JUNE 9-10, 2022

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
ALBERT H. ANDERSON CENTER

SESSIONS AND SEMINARS

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022

Black Business Ink 40 Under 40
Most Influential African Americans in the Triad

6:30 p.m. WSSU ANDERSON CENTER MCNEIL BALLROOM

The 2022 State of Black North Carolina Conference kicks off by honoring the Black Business Ink 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans In The Triad.

These 40 honorees – 20 each from Forsyth and Guilford counties – are being honored because of their passion for greatness, tenacity to persevere, and their humanity toward humankind.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2022

DEI Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. WSSU ANDERSON CENTER MCNEIL BALLROOM

This presentation will examine the effects of demographic changes on the workplace; the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects the socially and economically disadvantaged; and business demography and workforce diversity issues.

CEO Leadership Roundtable

10 – 11:45 a.m. WSSU ANDERSON CENTER DILLARD AUDITORIUM

It states on the homepage of the Executive Leadership Council that “when diversity leads, corporate America and global enterprises succeed. This belief is in part based on research that shows that diverse and well-managed teams yield better results.” This roundtable discussion of three uber-successful African American corporate leaders will discuss how they’re are able to balance ROI, market share, Wall Street interests – all the while embracing concepts of social responsibility and inclusiveness for all employees within their organization.

PRESENTERS:

  • Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Managing Partner & COO, AHK Global Resources
  • Tunde Sotunde, President & CEO, BCBS NC
  • Richard L. Williams, Chairman & CEO, Black Business Media, LLC

Fireside Chat Luncheon with Nonprofit Leaders

12 – 1:15 p.m. WSSU ANDERSON CENTER MCNEIL BALLROOM

A panel of nonprofit leaders will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion challenges that are unique to the nonprofit sector and how they’re navigating these challenges to bring about sustainable change.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2022, continued

Chief Diversity Officers: Who They Are, What They Do, Why They’re Vital

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. WSSU ANDERSON CENTER DILLARD AUDITORIUM

Although it took the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer and a summer of social unrest and demonstrations, the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion finally made its way onto the agenda in corporate boardrooms. Corporate America’s renewed emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, following a push for social change, manifested in the unparalleled appointments of chief diversity officers. This panel discussion will explore how these positions are initiating meaningful intra-office and inner-office collaborations to affect cultural change in workplace environments that are inclusive of all people.

PRESENTERS:

  • Kiva Elliott, Founder & CEO, RIOTT For Change
  • Tammie Hall, Executive Director, Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses, N.C. DOA

Supplier Diversity: What It Means, Why It’s Key

3 – 4:15 p.m. WSSU ANDERSON CENTER DILLARD AUDITORIUM

Research shows that when companies increase their spending with diverse vendors, they see an increase in market share. So, increasing supplier diversity is not only the right thing to do for your bottom line. It’s the right thing to do from a social responsibility perspective. These are some of the reasons companies should make inclusive supply chain a priority – for a better, more equitable world and to be a competitive leader in the marketplace. This panel of supplier diversity managers will address social responsibility and its intersection with diverse spending, market share, and ROI – and what each means to local economies and communities.

PRESENTERS:

  • Wanda Allen-Abraha, Director of Human Resources/DEI, City of Winston-Salem
  • Dominique Milton, President & Chief Engagement Officer, CVMSDC
  • Allan Younger, Senior Program Director, NC IDEA

Executive Networking Reception and Social

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. WSSU ALBERT H. ANDERSON CENTER

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