Continuing the discussion with Avis Yates Rivers about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Tuesday, May 18, 12-3 p.m. ET
When We Know More, We Can Do More:
This special virtual session on May 18 from 12-3 p.m. ET is the second in a series of ongoing conversations and discussions with the research and education community.Register Today!
This special virtual session features a keynote address by Avis Yates Rivers, President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, and nationally recognized thought-leader.
In October 2020 Rivers spoke to the community and provided historical context of systemic racially motivated behavior through real-life stories using data and personal experiences with the goal of raising awareness and informing action.
Rivers will focus her address to the community on the issues of equity and equality. Often, conversations derail because people use the same terms in different ways. Establishing a shared language to present data, describe conditions and outcomes, and identify root causes of inequities can make it easier to understand the issues so that we can learn and take steps to help break down barriers.
At the conclusion of the keynote, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions before moving into breakout sessions on the following topics. When registering for the event, participants will have the option to select one of the breakout sessions of your choice.
- Breaking Down the Numbers – This session will focus on equity “by the numbers”, including data and stats around the number of women in technology and leadership roles, and a breakdown of ethnicity and minorities. The session will also focus on the impact of those numbers on future innovation and the corresponding ramifications if these issues are not addressed.
— Session Speaker and Facilitator: Catherine Ashcraft, Ph.D., NCWIT Director of Research
- Myth Busting and Micro-triggers – This session will level-set participants on other common definitions of racially motivated behavior and share commonly misunderstood interpretations of certain terms. You will leave the session with a better understanding of the reasons and effects of each.
— Session Speaker and Facilitator: Avis Yates Rivers, President and CEO of Technology Concept Group, International, LLC
- Majority Allies and Advocates – This session will focus on defining what it means to be a majority advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants will discuss real-world experiences, current challenges, and steps to take in your own organization to ensure improved awareness and an inclusive and equitable culture.
— Session Speaker and Facilitator: Brad McLain, Ph.D., Research Scientist with NCWIT
At the conclusion of the program, our hope is that you will leave with actionable ideas that you can take individually to support equity efforts within your organization.
Special thanks to session sponsor Radware.