Elkhart Culture Series: Thought Leadership Conference has ended


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**American Sign Language services available for all general sessions through Goshen College and interpreting services. 
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Tuesday, May 21 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Roundtable Discussion: Year 2025 - Attract & Retain Talent, Create Inclusive Communities, and Foster Inclusive Economic Development through Vibrant Relationship FILLING

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What to expect?  The Thought Leadership Roundtable: 
Based on empirical data at the national and metro level, the result is clear: inclusion is good for growth, and growth is good for inclusion. Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic.

Thought Leadership Table Discussion Topics:

1)  Roundtable:  How do we attract and retain talent?
2)  Roundtable:  How do we create an inclusive, community culture?
3)  Roundtable:  How do business leaders support economic development strategies that promote diversity & inclusion?

- To identify the economic drivers regarding diversity
- To build a case that identifies how diversity can be leveraged for both economic and cultural gain
- To understand how to minimize the negative costs of diversity issues that have been ignored or poorly managed

Recommended readings prior to session

avatar for Eric Ivory

Eric Ivory

Sales and Diversity Manager, Kem Krest
Eric Ivory is the Sales Administrator and Diversity Manager at Kem Krest LLC. As a sales professional, Ericmanages chemical and accessory programs for major OEMs in the Automotive and Powersport markets.As the Diversity Manager, Eric leads all internal diversity initiatives as well... Read More →
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Matt Werbiansky

Supervisor of Corporate/Community Partnerships, Elkhart Community Schools
Matt Werbiansky, MS in EducationMatt is in his 27th year in education.  After earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University, West Lafayette, he began his teaching and coaching career in Mishawaka, Indiana.  There he taught Physical Education and Mathematics... Read More →

Breakout Session Speakers
avatar for Tessa R. Sutton, Ph.D. *

Tessa R. Sutton, Ph.D. *

Assistant Superintendent, EDI, Conference Executive Producer, South Bend Community School Corporation
Tessa is a connective leader who helps others create inclusive environments that break silos, build teams, and engage talents to reach organizational outcomes for a sustainable future. Tessa’s passion is to serve the global community—promoting, creating, and sustaining an inclusive... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
LERNER Crystal Ballroom C 410 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516, USA