Intersectionality; An Inclusivity Imperative

The Illinois Diversity Council brings you its 3rd annual LGBTQ+ Roundtable aimed at promoting education and a deeper understanding of the importance of inclusivity in the workplace. While the members of the LGBTQ+ community’s diversity is varied, they often encounter shared experiences and external pressure to mask elements of their sexual and or gender identities. As this past year of vast change has allowed the business world at large to more openly discuss holistic well-being, including mental health, there is also an imperative to dive into a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the LGBTQ+ community thriving. When corporate culture is intentional in creating inclusivity, it also creates a sense of belonging, where all are welcomed, valued, heard, and supported. This half-day roundtable is dedicated to four distinct but synced perspectives and learning deliverables; Corporate Responsibility, Intersectionality, LGBTQ+ Voices and Amplifying Allyship. The event is designed to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community to express “Our Identity, Our Voice and Our Stories”. Alongside, these individuals are DEI allies, corporate leaders and business resource group members listening and learning to expand their knowledge on techniques and best practices to maximize equity within the workplace. Throughout the afternoon attendees will gain a deeper understanding of inclusive language, how it differs depending on one’s background, optimizing allyship, legal compliance as well as examples of how successes and opportunities in these areas impact the inclusivity imperative of embracing intersectionality. Join us to gain more knowledge capabilities and amplified advocacy to do more!

For questions or comments, please contact Cherie Coleman at [email protected]

Chicago, Illinois

Erma BreAnn

Erma BreAnn

Founder/CEO
The FemmeBoi

Zara Espinoza

Zara Espinoza

Chicago Leadership Team
Out in Tech

Tiffany Favers, MSW

Tiffany Favers, MSW

Social Worker
Alzheimer’s Association

Jamie Frazier

Jamie Frazier

Lead Pastor & Executive Director
Lighthouse Church UCC

Jesse Gutierrez

Jesse Gutierrez

Employee Resource Group Manager - Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
Upwork

Stan Kimer

Stan Kimer

President and Owner
Total Engagement Consulting

David Sanchez-Aguilera

David Sanchez-Aguilera

Human Resources Coordinator
PuzzleHR

Jes Scheinpflug

Jes Scheinpflug

Co-founder and Director of Operations
Praxis Group

Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith

CEO
Equality Institute

Sophie Todd

Sophie Todd

Delivery Lead
EX3 Labs

Adam Wisniewski

Adam Wisniewski

CEO
EX3 Labs

John Wooster

John Wooster

Head of Talent Management
HALO

Agenda

12:00 – 12:15 Welcome & Run of Show
12:15 – 1:15 pm Session 1: Expanding Allyship & Understanding through Gamified Experience EX3 Labs
1:15 - 2:15 pm Session 2: Intersectionality: Understanding Race, Privilege & Identity
Panel Discussion
2:15 – 2:30 Intermission
2:30 – 3:30 pm Session 3: LGBTQ+: Our Identity, Our Voices, & Our Stories
Panel Discussion
3:30 – 4:30 pm Session 4: Corporate Responsibility to the LGBTQIA+ Workforce
Keynote by Stan Kimer
4:30 – 5:00 pm Reflections, Next Steps & Adjourn

Sessions


Session I

Expanding Allyship & Understanding through Gamified Experience
At their core, ILDC events are created with the goal of offering personal and professional growth to our members, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through interaction with those around you. This session hosted by EX3 Labs will provide the opportunity to have deeper discussions surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and learn alongside your co-attendees about how to improve your allyship through gamified interaction. The ILDC is diligent in fostering an open and understanding community, and this experience is a hands-on opportunity to expand your horizons. Come to this session ready to learn, open up your heart and mind, and leave this hour feeling a more profound and personalized understanding of how to stand up for and offer support to the LGBTQ+ community.

Session II

Intersectionality: Understanding Race, Privilege & Identity
Intersectionality as a concept has been rapidly adopted in recent years as a tool for leveraging more equitable outcomes in corporations. This panel will explore the concept of intersectionality in greater depth and explore how an analysis of race, class and other formulations of difference are important to understanding intra-group complexities in the LGBTQ+ community. Understanding and celebrating differences is key to creating a more equitable workplace, and this panel is designed to push the boundaries of your current knowledge on what it means to be a part of and support this vast community. You will leave this session with deeper compassion and admiration for our differences and similarities, and how this can be leveraged to make you a more effective leader.

Session III

LGBTQ+: Our Identity, Our Voices, & Our Stories
This roundtable will give participants an opportunity to connect theoretical concepts to lived experience. We will hear experiences from panelists occupying distinct spheres in the LGBTQ+ community to consider the benefits and challenges of navigating corporate culture and success. The goal with this personal deep dive is to help our attendees understand the similarities and differences people in the LGBTQ+ community face, and how this can have significant impact on their workplace experiences. This panel will be particularly impactful as each of our speakers will give life to their stories of turning adversity into strength. Our speakers will also provide their best-of and worst-of highlights from their own professional experiences, offering you another resource to apply to your current workforce practices.

Session IV

Corporate Responsibility to the LGBTQ+ Workforce
This subject matter expert lead session will provide a how-to guide to expand and improve your company’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community within the workplace. This will include a dive into regulatory changes that have occurred in recent years at the federal and state levels, best practices as they relate to constructing a welcoming and inclusive environment, and solutions to common problems that may arise regarding these topics. Expect to walk away with actionable items that can be implemented in the short and long term, and a better understanding of how to bridge and move forward with cultural, policy, and leadership efforts.

BRONZE SPONSOR

$1250
  • Designated as a Bronze Sponsor of the summit; this designation will be on the event webpage, all pre-event and event online and email promotional material, and printed event materials
  • Professional photographs of event for organizational use
  • Quarter-page ad in the printed event program
  • 2 tickets to the summit

SILVER SPONSOR

$2500
  • Designated as a Silver Sponsor of the summit; this designation will be on the event webpage, all pre-event and event online and email promotional material, and printed event materials
  • Professional photographs of event for organizational use
  • Half-page ad in the printed event program
  • 4 tickets to the summit

GOLD SPONSOR

$5000
  • Designated as an Gold Sponsor of the summit; this designation will be on the event webpage, all pre-event and event online and email promotional material, and printed event materials
  • Gold Sponsor(s) will be included in recognition of 50% event proceeds donation to the Ohio Stem Learning Network
  • Professional photographs of event for organizational use
  • Full-page ad in the printed event program
  • 8 tickets to the summit

PRESENTING SPONSOR

$10000
  • Designated as Presenting Sponsor of the summit; this designation will be on the event webpage, all pre-event and event online and email promotional material, and printed event materials – limited to two co-title organizations
  • Presenting Sponsor(s) will be included in recognition of 50% event proceeds donation to the Ohio Stem Learning Network
  • Presenting Sponsor(s) will be listed on all nametags, table tents, and signage during the event
  • Receive a formal plaque as Presenting Sponsor of the event
  • An opportunity to have a representative from your organization provide remarks to open or close the event (10 minutes)
  • Professional photographs of event for organizational use
  • Two full-page ads in the printed event program
  • 16 tickets to the summit

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