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Houston DiverseCity Summit

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hilton Americas Houston 1600 Lamar Street Houston, TX 77010

Save to Calendar 2022-10-25 08:30:00 2022-10-25 13:30:00 Houston DiverseCity Summit The Greater Houston Partnership proudly presents the Houston DiverseCity Summit, an inspiring one-day convening to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. This gathering of leading professionals will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion as a business imperative and practical ways to advance progress, improve outcomes, and create greater impact.  Join the Houston region's business leaders and Talent and DEI executives who will share actionable insights to help you meet business outcomes and stakeholder expectations. With expected attendance of 400+, the summit features content for companies and organizations of all sizes. The Summit offers an opening plenary, breakout discussions, and a luncheon keynote and panel discussion.  Opening Plenary Derek R. Avery, Ph.D., C.T. Bauer Chair of Inclusive Leadership, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston  Nationally recognized researcher and thought leader will discuss inclusive leadership as a core business discipline Luncheon Keynote Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell USA, Inc.   Co-chair of Partnership Racial Equity Committee Luncheon Panel  Accelerating Progress: Winning Practices to Drive Transformational Impact Presenters in this power-packed conversation will share winning practices to nurture a culture of inclusion and equity and create long-term value and trust.  Mary Miranda, US West DE&I Leader and HR Enablement Leader, EY Marty Rodgers, Market Unit Lead - South Region, Accenture Shibu Varghese, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, MD Anderson Concurrent Breakout Sessions   view full descriptions The Evolution and Future of ERGs: Join Partnership members and a global leader Catalyst to discuss how ERGs will deliver on employee needs, provide a return on investment, and retain business relevance now and in the future.  Connecting DEI and ESG: Why Inaction is Not an Option: How does a strong DEI strategy that includes inclusive growth, human capital management, and supplier diversity support both environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments and a company’s strategic direction? Rethinking Talent Retention and Advancement for Underrepresented Groups: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will present a framework for rethinking support and interventions through a lens of emotional and functional needs rather than demographic needs. A Blueprint for Belonging: How Can We Create Inclusive Culture? This robust discussion will inspire new ideas about where companies should take bolder action to create inclusive culture, develop inclusive leadership skills, and promote inclusive behavior.  Measuring DEI Progress and Sustaining Momentum: This session focuses on the need to adopt systematic approaches to DEI and how organizations build trust and use accountability, transparency, and DEI analytics to make informed decisions on workforce planning, operating models, and more. Breakout session speakers include: Marie-Helene Ben Samoun, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group Shea Bible, Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst  Kimberly Blasingame, Director, Talent Acquisition and DE&I, CenterPoint Energy Arianne D. Dowdell, Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Houston Methodist Hospital Angie Eason, Director, Internal Communications, Houston Region, Comcast Victoria Gutierrez, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sysco Cynthia Hansen, Executive VP and President, Gas Transmission and Midstream; Co-chair Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, Enbridge Yarmon Kennedy, Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO, Corebridge Financial Mitch Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Community Partnerships, Sempra  Tamara Page, Head of Western Hemisphere, Workforce DE&I, bp Stacy Putman, Manager, Advocacy, Leadership & Workforce Development Strategic Technology, INEOS Ingrid Robinson, President, HMSDC Jessica Shaver, Chief People Officer, Port Houston Suzanne Skipper, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group Aisha Washington, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, HPE   Shweta Kurvey-Mishra, VP, Organizational and Talent Development, WM   Sponsorship opportunities are now available for companies interested in supporting the event. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are now available.  Hilton Americas 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX, 77010 Houston.org ghp@houston.org America/Chicago public
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About this Event

The Greater Houston Partnership proudly presents the Houston DiverseCity Summit, an inspiring one-day convening to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. This gathering of leading professionals will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion as a business imperative and practical ways to advance progress, improve outcomes, and create greater impact. 

Join the Houston region's business leaders and Talent and DEI executives who will share actionable insights to help you meet business outcomes and stakeholder expectations. With expected attendance of 400+, the summit features content for companies and organizations of all sizes.

The Summit offers an opening plenary, breakout discussions, and a luncheon keynote and panel discussion. 

Opening Plenary

Derek R. Avery, Ph.D., C.T. Bauer Chair of Inclusive Leadership, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston 

  • Nationally recognized researcher and thought leader will discuss inclusive leadership as a core business discipline

Luncheon Keynote

Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell USA, Inc.  

  • Co-chair of Partnership Racial Equity Committee

Luncheon Panel 

Accelerating Progress: Winning Practices to Drive Transformational Impact

Presenters in this power-packed conversation will share winning practices to nurture a culture of inclusion and equity and create long-term value and trust. 

  • Mary Miranda, US West DE&I Leader and HR Enablement Leader, EY
  • Marty Rodgers, Market Unit Lead - South Region, Accenture
  • Shibu Varghese, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, MD Anderson

Concurrent Breakout Sessions  

view full descriptions

The Evolution and Future of ERGs: Join Partnership members and a global leader Catalyst to discuss how ERGs will deliver on employee needs, provide a return on investment, and retain business relevance now and in the future. 

Connecting DEI and ESG: Why Inaction is Not an Option: How does a strong DEI strategy that includes inclusive growth, human capital management, and supplier diversity support both environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments and a company’s strategic direction?

Rethinking Talent Retention and Advancement for Underrepresented Groups: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will present a framework for rethinking support and interventions through a lens of emotional and functional needs rather than demographic needs.

A Blueprint for Belonging: How Can We Create Inclusive Culture? This robust discussion will inspire new ideas about where companies should take bolder action to create inclusive culture, develop inclusive leadership skills, and promote inclusive behavior. 

Measuring DEI Progress and Sustaining Momentum: This session focuses on the need to adopt systematic approaches to DEI and how organizations build trust and use accountability, transparency, and DEI analytics to make informed decisions on workforce planning, operating models, and more.

Breakout session speakers include:

  • Marie-Helene Ben Samoun, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group
  • Shea Bible, Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst 
  • Kimberly Blasingame, Director, Talent Acquisition and DE&I, CenterPoint Energy
  • Arianne D. Dowdell, Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Angie Eason, Director, Internal Communications, Houston Region, Comcast
  • Victoria Gutierrez, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sysco
  • Cynthia Hansen, Executive VP and President, Gas Transmission and Midstream; Co-chair Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, Enbridge
  • Yarmon Kennedy, Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO, Corebridge Financial
  • Mitch Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Community Partnerships, Sempra 
  • Tamara Page, Head of Western Hemisphere, Workforce DE&I, bp
  • Stacy Putman, Manager, Advocacy, Leadership & Workforce Development Strategic Technology, INEOS
  • Ingrid Robinson, President, HMSDC
  • Jessica Shaver, Chief People Officer, Port Houston
  • Suzanne Skipper, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group
  • Aisha Washington, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, HPE  
  • Shweta Kurvey-Mishra, VP, Organizational and Talent Development, WM

 

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for companies interested in supporting the event. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are now available. 

Tickets

Full Program Individual Admission
Non-Members
$400

Luncheon Only Ticket
Non-Members
$180

Luncheon Table of 10
Non-Members
$2,000

Expo Booth - Includes two tickets to the conference
$500

Have questions?

Contact the Partnership Events Team

events@houston.org

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tleibowitz@houston.org
713-824-2403

Agenda

Full Summit Attendee Registration:
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary & Welcome:
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Summit Break Out Sessions:
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon Attendee Registration, Business Expo & Networking
10:45 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Luncheon Summit Program:
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Attendance

Open to

Members

Non-members

Champion Sponsor

Collaborator Sponsor

Affinity Sponsor

Advocate Sponsors

Catalyst Sponsors

Accenture
BNSF Railway
Boston Consulting Group
bp America, Inc.
Burns & McDonnell, Inc
CenterPoint Energy
Comcast
Houston Methodist
Perry Homes
Prairie View A&M University
San Jacinto College
The Awty International School
TRANSWESTERN
United Airlines

Centerpiece Sponsors

Supporter

Signature Sponsors

Executive Partners