BELONGING AT WORK SUMMIT

THE 2021 SUMMIT IS NOW OVER.

REGISTER NOW to receive FREE access to one of this year's most popular sessions and the accompanying workbook. Plus, you'll be the first to hear about 2022's summit.

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BUILD BELONGING AT WORK

We are living in a world of great change. With it comes an enormous opportunity to depart from the status quo and build a better world.

 

Our workplaces are not immune. Those of us leading diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work know this all too well.

 

While others in positions of power can no longer ignore the systemic workplace inequities that have historically harmed our most vulnerable staff.

 

Yes, statements were made condemning racial violence and transphobic legislation. Yes, resources were allocated for mental health services during the Pandemic. Yet, staff want more action, more healing, and more change…faster.

 

Experienced DEI leaders know that change is a process that moves at the speed of trust, while leaders newer to this work want “quick wins,” to resolve some of the thorniest challenges we face:

  • How do we repair from harm at the interpersonal and organizational level?
  • How do we build bridges across culture differences?
  • What are ways to use our power and privilege to advance our DEI goals?
  • How do we confront systems of oppression like white supremacy culture?
  • How do we provide community care for our colleagues leading DEI work?

If you find yourself grappling with these questions or experiencing this tension with executive teams just getting started with this work, then join our 2021 Belonging Summit.

 

There, you will connect with other inclusive leaders, visionaries, & DEI change makers, and learn from some of today’s leading social justice advocates and DEI practitioners ready to help you create healing change at work.

 

Together, we will grow the #BelongingMovement, and enhance our knowledge, skills, and confidence to imagine and then build belonging at work.

2021 FEATURED SPEAKERS

The 3rd Annual Belonging at Work Summit amplifies the wisdom and expertise from some of today's leading social justice advocates and DEI practitioners.

These
experienced leaders know what it takes to build a greater sense of safety, trust, and belonging for those of us least likely to experience it at work.

We are thrilled to introduce you to these thought leaders, and our
#BelongingCommunity!

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ANTHONY VELIZ

Pronouns: He/Him/El

President - IZO Public Relations and Marketing

Theme: Repair Work & Rebuilding Trust

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CHERYL YI MEI LEONG, MA, MFT

Pronouns: she/her, they/them

Leading with Consciousness

Theme: Repair Work & Rebuilding Trust

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JAMISON GREEN, PhD

Pronouns: he/him

Transgender Strategies Consulting, LLC

Theme: Power, Privilege & Equity

Joshua Barr headshot - Black man looking off into the distance, hands on hips like a hero, in a suit with a red tie

JOSHUA V. BARR

Pronouns: he/him

Chief Strategist, Raising the Barr, LLC

Theme: Engaging in Civil Discourse - Connecting Across Differences

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JUSTIN W.S. FORD, MA

Pronouns: he/him

Deloitte

Theme: Power, Privilege & Equity

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KAD SMITH

Pronouns: he/him

Founder, Twelve26 Solutions, LLC

Theme: Confronting White Supremacy Culture & Building Anti-Racist Organizations

KAI CHENG THOM, MSc

Pronouns: she/her

Arise Embodiment Coaching and Consulting

Theme: Repair Work & Rebuilding Trust

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LETICIA NIETO, Psy.D., LMFT, TEP

Pronouns: she/her

Cuetzpalin

Theme: Confronting White Supremacy Culture & Building Anti-Racist Organizations

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LISA WATSON

Pronouns: she/her

Executive Director, American Leadership Forum of Oregon

Theme: Power, Privilege & Equity

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B. MCKENSIE MACK

Pronouns: they/them

Managing Director & Founder of the McKensie Mack Group

Theme: Confronting White Supremacy Culture & Building Anti-Racist Organizations

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NENE MOLEFI, MA

Pronouns: she/her

CEO Mandate Molefi Consultants

Theme: Engaging in Civil Discourse - Connecting Across Differences

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DR. PATRICIA OMIDIAN

Pronouns: she/her

Co-Director, Focusing Initiatives International

Theme: Creating a DEI Care Movement

DR. ROBYN HENDERSON-ESPINOZA, PhD

Pronouns: they/them

Founder, Activist Theology Project

Theme: Engaging in Civil Discourse - Connecting Across Differences

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SAGE HAYES, SEP

Pronouns: she/he/they

Embodied Liberation

Theme: Creating a DEI Care Movement

REGISTER NOW to receive FREE access to one of this year's most popular sessions and the accompanying workbook. Plus, you'll be the first to hear about 2022's summit.

In California or the European Union? You MUST agree to the newsletter in order for us to email your access.


LIVE WORKSHOP - TUESDAY JULY 13TH @ 3PM PACIFIC

Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Anchored Within

This workshop investigates what it means to be a white DEI practitioner, and if you’re a BIPOC DEI practitioner, it explores how your work may be impacted by your white colleagues. Your summit registration includes an invitation to join us for this live interactive experience on Day 2 of the summit.

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BRAD FORTIER, MA

Pronouns: he/him

Principal - Fortier Creative Consulting

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RIIKKA SALONEN, MA

Pronouns: she/hers

System Director of External Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, PeaceHealth​

“I was so impressed by last year's Belonging at Work Summit. Not only was the content relevant, eye-opening, and engaging, the format which allowed for both on-demand viewing as well as live opportunities to engage and the thorough and thoughtful communication around the event really elevated the experience and made the Belonging at Work Summit stand out among other conferences I have attended. I can't wait for this year's summit! Thank you!”

TONI SHOOLA

Director of Operations, ARC

WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

"This was the best diversity event I have ever attended, including a major corporate diversity summit that my company put on that was previously top of my list. From the FB discussion group and guided conversation/questions, to the workbooks provided to capture key points and learnings, to the incredible speakers and Rhodes' insightful moderation/interview questions, this was top notch. The Summit was well organized, well designed, well executed, and highly informative and engaging. I learned so much not only from the speakers, but also from Rhodes. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend and look forward to the ongoing discussion with this year's Belonging at Work cohort. Thank you, Rhodes!"

N. HULTEN

DEI Champion, Seattle, Washington

SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Day 1: Monday, July 12

B. MCKENSIE MACK

Build capacity – not codependency – to advance your anti-racism commitments.

THEME: Confronting White Supremacy Culture & Building Anti-Racist Organizations

DR. ROBYN HENDERSON-ESPINOZA, PhD

Learn how to build bridges across cultural differences.

THEME: Engaging in Civil Discourse - Connecting Across Differences

SAGE HAYES, SEP

Recognize why creating a DEI community care movement is essential.

THEME: Creating a DEI Care Movement

Day 2: Tuesday, July 13

JAMISON GREEN, PhD

Explore what healthy masculinities look like in action...at work.

THEME: Power, Privilege & Equity

LETICIA NIETO, Psy.D., LMFT, TEP

Develop your personal inclusive leadership skills to liberate everyone.

THEME: Confronting White Supremacy Culture & Building Anti-Racist Organizations

ANTHONY VELIZ

Shift DEI goals from “all are welcome,” to “we intentionally thought of you.”

THEME: Repair Work & Rebuilding Trust

Day 3: Wednesday, July 14

CHERYL YI MEI LEONG, MA, MFT

Prepare for “not if,” but “when” your good intentions cause a harmful impact. 

THEME: Repair Work & Rebuilding Trust

LISA WATSON

Examine what it means to serve as a possibility model and why it matters.

THEME: Power, Privilege & Equity

KAD SMITH

Identify the core traits of white supremacy culture and learn how to confront them.

THEME: Confronting White Supremacy Culture & Building Anti-Racist Organizations

Day 4: Thursday, July 15

KAI CHENG THOM, MSc

Learn everyday actions you can take when you unintentionally harm another person.

THEME: Repair Work & Rebuilding Trust

NENE MOLEFI, MA

Gain skills on how to foster meaningful dialogue across cultural differences.

THEME: Engaging in Civil Discourse - Connecting Across Differences

JUSTIN W.S. FORD, MA

Explore how to use your relative power and privilege to advance your DEI goals.

THEME: Power, Privilege & Equity

Day 5: Friday, July 16

JOSHUA V. BARR

Break bread and build bridges with this Emmy-Award winning DEI leader.

THEME: Engaging in Civil Discourse - Connecting Across Differences

DR. PATRICIA OMIDIAN

Review strategies on how to access community care for DEI practitioners.

THEME: Creating a DEI Care Movement

EMMY-AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: 

Breaking Bread, Building Bridges

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Building belonging at work begins with making work accessible. In that spirit, all of the Summit talks have closed captions. The video speed can be slowed down or sped up, if that helps with comprehension. We are also adding written descriptions to all Facebook images in the Facebook group and using alt-text tags on webpages images for those folks who use screen readers. Finally, transcripts are available for purchase in the Leader and Champion extended access packages, but if a transcript is needed for accessibility reasons, just let us know by replying to your confirmation email after you register.

TAKE THE NEXT STEPS

Register for FREE

During the week of the conference, you'll receive a daily email with your access to that day's talks plus a free workbook to help you reflect, imagine, & grow.

Join the Community

Conference attendees will have exclusive access to our private Facebook group. There will be daily questions, idea sharing, & dreaming big as we imagine how to build belonging at work.​

Spread the Word

Invite your colleagues, your friends, & anyone else who you think would benefit from this experience. Discuss the talks with the people who can help you have a bigger impact.

REGISTER NOW to receive FREE access to one of this year's most popular sessions and the accompanying workbook. Plus, you'll be the first to hear about 2022's summit.

"This was simply FANTASTIC! I cannot believe the wealth of information that was available to all of us attendees. As someone who is just 10 months into their post-grad career, I cannot get over what a valuable learning experience this was for me. The takeaways from this summit will stay with me for as long as I exist among other human beings."

EDEN S.

Workforce Development Specialist, Pittsburgh, PA

WHY THIS SUMMIT?

We had you in mind when we launched our first Belonging at Work Online Summit in 2019. Since that time, our goals remain the same: 

 

  1. Create an accessible learning experience where you & other leaders, visionaries, and change agents can come together to network and build a community care movement, no matter your geographic location.
     
  2. Gain new knowledge, skills, and confidence required to build belonging at work where each person on your team can show up as authentically as they want, and feels empowered to contribute to the organization's success. 
     
  3. Grow the #BelongingMovement where more inclusive leaders just like you commit to taking the everyday actions required to build more safety, trust, and belonging at work.

Over five days, you will connect with dozens of inspiring social justice advocates and DEI thought leaders who will generously share their wisdom and expertise. 

 

Together, our community will gain a better sense of what it means to belong in the workplace, why it matters for the future of work, and everyday actions we can take to make sustainable and impactful changes. 

 

You will directly engage with the Summit content through interviews, live discussions, and and a closed FaceBook community empowering you to grow the #BelongingMovement.

After the summit, you will leave refreshed and ready to build belonging at work!

"This was a transformative experience and one that I am extremely grateful to have attended. I look forward to next year and to learning from the people I was able to connect with in the meantime."

M. ELLIS

Diversity Workforce Development Manager, Pittsburgh, PA

MEET THE HOST

RHODES PERRY

Thanks for joining the Belonging at Work Summit! I created this event because I envision a world where everyone on the job can say with confidence, "I can be as authentic as I want at work, my work matters, and it helps my organization succeed." In other words, I want to help leaders like you build belonging.

 

I love helping leaders, visionaries, and change agents build more safety, more trust, and more belonging at work for those of us who experience exclusion and other. Tragically, even in the movement we are building together, I encounter leaders on the verge of giving up on their DEI commitments.

 

That's why I spent the past two decades working in-and-with many organizations researching, testing, and changing promising practices that lead to more employees feeling a sense of "belonging" at work. What I have learned along the way is now enshrined in my best-selling book, Belonging at Work, and my upcoming book, Imagine Belonging. 

 

This Summit brings together what I've discovered during my 20-year journey in the diversity, equity and inclusion field, complimented with cutting-edge ideas from fellow thought leaders from around the country. 

 

I’m excited to go on this learning journey with you. Together let's grow the #BelongingMovement!

WE THANK OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

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Tracy Hill of HR for HR
Mary-Frances Winters of The Winters Group
Laurie Battaglia of Aligned at Work
Nadi Fantastic of Just Roots Consulting
Bernadette Smith of Equality Institute

Toni Shoola of DIRC Conference
Tammi Wallace of Houston LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Nkem Ndefo of Lumos Transforms
Arshiya Malik of Aleria Tech
Jenn Grace of Publish Your Purpose Press

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are a few answers to your most common questions


1. HOW IT WORKS FAQs


  • i. Is this REALLY free?

    YES! As long as you register prior to July 12th, you'll have free access to all of of our incredible Summit talks. 

  • ii. How do I access the Summit?

    Each morning, from July 12 - 16th, you'll receive an email with a link to that day's Summit talks. There are usually 3 talks per day, and they are available for you to watch and re-watch for 24 hours. For each new day of the Summit, you'll receive a new email with a new access link to watch that day's talks. You'll also receive a free workbook each day of the Summit to help you process all of your feelings and bring the learning into your own life & workplace.

2. WHO IS THIS FOR FAQs


  • i. Is this for me?

    If you're a leader of any kind, whether formally or not, this Summit was created with you in mind. This is for CEOs, Executive Teams, DEI Practitioners, Human Resources Directors, Employee Resource Group Members, Managers & Supervisors, and anyone else looking to imagine and then build belonging at work.

  • ii. Should I attend if my leadership team is resistant to change?

    Absolutely. Not only will you learn from a wide range of experts on ways to inspire change on your team, but you'll also find a community of like-minded professionals who are asking big questions about how to influence and usher in positive, transformative change. Whether you have the entire organization supporting you or you're on your own, you'll find something that fits your unique circumstances at this event.

3. EXTENDED ACCESS FAQs


  • i. What if I won't have time to see all the talks?

    Great news! That's why we also have an option to invest in extended access to the Summit. While it is free to attend live from July 12-16th, you can also choose from a variety of extended access options that mean not only more time with all of the talks but some awesome bonuses, too! There's even group access available if you'd like your entire team to move through the material together, which is great for Executive Teams, DEI Councils, and ERG Networks. 

  • ii. If I buy an extended access pass, will the talks be immediately available?

    No. The Summit materials will be made available the day after the Summit is over on Saturday, July 17th. This ensures those of us attending the Summit have a shared experience with dedicated discussions during each day's session. 

4. FACEBOOK GROUP FAQs


  • i. I don't have a Facebook account. How can I connect with others at the Summit?

    We recommend creating a temporary Facebook profile so that you can participate in the group during the Summit. We'll be having live discussions, sharing resources, and even interacting with some of the speakers. It's the community element of the Summit and we highly encourage you to join us, even if it's just for the week of the Summit.

  • ii. Will anyone see what I share in the Facebook group?

    Our Facebook group is private, which means only members can see what's posted. That said, your colleagues and leadership team may be in the Facebook group. If you're looking for more intimate community where you can find support around tough issues and big questions, you may want to invest in an extended access pass which comes with access to the Belonging Membership Community.

JOIN US AS WE EXPLORE HOW TO IMAGINE & BUILD 

BELONGING AT WORK

A FREE online diversity, equity, & inclusion conference.

REGISTER NOW to receive FREE access to one of this year's most popular sessions and the accompanying workbook. Plus, you'll be the first to hear about 2022's summit.

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