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Thursday, October 21, 2021 Live Webcast

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference (E2110350)

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT


4.0 CPE Credits in PD


This conference will provide awareness about what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) means to a business. Know the business imperative for DEI and understand the difference between inclusion and belonging. Llearn tips to remove workplace barriers and ignite positive changes and harmony at work.


Partners, owners, managers, human resource professionals and all others who want to empower themselves to "get a seat at the table".


This virtual conference is being brought to you by the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), in partnership with the NJCPA. Firms are better positioned to thrive when their workforce harmoniously reflects the diverse spectrum of their clients. This conference is essential for professionals who want to advance their careers and firm owners who want to increase the bottom line.


8:50-9 a.m. - Virtual Check-In 


9-9:05 a.m. - Opening Remarks

Speaker: Tameka Walters - Clarfeld Citizens Private Wealth

9:05-9:30 a.m. - Keynote Speaker:

Sheila Callaham - Age Equity Alliance

Like other dimensions of diversity, age equity can be complicated and requires acknowledgement, understanding and action to be meaningfully addressed. This session addresses why it’s important to distinguish between ageism and ableism, the ways that age bias impacts both ends of the age spectrum, how internalized ageism perpetuates an ageist culture, and how ageism compounds potential bias and discrimination across other dimensions of diversity. 

9:35-10:25 a.m. - Fireside Chat: An Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Workspace

Moderator: Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello - Seramount Consulting

Speakers: Serena Fong - Strategic Engagement and Catalyst Inc. and Penny Ann Leiberman - Jackson Lewis LLP

Are you afraid to stand up against harassment at your workplace? Do you feel comfortable challenging racism? How do you combat racial and ethnic micro-aggressions? Acknowledging and addressing this reality is key to creating an inclusive workplace. We will hear from some DEI champions on their experiences and strategies. 

10:25-10:35 a.m. - Break

10:35-11:50 a.m. - DEI: Turning Words Into Actions

Moderator: Jina Etienne CPA, CGMA - Etienne Consulting

Speakers: Maggie Wall - Clarfeld Citizens Private Wealth and Thalia Smith - Deloitte and Touche

After the summer of 2020, corporate statements in support of DEI were spread loud and proud. But where are we now? We’ll hear from leaders in the DEI space discuss their journey in turning words into actions. Hearing about their successes and failures can help participants identify actions that inspire their own organizations to take action. 

11:55-12:45 p.m. - Wellness + Leadership = Success

Moderator: Orume Hays - Founder Hays CPA

Speakers: Jeannine Brown - Everyday Lead LLC and Taryn Abrahams - Corporate Behavioral Strategist

Have you ever heard the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup?” Especially in these trying times, mental health and wellness are key factors to success. Successful leaders practice self-care to keep themselves in top condition. We will hear some cup-filling strategies from leaders and how those wellness techniques make them better leaders. 

12:45-1 p.m. - Networking and Q&A








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$75.00 - Member

$175.00 - Nonmember

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