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Turning DEI Commitments into Action

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has emerged as a major priority in the association sector this year — and many leaders are looking for “roadmaps” or proven practices to guide their work.

Hear how the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) have realized measurable change by integrating DEI plans into two long-standing pillars of their organizations: strategy and governance. Our panel will outline their plans – from envisioning to impact measurement – and share best practices and lessons learned from the volunteer leader, CEO and staff perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of how DEI impact can be realized through long-standing and foundational areas of association management
  • Identify different approaches or “roadmaps” for realizing lasting DEI change
  • Learn the importance of collective ownership of DEI initiatives and how volunteer leaders, CEO and staff all play unique, but critical, roles.

Meet the Speakers:

Chris Busky, CAE, CEO, Infectious Diseases Society of America and the IDSA Foundation
Salandra Thomas, Vice President, Talent and Organizational Development, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Karen Horting, MBA, CAE, Executive Director & CEO, Society of Women Engineers
Heather Doty, President, Society of Women Engineers and Project Engineer, Ball Aerospace



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