Diversity 5.0 Virtual Summit

Hosted by: The Society for Diversity Inc.

6 Oct. 2022  |  9:15 am to 6:00 pm EST


6 Oct. 2022







About the Event

Your Employee Resource Groups (ERG's) and Business Resource Groups (BRG's) are more than acronyms! They should be vehicles of belonging, components of DEI strategy, gauges for intersectionality, and models of inclusive excellence. Learn how to foster high performance and engagement for each group at the Diversity 5.0 ERG Summit. This hybrid (in-person and online) learning event features Keynote Speaker, Susan Gordon, CDE, Group Vice President of DEI at Ross Stores Inc. and hundreds of ERG, BRG, DEI, and HR leaders from every type and size organization. If you don't have any resource groups, this is the perfect event to learn "How-to"!

Our action-packed 1-day summit is themed, "ERG: More than an Acronym", and will be held on Thurs., Oct. 6th, from 9:15am to 6:00pm. Connect with and learn from your peers, as well as catch a glimpse of how the DEI industry is changing. You can virtually participate from anywhere in the world, but the live summit will be held:

At the Commerce Club
191 Peachtree St NE
49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Post-COVID, Post-George Floyd, and Post-RTO, the purpose of this summit is to explore challenges, solutions, and strategies for the next generation of Resource Group leadership. Don't take it for granted that your Resource Groups will be OK; equip them with the tools they need to succeed. Join us for forward-thinking ideas that can accelerate belonging and help your team pivot towards the future!


6 October, 2022 09:15 am

Welcome, Introduction & Opening Remarks

Leah Smiley, CDE®
President, The Society for Diversity Inc.

6 October, 2022 09:30 am

Keynote Presentation: “Managing and aligning your resource groups"

Susan Gordon, CDE®
Group Vice President of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, Ross Stores Inc.

6 October, 2022 10:20 am

Workshop Session: “Top Five Challenges facing modern-day ERG resource groups”

Audrietta Izlar, CDP®
Manager of DEI Workforce and Workplace Initiatives, Verizon

Cora Okine
Manager of DEI Workforce and Workplace Initiatives, Verizon

6 October, 2022 10:20 am

Workshop Session: “The Evolution of ERNs: Staying between the guardrails”

Stacye McCall, CDP®
Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

6 October, 2022 11:10 am

Workshop Session: “Executive Sponsorship”

Dr. DeRetta Cole Rhodes
EVP/Chief Culture Officer, Atlanta Braves

6 October, 2022 11:10 am

Workshop Session: “The True Colors of ERGs”

Dr. Stacy Roberts
Author & CEO, SMR Leadership Solutions

6 October, 2022 12:00 pm

Luncheon with Mid-day Remarks

Video Session: “Lessons learned from launching a new ERG”

Video Session: “How ERGs can partner with recruitment”


Amber Martin
Director of Membership, The Society for Diversity Inc.

Julia Mendez Achee, CDP®
Senior Consultant, Biddle Consulting Group

Jennifer Tardy CDE®
Founder + CEO, Jennifer Tardy Consulting LLC

6 October, 2022 01:05 pm

Panel Discussion: “The Future of ERGs: Strategies for Success”

Leah Smiley, CDE®
The Society for Diversity Inc

Yolanda Johnson, CDE®
Founder, BeyondMeasure LLC

Jina Etienne CPA, CGMA, CDE®
Founder & Principal Consultant, Etienne Consulting LLC

Sam Santiago, CDE®
Executive Director, Global Chamber

6 October, 2022 02:10 pm

Workshop Session: “Inclusive Leadership”

Kristie Andrews, CDP®
Vice President of Human Resources, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital

6 October, 2022 02:10 pm

Workshop Session: "The Dark Side of ERGs”

Malia Turner
Sr. Global DEI Program Manager, Epiq

6 October, 2022 03:00 pm

Snack Break

6 October, 2022 03:20 pm

Workshop Session: “The New Era of Engagement – How to engage different people”

Dr. Ayanna Cummings, CDE®
Founding Director & CEO, Tapestry Consulting LLC

6 October, 2022 03:20 pm

Workshop Session: “Don’t DIY Your DEI: How to ensure DEI is a Sustainable Strategic Priority”

Antoinetta Mosley, CDP®
CEO & Principal Leader, I Follow the Leader LLC

6 October, 2022 04:10 pm

Keynote Presentation: “Allyship, Intersectionality and Belonging”

Dr. Linda Wiley Bing, CDE®
Author & CEO, Turning Point Leadership Group LLC

6 October, 2022 04:55 pm

Closing Remarks

Derwin Smiley

6 October, 2022 05:00 pm

End of the Summit “Happy Hour”

DJ Cash Money
DJ Cash Money

Did you miss Diversity 4.0? See clips from our last conference. Don't miss out on our 2022 event!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Society for Diversity Inc.
As hybrid work and greater expectations for flexibility emerge, this summit presents an opportunity for you to reimagine your resource groups with intentional strategies, fresh insights, and bold ideas. We'll share and discover a game plan for employee participation, ERG/BRG management, sponsorship, recruiting, and more!
Your Resource Group members, Diversity Council members, Office of DEI staff, Human Resource Business Partners, Executive Sponsors, as well as DEI Consultants, Champions, and Allies. Of course, you should be there too!
The summit is a combination of virtual and in-person interactions.
Yes. Whether you attend in-person or virtually, every participant will have access to the recordings and slide presentations after the event.
NO. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our summit. You only need to have access to the Internet.
Yes, the Summit is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) from the Institute for Diversity Certification, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
Online: $199.00- In person: $239.00 - Group rate (3-9 attendees): $154.00 in-person or online- Enterprise rate (10 or more attendees): $125.00 in-person or online- Purchase the recording only: $239.00
All sessions will be recorded and available after the summit. Substitutions permissible. No refunds.