t miss these critical conversations on the pressing issues that executives need to hear—right now, and what must be top-of-mind as we move forward, together.

Tickets to the in-person event are $150 and include access to all programming, networking, and breakfast. Tickets to the virtual event are $50 and include access to the online event and networking.

We’ve lined up an exciting group of speakers to inspire, educate, and inform:


Without the ART, We Can’t Win the Talent War

James Fripp

Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, YUM! Brands


The Future Workplace and the Intersection of DEI

Michael Thomas

Executive Director, My Possibilities

Cherice Williams

Senior Brand Manager, Maker’s Mark

Porsche J. Wilson

VP | Manager | Treasury Client Services, Bank of Texas

Moderated by D CEO Managing Editor Will Maddox


Navigating the New Landscape: A Leader’s Perspective from the Front Line

Beth Gerwe

North Texas Marketplace Inclusion Leader, Deloitte

Stephen Metoyer

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Deloitte Tax LLP


Progress, Not Perfection: Lessons from 2020-21 DEI Efforts

Margy Elliot

Senior Strategy Manager for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Amazon Studios

Darwin Bruce

Counsel, Dallas Office, Haynes and Boone

Cedric Rockamore

Vice President, Global People Operations and Diversity & Inclusion, American Airlines

Marisol Romany

Chief Social Responsibility & Inclusion Officer, Dallas College

Moderated by D CEO Editor Christine Perez


Uncommon Times. Uncommon Action: 5 Ways to Break the DEI Paradigm

L. Michelle Smith

Author, Speaker, Executive and Business Coach, no silos communications

The symposium will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Fwy. in Dallas. Click here for additional info and to purchase tickets.

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