In May 2017, Seattle was listed as the fastest growing big city in the United States and on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, it will act as the host city of the next GDIB Launch Event. Some of the country’s top Fortune 500 companies are located in and around Seattle and the GDIB has aligned with some of the biggest. Google, has signed up as the Platinum and Venue Sponsor. That means tapping into the hot Seattle economy and the hot diversity & inclusion issues. Also topping the list of incredible sponsors is Outreach, a sales engagement software company, and Boeing Employees Credit Union.
The Seattle Launch Event will introduce the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks which helps organizations determine strategy and measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion. Using breakout sessions that embrace a variety of GDIB topics, attendees will sample the standards and how they can be applied. This is not a workshop. It is an introduction celebrating the GDIB and its possibilities. Captains facilitating were chosen for their experience and expertise with Diversity & Inclusion in organizations and the applications to the GDIB. There will be food, drink, networking and raffle prizes. Seating is available for 200 guests and as with past GDIB Launches, this event is free but registration is required so, you’ll want to register early!
The evening’s line-up is as follows:
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Networking, eating, making merry (food is an important part of Google’s culture, we understand)
6:00 – 7:00 pm: High-speed kick-off followed by exciting guests, a GDIB overview, and a panel of GDIB users and representatives from various sectors
7:00 – 8:00 pm: 12 to 15 Breakout Sessions with Captains to share their stories of D&I work in their organizations, how it connects with the GDIB, and lots of dialogue
8:00 – 9:00 pm: So what? Attendees will have the opportunity to share what they’ve learned and what they’ll take back to their organizations, ask questions, and explore what’s next!
The Seattle Launch Team includes Effenus Henderson and Barbara Deane (EP), co-directors of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a solid reputation for presenting the long-running NW Diversity Learning Series; Steven Matly of SM Diversity, taking the lead in D&I staffing and recruitment and D&I events and workshops, including the well-regarded and well-attended D&I Hackathons in Seattle; Donna Stringer (EP), Cross-Cultural Consultant, regarded as one of the top authors in the genre of intercultural training materials and one of the most respected D&I consultants in Seattle and in the nation, with Terry Loving of Linked:Seattle, for executives and business owners, the largest Seattle group on LinkedIn.