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  • Did you miss the 2020 Diversity Summit? You can now access and download all the recorded programming and content and gain powerful insight from some of the top speakers across the country. 

    This year’s Diversity Summit went beyond a simple understanding of what diversity means and why it matters with its theme “Leadership that Transcends: Diversity, Unity and Shared Prosperity.” The event drilled down on specific and actionable topics, including the impact and importance of leadership when it comes to:

    • Managing and growing a business with diversity, inclusion and equity as a core values
    • Developing, attracting and retaining talent and workforce development
    • Creating spaces and opportunities for diversity, inclusion and equity in communities and workplaces and spaces that are intentional in creating and spreading opportunities for prosperity

    The 2020 event also spotlighted changes in the wake of COVID-19, with discussions on post-pandemic organizational flexibility that will explore how office location and remote work affect diversity and inclusion.





    September 22nd, 2020  |  Did you miss it?

    Access the learnings from leaders and those who are scattered across the US by watching the content when you want and from where you are.

  • WHO?

    The 2020 Diversity Summit was the premier conference in the region for Human Resource professionals, building leadership capacity and culture champions alike. The speakers, panelist and tactical workshops empowered participants to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of leadership that transcends through diversity, unity and shared prosperity.

  • HOW?

    If you missed it, you can still access the 2020 Diversity Summit recorded programming and content from wherever you are - home, your office, the beach, Alabama, Florida, New York or LA. Click above to gain access to all the recorded content and guide through the half-day experience, including three options for interactive breakout sessions as well as the outstanding lineup of speakers.

  • Speakers Speakers



  • Joylee Cain serves as the Director of Special Education for Enterprise City Schools. Mrs. Cain is the co-founder and CEO of WeeCat and Wildcat Industries. Over the past 20 years, Mrs. Cain has served elementary and secondary special education students in both public and private educational settings. She has earned a B.S. in special education from Auburn University; a M.S. in School Psychometry from Troy University; and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.

    Download bio here


  • Carla Harris is Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she also serves as a senior client adviser. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and health care sectors. Ms. Harris was appointed by President Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is the author the books Expect to Win and Strategize to Win. She is an accomplished singer with 3 albums, 5 sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall and a sold out concert at the Apollo Theatre under her belt.

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  • Wade Preston is Co-Founder of Prevail Coffee, a coffee brand whose mission is to roast and serve ethically sourced, sustainably grown coffee that acts as a connection point, cultivating an authentic, diverse community. He has won several US Coffee Championships competitions and has pioneered innovative coffee brewing techniques that are praise throughout the US and Australia. Wade has also leveraged his background in non-profit work and education in philosophy to craft Prevail Coffee into a brand that has grown throughout the Southeast and has become a hub downtown Montgomery.

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  • Felix Gilbert is the CEO of XCell, a full-service Human-Centered Design agency in Baltimore Maryland. Over the last 20 years, Felix has helped transform and grow organizations in the government, private, and non-profit sectors. In addition to running XCell, Felix is a Program Manager with Fearless where he served as the lead for Bespin’s LogUX team based in Montgomery Alabama. He is also a Certified Life and Recovery Coach and CoFounder of Repurposed Life. His true passion is to educate, empower, and equip healthy leaders.

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  • Ashley Jernigan is the founder and principal of JDB Hospitality, LLC; a firm specializing in event management, marketing, and community relations. Her firm recently led the project management for the state of Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration and the City of Montgomery’s Vigil for Congressman John Lewis. Ashley is also a faculty trainer for Troy University’s Continuing Education and Outreach program teaching courses on diversity, interpersonal communication, management and leadership.

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  • Rodrigua Ross serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. She advocates for children and families in under resourced, marginalized, and access deficient communities. She works with government entities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and corporate partners nationwide to address issues such as youth development program deficiencies, improving family stability, increasing access in low income communities, poverty, and reducing social stigmas associated with “at- risk” populations.

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  • Brooks Harper is the premier college and career readiness speaker in America! He has spoken on hundreds of K12, college and corporate campuses to more than 750,000 students and professionals. His books, Why Should We Hire You? and 7 Skills to Make Mills, have been incorporated into career-success curricula as the go-to-books for teaching interview skills, self-marketing, personal branding and soft skills development. He believes that EVERY DAY is an interview and an opportunity to turn LEARNING into EARNING and your passion into your paycheck.

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  • Deborah Owens is co-founder and president of WeeCat Industries and Wildcat Industries. Ms. Owens has also served as a behavior consultant, developmental specialist, PECS facilitator, and teacher trainer for the Enterprise City School System. Ms. Owens is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. Ms. Owens has made contributions to the field of education through teaching, curriculum development, and conducting professional development for teachers.

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  • Rick C. Wade is Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. He also provides counsel on policy issues and leads special projects. Wade’s wealth of knowledge and experience in both the public and private sectors enable him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system.

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  • Diversity Partners

    City of Montgomery  |  Montgomery County Commission  |  Alabama Ag Credit  |  Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, Inc.  |  ASE Credit Union  |  BBVA

    EMERGE  |  Enterprise Rent-A-Car  |  Health Services, Inc.  |  Heritage Barber & Style Shop LLC  |  Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, PC

    Hodges Warehouse + Logistics / Hodges Commercial Real Estate  |  Industrial Development Board of the City of Montgomery  |  Inspirien

    Jackson Thornton  |  Leadership Montgomery  |  Lear Corporation-Montgomery  |  Montgomery Police Department  |  Morgan Stanley

    Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS  |  Southern Poverty Law Center  |  Staybridge Suites Montgomery Downtown

    T.C.U. Consulting Services LLC  |  Trenholm State Community College  |  Trustmark National Bank  |  Valley Bank

    WSFA  | YMCA of Greater Montgomery 


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    MAX  |  Montgomery Airport Authority

  • Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
    600 S. Court St, P.O. Box 79
    Montgomery, Alabama 36101
    Tel: 334.834.5200   Fax: 334.265.4745

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