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The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Cluster: What to Know & Where to Go

The topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, identity and accessibility in the workplace and beyond are finally coming into the conversation around entrepreneurship. As in years past, we’ve created a specific cluster to organize the sessions, panels and events. New in 2019, we have broadened the scope to include a number of opinions, experiences, and insight from employer and employee perspectives across different industry and functional areas.


There are way too many sessions to include in a roundup, so we tried to pick a few that we’re particularly excited about. In truth, we’re excited about all of them. Cruise through all the options by going to the schedule and sorting by ‘Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cluster.’


How the Tech Industry Can Serve the LGBTQ+ Community | Monday, 9/16 at 2 p.m. An examination of the current and future states of the tech industry in catalyzing equality, particularly through the lens of the LGBTQ+ community.


Diversity in Storytelling | Tuesday, 9/17 at 12 p.m. This panel will explore how startups can authentically identify and share diverse stories in their messaging and storytelling to enhance both brand and reach. Featuring an awesome panel of creatives, strategists, copywriters, and storytellers.


Breaking Down Hiring Barriers; Discover Local Skilled Talent | Wednesday, 9/18 at 4 p.m. Whatever type of business you’re building, a digital tool exists to help you find the skilled talent that you need. Learn about the advances in technology to help you hire a qualified and diverse staff.


DEI Download | Thursday, 9/19 at 8 a.m. Moderated by DSW Co-Founder Erik Mitisek, this panel of diversity, equity, and inclusion experts will cover how small businesses and startups can approach topics around DEI. Panelists include Karyn Lu of Four Winds Interactive, Alicia Jessip of TEKsystems, and Yolánda Chase of Arrow Electronics.


Age Matters: Designing Digital Products for Every Generation | Thursday, 9/19 at 10 a.m. This session will examine the defining behaviors and expectations of each generation, and the impact they must have on design in order to create cross-generational digital products. Featuring Stephanie Mikuls of Inspiring Apps and Laura Oxler of Room 214.


In addition to the impressive array of content at your fingertips in the DEI Cluster, there are also headline events, including Stronger Toget(her) Sponsored by Chase Ink and the Women Who Startup Rally that will be focused on, at least partially, the conversation around inclusion, diversity and unity.


Be sure to check out our other 2019 clusters: Blockchain, Cannabis, Funding and Healthtech.  

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