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Ed Wehmer


Nichelle Grant


Natasha Miller Williams


Heather Sheldon


Daniel L. (D.L.) Morriss

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Seth Green

Loyola University Chicago

Corey Flournoy


Teri Arvesu

Univision Chicago

Khalilah Lyons

Discover Financial Services

Andrea Wood

Best Buy

Chad Nico Hiu

YMCA of the USA

Janine Yancey


Adam Weber


Michael Ganeles


Jamie Schneiderman

Career Spark

Mina Morris


Willie Jackson


Chuck Adams




08:30 AM - 09:10 AM


09:10 AM - 09:15 AM

Main Room Opening Remarks

09:15 AM - 09:40 AM

Main Room Fireside Chat

Ed Wehmer, Wintrust, founder and chief executive officer

Interviewer: Seth Green, Loyola University Chicago, founding director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Main Room Keynote

Mina Morris, Aon Assessment Solutions, associate partner

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

Coffee Break

10:25 AM - 11:05 AM

Main Room Panel: Getting Bias Out of Our Systems

In real-life workplaces, the stories we tell, and the images we create, diversity has become the new watchword. But real inclusivity goes further, not only in attracting diverse people but also casting them in roles that go beyond the usual stereotypes. What are the insights and practices that will bring progress?


Michael Ganeles, DDI, practice leader, healthcare
Chuck Adams, LCW, managing principal
Natasha Miller Williams, Ferrara, head of diversity & inclusion
Khalilah Lyons, Discover Financial Services, diversity & inclusion leader

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM

Main Room Panel: Apprenticeship, a New Model for Creating Opportunity:

How the Chicago Apprenticeship Network has developed a new playbook to help companies address skills and training gaps to provide under-represented groups access to jobs. Co-created by Accenture and Aon, the network addresses employer barriers in launching apprenticeships and other types of work-based learning models in high-demand industries and occupations.

Panelists and moderators:

Michael Chiappetta, Accenture, director of Midwestern regional operations
Daniel Serota, Aon, manager of public affairs
Participants and graduates of the apprenticeship program

11:40 AM - 12:05 PM

Coffee Break

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

Breakout: Build and Retain Engaged Teams: The Key to Unlocking Maximum Productivity

Retaining your top talent is paramount for growing your organization and reaching those yearly targets. Join Emplify Chief People Officer and Co-founder, Adam Weber, to:

Learn proven methods and best practices for retaining team members.
Understand what actually motivates your employees and how to foster that within your culture.

Learn the simple, actionable process you can immediately implement in your organization for optimum employee engagement.
Hear real-life examples and success stories from companies implementing these strategies for unprecedented business results.

Session Leader:
Adam Weber, Emplify, CPO and co-founder

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

Breakout: Achievers

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

Breakout: Career Spark

Session Leader:
Jamie Schneiderman, Career Spark, founder & CEO

12:50 PM - 01:45 AM


01:45 PM - 02:30 PM

Breakout: Emtrain

Session Leader:
Janine Yancey, Emtrain, founder and CEO

01:45 PM - 02:30 PM

Breakout: Blueboard

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Main Room Panel: Is Your Workplace Emotionally Healthy?

Employers need to recognize that health care for the mind is just as important as promoting physical well-being–and closely connected to it. In an era of rising stress on the job, as well as work-family strains, what can companies do to foster a supportive work environment, remove stigmas surrounding mental health, and provide innovative wellness programs?

Nikki Massey, Hyatt Hotels, VP human resources
Corey Flournoy, Groupon, global head of inclusion and diversity
Chad Nico Hiu, YMCA of the USA, director of diversity & inclusion

02:30 PM - 02:50 PM

Coffee Break

03:30 PM - 04:10 PM

Main Room She Leads: Fresh Ways to Support Women in Business

What can be done to support the rise of women as leaders in the American economy? Despite notable breakthroughs by many women, the social and structural impediments are stubborn. How can more capital and other resources be made available to female founders? What do women need from Corporate America to keep their careers on track as far as they aim to go?

Heather Sheldon, Blackbaud, sales executive
Nichelle Grant, Siemens, head of diversity, equity & inclusion
Daniel Morriss, Hinshaw & Culbertson, diversity & inclusion partner
Teri Arvesu, Univision Communications Inc., vice president of content and news

04:15 PM - 05:00 PM

Main Room Workshop: New ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality

The ReadySet Ally Skills workshop positions people of color and their allies to successfully undertake allyship at work and beyond. By illustrating the stakes of allyship in tech and industries—as well as practical tools that can be used to achieve it—this training provides an optimal way to foster healthy workplaces for the growing number of womxn, queer, and transgender people of color in tech.

Through a combination of learning and development, small and large group discussions, and skill acquisition sessions, this workshop will provide new ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality. The training provides concrete, actionable tools to empower employees and leaders to advocate for themselves and others.

Willie Jackson, ReadySet, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant

05:00 PM - 05:05 PM

Main Room Closing Remarks

05:05 PM - 06:05 PM

Closing Reception


The event will take place at Venue SIX10, with panoramic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.