August Membership Meeting



Leah Smiley DRTCI Monthly Meeting

Speaker: Leah Smiley, President, The Society for Diversity

Topic: The Future Depends on The Business Case for Diversity

Most organizations assume that technology is the only component of future business success. However, without diverse people to buy and sell, employers can have the greatest technology in the world while it borders insolvency. Whether the employer is a for-profit, nonprofit, educational institution or government agency, all organizations must have a business case. This session is designed to explore why the future depends on the business case for diversity, and what you can do to communicate your business case more effectively!

The learning objections are to:

  • Understand what's really important to C-level executives and employees
  • Connect the organization's sustainability strategy to demographic BEAN's
  • Learn how to create a brief elevator pitch for your business case, as well as successfully present the concept in other forms

Leah Smiley, CDE, is the founder and President of the Society for Diversity Inc. As a LinkedIn “All- Star”, Mrs. Smiley has facilitated hundreds of presentations for more than 10,000 professionals and executives around the world, as well as consulted with more than 100 organizations. She has 15 years of experience in Diversity and Inclusion, as well as 25+ years as a master of training and organizational development.

Through the Society for Diversity's subsidiary, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®, Smiley has helped thousands of D&I leaders around the world achieve their dreams of promotions, new positions, salary increases, additional staff, greater credibility and visibility, as well as other phenomenal outcomes. Currently in process of accreditation, IDC confers the industry-recognized Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® credentials to practitioners in 43+ U.S. states, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, China, India, Japan, Poland, France, and Germany.


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