We brought together more than two hundred visionary speakers for this summit - and the topics they spoke about were equally ambitious. The overall event was divided into central themes based on the topics we covered.
LIVE STREAMING TO YOUTUBE + LINKEDINLIVE + FACEBOOK LIVE Opening Session: How To Create a More Inclusive World & What To Expect At The Summit ...
The Non-Obvious Beyond Diversity Summit will feature an unprecedented 200+ speakers from all genres, geographies and genders. In this special LIVE opening session, summit Host Rohit Bhargava will offer a sneak peek at some of the highlights to come over the next four days and the best way for you to experience all the on-demand content from the summit. This session will also feature a live interview with popular comedian and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid as well as a few special announcements. Start the summit right and mark your calendar to join us for this very special session!
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW Now United: How A Global Pop Music Group Is Bringing The World Together [CT2]
For the past three years, pop group Now United has been touring the world. The group has 16 members, each from a different country, who all earned a spot in the group through a worldwide reality show competition. Since the pandemic, the group has been hosting virtual dance parties and bringing their worldwide audience together online. In this engaging interview, we'll go behind the scenes of the global pop phenomenon known to fans as "NU" and uncover how music can truly be a force for bringing the world together.
Rethinking the Way Muslims Are Portrayed In Media & Entertainment [CT1]
How do we work toward a realistic portrayal of Muslim people in media and entertainment sans tropes? Join a fascinating discussion on how the modern era has come to wrongly associate Muslim people with hijabs and beards, and what can be done to correct and expand the narrative.
New Flavors: How Food Can Put Diversity On Everyone's Plate [CT3]
Can food offer a gateway to help all of us become more open minded and accepting of other cultures? Join this eclectic combination of chefs, restauranteurs and others working at the frontiers of food to learn how the way to a more inclusive world might start with our taste buds.
COMEDIAN, WRITER, ACTOR GOOD MUSLIM BAD MUSLIM PODCAST
Casting Calls: How To Create Accurate Representations for Underrepresented Communities [ET2]
How can access be increased to high-barrier opportunities in film and television? This cast of speakers discusses few and inaccurate representations of underrepresented communities in popular media, along with opportunities for increasing their visibility with depth, authenticity, and nuance.
Sharing the Stage: #manels and the Movement To Diversify Speakers to Create More Inclusive Conferences & Live Events [EX3]
How can meeting planners or anyone with a stage to fill or event to host ensure they are being as inclusive as possible? In this dynamic session, you'll learn from the people who are already transforming live experiences by including more diverse speakers and reimagining how we decide who takes the stage. This session will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at how our team curated the entire experience of this Non-Obvious Beyond Diversity summit.
Changing the Narrative: The Fight for More Diversity In Book Publishing [ST1]
Even today the book publishing industry remains overwhelmingly white. Will this ever change? Join this important discussion about the future of publishing and meet the pioneers who are working to evolve this typically slow-moving industry towards a more inclusive future.
Represented: How Politics and Government Is Becoming More Diverse [GV1]
Every year brings more women and persons of color who run for (and win) political offices. Is this a momentary blip or a long-term trend? In this panel discussion, community organizers, government appointees and other politicos will discuss the state of politics today and what that means for us all going forward.
Backstage: Lifting the Curtain on Theater’s Diversity Problem [ST3]
How can barriers be broken so that access to the stage and theater is more attainable and equitable for underrepresented groups? There are barriers from education and training through to production and audience development. Join this troupe of theater experts and aficionados for a discussion of the immediate opportunities to expand the stage—on and off Broadway.
AAPAC - Asian American Performers Action Coalition
THE COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE PODCAST
THEATRE PRODUCERS OF COLOR/INDUSTRY STANDARD GROUP
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Jesse Cameron Alick
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW Diversity In Film: How To Own Your Creative Vision [ET4]
In this exclusive interview from the Non-Obvious Insights Show, director Aneesh Chaganty shares the evolution of the unique style he used for his award-winning film Searching, talks about the process of finding and casting a disabled lead star for his latest film, and what it was like being a minority director breaking into the industry.
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW Ending Gender Based Violence: Interview with Indrani Goradia [HT4]
In this powerful interview with philanthropist and women's empowerment advocate, we will talk about the evolution of Indrani's journey toward helping people through her foundation, the mission behind the Every Woman Treaty and how to shift the perspective of both those who commit domestic abuse and the ones who suffer from it.
Work It Out: Making Health and Fitness More Inclusive [HT2]
What will it take to bring more diversity and inclusion into the world of health and fitness? Hear this panel of diverse speakers share their unique perspectives on this topic, along with the most important steps we can all take toward making health, wellness and fitness available to everyone, regardless of their weight, disability, race or gender.
Health Equity: Why Diversity Matters In Public Health [HT3]
We have all lived through a year where public health has taken a central role in our lives and livelihoods. How does diversity and inclusion play a role in how public health initiatives take shape? Join this panel of public health leaders for a candid discussion about shaping a more inclusive future for public health at a pivotal moment.
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW Technically Biased: Solving the Plague of Algorithmic Bias in Technology [TC3]
Almost everyday we hear stories of algorithms creating a more biased world either by design or negligence. Join this illuminating interview where we will talk about how we got here, and more importantly, how we can set the algorithms right.
Women in Tech: How to Get More Women Into the Tech Industry [TC1]
Are the multitude of initiatives designed to get more women and girls interested in working with technology working? Take a candid look at the good and not-so-good of the worldwide women in tech movement and hear what it will truly take to inspire and support more women in tech.
Everyone Welcome: Using Technology and Metrics to Create More Inclusive Workplaces Where People Can Be Themselves [TC2]
Despite a lot of mental wellbeing hype, workplaces still aren’t creating safe spaces where everyone can be themselves. This discussion will show how some organizations and innovators have been successful in using technology and metrics to reframe biases at work and forge truly inclusive cultures—beyond the appeasing narratives.
Shady Choices: Colorism and the Shifting “Face” of Fashion Brands [SE1]
Skin-tone-based prejudice in the fashion industry has long been an issue, whether it’s the Gucci balaclava sweater, Prada’s Sambo inspired window displays that conjured stereotypes, or a general intolerance toward anyone who doesn’t look like a wrinkle-free European weighing less than 100 pounds. What are major brands doing to right this wrong? This panel of fashion experts delves into the lingering issue of colorism and how to combat it.
Just Be You: Embracing Our Bodies and Ourselves As We Are [SE3]
How do we get to a place where the natural diversity of body shapes and sizes are not only accepted, but also respected and celebrated? This dynamic discussion probes the tropes, typecasts and lies society peddles about healthy living, belonging and body size and how it all intersects with body image.
Cultural Confidence: Teaching Young People To Be Proud of Their Heritage [SE2]
How can pride in one’s own heritage be taught along with a respect and appreciation for the cultural backgrounds and traditions of others? This panel explores the importance of fostering cultural pride and provides steps for how to integrate that confidence in educational practices, parenting and every day life.
Master Collaborators: What Disabled People Can Teach All Of Us About Working Together [WK1]
How can we shift the leadership paradigm to include talented individuals with disabilities, and what can we learn about working together in new ways? This discussion explores the ways to collaborate and learn from people with disabilities
Hire Equity: Transforming the Recruiting Process to Build More Inclusive Teams From the Start [WK2]
How can organizations transform the way they identify, recruit and retain new team members to be as inclusive as possible? In this gathering of HR leaders, technologists and hiring experts, you will learn how to reshape your entire process from the ground up to reduce bias and build a more robust and diverse team.
Anti-Dad? Exploring The Persistent Bias Against Fathers In The Workplace [WK3]
What are companies doing to dispel the bias against dads trying to create a more balanced lifestyle between work and parenthood? Discover how different companies handle paternity leave, shared parenting and go inside the ongoing fight for more work-life balance for fathers on the frontlines who want to be more than "stay-at-work" dads..
Getting Funded: How VCs and Investors Are Betting on Diverse Startup Founders [EN1]
Why are VCs and investors betting on startups with diverse founders and how does this affect the startup landscape? This panel digs into how companies are focusing efforts to empower entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, and how that creates a more equitable environment, and also helps build economically solvent companies.
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW Supporting Female Executives Of Color: Interview with Deepa Purushothaman [EN3]
How can any of us help build an organization and workplace the helps and supports women of color to become executives and succeed. Join this conversation with long-time Deloitte executive, co-founder of nFormation networking group Deepa Purushothaman.
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW How To Lead With Confidence: Interview with Beth Comstock [LD4]
What does it take to lead with confidence? In this eye-opening interview, business legend Beth Comstock shares her best advice for women and men to grow their confidence in any situation, become a better leader and open doors along the way for others to succeed as well.
Leading Diversity & Inclusion: How To Succeed as a Chief Diversity Officer [LD1]
How does a Chief Diversity Officer (or anyone leading diversity and inclusion efforts inside an organization) navigate our ever-changing society so that the workplace is inclusive and equitable? Explore what it takes for DEI leaders in corporate or government roles to succeed at leading large organizations in this montage of interviews.
Lost In Translation: How To Lead a Diverse & Inclusive Team [LD3]
How do you encourage collaboration and build a culture of respect when you have a diverse team that comes from different backgrounds and cultures? In this panel you'll learn the techniques used by successful leaders to effectively manage any team and create a more inclusive workplace culture.
Breaking Through: How To Encourage, Mentor & Champion More Women At Work [LD2]
What are the most useful steps you can take in 2021 to help empower more women? This panel of visionary female leaders discuss creating powerful communities of mentors, support structures, and how corporate structures can be reshaped to inspire, encourage and champion women in every industry.
Starting Early: Why Creating Diverse Content For Kids Matters [ED1]
How does access to diverse content influence kids in their self-image and outlook of the world? Join this discussion on the importance of exposing kids early to diversity and how it can impact the future of content creation.
Diversity at College: Real Stories of Students Making Higher Education More Inclusive [ED2]
How can students take action in holding universities accountable for becoming more inclusive? This in-depth discussion is based on the personal experiences of the co-authors of the newly released book, Diversity at College.
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW How To Teach Racial Literacy: With Choose Org Founders Priya Vulchi and Winona Guao [ED3]
On this special edition of the Non-Obvious Insights Show, racial literacy evangelists, authors and college students Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo join host Rohit Bhargava for a candid conversation about racial literary and how we can all learn to be more accepting and empathetic towards people unlike ourselves.
Priya and Winona started Choose Org more than six years ago, which sophomores in high school and the movement they created has inspired countless events, speaking gigs and a bestselling book called Tell Me Who You Are, based on their year long journey to interview people in every one of the 50 states about race and identity.
Remembering The Past: How Museums Drive The Conversation About Diversity [EX1]
How do museums shape perceptions of culture and tradition, and how can that unique role drive conversations about diversity? Hear from frontline innovators working to revolutionize how museums approach diversity and inclusion and what you can do to support their efforts.
Safe Havens: What Gaming Communities Can Teach Us About Inclusion [EX2]
What can gaming communities teach us all about building more inclusive teams? Learn from the pioneers of several popular movements within the gaming industry to create a more welcoming culture through technology, accommodations and, most importantly, attitudes.
Join major creators Deniese Davis (Co-Founder ColorCreative, Co-Executive Producer, Insecure) and Meera Menon (Director, Ms. Marvel) - two bold producers who are bringing the diverse faces of America to our screens. These inspiring women will discuss their industry experiences and share their vision for a movement that’s reshaping the entertainment landscape.
DIRECTOR - MS. MARVEL FARAH GOES BANG GLOW - THE MAGICIANS - OUTLANDER
HBO PRODUCER - INSECURE BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW COLORCREATIVE
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW How Rock Stars Build Their Musical Ensemble - Interview with Stacy Campbell [EX4]
For the past two decades, singer Stacy Campbell has performed on tour with some of the biggest musical artists in the world: P!nk, Demi Lovato, Janet Jackson and Tina Turner. In this revealing interview, you’ll learn how these world-class artists think about creating their own diverse sound … and what you can learn from them.
Visualizing Diversity: How the Imagery in Marketing, Advertising and Packaging is Being Reimagined [MK3]
What shifts can brands make in their marketing, advertising, and packaging efforts to offer an inclusive and accessible experience for consumers? This panel takes a deep dive into how diverse imagery and inclusive design can impact brands and customers alike in the year to come.
Diversity In Retail: How To Create More Welcoming Experiences For All [MK2]
How can retail outlets create environments and experiences where diversity and inclusion flourish? Learn what these retail experts are doing to revolutionize the retail space to make it an accessible place where everyone feels that they belong.
Bringing More Diverse Perspectives Into Marketing, PR and Advertising [MK1]
Does the road to creating a more inclusive world start with shifting the way organizations communicate? Experts from every communications discipline gather in this session to talk about the often-criticized world of marketing: how people are working to embrace inclusion, build a more diverse pipeline of young people hungry to join the industry, and how they are going about it.
Unique Talent: Neurodiversity In The Modern Workplace [OP1]
How can the modern workplace transform into an environment where the unique talents of individuals with cognitive or neurological differences flourish? Hear from neurodiversity experts who are focusing on how to shift the paradigm from labels like “abnormal” versus “normal” to create an inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive and have their unique talents recognized and valued.
Never Too Old: Ageism and How To Integrate Older Talent Into The Workforce [OP2]
Ageism remains rife in global business and in our culture. Older workers are underappreciated and older consumers are too often ignored, How can you create a culture where older staff are valued and even remain engaged after they retire? What changes can you implement to focus greater attention on consumers over 50 - a powerful yet underappreciated consumer group? This panel has the answers.
How Men Can Be Better Advocates for Gender Equality [OP3]
Men have a crucial role to play in helping to create a more equitable world for every gender, but how can we all truly make this happen? In this session a collection of authors, experts and researchers will discuss successful mentorship, allyship, and partnership to offer a roadmap for the practical things every man can do today.
The Rural Renaissance: How Diverse Communities Get Connected (and Why It Matters) [HM1]
Diversity isn't just a movement affecting the coasts or large cities. In this eye-opening panel hosted in partnership with the The Rural Broadband Association, you will hear about some of the most groundbreaking efforts to bring more connectivity and diversity to rural communities and why it's happening faster than you think.
Shared Parenting: How the Pandemic Shifted the Balance of Family Life and What It Means [HM2]
Shared parenting and equal responsibility of care for kids at home has been a growing topic over the past decade, but the pandemic made it urgent for parents around the world to create a new normal.. While some struggled to find the ideal balance, others used it as a chance to reinvent their family life for the better. How can any parents make shared parenting a reality, how can their companies support this shift and why does it matter for building a more diverse and equitable future.
BONUS INTERVIEW - NON-OBVIOUS INSIGHTS SHOW How To Have a Dialogue With A Racist: Interview With Dr. David Campt [HM3]
How can you have a dialogue with a racist? Join host Rohit Bhargava in this special edition of the Non-Obvious Insights Show for this timely conversation with racial dialogue expert Dr. David Campt, who The Daily Show with Trevor Noah called the "white people whisperer." In this interview, we'll talk about his popular "White Ally Toolkit," why being anti-racist matters and what skills we can all employ to deal with friends and relatives who might be softly (or loudly) racist.
Bigger Stories: The Urgent Need to Support More Diverse Reporting (and Reporters) in Journalism [ST2]
An overwhelming lack of diversity pervades the newsrooms of print and digital publications: racial and ethnic minorities make up only 17% of staff, despite being 40% of the US population. How can diverse journalism and journalists be supported in a way that brings action instead of platitudes? This panel discussion covers the current issues, and immediate opportunities to diversify newsrooms.
Stronger Together: How Diversity Fuels Bright Ideas In the Federal Government [GV3]
.Innovation is something that has always been a part of the military and the federal government. Throughout history, a key driving factor behind these bright ideas has been the establishment of diverse teams from across the country and around the world with the desire, tenacity and creativity to tackle the toughest challenges. Join us as we explore how diversity continues to be the fuel for federal government innovation with the leaders guiding these efforts into the future!
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James "Hondo" Geurts
Christopher E. Manuel
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Beyond Diversity ... In The Future
Toward the Future Normal: Futurists Share Diversity Insights and Predictions About the World to Come [FT1]
Despite market and cultural predictions for diversity and inclusion, we don’t have to be passive recipients of what the future brings. In this panel, a group of pioneering futurists discuss their predictions, along with the role we all need to play in carving out an equal future for everyone.
Diverse City: How To Create More Inclusive Cities of the Future [FT2]
How can we create more just, inclusive and welcoming cities for everyone? Meet the policy makers, change agents and city officials working to transform the places we live (and visit), and how you can support the effort toward more accessible and equitable living spaces for all.
Robot Citizens: How Artificial Beings Will Challenge Our Perceptions of Diversity [FT3]
How will the arrival of "robot citizens" shift our perceptions of diversity and what connects us to one another and the world? In this future-driven session, the creators behind some of the most pioneering AI will talk about the implications of their creations and debate what the rise of robots might mean for how the rest of us will treat one another in the future.