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2021 Inclusion Summit

"Equity in Action" on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

The 9th Annual Inclusion Summit will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the FFA Enrichment Center at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus with the option to join virtually.

Attendance will be limited for the in-person event.


The event's theme is "Equity in Action," and attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about what equity means and discover tools and resources to build equity-centered practices, systems and organizations.

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For more information about the Inclusion Summit, please contact Molli Davis, Administrative Assistant of Business Resources and Community Development | Talent Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

2021 Inclusion Summit Agenda

Speaker Bios  |  Sponsors

Additional speaker and session details will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks.

  • 8 a.m. — Opening and Welcome
  • 8:15 a.m. — CEO DEI Panel Discussion
    • Panelists to be announced soon.
  • 9:15 a.m. — Break
  • 9:45 a.m. — Opening Keynote: "Rewiring the Workplace Mindset of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging" with James Wright (he/him)
  • 11 a.m. — "Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture:" with Kerrien (Kay) Suarez (she/her/them) with Equity in the Center
  • 12:15 p.m. — Inclusion Award Luncheon
  • 12:45 p.m. — Closing Keynote: "Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging" with Kenji Yoshino (he/him) with New York University School of Law
  • 2 p.m. — Closing Remarks

For frequently asked questions about COVID-19 mandates and guidelines, please see the DMACC's FFA Enrichment Center FAQ document.

2021 Speaker Bios

James Wright  |  "Rewiring the Workplace Mindset of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging"


James Wright is a dynamic and compelling leader with a demonstrated ability to inspire and catalyze large corporations to develop strategic plans and programs that frequently receive national recognition for their effectiveness in diversity and inclusion. With a track record of delivering practical roadmaps for increasing Diversity in global corporations, such as Apple Inc., LinkedIn, NBCUniversal, Time Warner (AOL), Verizon/MCI and other respected industry organizations, Wright has become a sought-after speaker in the field of diversity and inclusion, human resources and social media.

Visit James Wright's website for more information.

Kerrien (Kay) Suarez  |  "Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture"


Kerrien (Kay) Suarez is the Executive Director of Equity in the Center (EiC), a field-wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices and systems to achieve race equity. As a management consultant with over 20 years of experience, Suarez led engagements to refine programs and scale impact for national nonprofits while at Community Wealth Partners. Her efforts include the First Tee and AARP Experience Corps, where she also coached grantees of the Annie E. Casey, Wells Fargo and Robert Wood Johnson foundations on issues ranging from organizational capacity and sustainability to place-based collective impact.

Suarez is a graduate of Harvard College and London School of Economics. You can follow her on Twitter at @klrs98 and @equityinthectr.

Kenji Yoshino  |  "Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging"


Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University (NYU) School of Law. Yoshino studied at Harvard, Oxford and Yale Law School and has received several distinctions for his teaching and research, including the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award in 2016, an honorary degree from Ponoma College in 2018 and the Peck Medal in Jurisprudence in 2021.

He also serves on the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, advisory boards for diversity and inclusion at Charter Communications and Morgan Stanley, and on the board of his children's school. In addition to teaching at NYU School of Law, Yoshino is also the Faculty Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Together with Executive Director David Glasgow, he is writing a book focused on how to have conversations about Diversity. This book will be published by Simon & Schuster next year.

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