Summit Agenda


11:00am | Registration


11:30 am | Lunch


noonish | Welcome


12:05 pm | Opening Plenary: The Neuroscience of Equality

The facts show that diverse and inclusive teams – be they boards, co-founders, or entire divisions – deliver higher ROI and more profitable, impactful business results. So why is it so hard to get  diversity right? And what can business leaders do to win the benefits they're after? This eye-opening, science-backed talk takes diversity and inclusion out of the theoretical, sharing actionable ways to maximize the impact of every team member by showing the power of equality in any business setting.


12:45 pm | Diversity Awards

Women and Men from across the country honored for their effort to end gender bias.


1:20 pm | Break


1:30 pm | Leaky Pipes and How to solve this problem: Why are women dropping out of the workforce as they progress in their careers. Exploring the barriers and solutions to overcoming the structural barriers that keep women from being a part of the economic progress around them.


2:10 pm | What behavior science tells us about sexual harassment and its actors.

Focus on “Why” and “How” rather than “who “and create a blueprint of the behavioral design of a society free of biased interactions.Psychologists and Behavior Scientists discuss Why and How predatory behaviour can become 


2:50 pm | The #Metoo Movement - The evolution of an important paradigm and what will make it successful

How can  we create a sustainable movement following #metoo, how #metoo came about and how it translates into the workplace. What needs to be recognized to avoid the backlash already set in motion. How do we consolidate our involvement and individual contribution, as men and women, as mentors and coaches to each other.


3:30 pm | Break


3:40 pm | How men can become mentors and supporters of women

When a man mentors a woman,  the relationship is often complicated by conventional gender roles and at times hostile external perceptions. Traditional notions of mentoring are often modeled on male-to-male relationships-the sort that begin on the golf course, involve a nearly exclusive focus on career achievement, and include more than a few slaps on the back over drinks after work. But women often report a desire for mentoring that integrates career and interpersonal needs. Women want a mentor who not only "gets" this, but truly honors it.  Men need to fully appreciate just how crucial their support of promising junior women can be in helping them to persist, promote, and thrive in their vocations and organizations. As women succeed, lean in, and assume leading roles in any organization or work context, that culture will become more egalitarian, effective, and prone to retaining top talent.


4:30 pm | Sexual Harassment in the Armed Forces: Issues and Solutions

At least 32% of U.S. military women report having been sexually assaulted, and up to 80% have been sexually harassed. A 2012 Pentagon survey found that approximately 26,000 women and men were sexually assaulted. Of those, only 5,334 cases were reported. In 2013, a new Pentagon report found that 5,061 troops reported cases of assault. Some are optimistic that this increase in reports is indicative of victims "growing more comfortable in the system." Of these reported, however, only 484 cases went to trial, and only 376 resulted in convictions.Another investigation found that one in five females in the United States Air Force reported having been sexually assaulted by service members.


5:00 pm | Closing PlenaryEngaging men in the success of women: How do we create a safe world

Ray Arata is an inclusionary leadership coach, trainer, speaker and the founder of the Better Man Conference. He brings a unique and much needed experiential point of view supporting organizations in meeting men where they are and guiding them on an inclusionary leadership journey where women, the organization, and men all win. The idea of better together speaks to how we engage men by “calling them in” as sponsors and mentors who stand up and speak up, to include, advance and empower women while working together toward gender partnership.


5:30 pm | Close of Summit