Objectives

We’ll integrate practice + research to spark transformative solutions.

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Design High-Impact
Innovations

  • Work in a small mixed team of researchers and corporate practitioners
  • Clarify top priorities in D&I efforts
  • Discuss low-cost, high-impact interventions informed by research
  • Design beta-test innovations that enable rapid feedback and precise measurement of impact
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Create Partnerships
& Shared Agenda

  • Build researcher-company partnerships
  • Advance evidence-based solutions enhancing workplace diversity and inclusion
  • Drive progress toward company diversity objectives
  • Identify top priorities of practitioners to help guide future research.
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Exchange Knowledge
& Evidence

  • Engage in both formal talks and informal discussions to learn from each other as leaders in our own respective areas expertise
  • Ask the important questions: What has research and experience taught us?; What works, what doesn’t?; What are best practices?; Where must we improve?; What remains unknown?

Keynote Speakers

Catherine Eckel

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Economics
Texas A&M University

Expertise: Uncovering why women choose different career paths and are paid less

John List

Chairman, Department of Economics
Professor of Economics
University of Chicago

Expertise: World Leader in economic experimentation. Understanding the gender wage gap. Chief Economist at Uber.

Amanda Pallais

Professor
Department of Economics
Harvard University

Expertise: Understanding why disadvantaged groups struggle in workforces and schools

Patrick McKay

Professor of Human Resource Management
School of Management & Labor Relations
Rutgers Unversity

Expertise: How organizational diversity climate impacts performance 

Up & Coming Researchers

Denise Lewin-Loyd

Associate Professor of Business Administration
Gies College of Business
University of Illinois

Expertise: Unlocking the power of diverse teams

Olga Stoddard

Assistant Profes​​sor​​​​​
Brigham Young University

Expertise: Increasing hiring rates of underrepresented groups

D&I Corporate Leaders

Isabel Cruz

Global Inclusion Leader
General Electric

Jonathan McBride

Managing Director
Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity​
BlackRock

Agenda

Day One (Full Day)

  • Insights from cutting-edge research in tackling D&I’s most pressing problems
  • Small group discussions to apply research insights to company-specific context
  • Structured partnership-building activities
  • Panel of D&I leaders on top opportunities for collaboration in diversity efforts
  • Networking

Day Two (Half Day)

  • Innovation Design Sessions: matched researcher-company teams will develop ways to advance firm-specific diversity/inclusion goals
  • Closed meetings with Innovation Partners

Sponsors

Participation Levels

Engagement is based on organization interest

Accelerator

  • Committed to I&D
  • Interested in research insights
  • Wants to learn more about running experiments in their organization

$4,000 for up to 3 participants per org

Innovation Partner

  • Interested in working with researchers to conduct experiments in org
  • Wants to join a cohort of other Innovation Partners to collaborate
  • Committed to the dissemination of research findings

Contact SODI for details: neela@sodi.org

Who should attend?

Senior Business, HR, and/or Diversity Leaders, along with select members of their team

Conference Details

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