October 6, 2022

CHI Health Center Omaha

Paving the Way for Equitable Change.

Equitable change cannot happen without bold action. And bold action starts with someone willing to Pave the Way. The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity will empower you to transform your workplace for the better – an inclusive place for all. You will leave equipped to take action and break down the barriers to equality. Learning from each other’s passions, experiences and expertise, we will transform our workplaces, classrooms and communities. Walking together on this journey, we will create the change we wish to see.

Come ready. Engage openly. Leave empowered.

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An optional, add-on session facilitated by Creighton University Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 

Time: 1-4:30pm 

Creighton University, Harper Center 


Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 

8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

CHI Health Center Omaha 


Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 

3:45 – 5 p.m. 

CHI Health Center Omaha 



*Registrations to The Conference do not include access to the Professional Development Training Session. Access to the Professional Development Training Session will be an additional $100 per attendee. This is an add-on only session.

By Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 all attendees must be registered using their own primary email address – this is to ensure each individual receives online access to the virtual event platform.

Reservations are due by Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. No refunds for cancellations will be granted after this date.

Keynote Speakers

Omar Johnson

Janet M. Stovall

Global speaker, facilitator, writer and consultant Janet M. Stovall helps businesses dismantle systemic inequity, especially where it intersects with race. Global Head of DEI at NeuroLeadership Institute and founder of DEI consultancy, Pragmatic Diversity, Janet brings deep expertise around DEI communications practices and principles that drive change and build culture in large, complex organizations. She helps leaders shape DEI visions; devise strategies to achieve them; and secure the collective buy-in and accountability needed to make them reality. Collectively, her three TED talks challenging businesses to get serious about inclusion have 2.5 million views.

Soraya Chemaly

Jeff Raikes

Jeff is the former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for people around the world. As co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, Jeff currently works toward a just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. Key areas of focus include creating a more equitable education system so all students can thrive, preventing and ending youth homelessness nationwide, and helping individual donors and philanthropic organizations increase the impact of their giving.


Interested in attending The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity, but need a little help getting there?

The Greater Omaha Chamber will award twenty (20) scholarships, which include one (1) individual registration to The Conference. Each scholarship will cover $175 of the applicant’s registration fee. The applicant is responsible for the remaining $25 to attend.

Applications are now closed for 2022.

Breakout Presenter RFPs

Each year, we announce a call for submissions for Breakout Speaker applications. Breakout Speaker applications are available to any individual interested in providing quality content focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Content should be focused on workplace or community DEI, or DEI for individual advocates.

How can we Pave the Way for Equitable Change? The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity is looking for breakout session speakers who will help attendees amplify their impact as leaders, taking bold steps in their DEI journeys.

Speaker applications for 2022 are closed.

 Applications are available from Monday, April 4, 2022, until Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. To be considered, complete the electronic application within the allotted time frame. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, June 6, 2022 of their status.

Questions about applying to speak? Contact Dell Nared. 

Breakout Speaker applications are available to any individual interested in providing quality content focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Content should focus on DEI in the workplace, community, or individual advocates.

This conference will be delivered in an in-person format. Applicants must be prepared to present in person on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Presentation topics should align with one of the following tracks:

  • Workplace DEI – Managers: Managers play a crucial role in advocating and modeling inclusive behavior for their teams. These sessions should provide actionable insight for managers, such as building and shaping the most inclusive teams, modeling inclusive behavior and setting team expectations, responding to non-inclusive behavior, etc.
  • Workplace DEI – ERG’s (Employee Resource Groups): These sessions should help ERG’s increase their impact and effectiveness by providing strategy on membership and resources for improving organizational results.
  • Workplace DEI – Employment Practices & Strategy: Sessions should provide insight on DEI programs, best practices and strategies that aid in achieving objectives that foster increased diversity, an inclusive culture and positive business outcomes aligned with the all aspects of a company’s overall strategy.
  • Community DEI: These sessions should identify tactical items for becoming a diverse and inclusive community that honors, welcomes and accepts all people. We welcome sessions overviewing policy and practices impacting housing, criminal justice reform, economic development, health disparities, education and more.
  • DEI for Individual Advocates: Everyone can be a D&I champion in their community. These sessions should help individuals discover their individual role in transforming communities and workplaces to be equitable and welcoming places.

If I am selected, will I have to pay to attend the event?

If you are selected, you will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to The Conference.

How many people will hear/see my presentation?

Expect between 100-200 attendees at your session, although we cannot guarantee a specific number.

Who owns my content?

You own your words, however, you will be asked to sign a release regarding distribution of your content, and use of your likeness, relative to this event. While the ideas are yours, The Conference oversight committee will make decisions regarding distribution of your recorded session.

What audio/visual equipment is available?

If you are selected, you will receive a follow-up communication designed to address these details.

Will I be evaluated?

Yes. Participants (those who view your presentation) will be invited to provide feedback about your session. This information will be shared with you after the event.

What about an introduction before I speak?

Your application asks for a bio. Be clear and specific in completing this section. Your bio will be used to build your introduction.

I have a product to sell, may I do so during my presentation?

No. This is not a venue for product/book sales or promotion.

How many guests may I bring with me to attend my session?

The Conference is for registered attendees. If your guests have paid for a registration, they may attend your session.

What kind of promotion will I receive for my participation?

If you are selected, promotional opportunities, and expectations, will be discussed. The Greater Omaha Chamber is responsible for all event promotion.

Will you need a copy of my presentation beforehand?

Yes. We will need to either discuss or review your content prior to presentation. If you are selected, you will receive a follow-up communication designed to address these details.

Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity

The Greater Omaha Chamber’s Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) initiative works to address diversity, inclusivity, equity and access to opportunity in Greater Omaha. We are forming an employer coalition that aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace by working collectively across organizations and sectors. All companies are encouraged to join us.

Photo and Video Release

By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image and/or voice and authorize the Greater Omaha Chamber to use photographs, videos and audio recordings containing your likeness, image and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.


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