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ABC's Diversity & Inclusion Summit is a gathering of industry leaders and key stakeholders who understand the value of diversity in construction and whose goal is to help promote the association's mission within diverse groups.
Diversity & Inclusion Summit Schedule
Monday, June 25
10:30 - 11 a.m.
11 - 11:50 a.m.
Workplace Harassment Prevention: What You Need to Know to Attract and Retain Top Talent
Preventing workplace harassment is a diversity and inclusion imperative. Learn from industry partners at AON Risk Services and CNA Insurance about harassment risk factors, construction industry examples, prevention strategies and more.
12 - 1 p.m.
Lunch- Government official invited
1 - 1:45 p.m.
President’s Panel—Spotlight on Diversity
Three ABC chapter presidents will showcase how ABC takes on diversity and inclusion initiatives at the local level. Jimmy Greene of Greater Michigan, Alicia Martin of Illinois and Mike Henderson of Baltimore will discuss how their chapters are working towards achieving ABC’s goals of expanding diversity and inclusion initiatives, delivering best practices and addressing the workforce shortage. Learn how each chapter works in its local community to strengthen relationships with minority groups.
2 - 3 p.m.
Tomorrow’s Workforce: Embracing Diversity- Keynote Speaker Jennifer Brown
To give their fullest contribution, employees must feel they can bring their full selves to work; however research shows many do not feel comfortable doing so. They are minimizing or managing aspects of their own diversity—identity, background, experience—in order to succeed. This takes a particular toll on diverse talent—women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities—at a time when organizations are struggling to recruit, retain, and develop those same individuals. But all of us, and the business, pay the price.
Jennifer will interview United Rentals, a 2017 ABC National Diversity Excellence Awards winner, and hear how they achieve inclusivity and embrace diversity at their organization.
3 - 3:30 p.m.
Building Your Business with Surety Bonding
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a way to assess your business, benchmark against your competitors and make meaningful changes in your business that can lead to long term profitability and sustainability? What will it take to grow from where you are today to where you want to go? Learn how to maximize your surety relationship so that your business can grow and thrive in the current market
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Best Practices in Supply Chain Diversity- The MBE Subcontractor Perspective vs. the GC Perspective
What are minority business enterprise (MBE) companies saying about best practices utilized by general contractors (GCs) in the marketplace? What makes a GC an attractive partner to MBE firms? What about the value an MBE contractor can bring to a GC? GCs will share their perspective on best practices MBE firms can bring to the table in the pre-construction and construction processes.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Vendor Networking Mixer
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to make connections with owners, GCs and contractors that are motivated to create a diverse workforce. Use this time to meet like-minded, diversity-driven individuals from across the country.
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Continue celebrating a diverse and inclusive future and making connections with other attendees over cocktails at this exclusive venue overlooking the U.S. Capitol with a view of the city skyline.
THANK YOU TO OUR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SUMMIT SPONSORS