Join over 200 premier business leaders and diversity advocates at the 20th annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference hosted by the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana. There will be a host of informative speakers, seminars and panel discussions, as well as networking opportunities on engaging diversity, inclusion and equality for business success. The conference will bring local and national practitioners in the field of workplace diversity and inclusion.
This conference will explore generations in the workplace and whether diversity training programs are changing attitudes of prejudice and bias. We will also tap into the research behind human behavior to challenge individuals and organizations. Our focus will be one becoming more open-minded and intentional about inclusion, while valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences.
Keynote speaker: Joy Fitzgerald, Chief Diversity Officer of Eli Lilly
Additional speakers and panelists:
Quay Kester, Diversity Consultant and Coach, IU Health
Toni Neely, DRTCI Vice President
Thresette Briggs, MBA, SHRM-SCP, DDI, President & Chief Performance Officer, Performance 3 LLC
Nancy Ahlrichs, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Talent Officer, United Way of Central Indiana
Tracey Jackson, MHRM, Director of Student Services, Martin University
Britt Griffin, Senior Director of Human Resources, Stanley Security
Lauren Easterling, Interim Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, IU School of Medicine
Dr. Karen Dace, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, IUPUI
John Walton - Indianapolis Metro Police Department Captain
TOPIC: The Importance of Diversity in Policing
As a young child, Captain John Walton enjoyed imagining that he was a crime fighting super-hero. The concept of justice for all resonated into adulthood. An Indianapolis native, Captain Walton has served the City of Indianapolis for 36 years as a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and has received numerous promotions, awards, accommodations, and medals including the Medal of Bravery. In 2016, Captain Walton was the first African American promoted to the rank of Captain in over ten years. In 2017, Captain Walton was selected as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for IMPD with the mission to enhance equity and inclusion within the department. Captain Walton volunteers as a head coach in the Washington Township Football League and views mentoring and serving as a role model to young people as one as his greatest achievements.
In this interactive presentation, Captain Walton will go into greater detail why it is important to have a diverse police force and some of the obstacles and challenges facing police agencies today. In addition, he will discuss viable solutions that can help police agencies become more diverse and increase exclusivity. Finally, he will discuss the important role and impact that citizens can have in helping police departments achieve greater diversity.