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Keynote Speaker Announced

CEO/Thought Leader, Kaleidoscope Group

Doug Harris

ABC's virtual Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Summit will explore the complexity of IDE in today's world and evaluate its historical journey and sustainable future in the construction industry.

Doug Harris, CEO of the Kaleidoscope Group, will lead attendees in an interactive, and virtual discussion on fostering inclusion and ultimately achieving exceptional business outcomes.

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Registration Fee: $99

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Monday, June 14
11-11:30 a.m.

Kick off the day with an introductory ice-breaker poll introducing 2020 National Diversity Excellence Award winners and best practices.

11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Sustainable IDE for the Future: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We Are Going

The topic of inclusion, diversity and equity has become more meaningful and, at the same time, more complex to manage. There are many key elements needed to focus on to create real, sustainable change and do it in a way that shows everyone the benefits. This will be an interactive session with opportunities to share and hear different opinions, expand our thinking and drive toward a future of unity.

Keynote Speaker Announced: Doug Harris, CEO/Thought Leader, Kaleidoscope Group

For almost 30 years, Doug Harris has partnered with clients to create customized strategies that address the specific diversity needs of each business and its unique company culture. He works closely with leaders and executives to champion D&I and develop commitment and enthusiasm across all employee groups, powerfully balancing the practical and the philosophical. His energy and passion for the work have been described as “contagious” and an unforgettable experience.

12:40-1:30 p.m.

Harris will provide objectives for breakout groups to tackle. ABC Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee members serve as scribes and report back to the larger group.

1:30-1:35 p.m.
1:35-2:30 p.m.

Construction professionals are experiencing decreased productivity, mental health issues and a high suicide rate exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn strategies to incorporate mental health and addiction and suicide prevention into employers’ safety, health and wellness programs and practices. Find resources to assist in identifying and managing mental illness in the workplace and understand the obligations of employers to accommodate psychological disabilities in the workplace.

2:30-3:05 p.m.

Network with general contractors and diverse businesses interested in creating win-win relationships.

3:05-3:45 p.m.

The construction industry is not immune to the financial, safety and personal implications associated with hostile work environments and racially motivated incidents. This session will provide an insider’s perspective on practical solutions to combat work environments in all forms. We will also share reactive tools that construction industry firms can implement in managing through a real-life crisis.

3:45-4:15 p.m.

ABC chapter presidents reveal the unique inclusion, diversity and equity programs that are making a local impact and advancing the construction industry.

4:15-4:45 p.m.

The construction industry is powering America’s recovery and economic engine. Yet, in 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020, according to an ABC economic analysis. Hear how talent managers are creating a game-changing talent strategy to attract and retain diverse talent to help bridge the workforce shortage.

4:45-5:15 p.m.

Network with general contractors and diverse businesses interested in creating win-win relationships.

5:15-6:30 p.m.
Cocktails and Conversations from your home office

Check out photos from our 2019 in-person event.