16th Annual National Business
Leaders Conference
& Awards Gala

Out with the old, in with the new

September 20-22, 2022

Pricing: Starts at $695

Who Should Attend

  • Business leaders at director level and above
  • Diversity leaders and practitioners
  • HR leaders and practitioners
  • Leadership and learning development practitioners
  • ERG Leaders and Senior Managers
  • Entrepreneurs in professional services
  • Students in graduate and undergraduate business and marketing programs

What You’ll Learn

Share the insights of thought leaders, executives, and other practitioners to help you define and develop new approaches to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and celebrate the success of our 50 Out Front Companies & Top 100 Under 50 Leaders.

3 Amazing Days Featuring

  • (New!) Pre-Conference: Participate in abridged versions of our popular DEI trainings designed to keep your knowledge up to date.
  • Publisher’s Summit: Authors sharing the latest DEI research and forward-thinking approaches.
  • BIDTalks: TED Talk style presentations from industry leaders on their DEI challenges and solutions.
  • Networking: Time and tools to help you connect with other high-performing professionals.
  • CEO Fireside Chats: Listen in on candid discussions with leading CEOs about their perspectives on DEI and emerging talent trends.
  • Plenary Sessions: Grounded, thoughtful roundtable discussions on emerging and long-standing issues in DEI.
  • Awards Ceremony: Honoring the winners of the 2022 50 Out Front Best Places to Work & the 2022 Top 100 Under 50 Leaders.


Eugene Woods

President & CEO
Atrium Health

Honorable Lori Lightfoot

City of Chicago

Miriam Lewis

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Principal Financial Group

Pam McElvane

CEO & Author
Diversity Learning Solutions

Ada Okafor

General Counsel & Chief Diversity Equity Officer
American Board of Surgery

Agnes Sokolowska

Wealth Relationship Manager

AJ Jorgenson

VP, Strategic Engagement & Inclusion
The Manufacturing Institute

Alejandra Gonzalez

Associate Director
Connecting D&I

Ana Garcia-Ashley

Executive Director
Gamaliel Foundation

Andres Gonzalez

Vice President, Community Engagement & Chief Diversity Officer
Froedtert Health & Medical Center

Anita Gonzalez-Scott

Chief Client Engagement Officer
Diversity MBA Media & Diversity Learning Solutions

Carmiña Santamaria

Founder & CEO
Shanti – Safer Routes

Cheryl Harris

Chief Procurement Officer

Dan Holly

SVP, Publishing & Executive Editor

David Bubas

Senior Director for Engagement and Inclusion

Deepa Agarwal

Author, DEI & Mental Health Consultant
Re-Link Consulting

Rev. Dr. De Neice Welch

National Consultant Ntosake

Ebony Travis

Director, Global HR & EEO Program Policy, Programs and Audit
Boston Scientific

Ed Kopko

Bold Business

Eugene Kelly

VP Global Diversity & Inclusion
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Fernando Little

Vice President & Enterprise-Wide Chief Diversity Officer
Atrium Health

Gina Coleman

Chief Diversity Officer

Germaine Hunter

Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Head of Talent Acquisition
Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Gus Rojo

Head of Talent & DEI
Bold Business

Hanna Naima McCloskey

Fearless Futures

Iliana Levy

Wealth Group Executive

Irvine Sloan

Social Impact Strategy Leader
Duke Energy

Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Jeanette Kilo Smith

VP, Head of DIEB
Zurich North America

John Ham

Vice President, Center for Professional Services
National Institute of Minority Economic Development

Kimberly Alula

SVP, MMG, Merchandising
Fanatics Commerce

Kristin Coleman

DEI Executive Director, Head of Employee Engagement for Advancing Hispanics & Latinos
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Laurie Benson

LSB Unlimited

Michelle Ochs

Founder and Creative Director

Molly Mangan

SVP, Sales
Echo Logistics

Monica Pool Knox

Chief People Officer & Board Director
Former Twitter, Microsoft

Nadine Vogel

Springboard Consulting

Natalie Buford - Young

Springboard Enterprises

Neddy Perez

Vice President, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
McCormick & Co

Nichelle Rachal

Senior Manager, Community Relations
Clorox Company

Dr. Oyinkansola Okubanjo

Residency Director of Social Stimulation and Projects
Advocate Christ

Peggy Harris

Regional Chief Diversity Officer
Atrium Health

Reginald J. Miller

Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Rob Mueller

RIM Logistics

Sharmila Fowler

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Echo Global Logistics

Sheila Serafin

VP Global Sales
RIM Logistics

Smita Pillai

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Soniya Sheth

VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dr. Suri Surinder

CEO CTR Factor & Chief Learning Officer
Diversity Learning Solutions

TaVashane Brown

Managing and Digital Editor & Director, Learning and Curriculum Design
Diversity MBA Media

Dr. Ty Richardson

Business Strategist & Serial Entrepreneur

Publishing Summit Authors

Keynote - Dr. Ella Bell Smith

Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity

Keynote - ‪Dr. Stella Nkomo‬

Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity

Adam Jonathan Kaat

Book: Life On The Grocery Line

Amri Johnson

Author of Reconstructing Inclusion: Making Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Accessible, Actionable, and Sustainable.”

Bert Thornton

High – Impact Mentoring: A Practical Guide to Creating Value in Other People’s Lives.

Christopher "CJ" Gross

Book: What’s Your Zip Code: Understanding Class Bias

Gloria Feldt

Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics, and How Women Will Take The Lead for (Everyone’s) Good

Jesmane Boggenpoel

Book: My Blood Divides & Unites

Dr. Mary Donohue

Book: Message Received

Pam McElvane

SkiNy on Diversity Recruiting

Dr. Sherry Hartnett

Co Author – High – Impact Mentoring: A Practical Guide to Creating Value in Other People’s Lives.

Dr. Shirley Davis

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion For Dummies


All session times are in Central Standard Time

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Pre-conference: Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Day 1: Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

Day 2: Thursday, September 22 nd , 2022