3rd Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference
$49 – $2,000
3rd Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference

3rd Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference

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Virginia Beach Convention Center

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The Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, is proud to present the 3rd Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference - "All In, All Win." 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL 8/31/2016

NEW THIS YEAR: KICK-OFF PANEL DISCUSSION & NETWORKING RECEPTION

This day-long conference will explore Diversity & Inclusion through the theme "All In, All Win", with a panel discussion, workshops, and a keynote address at lunch. There will also be an opportunity for networking at the end of the day, to meet those working with you in the region. Workshop topics will be relevant to change agents, business leaders, community leaders, EEO and diversity officers, as well as to those who want to improve the bottom line of their business. Group Discount available for 6 or more individuals from one organization. (registration includes lunch and continental breakfast)

Our Keynote Address will be presented by Jonathan C. Zur, President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). 

Conference Schedule - (changes to schedule may occur prior to conference)


7:30am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am – Welcome and Panel Discussion 
9:45am – Break
10:00am – Workshop Session 1 (see workshop descriptions below)
11:00am – Break
11:15am – Workshop Session 2 (see workshop descriptions below)
12:15pm – Break
12:30pm – Keynote and Lunch
2:00pm – Workshop Session 3 (see workshop descriptions below)
3:00pm – Networking
4:00pm – Conference Concludes

Kick-Off Panel Discussion


The conference will kick off with an exciting and educational panel featuring diversity and inclusion leaders.  Panelists from business, higher education, and law enforcement will candidly share best practices and challenges related to fostering more inclusive institutions.  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to be included in the panel conversation.

Keynote Address


Jonathan C. Zur (President & CEO, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities)

Jonathan C. Zur is President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.  Under his leadership, VCIC has increased the number of programs delivered annually by over 600%, and the organization has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness.  An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity and inclusion, Jonathan has presented at several state, national, and international conferences.  He has received many awards for his contributions, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award and the Ukrop Community Vision Award. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Richmond, and he earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Indiana University.

Workshops Topics - Each Conference Attendee will be able to attend up to 3 workshops 


  1. LGBT 101 and Beyond! - Michael Berlucchi (Community Engagement Manager, Chrysler Museum of Art) and Anne Corso (Director of Education and Public Programs, Chrysler Museum of Art) 
    While the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community is experiencing unprecedented social and political advancement toward full equality, the fact remains that many people who identify as LGBT feel they must hide their sexual orientation or gender identity to avoid discrimination and harassment.  In this session, we’ll discuss basic definitions and concepts surrounding this emerging workplace and consumer demographic and will examine how any business or institution can become more inclusive by welcoming the LGBT community.

    Michael Berlucchi is the Community Engagement Manager at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia where he creates and implements educational and community partnerships to engage diverse audiences across Hampton Roads, and develops new strategic initiatives to expand the Museum’s audiences, particularly those in underserved constituencies.  Michael is president of Hampton Roads Pride and an appointed member of the City of Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission.  Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation and is an active member of the Downtown Norfolk Council’s Downtown 100, WHRO’s Community Advisory Board, Hampton Roads Business OutReach, and Equality Virginia.

    Anne Corso became Director of Education and Public Programs at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia in January 2012. Anne also provides oversight for operation of the Museum’s Perry Glass Studio, as well as for the Museum’s Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University. In addition to her museum career, she has worked in a private art gallery, a regional art center, and a contemporary art center. Anne holds a B.A. in Art History from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is a popular speaker, panelist, and advocate for enhancing visitor experiences in museums. Her most recent publication is “Listening to Our Audiences,” a chapter in Engagement and Access: Innovative Approaches for Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, July 2015).

  2. 7 Ways to Understand and Motivate Millennials Bianca Negrón Castro (President, The Coaching Spot, LLC)  
    There are at least four different generations in today’s workplace—employers and employees are constantly dealing with growing gaps in multigenerational perceptions of appropriate workplace behavior.   Because of the many generations in the workplace, employers and staff face new challenges including: coping with different work ethics, values, expectations of work-life balance, approaches to teamwork, communication styles, and relationships to authority to name a few.

    Bianca Negrón Castro has 8+ years’ experience specializing in all aspects of personnel management to include supervision, training and recruitment. Mrs. Negrón is passionate about developing innovative projects that develop, enhance and empower new leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs. Coupled with her many talents, Ms. Negrón is also a military spouse committed to carrying the messages of empowerment, entrepreneurship and leadership to other spouses and military families. During 2013 she launched The Coaching Spot, LLC, which focuses on bringing support, mentoring and coaching for organizations, leaders, and entrepreneurs. In addition she is a Contributing Writer and Collaborator for the Tidewater Hispanic Newspaper, Renew Magazine, Virginia Hispanic Magazine and a blogger for militarynews.com

  3. Employing Persons with Disabilities – the Law, the Conversation, the Accommodation - Shirley Confino-Rehder (Chair, Norfolk Commission for Persons with Disabilities) 
    There are many talented, educated people with disabilities who want to work but are not able to get employment because of the common fear employers have of not knowing how to make accommodations and communicate with a person with a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the law of our land, prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. Title I of the ADA of 2008 prohibits job discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities. In this session we will review the Title I and show how creative thinking and open conversations will help you open the doors to new prospective employees to your workplace. We will show examples of accommodations that are easy to install and create using the concepts of Universal Design. And we will see a video that was produced locally by persons with disabilities of real life employees with disabilities who are successful in their jobs. We will end by having a practice session of creating accommodations that everyone can participate in. 

    Shirley Confino-Rehder, a certified interior designer (CID) in Virginia, is an internationally recognized author, expert and invited speaker on the subjects of Universal Design, the Americans With Disabilities Act and its Accessibility Guidelines, livable communities and various design issues that affect the aged and people with disabilities. Ms. Confino-Rehder is the Chair of the Norfolk Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Norfolk, the Chair Emeritus, now board member of the Hampton Roads Disabilities Services Board and on the board of Prime Plus in Norfolk. Her clients are in the public and private sector including planning housing and neighborhood development, accessibility issues, and educational programs. 

  4. Navigating Religious Diversity in the Workplace - Imam Rachid Khould (Imam, Crescent Community Center) and Dr. Craig Wansink (Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Virginia Wesleyan College) 
    Religion and spirituality show up in the workplace in overt and subtle ways on a regular basis, from observed holidays, to employee attire and jewelry, to office decorations and foods, and even to informal discussions among co-workers around the water cooler.  These expressions of faith can be opportunities for colleagues to come together, or they can create deep divisions that impact employee satisfaction and retention.  This session will consider strategies and practices that organizations and their leaders can utilize to promote respectful pluralism within the workplace.

    Imam Rachid Khould is the Imam of Crescent Community Center in Virginia Beach. Born in Morocco, he came to the United States to study comparative literature at City College in New York.  While frequenting the mosque in Norfolk, he was asked by the Imam of the local mosque to replace him and lead the Muslim community for Friday prayer. In 2009, when the first mosque was established in Virginia Beach, Imam Khould was made the Imam by their Muslim community. Since then, he has been leading them in prayers, helping with family counseling, and organizing religious events. The Crescent Community Center is also involved in numerous inter-faith and community initiatives and Imam Khould often is called upon to represent the mosque in speaking about Islam.

    Dr. Craig Wansink is the Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Professor ​in the​ Department of Religious Studies​ at Virginia Wesleyan College.  Since 2010 he also has served as Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, Norfolk.  His Ph.D. is from Yale University in New Testament and Ancient Christianity, and he also publishes on world religions, with his having studied at universities in Japan, Jordan, Germany, and Israel.

  5. Courageous Conversations: "We Need to Talk" –  Dr. Joanne H. Lucas (Educational Consultant)
    How an organization receives, interprets and responds to information about diversity is integral to its ability to promote a healthy and inclusive workplace through an ongoing culture of dialogue. “We Need to Talk” offers ideas and tools to engage in open and honest conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

    Dr. Joanne Lucas has been a teacher and is a consultant, developer, coach and facilitator in the field of public education. She earned a B.A. degree in American History Education from the University of Mary Washington, a M.S. in Education Administration from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. Since retirement from VBCPS in 2011, Dr. Lucas continued her work as an educational consultant. From 2012-2015, she facilitated the VBCPS “Candid Conversations about Race” series with a focus on how race impacts teaching and learning. She coordinated a town meeting for VBCPS employees on “Taking a Closer Look at African American Male Achievement Data” at the VBCPS 2014 African American Male Summit. She was project manager for the 2015-2016 VBCPS Student Discipline Task Force. Dr. Lucas is coordinator for the 2016 Diversity Ambassadors Workshop, an annual summer event she developed for VBCPS middle and high school students in 2006.

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