The 9th annual Madison Region Economic Development and Diversity Summit will be held as a live event on Tuesday, August 16, at Monona Terrace. We look forward to gathering with you for an exceptional day of speakers, ideas and collaboration. 

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Event Schedule

7:30 AMRegistration Opens

Continental Breakfast Available

8:00 AMMorning Plenary Session

Javier Ávila, The Trouble with My Name

9:45 AMBreak + Networking

10:15 AMMorning Breakout Sessions

Understanding and Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership in Wisconsin | Addressing Cultural Conflict in the Workplace | Inclusive Design: Creating Spaces for People to Thrive |
Financial Literacy in the Workplace | Youth Apprenticeships: Providing Equitable Career Based Learning Experiences

11:45 AMLunch & Afternoon Plenary

Justin Jones-Fosu, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Author of The Inclusive Mindset

1:25 PMAfternoon Breakout Sessions

South Madison Renaissance | Getting to Know Each Other Better: Javier Ávila | Getting to Know Each Other Better: Justin Jones-Fosu and How To Be an Intentionally Inclusive Leader

2:50 PMClosing Plenary Session

A conversation with Dr. Ruben Anthony and Jason Fields.

Keynote Speakers

Javier Ávila Author. Professor. Inspiration.

Javier Ávila’s distinguished career began in the Caribbean, where he taught English at the University of Puerto Rico for eight years.

The high-octane, poignant, and hilarious one-man show The Trouble with My Name consolidates Ávila’s talents as a poet and professor.

Justin Jones-Fosu Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Author of The Inclusive Mindset

Justin Jones-Fosu MBA, CSP is an international speaker, a social entrepreneur, and author. He is the Founder and CEO of Work. Meaningful. where he speaks 50 - 60 times a year for professionals, Fortune 500 corporations, organizations, and associations.


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