Economic Inclusion Symposium presented by DOW

Studies show that diversity and economic inclusion are correlated with economic vitality. Regions that are more inclusive have greater levels of entrepreneurship, innovation and overall economic growth and prosperity. The ability of the Baton Rouge Area to accelerate economic opportunity across the region hinges on its commitment to economic inclusivity and ensuring that the economy works for everyone, not just the few.

As BRAC has committed to creating a more inclusive economy, it has revamped its traditional Diversity in Business event to a half-day conference including a keynote, breakout sessions, and a vendor connection showcase for minority-owned businesses to connect with local contracting opportunities. 

Programming will speak to a wide range of individuals, including C-suite executives, diversity and inclusion practitioners, small business owners, HR professionals, and minority- and women-business owners. All are invited to join us on August 18 for engaging discussions on fostering greater levels of economic inclusion within the workplace and the community.

EVENT DETAILS

Join the Baton Rouge Area Chamber for a half-day experience featuring a keynote speaker, panel and fireside chat sessions, and the BR-POP Vendor Connect showcase.

  • Date

    Thursday, August 18, 2022 
    9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

  • Location

    Raising Cane's River Center 
    275 S River Rd, Baton Rouge

  • Pricing

    Ticket pricing includes access to all programming, lunch and the vendor connection showcase 
    $65 for investors 
    $80 for non-investors 
    $520 for investor table of eight 
    $640 for non-investor table of eight 

AGENDA

Time Main Hall Outside Main Hall Room #1
9 - 9:30 AMRegistration
9:30 - 9:40 AMWelcome
9:40 - 10:15 AMCorporate Perspectives: Creating an Inclusive WorkplaceBR-POP Vendor Connect ShowcaseHow to Do Business with ExxonMobil
10:15 - 10:45 AMContinued - Corporate Perspectives: Creating an Inclusive WorkplaceBR-POP Vendor Connect ShowcaseHow to Do Business with Shell
10:45 - 11 AMBREAKBR-POP Vendor Connect Showcase
11 - 11:30 AMEconomic Empowerment: A Fireside Chat with Craig StevensBR-POP Vendor Connect Showcase
11:30 - 12:30 PMLUNCH
12:30 - 12:40 PMAwards Presentation
12:40 - 1:05 PMKeynote Presentation
1:05 - 1:15 PMClosing Remarks
1:15 - 1:30 PMBREAK
1:30 - 3:30 PMHow to Do Business with DOW

SESSIONS

Learn more about each session below. 

In this panel session, local diversity and inclusion executives share best practices for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace for all.  

Moderator:

  • Darrell L. Johnson, Jr., Manager of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives at BRAC

Panelists:

  • LaTina Schaffer, Our Lady of the Lake Vice President of Human Resources
  • Michael Jackson, Bernhard Capital Partners Chief Diversity Officer 
  • Dr. Luz Randolph, LSU Associate Vice Provost for Diversity 

Local business owner Craig Stevens will share his journey to success from breaking generational boundaries to finding economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. Stevens is the veteran and minority business owner of Genesis360, a local maintenance and construction service company, who has received such recognitions as LED's Leadership Growth Award for Louisiana, Baton Rouge Business Report's Company of the Year, and the Small Business Administration's Businessperson of the Year. 

Interviewer:

  • George Bell, Capital Area United Way President & CEO 

Interviewee:

  • Craig Stevens, Genesis360 Owner & President
     

Speaker:

  • Eunice Heath, DOW Corporate Director of Sustainability 

Thirty-minute opportunity for small business owners to learn from ExxonMobil representatives about procedures and best practices for procuring contracting opportunities with their organization. 

Thirty-minute opportunity for small business owners to learn from Shell representatives about procedures and best practices for procuring contracting opportunities with their organization. 

Extended two hour opportunity for small business owners to learn from DOW representatives about procedures and best practices for procuring contracting opportunities with their organization. 

Local veteran, women, and minority-owned small businesses are invited to participate in the BR-POP Vendor Connect Showcase. Small businesses will connect with major universities, hospitals, industrial companies, and engineering firms for procurement opportunities. 

The showcase will run in conjunction with key programming and participants can choose to listen in on speaker sessions or continue to walk through the showcase. 

Participating companies:

  • BASF
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • DOW
  • EBRPSS Fair Share
  • ExxonMobil
  • Jacobs
  • L'Auberge
  • LSU
  • Ochsner
  • Our Lady of the Lake
  • Turner Industries
  • Entergy
  • Shell
The BR-POP Vendor Connect Showcase is sponsored by BASF and facilitated by BR-POP, a voluntary program for public entities and private businesses to enhance diversity and inclusivity practices in their procurement of goods and services from area vendors. 

DIVERSITY STAR AWARD

SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor

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Premier Sponsors

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Vendor Connection Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsor

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Interested in sponsoring the Economic Inclusion Symposium? Contact Michelle Mahaffey LeJeune at michelle.lejeune@brac.org. 
 

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