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July Monthly Meeting - Creating a Diverse, Safe and Inclusive Workplace (virtual)
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Creating a Diverse, Safe, and Inclusive Workplace

 Export to Your Calendar 7/21/2020
When: Tuesday, July 21st
8:30am - 10:30am
Where: online webinar via Zoom
United States

Online registration is available until: 7/21/2020
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 July 2020 Monthly Meeting: Creating a Diverse, Safe and Inclusion Workplace

Meeting is via online Zoom webinar: cost is $10 for attendees

This meeting has been approved for 1 hour of General credit with HRCI and SHRM.


Program Information:
In this pivotal time, we all have to find ways to ensure we are working to build a future based on justice, respect, understanding and care for one another. You’ve learned the impacts on recruiting and retention of creating an equitable and inclusive work culture.  But what now?  What best practices should you implement to ensure your company is able to expand recruiting efforts to include top talent from diverse groups?  How do you build a workplace where everyone feels valued?  How do you communicate to your leadership that these environments strengthen innovation and increase profitability for the business?

In this presentation/panel discussion, DE&I leaders from our community will share their best practices, discuss key learnings and give you an inside look at the roadmaps they’ve built to ensure success for top employers in this space.


About Our Speakers:
Demetris Cheatham, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Red Hat

Demetris has served in Chief of Staff, Director or related roles in the tech, consulting, finance, nonprofit and government industries and is a trusted advisor to CEOs, C-suite executives, executive directors and top elected officials.  Recognized as a Top 40 under 40 by the Triangle Business Journal, she currently serves as Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Red Hat where she leads the development of goals, strategies and performance measures, ensuring that Red Hat successfully exceeds its commitment to creating a world-class diverse and inclusive talent for its associates world-wide. Demetris serves as the subject matter expert on the design and implementation of strategic efforts in recruiting, managing and rewarding talent at the organization. 


Aleyah Pryor-Pankey, System Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UNC Health Care

Aleyah is the System Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for UNC Health Care, where her efforts have produced a recognition to UNC Hospitals as a nationwide leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equity, scoring 100 out of 100 in the HEI survey.  With focus previously surrounding EEO charge responses, ADA accommodations, Employment Law, Diversity & Inclusion, Affirmative Action, Mediation, Unlawful Harassment investigations, and Employee Relations, Aleyah has produced diverse and longstanding career for the healthcare system.


Jackie Ferguson, Director of Multicultural Programming, Walk West & Head of Content, The Diversity Movement

Jackie is Director of Multicultural Programming at Walk West and Head of Content and Programming at The Diversity Movement where she leads cross-functional teams, 

develops course content, conducts onsite diversity training, and ensures business process optimization.  She’s a Certified Diversity Executive and a member of the National Diversity Council where her thought leadership contributes to the organization’s insights and mission. Jackie has been volunteering for equality organizations since the 1990s and supports STEM programs, including Black Girls Code.

Kurt Merriweather, VP of Strategy and Transformation, Walk West and Head of Products and Partnerships, The Diversity Movement

Kurt is VP of Strategy and Transformation at Walk West and Head of Products and Partnerships at The Diversity Movement.  Kurt defines client business objectives and marketing execution necessary to drive business growth into new areas including fractional marketing, diversity and inclusion, and multicultural marketing.  With over 20 years of experience, Kurt has worked for global brands like Discovery, AOL, and Procter & Gamble. While pursuing a degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University, Kurt served as chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers. He then went on to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned an MBA focused on strategy, marketing and entrepreneurship, and was the co-president of the Black Business Students Association, which supports the academic, personal, and professional development of its members. 

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