DEI Experience Summit

November 5 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET | Online

Recent events have highlighted the urgent need to move from DEI awareness building and advocacy to action. Join us for an experience summit in which participants will be inspired and motivated and will receive support and resources to take action immediately to create a more inclusive culture and diversify their workforce. Karen Catlin, a highly sought-after expert on allyship and the author of two books on the subject, will lead this workshop. Come discover how you can make a difference with Karen’s Better Allies approach to DEI.


All sessions are listed in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-4).

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Welcome and Identifying the Challenge

Opening remarks by Karen Catlin, followed by small-group discussions

11:30 a.m.–12:40 p.m.

Everyday Actions to Create an Inclusive Workplace

  • Being more inclusive in meetings
  • Disrupting office housework
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Using more inclusive language

Karen will share best practices and cautionary tales from her book, Better Allies, and facilitate small-group discussions on these topics.

12:40–12:55 p.m.

15-minute Break

12:55–1:55 p.m.

How to Hire a More Diverse Workforce

  • Attracting candidates from underrepresented groups
  • Interviewing best practices
  • Onboarding new hires for success

Karen will share best practices from her book, The Better Allies Approach to Hiring, and facilitate small-group discussions on these topics.

1:55–2:00 p.m.

5-minute Quick Break

2:00–2:15 p.m.

The Better Allies Approach to Sponsorship

Karen will provide five tangible ways to sponsor employees from underrepresented groups.

2:15–2:45 p.m.

Putting It Into Action: What Resonates with You?

In small breakout groups, participants will reflect on the challenges they identified at the start of the workshop and their next steps.

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Q&A and Closing