Advancing DEI in our Workplaces is a forum for rising leaders who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Through weekly leadership conversations, the program  will examine five themes:

  • The Business Imperative for DEI (February 3)
  • Allyship, Bridge-Building, and Leading from Below (February 10)
  • Developing Inclusive Cultures (February 17)
  • Leveraging Diverse Talent (February 24)
  • Engaging Employees in Impact (March 3)

The opportunity to join the series is by application only and candidates must apply by January 11, 2021.

Note: Space is limited. Applicants will be notified if accepted.

Who should apply

Rising leaders who are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their workplaces are encouraged to apply. We anticipate most participants will be from the private sector and will have less than 10 years of working experience.

Program Structure

This program will take place weekly over Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. CT from February 3 through March 3. There will also be weekly reading assignments for each session.

Featured speakers

Dwetri Addy
Stitch Fix 
Brenda Asare
The Alford Group
Laura Coy
William Blair
Leslie Drish
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago 
Seth Green
Baumhart Center 
Scott Hoesman
Emily Nordquist
Baumhart Center
Kathryn Pisco
Mark Rickmeier
Table XI 
Victor Scotti
Moving Mountains
Ashish Shah
Prepared Health 
Steven Shaw
Myla Skinner
Quarter Five
Arup Varma
Loyola University Chicago 
Alicia Vega
Changing Worlds 
Shalane Walker
Annie Weinheimer
Ryan Specialty Group 


This forum is free for accepted applicants this year as part of the Baumhart Center’s recognition of the impact of COVID on budgets and our commitment to developing leaders who are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplaces and in our world.