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  • 2018 Diversity Summit

  • The Future: Diversity. Talent. Innovation. – Internal Culture and its Impact on External Culture. The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Diversity Summit is the premier conference in the region for Human Resource professionals, building leadership capacity and culture champions alike. Our speakers, panelist and tactical workshops will empower participants to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of how Diversity, Talent and Innovation will shape and impact the future of our community in which we live, work and play. 

    The Chamber’s Diversity Summit focuses on building a foundation of knowledge that will enhance success in leadership and transforming an increasingly diverse and global community. 

  • Diversity Summit Small Business Workshop Series - October 2, 2018 Diversity Summit Small Business Workshop Series - October 2, 2018

    Facilitated by: Tonya Scott Williams, Rise Media Group, LLC

    3:30 P.M. SESSION

    • Diversity: Talent and Innovation: Looking for Opportunities in All the Wrong Places 
      ​Presenter: Dr. Christopher M. Jones, Executive Director and Lead Maker, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

    4:30 P.M. SESSION

    • Your Business and You
      Presenters: Attorney Marilyn F. Booker, Managing Director, Head, Urban Markets Group at Morgan Stanley; Mr. Michael J. Brathwaite, Vice President – Wealth Management, Urban Markets Group at Morgan Stanley


    To register for this series, click here.

    Diversity Summit Agenda at A Glance - October 3, 2018 Diversity Summit Agenda at A Glance - October 3, 2018

    BREAKFAST RECEPTION 8:00 A.M. - 8:50 A.M.

    OPENING SESSION 9:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.

    • Thought Diversity - How to be Resilient and Mentally Tough with a Stone-Aged Brain
      Presenter: Kevin Stacey, CEO & Founder, TrainRight, Inc.

    AUTHORS BOOK SIGNING 10:15 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. 

    • Growing as an Intentional InclusionistTM 
      Presenter: Dr. Nika White, President and CEO, Nika White Consulting; Author, The Intentional Inclusionist TM 
    • Becoming a Leader of One: Raising the Bar on your Millennial Workforce Starts by Empowering Them to Raise the Bar on Themselves
      Presenter: Caleb Bagwell, Certified as a: Financial Planning ® Practitioner, Fiduciary Advisor, and Member, John Maxwell's Team
    • Opportunities Through Shattered Glass: A Generation Explains
      Presenter: Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, Motivational Speaker, Co-Author with her Clinton College Students, Shattered Glass: A Generation Explains

    KEYNOTE LUNCHEON 11:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

    • Presenter: Essye Miller, Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer
      Emcee: Candy Capel, Owner, CC's Daiquiris

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1:15 P.M. - 2:15 P.M.

    • The Millennial Mindset - INVITATION ONLY CEO SESSION
      Presenter: Caleb Bagwell, Certified as a: Financial Planning ® Practitioner, Fiduciary Advisor, and Member, John Maxwell's Team
    • Art of the Conversation: Using Vocal Art to Advance Inclusion
      Presenter: Jonathan Parker, Director of City Involvement, Fellowship Greenville
    • Diversity as a Path to Innovation
      Presenter: Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair Culture/Region in AFCLC, Air University
    • Building a More Inclusive Tech Culture
      Presenters:  Tanya Lambert, Supervisory Acquisition Program Manager, Business & Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell AFB Gunter Annex; Jacqueline McKinney, Principal Software Engineer, General Dynamics Information Technology; Steve Meany, CEO, Information Transport Solutions;  Charisse Stokes, President, Tidal IT Solutions

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

    • Ingenious not Invisible... What Women Veterans Really Want You to See
      Presenters: Jolisa Webb Dudley, Associate Director, Outreach and Retention, Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Be Yourself, UpLYFT Others, and Make IT Happen!
      Presenters: Jonathan Buckner, Public Policy Manager, Lyft, Inc.
    • Playing by the Girls’ Rules Part II
      Presenters: Dr. Gail Evans, Best-Selling Author, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman


    To register for the Diversity Summit, click here.

    Diversity Summit Speaker Bios Diversity Summit Speaker Bios

    KEVIN STACEY, CEO & FOUNDER, TRAINRIGHT, INC.

    Kevin Stacey, MBA, is an effectiveness expert, author, and former brain imaging specialist who removes barriers to performance, boosts resiliency, and accelerates results- no matter what. He combines his military background, management training, experience as a healthcare clinician, and successful manager at the nation’s largest managed care company to be a catalyst for workplace improvement. More...

    DR. NIKA WHITE, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NIKA WHITE CONSULTING; AUTHOR, THE INTENTIONAL INCLUSIONIST™

    Dr. Nika White’s professional career spans about 20 years, ranging from serving as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, an accomplished marketing communications executive, economic development leader and community advocate. Dr. White found inspiration through the intersection of business, diversity and leadership, and has made this her niche. More...

    CALEB BAGWELL, CERTIFIED AS A: FINANCIAL PLANNING ® PRACTITIONER, FIDUCIARY ADVISOR, AND MEMBER, JOHN MAXWELL'S TEAM

    Caleb Bagwell has been leading the way on transforming leaders with his acclaimed presentations. By inspiring transformation, developing a culture that encourages information transfer, fostering innovation, and recruiting and retaining great talent, your business can thrive with multi-generational teams set up to succeed. More...

    DR. KIMBERLY P. JOHNSON, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER; CO-AUTHOR WITH HER CLINTON COLLEGE STUDENTS, SHATTERED GLASS; A GENERATION EXPLAINS

    Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson is actively involved in training educators, students, and parents in the areas of reading, writing, and leadership. By using progressive and curriculum-based approaches, Kimberly is fully able to engage audiences and motivate learners through BEST research practices. Through the use of creative strategies and the arts, the goal is to promote literacy and reinforce deeper education through community impact and involvement. More...

    ESSYE B. MILLER, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PRINCIPAL DEPUTY CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

    Ms. Essye B. Miller is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and currently serves as the Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). In this capacity, Ms. Miller assists the DoD CIO as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications. More...

    JONATHAN PARKER, DIRECTOR OF CITY INVOLVEMENT, FELLOWSHIP GREENVILLE

    “How many years are you going to waste waiting for permission to do what you already know you should be doing?” That simple, yet complex, question was asked to Jonathan Parker in 2014 and has altered the trajectory of his life. Jonathan does not wait for permission anymore to do what he believes he should be doing. He gave himself permission and hopes to empower others to do the same. More...

    DR. ANGELLE KHACHADOORIAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY, DEPARTMENT CHAIR, CULTURE/REGION IN AFCLC, AIR UNIVERSITY

    Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Department Chair for Culture/Region in the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University. She holds a Ph .D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Khachadoorian has taught a range of college courses for more than eighteen years, and has been at Air University for six years. More...

    CHARISSE STOKES, PRESIDENT, TIDAL IT SOLUTIONS

    Charisse Stokes is the President of Tidal IT Solutions, a Montgomery, AL based, information technology solutions, small business company. She earned a B.S. from Clemson University in ceramic engineering and an MBA from Auburn University Montgomery. After starting her career in the United States Air Force as an acquisition officer, she continued providing acquisition and program management support to the government as an industry executive. More...

    JACQUELINE MCKINNEY, PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER, GENERAL DYNAMICS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

    Jacqueline McKinney is Principal Software Engineer for General Dynamics Information Technology’s US Navy Enabler Framework and US Navy REVS web application programs, which includes central identity management, access control, badging, and food service point of sales software and web applications. More...

    STEVE MEANY, CEO, INFORMATION TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

    Steve Meany has extensive IT experience in multiple markets. During his professional career, Steve has held various leadership roles managing local and global operations at EDS and Cisco Systems. His experience in commercial, federal, state, local, and education markets gives him the insight needed to understand customer issues and concerns. More...

    TANYA W. LAMBERT, SUPERVISORY ACQUISITION PROGRAM MANAGER, BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE, MAXWELL AFB GUNTER ANNEX

    Tanya W. Lambert began her Air Force career as a Co-Operative Education student. Upon graduation from the University of West Florida, Ms. Lambert accepted a position in the Sensor Fuzed Weapon System Program Office (SPO) at Eglin AFB, FL in 1988. More...

    JOLISA WEBB DUDLEY, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, OUTREACH AND RETENTION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

    Jolisa Webb Dudley is a decorated Veteran and retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (USAF). She has more than 30 years of executive, analytical, and leadership expertise in strategic human resources management and services, with demonstrated success in the areas of command and control, communications, information management, personnel, training, protocol, and military equal opportunity. More...

    JONATHAN BUCKNER, PUBLIC POLICY MANAGER, LYFT, INC.

    Jonathan Buckner is a Public Policy Manager for Lyft, Inc. Since joining Lyft in October of 2017, he has directed the policy efforts of the rideshare company throughout the Southeastern United States as well as assisting in Chicago, Illinois. More...

    DR. GAIL EVANS, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, PLAY LIKE A MAN, WIN LIKE A WOMAN

    Gail Evans’ best-selling book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman was listed on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal’s bestseller lists, and has been translated into 18 languages. More...

    DR. CHRISTOPHER JONES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND LEAD MAKER, ARKANSAS REGIONAL INNOVATION HUB

    Dr. Christopher M. Jones is executive director and lead maker of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring creatives, supporting makers, and advancing the infrastructure for entrepreneurs for Arkansas and the entire region. More...

    MARILYN F. BOOKER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD, THE URBAN MARKETS GROUP AT MORGAN STANLEY

    Marilyn joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and is Managing Director and Head of the Urban Markets Group at Morgan Stanley. In addition to running a traditional wealth management business, a portion of her mandate is to provide financial education to inner city, underserved communities. More...

    MICHAEL J. BRATHWAITE, VICE-PRESIDENT - WEALTH MANAGEMENT, THE URBAN MARKETS GROUP AT MORGAN STANLEY 

    Michael J. Brathwaite is a Vice President with the Urban Markets Group at Morgan Stanley. His experience in the investment industry spans more than 35 years, many of those within the Wealth Management division of Morgan Stanley. More...