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

The half-day event will take place Sept. 13 and include speakers from American Airlines, Haynes and Boone, Thomson Reuters, and more Dallas leaders.
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D CEO’s fifth annual DEI Symposium is being held on September 13 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. 

The half-day event, filled with panel discussions and thought-provoking personal keynotes, will provide emerging leaders and seasoned CEOs alike with the tools, best practices, and actionable solutions to win the talent war and build workplaces that foster psychological safety, inclusivity, and diverse perspectives.  

We’ll also hear how leaders are thinking about their DEI strategies in the current landscape and positioning themselves for the future. Join us for an inspiring and motivating day of content and connection. 

View the full line up of speakers and agenda below: 

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM: Registration, Networking, and Breakfast 

8:15 AM – 8:25 AM: Opening Remarks  

Gillea Allison, President, D Magazine Partners 

8:25 AM – 8:43 AM: Cultivating a Thriving Diverse Workforce that Wants to Stay  

Florencia Velasco Fortner, President and CEO at The Concilio 

8:45 AM – 9:20 AM: Panel Discussion: Is a Truly Inclusive Culture Possible? Navigating DEI in the Modern Workplace  

Moderator: Noelle LeVeaux, Publisher at D Magazine Partners 

Gerry Altamirano, Workplace Diversity Manager at AMN Healthcare 

Keith Davidson, Managing Principal, Dallas Office at CLA 

Erin Fitzpatrick, SVP, Corporate Trust National Sales Manager at Bank of Texas 

Senay Redda, Vice President, Solution Consulting, Corporates Segment at Thomson Reuters 

9:22 AM – 9:37 AM: DEI Includes People with Disabilities  

Meryl K. Evans, Speaker and Accessibility Consultant 

9:39 AM – 9:57 AM: A Conversation with Nina Vaca 

Christine Perez, Editor at D CEO 

Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO at Pinnacle Group 

10:00 AM – 10:03 AM: Networking Break Introduction  

Tone’ Castillo, Diplomat for North Texas at Maker’s Mark 

10:03 AM – 10:38 AM: Networking Break 

10:38 AM – 10:43 AM: Welcome Back from Networking  

Christine Perez, Editor at D CEO 

10:43 AM – 10:53 AM: Unlocking Hidden Talent: The Business of Second Chance Hiring  

Doug Deason, President at Deason Foundation and Deason Capital Services, LLC 

10:55 AM – 11:30 AM: Panel Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here? DEI in an Evolving Landscape 

Moderator – Gillea Allison, President at D Magazine Partners 

Cece Cox, CEO at Resource Center 

Sharon E. Jones, Partner and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Haynes and Boone 

Cedric Rockamore, Chief Diversity Officer at American Airlines 

11:32 AM – 11:50 AM: A Conversation with Mandy Price 

Noelle LeVeaux, Publisher at D Magazine Partners 

Mandy Price, Co-founder and CEO at Kanarys 

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM: Closing Remarks  

Noelle LeVeaux, Publisher at D Magazine Partners 


Tickets are $165 per person and include all event programming, breakfast, opportunity to engage with speakers and other participants, an advance list of attendees, a two-year subscription to D CEO and a one-year subscription to D Magazine ($128 total value), access to post-symposium recordings, and a sponsor gift bag.   

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