Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Virtual Summit

DEIB 2023

A Call to Awareness, Advocacy, Action, and Transformation for Inclusive Leadership! 

Join the ILA community and others who are passionate and purposeful about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) from a global perspective as we examine the intersectionality of the components of diversity for two days of empowering talks, deeper dive workshops, and information-rich roundtable discussions.

Theme Statement & Call to Action

Experience this interactive conference examining how leadership & practice drive inclusion and belonging for the greater good.   

  • Hear from thought leaders who are raising AWARENESS for DEIB through LEARNING & ADVOCACY that impact social justice and equity 
  • Deep dive into workshops to learn innovative practices and cutting-edge theories addressing the ‘how’ organizations and global communities come together to cultivate leadership in ACTION to drive meaningful change; ultimately co-creating, sharing, and implementing best practices for creating and sustaining equitable, diverse, and inclusive groups, organizations, communities, and societies.  
  • Explore leadership research, theory, learnings, and practice how driving change at an individual and organizational level, can contribute to inclusion in the corporate, non-profit, and NGO sectors, as well as society at large, while gaining a deeper insight about global inclusion practices and DEIB journeys in various markets.  
  • Engage in post-event opportunities for continued networking, sharing of best practices, and research collaboration.  

Summit Chair Joanne Barnes shares why you should attend this year's event.

When: 21 June 11:00-16:15 EST and 22 June 9:00-15:00 EST

Where: Online, Live Virtual Event

Note: all sessions will be recorded, and you will have access to view the archived recordings on-demand post conference for 60 days.

Have a question or need assistance? Contact the ILA conference team at conferences@ilaglobalnetwork.org

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Interested in partnering with the ILA to sponsor the Summit? Email conferences@ilaglobalnetwork.org.

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DEIB - Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Indiana Wesleyan University - Division of Leadership & Followership Studies

What Last Year's Attendees Say About the Summit

“This ILA conference surpassed my expectations, especially as it moved beyond race and gender to focus on the finer markers of diversity. The topics of interest as such are limitless, as there is so much that needs to be discussed. As a practitioner and academic in the field of Authentic Leadership and Leadership Coaching, I enthusiastically look forward to our next conference.” 

“The Summit was an amalgamation of the best speakers in the topics from across the globe. The sessions were insightful and speakers inspiring. Glad I got a chance to be a part of it and look forward to the next year.”

“The content was rich, and I met a number of new connections to further my learning and connection.” 


Keynote - 22 June 2023

Data Driven DEI

Based on his latest book, Data Driven DEI, Dr. Randal Pinkett will keynote ILA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Virtual Summit. 

This live talk followed by Q&A with the scholar, author and season 4 winner of The Apprentice will be a can’t miss opportunity. 

Randal D. Pinkett

Randal D. Pinkett, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, BCT Partners

Dr. Randal Pinkett is an entrepreneur, author, innovator, speaker, media personality and DEI expert who is leading the way in business, technology and equity for all.  

He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a global, multimillion-dollar research, training, consulting, technology, and data analytics firm whose mission is to provide insights about diverse people that lead to equity. The company has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, Ernst & Young as EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Manage HR Magazine as a Top 10 Firm for Diversity & Inclusion, the Black Enterprise BE100s list of the nation’s largest Black-owned businesses, and the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. 

Dr. Pinkett is an expert in several areas relating to emerging technologies, “big data” analytics, social innovation, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and is a regular contributor on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News. An international public speaker, he is the author or co- 
author of several books including Black Faces in High Places, Black Faces in White Places, Data-Driven DEI, Campus CEO, and No-Money Down CEO.  

He holds five degrees including: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from MIT. Most notably, he was the first and only African American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University; he was inducted to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, as a former high jumper, long jumper, sprinter and captain of the Rutgers men’s track and field team; and he was the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, “The Apprentice.” 

Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides with his family, including a daughter and two sons. Dr. Pinkett firmly believes that “for those to whom much is given, much is expected,” so throughout his endeavors, he places great emphasis on his responsibility to give back to the community. 

Spotlight Speakers

Dr. Samantha Rae, also known as Dr. Sam, is a leading DEI Strategist & Systems Analyst and the dynamic force behind DSRD Consulting. She’s also the creator of the innovative app, DEI Offload, designed specifically to support the mental health of individuals working in the DEI sector. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Sam has brought transformative DEI solutions to organizations like Goodwill, Save the Children, and NIH, impacting over 10,000 employees. Her work also extends to the academic sector, where she’s worked with leaders from over 50 universities across the nation to embed DEI into their processes. Dr. Sam holds a bachelor’s in Biology, a master’s in Public Health, and a Doctorate in leadership & organizational management. Dr. Sam’s work intersects between DEI and business systems optimization and development. In 2022 alone, she partnered with global change-makers from over 30 renowned companies, including AWS, Meta, and Lyft, to improve their workplace culture. She’s also supported over 400 DEI practitioners worldwide.

Rev. Dr. Brian Tillman is the Director of Inclusion and Advocacy and Co-Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Georgia Conference. He was commissioned in 2011 and ordained in 2015. Brian earned his BA degree from Morehouse College in 2003 where his major was Child Development; M.Ed degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007; M.Div degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in 2011 with a concentration in Scripture and Interpretation; certificate from the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership in 2017; D.Min degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2023.  He has served in churches in North Georgia in various roles and served for 4 years as chair of the North Georgia Conference Commission on Religion and Race. Brian has created the Racial Healing Framework that equips leaders to pursue racial healing in systems and leads workshops throughout the southeast.

Tanya Cruz Teller is a passionate, creative leader of systemic change founded on principles
of personal transformation, collaborative partnerships, whole systems thinking and
Appreciative Inquiry. As an Organizational Development practitioner, her work is
committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive world through building great organizations.

She has over 20 years’ experience with asset-based design in strategic planning, leadership
development, and stakeholder engagement in international, organizational, and community

Tanya has a Master’s of Intercultural & International Management, has co-authored
“Thriving Women, Thriving World: An Invitation to Dialogue, Healing and Inspired Actions”
(2019); and wrote the Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Organizations,
and Societies chapter in the book “Inspiring Inclusion Using the Appreciative Leadership
Lotus Model” (2020).

Tanya is a panelist for the GDEIB, a TAOS Associate, member of the International OD
Networks, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Appreciative

Dr. Liza Howe-Walsh is a Reader in International Human Resource Management (IHRM) at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Liza has published numerous internationally recognised journal articles in a range of top-rated journals such as International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Research and Journal of International Management and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Mobility and Studies in Higher Education.  Her research has led to multiple invited keynote speeches for both academic and practitioner audiences to support greater inclusion of Women in Leadership. She is the Past President of the Women and Leadership Community, International Leadership Association (ILA). 

Katarzyna Bachnik, PhD, has 17 years of experience advancing the field of marketing and innovation in both business and in academia settings. Her expertise is in international marketing, market research, disruptive innovation and design thinking, and corporate social responsibility, and she is an author of several publications and expertise papers in the aforementioned areas. She has been affiliated with several international institutions of higher education, and she has worked for enterprises in marketing and consultant jobs. Right now, she is a full-time Professor of Marketing and Innovation at Hult International Business School, Cambridge, MA.

Lisa Critchley is the Chief People Officer for Benefit Resource Inc. (BRI) an innovative and dedicated administration of tax-free benefits programs including: Commuter Benefit Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts. Lisa’s career spans over 30 years in strategic human resources (HR) business partner leadership roles serving a diverse set of organizations including professional services, manufacturing, real estate, consumer packaged goods, and education. She is known as a highly effective change agent. 

Lisa, founder of Kirk Partners Consulting, LLC, focused on business and leadership performance to guide leaders and organizations to ignite the power of possibility deliver transformational results. Prior to leading her consulting practice, Lisa was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Home Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) with $6.7 B enterprise value, where she led significant human capital transformation initiatives delivering high-impact shareholder value. 

Her career includes senior HR positions with Bausch & Lomb, ALSTOM Signaling Inc., Harris RF Communications, Hansford Manufacturing, Nothnagle Realtors, and she was the Assistant Dean, at the William E. Simon School of Business Administration.

Lisa earned her doctorate at St. John Fisher University. Her dissertation focused on the application of mindfulness for leadership effectiveness. She holds an MBA, from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts, from St. John Fisher University. Lisa is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP).

Visit our past speakers bio page for detailed information on our array of global experts. 


Full details of sessions, speakers, & sponsors can be found in the link below.


Your registration includes full access to: Two Days of Programming including keynotes, concurrent sessions, workshops, panels, presentations, and more.

Note: Prior to the start of the conference, registrants will receive an email with login instructions.

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Group Invoicing Option

Need to pay for a group all at once?  If your organization has a group of 5 or more, we can provide a group invoice option instead of paying 5+ individual invoices.  If you would like to pay for a group of registrants, please email deib@ilaglobalnetwork.org with the subject line “Group Invoice.” If you have the names of the registrants, please provide the names in the body of the email.  Once the invoice is paid, we will provide a discount code associated with the group invoice that should be distributed to your attendees to use during the registration process. 

Please note: Group invoicing does not register your attendees for the event.  Each attendee must still complete the registration form themselves using the discount code linked to the group invoice.  

Event Policies

Event fees are non-refundable.  In an event of a cancellation, please email conferences@ilaglobalnetwork.org

If the person who registered cannot attend and you wish to make a substitution, please email conferences@ilaglobalnetwork.org by 7 June 2023. Depending on the complexity of the request, the ILA reserves the right to assess a $30 change fee. 

I confirm that within the conference event space, my remarks and comments, both written and oral, will not violate any proprietary or personal rights of others (including any copyright, trademark, and privacy rights). They will be factually accurate and contain nothing defamatory or otherwise unlawful. I agree to release ILA from any liability if my presentation is found to violate trademark, copyright, or any other intellectual property right.  

I am aware that ILA conference sessions may be recorded, streamed, and rebroadcast or reproduced as images. By registering, I consent to the recording or photography of my image, voice, name, and any content I provide, including presentations, logos, trademarks, comments, questions, or chats.

I understand that online session recordings and onsite plenary recordings will be available for viewing by conference registrants after the conference. I consent to the future use of video recordings, images, or photographs by ILA, its agents, and its authorized third parties in whole or in part for promotional or educational purposes.

If as a presenter, I wish to restrict the ILA’s future use of the video recording of my presentation beyond access for conference registrants, I understand I may opt out from other potential uses by completing the form here.

Planning Committee

Joanne Barnes

Joanne Barnes

Karen Perham-Lippman

Karen Perham-Lippman

Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund

Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund

Chris Cartwright

Chris Cartwright

Cary Snow

Cary Snow

Visit our featured speakers and planning committee bio page for detailed information on our volunteer planning team. 


Contact Monica Grinage at mgrinage@ilaglobalnetwork.org to discuss your sponsorship. Bespoke packages are available.

  • Sixteen complimentary conference registrations
  • A one year ILA organizational membership
  • Provided with email list of registrants who agree to share their email for one-time honor system use
  • Welcome delegates at one of the plenaries
  • Provided with a virtual booth space during the two-day conference.
  • Your virtual booth space allows for you to upload logos, brochures, bios and video files. Attendees can stop by any time to check out your booth and opt to download the items you have placed in the booth.
  • Your virtual booth will also allow you to live host. During hosting you can have live video chats with attendees that visit your booth or you can arrange to ‘meet them there’.
  • Organization logo on conference sponsor web page and on conference site header. Logo also sent in ILA marketing materials.
  • Recognized as sponsor of a networking session with logo.
  • Eight complimentary conference registrations
  • Provided with a virtual booth space during the two-day conference.
  • Your virtual booth space allows for you to upload logos, brochures, bios and video files. Attendees can stop by any time to check out your booth and opt to download the items you have placed in the booth.
  • Your virtual booth will also allow you to live host. During hosting you can have live video chats with attendees that visit your booth or you can arrange to ‘meet them there’.
  • Organization logo on conference sponsor web page and on conference site header. Logo also sent in ILA marketing materials.
  • Recognized as sponsor of a networking session with logo.

Call for Proposals

No Longer Accepting Submissions

We invite you to submit a presentation to speak at ILA’s 3rd DEIB Virtual Summit, 21-22 June 2023.

Submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria and general framework:

  • Stating the problem and its significance
  • Outlining the leadership based framework
  • Communicating the significance (addresses important questions and research in the DEIB space across multiple disciplines.)
  • Design
  • Sharing results/findings or outcomes
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Demonstrating take-aways

Please note:  Each submission can have 1 up to a total of 4 presenters (including a session moderator). There is no max on the number of submissions a presenter can submit. 

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