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Innovative Carolina Network Forum - Innovation Thrives from Diversity

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Wilson Library

Pleasants Family Assembly Room

200 South Rd

Chapel Hill, NC

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Innovation thrives on diversity; diversity of experience, diversity of background, diversity of academic discipline, and diversity of opinion.

Join us on February 21 for the next Innovate Carolina Network Forum and learn how innovators are embracing the power of diversity more than ever. Find out how you can get involved and take the next steps in making our innovation and entrepreneurial community more open and diverse. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how we can work together to accelerate ideas that make an economic and social impact across the local community, state and beyond.

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12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Arrival and Lunch

12:15 – 12:20 p.m. Welcome Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, UNC-Chapel Hill

12:20 – 12:40 p.m. Encouraging Cultural Competence to Drive Innovation, Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President & Diversity Strategist, Diversity & HR Solutions

  • What are the connections between cultural diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship?
    What does this look like in a university setting?
  • What are key strategies for promoting inclusion on campus in general, and also specifically in entrepreneurial activities?
  • How can you bolster your team and meet your goals by cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives are encouraged?
  • How can individual campus partners use these strategies to enhance our shared entrepreneurial ecosystem?

12:40 – 1:40 p.m. Building Awareness: Key Strategies for Engaging Diverse Perspectives Moderated by Gracie Johnson-Lopez

  • Identity Awareness: What Matters Most - Participants identify 3 characteristics which are personally significant to them and then are asked to give up one. A group debrief will follow to reflect on the experience.
  • Intercultural Awareness - Participants will self-identify where they place on the intercultural continuum followed by a discussion of what might be the business implications of "their cultural competencies."
    Call to action and identification of accountability partner.

1:40 – 1:55 p.m. Updates from Campus Innovators

  • Angel Patel, Kids Code
  • Edward Boyd, UNC Shuford Program
  • Anita Jackson, STEM Inclusion Symposium, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Kimia Pourali and Aneri Shah, Girls Who Code
  • Cassidy Soutter, CS & Social Good
  • Joyce Tan, Creativity Hubs

1:55 – 2:00 p.m. Closing

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