Workplace Diversity and Leadership Summit


Janet DesChenes 
Urban League of Greater Madison 


Wednesday May 16, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

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Monona Terrace 
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53713

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Registration Fees

Full-Day Registration (breakfast, summit, & luncheon); $139 early bird, $159 after April 23 and on-site

Half -Day Registration (morning and luncheon or luncheon and afternoon); $89 early bird, $99 after April 23 and on-site

Group rates available -- please see Sponsorship Opportunities

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancelled by May 1, 50% refund if cancelled by May 9. No refunds after  May 9.

Comments from the 2011 Summit

"A grand opportunity to learn a lot about vital topics in our community and workplace, the chance to network with professionals, and good food! A must-attend event for all!"

"Thought provoking. I enjoyed myself!"

"In summarizing the summit with my department a few days later, it certainly renewed our commitment to diversity as a whole."

"From a business standpoint, I thought about how to market to different populations I hadn't considered before."

"It was everything that we hoped it would be!"

"The Urban League Diversity & Leadership Summit was extremely valuable. It started a dialogue both within our company and within the community about what could be done differently."

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Online registration through Sunday, May 13 at 5pm.  Onsite registration will be available day of event. 

 Featured Speakers

kwame salter headshotKwame Salter, Retired, Senior Vice-President, HR, Kraft Global Supply Chain

               Author, "Striving While Black... In Corporate America"

Maria CampbellMaria L. Campbell, Director of Diversity, SC Johnson

rebecca ryan headshotRebecca Ryan, Founder, Next Generation Consulting

              Author, "ReGeneration - A Manifesto for America's Next Leaders"

 T. LudemanTerry Ludeman, Retired, Chief Economist, State of Wisconsin

Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit Agenda

7:30 am                     Registration opens

                                    Continental Breakfast

 8:15 am                     Opening Session – Welcome and kickoff                          Rebecca Ryan

 8:30 - 9:00 am          Plenary session

Wisconsin Labor Demographics: Are We Ready for Reality?                            Terry Ludeman

 9:00 - 9:45 am           Plenary session

The Continuing Journey Towards Diversity: A Fortune 500 View                      Maria Campbell

 10:00 - 11:00 am       Breakout Sessions

 Will They Love Me, or Leave Me? Keeping Young Professionals Engaged at Work

Rebecca Ryan

 The 2010 Census – A Madison Area View


Hot Topics in Human Resources


11:15 am – 12:15 pm  Breakout Sessions

 Cultural Competence vs. Compliance


 A Real-Life Treasure Hunt: Finding and Keeping Diverse Talent


 Disabilities in the Workplace

Dr. Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen

 12:30 – 2:00 pm          Keynote Session and Workplace Diversity Awards Luncheon

Talent Trumps! or Playing the Race card?

Kwame Salter

 2:15 – 3:15 pm            Breakout Sessions

 Diversity as a Business-Building Initiative

Kwame Salter

 Wisconsin Labor Demographics: The Business Implications

Terry Ludeman

 Breaking Through Bias


 3:30 – 4:30 pm            Breakout Sessions

 The Business Case for Mentoring and Retention


 Networking: It’s not about who you know… It’s about who you’re about to know


Creating an OPEN Culture


4:30 - 5:30 pm             Networking Hour

Sponsored by US Cellular and the ULGM Young Professionals Leadership Team



Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Your sponsorship of the 2012 Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit is a great way to market your organization and raise your visibility with a diverse audience of professionals.  Your investment also supports the Urban League of Greater Madison's commitment to engage in programs, partnerships, and job creation activities that diversify Dane County's workforce and help individuals at all levels realize their career goals.

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Workplace Diversity and Leadership Awards-Nominations NOW OPEN!

 Workplace Diversity Award-Small Business
This award honors a small business that strives to ensure that their staff reflects the customers it serves and the neighborhood in which it does business. Nominate someone now

Workplace Diversity Award-Large Business
This award honors a large employer who demonstrates committment to recruiting, hiring, and advancing diverse professionals throughout their organization.  Nominate someone now 

Young Professional of the Year Award
This award honors a young professional making a difference in the lives of others through community service, a committment to diversity, and demonstrated leadership potential. Nominate someone now

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