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In-Person | Annual DEIA Symposium

November 1, 2023 @ 8:30 am 12:00 pm

Annual DEIA Symposium

Evolving DEIA: Pioneering a Modern and Inclusive Future

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping the Columbus Region grow and thrive by establishing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) as a business accelerator. During our 2nd Annual Columbus Region DEIA Symposium, step into a world of innovation, impact, and inclusion with our transformational event, “Evolving DEIA: Pioneering a Modern and Inclusive Future.” Together, we will embark on a journey that transcends the boundaries of conventional DEIA practices. Whether you’re a DEIA, Org Culture, or HR professional or part of the entrepreneur support system, this event is for you. Join fellow trailblazers for a thought-provoking experience that spotlight success stories, real-world strategies, and innovative tactics.


  • 8:30-9:00 am – Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Program Begins
  • 9:10 am – The Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 10:00 am – Next Level DEIA Cohort #3 Certificate Presentation
  • 10:15 am – Break
  • 10:30 am – Breakout Sessions
  • 11:45 am – Closing Remarks

The Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Immerse yourself in a forward-looking panel discussion, uncovering cutting-edge trends and transformative innovations shaping the path for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our esteemed panelists will unveil insights into the future of our field and offer actionable strategies to propel our work toward a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.


Breakout Sessions

Recommended Attendees: DEI Professionals, ERG Leaders, Org Culture Professionals, and HR Business Partners

Get ready to experience an electrifying workshop that will turbocharge your efforts in fostering inclusivity, offer strategies to amplify the influence of your Employee Resources Groups (ERGs) and Diversity Councils, and share how the latest tech tools are your secret weapons for amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups and driving meaningful change.

Lachandra Baker

Founder and Lead Consultant, Lachandra B. Baker Edutainment, LLC

Nicole Cierpial

Global Client Solutions Director, MentorcliQ

Todd Geer

Solution Consultant, Use Case Architect, MentorcliQ

Kristen Harper

Managing Director, Diversified Systems

Recommended Attendees: Supplier Diversity Professionals, Entrepreneur Support Organization Professionals

Join us for a dynamic conversation about the critical journey of scaling a startup into a thriving middlemarket enterprise. Discover strategies, insights, and proven tactics that can propel a business, transforming it into a powerhouse of growth and profitability.

Renard Green

Program Director, Operations and Business Analytics, The Ohio State University

Recommended Attendees: Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Professionals, DEI Professionals, and HR Business Partners

Embark on a transformative journey into the future of recruitment, where we will explore how the dynamic synergy of DEIA principles merge with cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence to share a groundbreaking approach to talent acquisition.

Ankit Shah

Consultant, Inclusive Employee Consulting, LLC

Brittany Tutwiler

Co-Founder & President, A Plus Staffing Solutions


Member Registration: $50
Non-Member Registration: $100

Are you a member? Look up your company here!

Registration fees are considered non-refundable. This is a ticketless event. An electronic reminder will be sent with full details prior to the event.

Questions? events@columbus.org

Thanking Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

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Investor Partners