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IndySHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Presented by National Urban League

Join us for a half day Diversity and Inclusion HR conference presented by National Urban League. Enjoy three great breakout sessions, a keynote luncheon, and our vendor fair with several event partners - Three great resources to help support your human resource efforts!

When: Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Sheraton City Centre
31 W. Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204

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Join us for a half day Diversity and Inclusion HR conference.

Including a Keynote Luncheon with Chief of Staff at SHRM National, Emily M. Dickens, and three great breakout sessions to choose from:

  • LGBTQ+: Understanding different types of people in the LGBTQ+ arena and how this flows into the workplace. Speaker: Jeremy York, President, InvigorateHR
  • DeMystifying Service Members: Clearing misconceptions, educating our workforce and fostering new ways to attract veterans to our organizations. Speaker: Jamie Wright, Recruiter and Veteran, Roche
  • Leading with Disabilities: Get perspectives from people in leadership with disabilities at companies like PepsiCo, IU Health, and Anthem. Speakers include: Gina Clevenger, Dustin Maynard, Eric Ellet, Quay Kester, and moderated by Angie Vandersteen.

Our vendor fair will feature several partners with resources to help support your human resource efforts.

Conference will be certified for a total of 2.5 SHRM and HRCI credits.


Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

8am-9am: Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking
9am-10:15am: Breakout Sessions
10:15am-11am: Vendor Fair
11:15am-1pm: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker


Sheraton City Centre - Lower Level
31 W Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


Members: $60  ($50 before 4/24/19)
Non-Members: $70  ($60 before 4/24/2019)
Flat Rate Program: $0

A $10 early bird discount will be applied to registrations received a week prior to the event.

Registering three or more people from the same company? Use Discount Code "Diversity10" at checkout to get 10% off!


Exhibitor Registration: $150
6' sponsor table in the main room with two representatives.

Click "Register" above and select the Exhibitor ticket upon checkout.



Emily M. Dickens, J.D., serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff. She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, serving as corporate secretary for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, as well as managing external partnerships and providing oversight for the Government Affairs division.

Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She formerly served on the Fayetteville/Cumberland (NC) Chamber of Commerce (Secretary of the Board), the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Partnership for Defense Innovation Board, and the Educational Advancement Foundation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.


Pat Saint is a Change Leader with 28 years of Fortune 500 experience in Information Technology (IT) and Supply Chain Operations – primarily in healthcare, defense, and aviation regulated industries.

Presently, Pat is a Senior Portfolio Manager, Global IT Project Management Office (PMO) at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides project leader onboarding, training, and team coaching. Pat is also on the Organizational Change Management (OCM) program team to support the division’s digital transformation initiative.

Leading a dual career, Pat retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and as Deputy Director of the Marine Corps University, History Division. Pat is an author and a graduate of Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
Additionally, Pat is a Certified Prosci™ Change Management Practitioner, a Certified Master Coach, a certified Coach in Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ), plus a Conflict Management Coach.


If you want your company to succeed, you have to put into place strategies that allow your people to succeed. As founder and president, Jeremy ensures that InvigorateHR does just that. Through his leadership, InvigorateHR develops and delivers client-specific solutions that are tailored to meet clients' needs and enhance their business.

Jeremy has over 15 years' experience in human resource strategy and operations. Holding various HR leadership roles, he has worked with and advised all levels of management on critical business and people-related issues. These items include HR strategy, performance management, strategic planning, talent management, and so on.

Jeremy's expertise in defining and understanding the "big picture" enables him to translate business needs into tangible solutions. With his guidance, organizations have improved employee relations, increased performance, and developed cultures based on mutual trust and respect.


Jamie Wright is a distinguished human resources professional with an expertise in recruitment and leadership. Currently, Jamie serves as the Manager of Talent Acquisition for the Roche Diabetes Care business unit. Prior to joining Roche in January 2016, Jamie spent the last 10 years leading teams, building talent pipelines, designing and executing talent strategies to procure high-caliber diverse hires across multiple industries. Jamie obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ball State University and also acquired an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition, Jamie obtained his Professional Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.


Gina Clevenger is the Senior LD&T Resource Supervisor at the Indianapolis Gatorade (Pepsico) Distribution Center, where she has worked for over 13 years. Prior to Gatorade, she worked for Kellogg’s and Nestle. Working with Dustin the past two years has given her a newfound desire to understand the challenges of the deaf community and bring deaf awareness to the workplace. Gina graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and she spends her free time swimming, kayaking, and hanging out with her family, friends, and dog.


Dustin Maynard is the LD&T Supervisor at the Indianapolis Gatorade (PepsiCo) Distribution Center. Prior to joining Gatorade in 2017, he worked in management in the steel industry. Dustin’s current responsibilities include overseeing 25+ employees and a fleet of laser guided vehicles, which handles finished goods that come off the production lines and ships them to customers around the country. He is passionate about spreading deaf awareness and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities at PepsiCo and at other companies. In his free time, he cooks Superhero Burgers and travels the country with his wife and daughter.


Eric Ellet is a Program Director for Anthem’s Business Transformation Team and is responsible for developing strategy, planning, and prioritization of initiatives. In this role he leads program and project teams through business and technical change to deliver growth and operational efficiency.

Ellet is a co-chair for Anthem’s Associate Resource Group (ARG) ABLE, which drives diversity and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Prior to Anthem, he worked in the non-profit sector speaking with government agencies and employers about the ability of people with disabilities.

Ellet holds a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, and is certified as a Professional Project Management (PMP) and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional (LBBP)
Ellet, wife Kathy, and his guide dog Cooper reside in Greenwood, Indiana.


Quay Kester, PhD, founder of Evoke Communications, serves as chief catalyst for evoking transformational change in multidisciplinary teams in academic, health care, government and other organizations. Dr. Kester weaves 30+ years of experience in designing innovative ways to learn (grounded in a doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University). She brings focus to navigating cultural dynamics, fearlessly and enthusiastically. She has designed and led healthcare and cultural dynamics education in 7 countries, including at University of Cape Coast, Ghana. As an International Coach Federation certified executive coach, she support leaders and groups in achieving positive performance outcomes. She embraces holistic approaches incorporating personal skill building, systems, policies, processes and considering environmental messages. She uses her skills as a certified medical illustrator and photographer to support groups’ processes. She uses a deep “toolbox” of certifications in Executive Coaching, DiSC, Kirkpatrick Evaluation, Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, CPI 260, a master practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming and MBTI. Dr. Kester uses skills as a Certified Medical Illustrator in supporting learning, using art and photography. She has authored and designed Navigating Cultural Dynamics and Engaging the LGBTIQ Communities in Health Care and develops customized approaches of navigating through intercultural conundrums to build skills and confidence in intercultural cooperation. She currently is designing learning strategies and coaching leaders in navigating cultural dynamics at IU Health in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. She serves on several boards and community committees that promote community inter-connectedness.