Save the date for Northeast Ohio’s premier program for senior-level diversity and HR professionals, the Commission’s annual conference features presentations from local, national and international companies and speakers recognized for strategic outcomes driven by diversity and inclusion. It also includes interactive sessions to help the 250+ attendees connect diversity management with setting and achieving organizational goals.

Morning Keynote:

Michele KPMG

Michele Meyer-Shipp
Principal, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, KPMG

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp joined KPMG LLP as Principal and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in August 2018.  In this role, she leads the National Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) team and oversees its strategy and objectives, including supporting the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse workforce; inspiring broad perspectives and innovative client solutions; and fostering an inclusive and accessible culture.  Michele will work closely with KPMG’s leadership teams to advance its inclusive and diverse culture, which has earned the firm recognition as a top workplace by FORTUNE magazine, DiversityInc, Working Mother, and The Human Rights Campaign. To read Michele's full bio, click HERE.

Luncheon Keynote:


Tai Wingfield
Senior Vice President, Employee Engagement & Change Management, Weber Shandwick

With nearly 15 years of experience, Tai advises public and private organizations on various issues, including diversity and inclusion initiatives, brand reputation management, and corporate social responsibility. She holds a global role, but is based in Weber Shandwick's New York office.

Breakout Sessions:

Crisis Management, Crisis Communications and Social Media
Presented by Stephanie York, Esq., Vice President and In-House Counsel, Hennes Communications

In today’s world of instant information, reputational threats can have an immediate and deadly effect on the ability of organizations to recover, rebuild and reposition themselves after a crisis. This fast-paced seminar by crisis management specialist Stephanie York, from Hennes Communications in Cleveland and Akron, will focus on a highly-strategic approach to communicating during a wide variety of situations, offering methods for establishing and maintaining “control of the message,” enabling you to move your message forward or mount a defense against a sudden press onslaught, or a social media attack. 

Woke Advertising: What is It? How and When to Incorporate It Into Your Advertising Strategy
Panelists include:

  • Kevin Griffith, Senior Vice President, The Adcom Group (Moderator)
  • Allison B. Vann, Rabbi, Suburban Temple-Koi Ami
  • Corey James, Senior Manager of Community Engagement & Foundation Development, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Phyllis Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

This session will define Woke Advertising and provide practical application models for how it can be incorporated into the advertising and organizational culture strategy.

Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Communication: Best & Next Practices for External Media and Public Relations
Presented by:

  • Lauren Welch, Assistant Director of Communications, Mandel School of Applied Social Services, Case Western Reserve University
  • Todd Mesek, Chief Marketing Officer, ideastream


Cleveland Marriott East
26300 Harvard Road
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44122 


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:30 Welcome & Morning Keynote
Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. Lunch & Afternoon Keynote

Breakout Sessions

Closing Keynote

3:30 p.m. Event Concludes

Registration Information:

$129 - GCP Members
$199 - Nonmembers 

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

 CC Eaton   
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