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THURSDAY, APRIL 5
7:30-8:45 a.m. Sponsor set-up.
8:15-9:00 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast, networking
9:00-10:15 a.m. Welcome remarks from the founders of the Face Diversity Summit and Face Awards.
KEYNOTE PANEL (Calusa Ballroom)
DIVERSITY: A KEY TO SUCCESS.
Description:
How to align the values of your organization with your recruitment, training and diversity policies. A panel of experts will discuss the essential practices to demonstrate commitment to inclusion, equity and knowledge to provide a positive environment in the workplace regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religion.

  • Essential practices and recruitment policies—equal opportunity: What does that mean?
  • How do companies embrace multiculturalism in recruitment efforts in the face of the demographic boom in our area?
  • How are Southwest Florida companies prepared to recruit and retrain the workforce amid the demographic changes?

Speakers:

Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates MA, MAMC, ACHE
System Director of Diversity and Patient Care Civil Rights. Lee Health, Fort Myers, Florida.

Gail Williams,
Chief Diversity Office, Hodges University, Naples, Florida.

Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko,Ph.D., MBA, CDM
President and Founder, Global Learning and Diversity Partners, New York City.
Moderated by: Phil Borchmann, Editor-in-Chief, Gulfshore Business magazine.
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break, with snacks provided
10:30-11:15 a.m. Breakout sessions A, B, C
10:30-11:15 a.m. DIVERSITY: A CORPORATE VISION FROM THE C-LEVEL PERSPECTIVE.
Room A
A) Leadership/Executives: 
How corporations and executive leaders can build diversity into the pipeline by implementing comprehensive strategies with common goals to make other leaders accountable within their company culture.

  • Defining the corporate culture and creating a positive environment.
  • Being responsive to multicultural employees through policy.

Speakers:

Orlando Rosales
President & CEO Media Vista Group, llc. Bonita Springs, Florida.
Kristin Gwinner
Senior Vice President (SVP) of Human Resources, Chico’s FAS, Inc, Fort Myers, Florida.
Allen Weiss
MD, MBA, FACP, FACR President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System, Naples, FL.
Blake Gable
Chief Executive Officer/BARRON COLLIER COMPANIES, Naples.

Moderated by: David Diamond, Founder-President DAngelis Diamond.
10:30-11:15 a.m. DIVERSITY: THE BOOSTING FOR BOTTOM LINE RESULTS.
Room B
B) Sales/ Marketing/ New Media: How diversity can impact and change the bottom line by creating awareness and increasing purchasing power to different types of audiences and consumer behaviors in a fast-paced global media marketplace.

  • Engaging diverse groups to achieve common goals
  • An overview of the opportunities for companies seeking business from different cultural/ethic communities locally, nationally and internationally
  • Creating marketing and targeted campaigns that work in this new era.

Speakers:

Peg McDaniel
President/Consumer Connections Specialist, MCD MEDIA Inc,. Miami.
Michelle Schecht
Account Manager, Pandora, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Nidia Serrano
Senior Sales Marketing Manager, Pandora, Bronxville, New York.
Moderated by: Rob Wardlaw, Associate Publisher, Gulfshore Business Magazine.
 10:30-11:15 a.m. FOSTERING MULTICULTURAL HABITS TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
Room C
C) Health and Well-Being: How organizations and individuals can coexist with with effects of a diverse workplace by understanding factors such as psychosomatic issues, well-being and quality of life.

  • Great and healthy foods with an ethnic flair
  • Awareness programs that help multicultural employees find access to healthcare they need
  • Companies and employees working as teams to become active within their neighborhoods to achieve a better performance in their routines

Speakers:

Chef Eddie Garza
Senior Manager of Food & Nutrition, The Human Society of the United States, Houston.
Monica Dubroja
Manager of the Arthrex Medical Centers and wellness programs, Southwest Florida.
Deb Logan
Executive Director Blue Zones Southwest Florida.
Moderated by: Rick LoCastro, Executive Director, The Arlington, Naples, FL.
11:15-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30-1:00 p.m. 2018 FACE AWARDS LUNCHEON AND STET PRESENTATION
 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Calusa Ballroom)
DIVERSITY AND GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE.

Description:
In this presentation, you will hear what “workplace diversity” really means and how it defines a relationship beyond employee race or gender. You will learn how a banking organization like Fifth Third Bank practices diversity in certain areas to achieve greater productivity and boost morale.

Speakers:

Jada Grandy-Mock
CRA Strategies Director, SVP, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio.

1:30-1:45 p.m. Break
 

KEYNOTE PANEL (Calusa Ballroom)
THE SPIRITUAL AND HUMAN SIDE OF ADDING DIMENSION TO DIVERSITY.

1:45-3:00 p.m. A Dimension to diversity: A discussion on disability, culture and religion in the workplace.

Description:
How mainstream customs can change the perspective on disability, culture and religion in the workplace by promoting empowerment and inclusion. This discussion is relevant to everyone with an interest in disability, culture, religion and a responsibility for addressing sensitive issues in the workplace or an educational organization.

  • Legal requirements for hiring individuals with disabilities, as well as wage information.
  • The benefits (for both the company and workers) of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Essential practices when serving clients (including medical patients) and assisting employees of different religious backgrounds.

Speakers:

Eliana Tardio
Latina Social Media Influencer, Fort Myers, Florida.
Carolyn Johnson
Vice President of Communications and Development, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, SWFL.
Sheryl Soukup
President of Soukup Strategic Solutions, Naples, Florida.
Moderated by: TBC
3:00-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions A, B
3:15-4:30 p.m. HOW TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEES AND THE COMMUNITY TO BUILD BRIDGES.
Room A
A) Leadership/Executives employee engagement and social integration: A discussion about how employee engagement is good for business and organizations. Also, why employee integration is a crucial and important next step for employee development.

  • Establishing in-house efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Assisting new employees who have relocated and want to learn about their community (social activities, entertainment, schools, church, etc.).
  • Understanding the implications of sustainability, social good with a beneficial perspective.

Speakers:

Chelsey Gonzalez
Manager of Training and Development/LIPMAN Family Farms, Immokalee, FL.
John Olinger
President & CEO/ AOT GLOBAL, Warwick, Rhode Island.
Alfred Santamaria
Expert in Political Science and Political Campaigns, Miami, Florida.
Moderated by:
3:15-4:30 p.m. USA (NAVIGATING THE IMMIGRATION LAWS): HOW TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS IN THIS NEW 2018 REALITY.
Room B
B) Best Management Practices/ Immigration: This session will focus on the benefits of employing professional immigrant workers, who are needed for hard-to-fill positions and staff diversity. But the changing laws make those efforts difficult.

  • Untangling the mystery of Visas–H-1B, E2
  • How to attract high-skilled foreign labor and diversify your workplace
  • Detailing the importance that immigrant workers have on our local economy

Speakers:

Adonia Simpson, ESQ
Director Family Defense Program/ AI JUSTICE/Miami, FL.
Casey Wolff
International Immigration Attorney, Estero, FL.
Pablo Hurtado
Founder & Owner
Hurtado Cavanaugh, Fort Myers, Florida.

Moderated by: Kimberly Leach Johnson, Chair Quarles & Brady.
 4:30-6:00 p.m.
CELEBRATION OF COLORS PARTY
 
(Calusa Ballroom)

A networking opportunity to meet with honorees, speakers, guest and leaders in the community.