Oct. 15-16, 2020 | Virtual Conference

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Ready Yourself to Make Powerful and Positive Change.

You can transform your workplace and develop strategies to address the societal disparities that create barriers to access. Your attendance at The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity will arm you with the tools to take action and make an impact.

Come ready. Engage openly. Leave empowered.

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Schedule

VIRTUAL EVENT: PRE-CONFERENCE
October 14, 2020
Pre-Conference Professional Development Session
Hosted virtually and facilitated by
Creighton University Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Greater Omaha Chamber’s CODE program

VIRTUAL EVENT: DAY 1-2
October 15-16, 2020
The Conference
Hosted virtually and facilitated by
Greater Omaha Chamber

Tickets

Individuals

SINGLE TICKET: $125

Groups

GROUP PACKAGE: $575

Training Add-On

PRE-CONFERENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION: $75

Includes:

  • Access for one (1) to
    The Conference (Oct. 15-16)

A limited number of Early Bird tickets ($99 per ticket) are available. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Includes:

  • Access for five (5) to
    The Conference (Oct. 15-16)

CORPORATE PACKAGE: $3,000

Includes:

  • Access for ten (10) to
    The Conference (Oct. 15-16)
  • Your company name listed on
    the event webpage
  • A company profile on the virtual
    event platform

Includes:

  • Access for one (1) to the
    Pre-Conference Professional Development Session (Oct. 14)

This is an optional add-on and can be added to any participant’s registration (individual, group or corporate ticket purchase). You must purchase a ticket to The Conference in order to attend this session. A certificate of completion from Creighton University Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will be issued to each participant upon competition of this session. 

Reservations are due Oct. 11, 2020. No refunds for cancelations will be granted after this date.

Note: The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. This event will be a virtual conference, with all sessions hosted through a webinar format.

Scholarships

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

The Greater Omaha Chamber will award ten (10) scholarships, which include one (1) individual registration to The Conference. Each scholarship will cover $100 of the applicant’s registration fee. The applicant is responsible for the remaining $25 to attend.

Applications will be available August 3, 2020 until August 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. To be considered, complete the electronic application within the allotted timeframe. Late applicants will not be considered. Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 regarding their status.

Keynote Speakers

Coach Rob Mendez

High school football coach Rob Mendez, who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome—a rare disorder that caused him to be born without arms or legs—will be sharing his story with Omaha. His work has been recognized nationally, including a feature on SportsCenter, an appearance in the 2019 Google Year in Review video, and an article in USA Today, highlighting his visits with various NFL teams. At the 2019 ESPY’s, Coach Mendez was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

Michele Meyer-Shipp

Michele Meyer-Shipp is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KPMG LLP. She leads the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts relating to workforce, workplace and marketplace. Meyer-Shipp serves on many industry and association tasks forces and committees, including Twitter’s Diversity Advisory Council, Working Mother Media’s Multicultural Advisory Board, National Organization on Disability and is a Contributor to Yahoo! Finance News. She is a frequent guest speaker on topics relating to leadership, diversity and inclusion, culture and talent management. 

Agenda

Wednesday, Oct. 14

PRE-CONFERENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

This is an optional add-on session that may be added to any participant’s registration (individual, group or corporate). You must purchase a ticket to The Conference in order to attend this session. This session is facilitated by Creighton University Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Greater Omaha Chamber’s CODE program.

A certificate will be issued upon completion of this course. 

Thursday, Oct. 15

The Conference: Day 1

VIRTUAL DOORS OPEN

8:00 AM

OPENING SESSION

8:30 AM

BREAK

9:30 AM

SESSION #1

9:45 AM

BREAK

10:45 AM

SESSION #2

11:00 AM

EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE SESSION

12:00 PM

NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR

4:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 16

The Conference: Day 2

VIRTUAL DOORS OPEN

8:30 AM

EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE SESSION

9:00 AM

MINI-MESSAGE

9:30 AM

SESSION #3

10:00 AM

EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE SESSION

11:00 AM

SESSION #4

11:30 AM

CLOSING SESSION

12:30 PM

Breakout Presenter RFPs

Each year, we announce a call for submissions for Breakout Speaker applications. Any individual interested in providing quality content focused on diversity, equity and inclusion is welcome to submit an RFP. Content should be focused on workplace or community DEI, or DEI for individual advocates. To be considered, complete and submit the electronic application. 

RFP applications are now closed.

Applications are available from Wednesday, April 15, 2020 until Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. To be considered, complete the electronic application within the allotted timeframe. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, June 5, 2020 of their status. If selected, speakers will be contacted with additional details.

Questions about applying to speak? Contact Bianca Harley.

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.

Applicants must be prepared to present via a virtual conference.

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 a complimentary ticket to The Conference. 

How many people will hear/see my presentation?

The virtual audience might mean many more viewers will enjoy your insight. Expect up to 100 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 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.

Sponsors

The Conference is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. Thank you for your support.

Interested in being a sponsor? Explore our Sponsorship Opportunities and contact Team Talent.

CODE CHAMPION SPONSORS

FEATURED SPONSORS

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

CORPORATE SPONSORS

University of Nebraska
Home Instead Senior Care
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Borsheims

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.

Additional Questions

For more information about The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity, contact Team Talent.

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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