2016 Diversity Summit

Session Schedule








7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Conference Center Foyer



7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Diversity Cafe

Magnolia I-III


Facilitator:        Elizabeth Campbell,  Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Andrews Kurth LLP


(This session is for sponsors only)



8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Diversity and Inclusion 101

Sugar Land Ballroom V


Chair:               Dr. Cephas Archie, D&I Program Coordinator, Houston Community College

Facilitator:        Dr. Michele Kahn,  Associate Professor, University of Houston – Clear Lake


This session clarifies definitional issues in diversity and inclusion, underscoring equity as a guiding force and goal to harmonious and effective group relations.  Kahn separates myth from fact with regard to cultural identities, dismantling superficial notions of diversity and inclusion. She highlights opportunities for long term individual, social and institutional transformation.



9:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Sponsor Exhibits

Conference Center Foyer




9:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Coach’s Corner

Cane I-III


Professional coaches from International Coach Federation - Houston will be offering complimentary career consultation sessions. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Registration Desk for attendees to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.



9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.


Sugar Land Ballroom V



Executive Director:      Cecil Fong

2016 Co-Chairs:          Floyd LeBlanc,  VP, CenterPoint Energy

                                    Ping SunUniversity Representative, Rice University



9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Plenary Session

Sugar Land Ballroom V


Plenary Speaker:          Peggy Montana, Board of Director, Shell Midstream Partners



10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Networking Break

Conference Center Foyer


Play network bingo, visit exhibits, and sign up for a complimentary session at Coach’s Corner



10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions





12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Sugar Land Ballroom VI


Mistress of Ceremony:    


Keynote Speaker:    Dr. Greg Vincent, VP, University of Texas at Austin


Diversity Champion Awards:

            Corporate Diversity Champion:          

            Community Diversity Champion:       


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Networking Break

Conference Center Foyer


Play network bingo, visit exhibits, and sign up for a complimentary session at Coach’s Corner



2:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions





3:20 p.m. – 4:30p.m.

Concurrent Sessions





4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Network Reception

Conference Center Foyer


Door Prizes Drawing


§  Return all name badges to the registration desk for recycling at the end of conference.

§  All attendees who return  completed Networking Bingo Cards will be eligible for a special networking raffle prize drawing. You must be present to win.

§  All attendees who return completed conference surveys will be eligible for door prize drawing which will start at 5:00 p.m. and you must be present to win.