25. October 2018 - 17:30 till 19:30
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UWIB Chicago | Diversity & Inclusion: Join the Conversation | Sprout Social | Thursday, 25. October 2018

What Can I Do about Diversity and Inclusion?We all know Diversity and Inclusion is important, but what can you actually do about it?
UWIB invites you to a panel event that will explore D&I 101, what it means and how anyone can make an impact and be more conscious of inclusion.  You will hear from a variety of panelists, from D&I practitioners to people who’ve been impacted by D&I policies.
What You Will Learn:

What exactly is Diversity and Inclusion?

Actions you can take to be involved in D&I, regardless of your job title or function

Why D&I is important for everyone

Networking/Check-in: 5:30 - 5.45 p.m.
D&I 101 Introduction with Michelle Bess from Sprout Social: 5:45 - 6:00 p.m. 
Panel Discussion: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Q&A: 7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Networking: 7:15 - 7.30 p.m.


Michelle Bess | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead at Sprout Social
Michelle Y. Bess is a premier connector of people serving as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Sprout Social, leading efforts to ensure all people feel a sense of belonging and that their voices are heard. Prior to Sprout Social, Michelle worked in college persistence at OneGoal and Posse Chicago and is an Alumna of the Surge Fellowship. She attended Whitworth University as a recipient of the Act Six Full-Ride Leadership Scholarship and earned a B.A. in Biology.
Bess serves as a Board Director of Degrees of Change, past President of the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s Associate Board, and Founder of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Professionals Meet-Up. Michelle is a native of Washington state and resides in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Colleen Egan | Leader of People, Culture & Endless Possibilities at Clarity Partners, LLC

Manisha Chakravarthy | Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at Google  

Nancy Ukpe Gargula | Director of D&I at Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)


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