Conference Shedule

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Virtual Coffee

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Opening Session: How Systemic Racism Shapes the Lives of Black and Brown People

Description: Participants will leave with practical ways to become an ally for racial justice.

In this session:

Speaker: Lisa McDuffie

Lisa McDuffie is the President/CEO of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio and has been a part of the agency for 25 years. Mrs. McDuffie oversees a 5-million-dollar budget; 20 county service area and staff strength of near 100 employees. Lisa's most recent accomplishment has been the startup of a new Domestic Violence Transitional house that can house 16 women. Doors opened February 2018. In 2010, Lisa orchestrated new construction, a 10-million-dollar apartment complex that houses formerly homeless women and children. Lisa, together with a 20-member board of directors, ensure the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism is addressed in all mission-based YWCA programs such as the Domestic Violence Shelter; H.O.P.E. Rape Crisis Center; Youth Development Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Child Care Resource & Referral and the Healthy Connections breast cancer awareness programs. The agency also has a strong advocacy arm that has led the community's efforts in March's, voter registration and power to the polls; legislative outreach and Dialogue to Change a curriculum geared to discuss issues of Racism in America.

Mrs. McDuffie has a Masters in Science and Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Findlay College and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision status by the state of Ohio. Lisa has been extremely active on various boards and committees such as: the Governor's Appointment to the Ohio Children's Trust Fund Board; Member of Promedica Board of Trustees; Board member Connecting Kids to Meals; Board member of CareNet; Health Equity Chair with Healthy Lucas County; Chair of the Lucas County Prevention Council to End Child Abuse; Treasurer of the Ohio Council of YWCA's; Member of Lucas County Parking Authority Board; Campaign Chair of the Lucas County Domestic Violence Task Force; Metro-Parks Board Member just to name a few. Lisa is an active member of the Toledo Chapter of the LINKS, Inc.; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Zonta Toledo Club I and Downtown Rotary.

Lisa resides in West Toledo with her husband George of 33 years. They have two adult daughters; Victoria, who is 26 with a masters in social work and Brittany, 22 and a recent college grad with a bachelors in Biology/Pre-Med.

Lisa McDuffie, MSSA, LISW-S
President & CEO
YWCA of Northwest Ohio
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Community Resource Fair & Speed Networking
11:20-12:20 p.m.
Opening Keynote: Thin Words to Thick Action


In this session: Institutions from corporations to higher education have found themselves more recently offering statements of assurance related to their values in the wake of national racial unrest incidents. But more recently, the members of those communities have pushed back at the statements, nd have asked what is the tangible response? How will we be different? This session will discuss what thick action looks like, and the tough decisions leaders must make in order to live those actions.

Speaker: Dr. Walter Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Recently he has emerged as one of the leaders discussing free speech on college campuses. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in the book Follow The Leader: Lessons in Social Media Success from Higher Ed CEOs. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter, by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents.

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, and has served as an expert witness in a number of hazing cases.

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, and in February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The's 100 African Americans making history today. Kimbrough was named male HBCU President of the Year for 2014 by HBCU Digest. Finally, in 2020 he was named by College Cliffs as one of 50 Top U.S. College and University Presidents.

Dr. Kimbrough and his wife Adria Nobles Kimbrough, an attorney, are the proud parents of two children: Lydia Nicole, 14, and Benjamin Barack, 12.

Dr. Walter Kimbrough
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Disability Justice in the Workplace

Description: This workshop will address ADA compliance as well as the creative innovations disability justice can bring to our contemporary workplace, be that digital, virtual or in-person. This workshop is interactive and builds on the expertise both Dr. Monteleone and Dr. Day have in researching and teaching in the field of Disability Studies.

In this session:

Speaker: Dr. Ally Day and Dr. Rebecca Monteleone

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Ally Day is Associate Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. She has written extensively about how women with chronic illness negotiate the workplace and has a forthcoming book: The Political Economy of Stigma: HIV, Memoir, Medicine and Crip Positionalities and is co-producing a documentary film HIV in the Rust Belt.
Dr. Ally Day

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Becca Monteleone is an assistant professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. Her work focuses on centering the perspectives and experiences of disabled people in areas in which they have historically invalidated, including healthcare, technology design, and public discourse. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and has published research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, the Journal of Responsible Research and Innovation, and IEEE Technology and Society, among others. In addition to scholarly work, she has more than a decade of experience working with disability organizations, specializing in developing plain language and Easy Read policy and guidance documents. Her current research explores the assumptions embedded in the design, selection, and public discourse around biomedical technologies.

Dr. Rebecca Monteleone
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Supporting Employee Mental Health

Description: Mental health can have a serious impact on a business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of adults with depression reported at least some difficulty with work, home, or social activities because of their depression symptoms. This session will focus on how employers can champion mental health and well-being for their employees. The speaker will inform employers about NAMI services and resources available to assist employers to create a culture that supports mental health.

In this session:

Speaker: Sonya Quinn

Speaker Bio:

Sonya Quinn is Community Outreach Coordinator for the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health Toledo where she establishes plans and promotes the programs offered by NAMI Toledo. She also actively recruits appropriate program volunteers, arranges for their training and assignments. Sonya serves as Co-Chair of Events and Marketing of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and is an Advisory Board Member for Lucas County Trauma Informed Care Coalition.
Sonya Quinn - NAMI
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Age is More Than a Number: Examples and Impact of Ageism in the Workplace

Description: Is Ageism the last socially acceptable prejudice? This session will address what should be done in the workplace to address ageism from recruiting, retention, and marketing perspectives.

In this session:

Speaker: Justin Moor

Speaker Bio:

Justin Moor serves as the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio's VP of Planning & Program Development. During his 15 year career at the Area Office on Aging, Justin has had responsibility for $10 million of the agency’s budget for service provider contracts, support of family caregivers, strategic planning, community partnerships, call center operations, marketing, volunteerism, special events and more. Justin's leadership has earned him both national and local recognition with:

  • U.S. Senator George Voinovich nominating him for the U.S. Senate Leadership Summit for Young Professionals in DC,
  • His work as an innovative developer of programs earning two Aging Innovation Awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging,
  • His work helping create the Area Office on Aging's re-designed Web site earning the distinction of the best Web site in the nation for those age 50 and over its selection as the Best of Show National Mature Media Award winner, beating out the Web sites of giants in the industry like AARP. The agency's brochure he helped create also was also recognized as a Gold National Mature Media Award winner, and
  • His selection as one of the young leaders of northwest Ohio as a recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award.

  • Justin earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Mount Saint Mary's College.

    Justin has served as a board member for Anne Grady Services and Toledo Club Toastmasters. Justin was ordained as a Deacon in the Diocese of Toledo in 2017, becoming the youngest permanent Deacon in the Toledo area at the time. He is assigned in this volunteer role at Corpus Christi University Parish.
    Justin Moor, Area Office on Aging &
    1:00-2:00 p.m.
    DEI Workplace Assessments

    Description: Initiatives aimed at helping organizations and individuals assess and benchmark DEI behaviors and programs. This program will feature steps to address organizational change, as well as best practices for assessing DEI efforts in a way that you can communicate that it is a value within your organization.

    In this session:

    Speaker: Jennifer McCary

    Speaker Bio:

    Jennifer McCary is the Chief Diversity and Belonging officer at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where she oversees the Division of Diversity and Belonging - which includes the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQ+ Programs, TRIO Programs, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Center for Violence Prevention and Education, the Office of Title IX, the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Leadership, Spirit Programs, Title VII, Affirmative Action, and Equal Employment Opportunity. She is a two-time TEDx speaker, is an artist with recent displays in exhibits, and received a 20 Under 40 award by the City of Toledo in 2019.

    McCary earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art education/stone sculpture, a Master of Arts degree in college student personnel, and is currently working on a Doctorate in organization development and change, all from BGSU. She is serving in her final term as chair of the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), which is an organization with 7,500 members representing 1,200 institutions across the US and world. McCary is also a newly selected member of the ACPA Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

    Known as a national Title IX expert, McCary is trained in Title IX and student conduct investigations, trauma informed investigations, forensic evidence collection, restorative justice, bystander intervention, and is a certified diversity professional. She trains on the topics of civility and bystander intervention, unconscious bias, as well as Title IX. McCary has made it her professional goal to help reduce violence and improve the climate as it relates to inclusion in as many spaces as possible.
    Jennifer McCary, BGSU
    1:00-2:00 p.m.
    Gimme 3 Feet: How To Create An Environment Where BLM and MAGA Can Co-Exist

    Description: "Gimme 3 feet!" Max yelled as he tried to pass the ball in bounds.  It was the first time I heard the expression and this backyard basketball rule schooled me on the importance of boundaries, boarders and the need for us all to give EACH OTHER 3 feet.

    In this 60 minute presentation I present 3 people who taught me the keys to creating space where we all can be heard. I share about Joey, a fellow kindergarten classmate, Max and backyard basketball, and Mike(the tall white kid), my best friend of over 40 years. Through the art of story telling I give you and your group practical information and solutions based in reality to create a space where all free to express who they truly are.

    In this session:

    Speaker: Kevin D. Hoffman

    Speaker Bio:

    Accomplished writer and public speaker Kevin Hofmann has appeared across the United States sharing his experience and guiding parents, students and professionals through today's multicultural landscape. His perspective and light-hearted yet contemplative view resonates with people of all cultures and is sought by many. Kevin has been interviewed by media including Nightline ABC and NPR and is quickly becoming a trusted voice on the topics of race and adoption.

    Kevin's layered racial resume has led him to write Growing Up Black in White, a compelling memoir revealing his difficulties and joys growing up in a diverse family - particularly during a time and in a location where acceptance was tentative and emotions regarding race ran high and hot. Because his story also addresses the impact of race and culture in society, it serves as a catalyst for open discussions on diversity and inclusion as well as race and culture. Kevin has worked with several K-12 school districts, universities, and adoption agencies as a consultant in the area of cultural intelligence.
    Kevin D. Hoffman
    2:15-3:15 p.m.
    Getting Your House in Order: Preparing your workforce to Recruit and Retain Talent

    Description: This interactive session will explore recruitment and retention strategies for diverse talent. The session will also include tips on incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) principles into your workplace. You will also learn how to identify and correct issues involving discrimination in your workplace and how to develop an inclusive culture for future minority employees.

    In this session:

    Speaker: Ashley Futrell

    Ashley A. Futrell is an Attorney at Law at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. An established litigator and counselor, Ashley represents clients of all sizes on employment law, complex litigation and white collar matters. As an employment lawyer with memberships in the Association of Workplace Investigators and the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association, Ashley performs workplace investigations and advises clients on how to prevent and correct workplace discrimination and harassment.

    Ashley is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio, where she investigated and prosecuted federal crimes, including public corruption and white collar cases. She served as a point of contact for federal and state agencies on federal crimes.

    Ashley began her law career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where she investigated and prosecuted all phases of misdemeanor and felony cases and represented New York County in criminal hearings and trials.

    Before law school, Ashley served as a senior staff member on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where she advised several Members of Congress on a wide variety of legislative issues. She also worked to secure federal funding for urban parks and conservation and built national coalitions for national conservation organizations.

    Ashley is a leader in her community. In 2019, she was the recipient of Toledo's 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Toledo Bar Association, the Toledo Opera, United Way of Greater Toledo's Women's Initiative, Leadership Toledo, and the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (a merger of the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet), as well as a former board member of Junior League of Toledo. Ashley is also a member of the Toledo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the International Women's Forum.

    Ashley received her B.A. in Law and Society from American University, her M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.

    Ashley Futrell, Shumaker
    2:15-3:15 p.m.
    How Allyship Drives Workplace Inclusion

    Description: During the year 2020, many white Americans' eyes were opened to some of the attrocities that Black people in this country have been enduring for, now, over 400 years. This awakening has promoted many whites to aspire to be allys of the Black community. While this is admirable and absolutely necessary, there is a fine line between allyship and white saviorism. During this session, we will look closer at what it means to be an ally. We will also examine the paradoxes of what is required for whites to, actually, BE an ally. My hope is that we will have some time to discuss and share experiences.

    In this session:

    Speaker: Malaika-Beauta Bell

    Speaker Bio:

    Malaika Bell is a two-time graduate of The University of Toledo, with a Masters in Sociology. She became a Certified Diversity Professional in Dec. 2019. She has been working in DEI since February of 2018. In addition, Malaika has been co-chair for the Social Justice Committee of the City of Toledo's Human Relations Commission since Aug. 2019.
    Malaika-Beauta Bell
    2:15-3:15 p.m.
    Practical Ways to Reduce Implicit Bias in Your Hiring Process


    In this session:

    Speaker: LaShaun Carter

    Speaker Bio:

    At Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), LaShaun is responsible for assessing and developing the strategic plan for the agency. He is responsible for ensuring that the efforts of the organization are in line with its Mission and Guiding Principles. He is also committed to the notion that equity is embedded in all we do and ensures this by fostering respectful and effective collaboration across ages, classes, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and other cultural identities. LaShaun routinely consults with human service professionals, human resources professionals, educators, and industry partners across the country as he continues to seek innovative ways to dismantle the influence of systemic racism, implicit bias, and other structural barriers. LaShaun is frequently called upon to share his experiences in designing strategic plans, collaborative action plans that enhance partnership effectiveness, and fostering opportunities for advancing equity in the public and private sectors.

    LaShaun serves the community in many ways, serving on the African American Leadership Academy, IMPACT Community Action, Africentric Early College Advisory Boards, as well as The City of Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission and the Columbus Chief of Police Advisory Panel. He lives in Gahanna with his wife Cheree, and children Chyna (24), LaDaia (4), and Kross (1).
    LaShaun Carter, Chief DEI Officer, Franklin County CS
    2:15-3:15 p.m.
    Building a Diverse, Inclusive, and Veteran-Friendly Workforce

    Description: Businesses exist for specific reasons and require top-notch talent to achieve top-notch results.

    Employers continually seek to optimize their results, recruiting experienced people with great skills and experience that:
    - can do the work they need done
    - 'fit' in the culture.

    The search for this talent is an ongoing challenge, more so recently with record low levels of unemployment.

    Over 250,000 military veterans transition to the civilian work force annually. These folks bring tremendous skills and experience, and robust ‘soft skill’ capabilities.

    This session will help participants take a fresh look at military veteran hiring and employment as a value-adding part of the talent management strategy.

    Participants will leave with practical, usable information they can use immediately to optimize their military veteran hiring and employment strategies, plans, and processes.

    In this session:

    Speaker: Bill Kieffer

    Speaker Bio:

    Bill is President & Chief Advisor of Kieffer & Associates Limited, an advisory firm specializing in Military Veteran Career Transition, Hiring & Employment, Leadership Coaching, and Strategic Talent Management.

    He is a Marshall Goldsmith certified coach, earned SHRM's "Veterans in the Workplace Certification" and also serves as a coach and coach advisory board member for "The Honor Foundation," a non-profit group providing career transition services to special operations forces (SEALS, Green Berets, Rangers, Marine Special Operators, Air Force ParaRescue, and similar elite service members).

    Bill has over 23 years experience leading HR, talent management, and organizational development for multiple large, complex, global companies including Amcor Rigid Plastics, Dana Holding Corporation, and DB Schenker.

    Prior to these experiences, Bill served nearly 12 years as a United States Army Officer, in a variety of command and staff positions in the US, Central America and Somalia.

    In addition to his work, Bill was honored to present "Investing in the Middle" at TEDx Toledo in 2017, serves as an elected official in his home town, Co-chairs the Veterans Professional Network of NW Ohio, is a member of the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and has worked in / travelled to 31 countries and set foot on every continent except Antarctica.
    Bill Kieffer
    2:15-3:15 p.m.
    Let's Get The Conversation Started

    Description: Recent events including the deaths of unarmed black men and women, rise in white supremacy have surfaced long-standing racial inequities and tensions. There is a national conversation about race taking place in America that has and will continue to impact our employees in ways that we cannot ignore. Failure to do so increases the risks that result in underperforming teams due to lower levels of engagement. Therefore, the goal of this session is to help HR professionals and leaders learn how to conduct courageous conversations with their team members and lean into the discomfort and with empathy and vulnerability.

    In this session:

    Speakers: Christie Taylor and Houston Young

    Speaker Bio:

    Christie Taylor is the Inclusion and Diversity Lead at Owens Corning.

    She leads the design and implementation of inclusive leader workshops; programs that raise awareness of our collective Unconscious Bias; open forums (Courageous Conversations) that provide opportunity for all voices to be heard on any issues on employees’ minds; on-Demand I&D Resources for Leaders and employees; and oversight of OC’s affinity groups.

    In her last role as a Learning & Development Lead, Christie was responsible for organizing and implementing the company’s first Inclusive Leader Workshop, an intense training for all Directors and Vice Presidents globally.

    Christie joined Owens Corning in Human Resources in 2012, and has worked in various HR Generalist and Specialist roles leading up to her current role in I&D.

    Prior to joining Owens Corning, Christie worked as an HR Generalist for Ply-Gem Windows manufacturing facility in Northwood, Ohio.

    She holds an Associate degree in Business Management from Owens Community College and a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University.

    Christie is from Toledo, Ohio, and currently lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with her spouse and 2 boys, ages 6 and 4.
    Christie Taylor

    Speaker Bio:

    Houston Young's role on the Inclusion and Diversity team includes various internal and external initiatives, including representing Owens Corning in our global communities and will be responsible for leading initiatives like the Racial and Social Justice Initiative and the Inclusion & Diversity Council.

    He joined Owens Corning as Director, Internal Audit, in 2018.

    Prior to OC, he served as Director, Strategic Risk Management for General Motors. From 2004 through 2011, Mr. Young served two international assignments: Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at CAMI Automotive located in Ontario, Canada, and Global Finance Director - South America Product Development located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Upon returning to the US in 2011, Mr. Young served as Finance Director, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain.

    His career at GM began in 1990 where he started as a Financial Analyst and held key managerial, director and analytical assignments in product development, pricing and incentives. He was promoted to Manager in 1997 and held various managerial roles including; Corporate Capital and being appointed Regional Finance Manager, Northeast Region based in Purchase NY.

    Throughout his career, Houston has been a strong advocate for community service, volunteerism and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives including Lead Talent Recruiter, Booth, Kellogg, National Association of Black Accountant, and National Black MBA Association. Currently, he serves as a Board Member, Cherry Street Mission, Toledo OH.

    He holds bachelor's degrees in Aviation, MBA in Finance, both from The Ohio State University and a Strategic Decision & Risk Management (SDRM) certification from University of Texas at Austin.

    Houston is originally from Elyria, Ohio. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, married to his wife Monique (25 years), and has five God-children.

    Houston Young
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Closing Keynote
    How to Have Courageous Conversations About Race (And Other Dimensions Of Diversity)

    Description: Recent events including the deaths of unarmed black men and women, rise in white supremacy have surfaced long-standing racial inequities and tensions. There is a national conversation about race taking place in America that has and will continue to impact our employees in ways that we cannot ignore. Failure to do so increases the risks that result in underperforming teams due to lower levels of engagement. Therefore, the goal of this session is to help HR professionals and leaders learn how to conduct courageous conversations with their team members and lean into the discomfort and with empathy and vulnerability.

    Speaker: Nathan Ziegler

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr. Nathan Ziegler is Vice President for Culture and Inclusion at Bon Secours Mercy Health, where he leads the strategic integration of diversity and inclusion across all aspects of the organization that has 60,000 associates and generates nearly $10B in annual revenue. As a leader of D&I for BSMH, he has deployed ministry wide councils for diversity and inclusion that cover all the markets, has developed education and training solutions to reduce bias and improve inclusion, and has helped shape D&I as a strategic priority for the organization. He is also heavily engaged in the community, helping to build sustainable partnerships that support all communities across the BSMH footprint.

    Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Ziegler earned his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Toledo in 2015. With an extensive career in higher education, business and healthcare, Nathan has worked globally to build educational programs, deliver strategic D&I training solutions, and consult businesses and universities on their cultural and inclusion needs. He has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at over 30 international and national conferences. Nathan currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, Jen and their four children.
    Nathan Ziegler
    4:30 p.m.
    Closing Remarks