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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: In Action

October 31 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: In Action
October 31, 2019 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Federal Reserve, 1600 E. Warren Ave, Detroit MI

The Oakland County Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association invite you to attend Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: In Action, an event which seeks to gather the best and brightest minds to engage in an impactful dialogue about:
• Why strong inclusive strategies are important;
• Actions that others have taken to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives; and
• How we can each increase DE&I awareness in our communities, businesses, and organizations.

Join attorneys, executives, managers, consultants, human resources, and other individuals who wish to become leaders in DE&I or who are already involved in DE&I initiatives in their corporate, government, and community organizations. Through small group discussions, participants will expand their network of DE&I resources.

See our sponsors here, and get your tickets here!


8:00 a.m.   Registration and light breakfast
9:00 a.m. The Business Case for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in Your Organization – Tedi Parsons
9:45 a.m. 5 Essential Qualities Need for Effective DE&I Leadership – Tedi Parsons
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Proving It Is Possible: How Top DE&I Leader Have Led the Discussion and Impacted Communities They Serve – Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. A Call to Action: Where Is My Organization at on the DE&I Journey – Small Group Discussions, Facilitated by Darlene King and Tedi Parsons
1:30 p.m. Conclude

The event will include the following presenters:


  • Darlene King, Executive Director of Michigan Diversity Council
  • Tedi R. Parsons, Managing Partner, 2B Inclusive LLC


  • Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Greg Conyers, Director of Diversity at State Bar of Michigan
  • Jody Guastella Jones, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
  • Julie Fershtman, VP & Managing Shareholder of Foster Swift Collins & Smith’s Southfield office
  • Mindi Johnson, Co-Leader of Business and Tax Practice Group at Foster Swift




October 31
8:00 am - 1:30 pm


Women’s Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association


The Federal Reserve
1600 E. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI
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