Schedule of Programs

Workshops

Conference Schedule

May 8, 2024

Wednesday

12:00-5:00 PM

Conference Registration / Vendor Tables

5:00-8:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Networking Event.
PBR Cowboy Bar, appetizers, bull riding, DJ

May 9, 2024

Thursday

8:00 AM

  • Conference Registration/Vendor Tables
  • Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 AM

  • Welcome Greeting
    • Carlotta Paige, Chief Operating Officer, Westmoreland Diversity Coalition
    • Joe Billheimer, Chief Operating Officer, Cordish Gaming
  • Keynote Speaker: Melanie Miller, National Strategies Inclusion and Engagement

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Buffet Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 PM

  • Break

12:45 – 2:00 PM

  • Featured Speaker: Mozelle Daniels, Director of Diversity & Special Counsel to the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

May 10, 2024

Friday

8:00 – 9:00 AM

  • Conference Registration/Vendor Tables
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Greeting
    • Roland Wood, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of DEI, University of Pittsburgh Greensburg

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Buffet Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 PM

  • Break

12:45 – 2:00 PM

  • Featured Speaker: Todd Snovel, Chief Leadership and Engagement Officer at the Country Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

2:00 – 3:15 PM

Workshop Block #3

3:15 – 3:45 PM

  • Closing Remarks
    • Carlotta Paige, Chief Operating Officer, Westmoreland Diversity Coalition

The Live! Casino Community Lecture Series with Rocky Bleier is at 7pm on May 10th in the Venue Live!

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Hall of Famer Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way… lessons from which we can all benefit.

Learn from national strategists

These workshops will teach you how to gain an economic advantage through diversity and sustainability!

The Power of Employee resource groups

by Undraye Howard, PHD

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee identity or experience-based groups that build community. ERGs are sometimes known as Affinity Groups or Diversity Groups. ERGs are generally based on building community, providing support, and contributing to personal and professional development in the work environment. Organizations who form ERG’s have found them to be instrumental inbuilding a strong culture within the organization. ERGs and have membership in varying sizes, depending on the group’s topic.

  • Increase understanding of purpose of ERG’s
  • Understand how to form and maintain ERG’s within an organization
  • Begin to realize the value if ERG’s within an organization

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Open Your Mind - Biases, Blind Spots, & the Brain

by Ryan Wynette

Overall, acknowledging, identifying, and dealing with bias is essential for creating a more equitable, inclusive, and productive environment for individuals and organizations. It helps to ensure that decisions are made fairly, talent is valued and retained, and organizations can thrive in an increasingly diverse and globalized world.

Strategic Excellence: Building Strong Culture Through Operations

by Tiffany Castagno

Join us for an interactive and insightful Workshop on “Strategic Excellence: Building Strong Culture Through Operations” where we will cover tools to strengthen your operations through leveraging best practices for the evolving world of work. In this dynamic session, we will explore the imperative role of Human Resources and Culture in shaping equitable systems, Policies, and Programs that drive organizational and operational success with a focus on Engagement and Retention.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn Equitable Business Practices: Understand the key Principles and Strategies for integrating Equity into every facet of your business operations
  • Understand critical skills for Operations with an Equity, Engagement, and Retention focus
  • Explore practical approaches to develop and enhance your business operations to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.

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Data Analysis

by Jeff Abramowitz

Learn how to use metrics and data from the world’s largest workforce study to craft hiring strategies and the importance of incorporation of Gen Z friendly hiring strategies.

Team Peer to Peer Accountability

by Norman Wright, Jr.

Helping businesses implement KPI-driven internal programs promoting “Team Peer-to-Peer Accountability,” ensuring that organizations remain aligned with their primary mission and growth objectives, thereby adding exceptional value to their customers and growth.

Web Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Online Experiences

by Cindy Leonard

In today’s digital age, ensuring that your website is accessible to everyone is not only a legal requirement but also a moral imperative. This is a beginner-friendly workshop designed to demystify the world of web accessibility and compliance.

In this session, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the essentials of web accessibility and learn how to create websites that are inclusive to individuals with disabilities. We will cover key topics such as the importance of web accessibility, the governing laws (WCAG and ADA Section 508), and practical strategies for making your website more inclusive. You will also discover the tools and resources available to help you achieve compliance.

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Harnessing your Power and Privilege in the Workplace

by Dr. Yvonne English Roebuck, EMBA

This interactive workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about power, privilege, oppression, and social identities as you navigate the workplace. We all have power and privilege at various stages in our career, and this workshop will help you recognize the different types of power. Also, we all have privileges that come in many different forms in both unearned and earned privilege. Join us to learn how our power, privileges and social identities intersect and show up in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand power, types of power, and community power.
  • To understand and recognize my privileges as well as others.
  • To understand the connection between privileges and oppression.
  • To increase my self-awareness and social identities of power, privileges, and oppression when engaging within the workplace and communities.

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Understanding the Generational Divide in the Workplace

by Romero Davis

Why is it important to understand generational differences in the workplace?

Generational gaps can lead to friction because of different expectations of how things should be done. However, it can also present opportunities for business and career growth. Successfully navigating these differences requires leadership that fosters inclusion, open communication, and understanding.

In this workshop, participants will better understand the tools and resources needed to navigate the differences between generations in the workplace. Participants will increase their knowledge of the diversity equation because of the multi-generational nature of the workplace, which can result in increased creativity and innovation as different generations approach problem-solving in unique ways. Participants will also learn how to foster the energy and results of having employees from other generations that can encourage cross-generational learning mentorship opportunities in the workplace.

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Mental Health and the Workplace

by Laurie Barnette Levine

  • Learn why mental health in the workplace matters.
  • Signs and symptoms of those experiencing mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Recent research about mental health issues facing our community.
  • How to talk to employees about their mental health
  • Resources regarding mental health in the region and nationally.

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AI: Don't Fear it

by Lyzona Marshall

Use AI technologies to improve efficiency, drive innovation, and achieve competitive advantage in today’s digital economy. Rather than fearing AI, businesses can embrace it as a valuable tool for growth and success.

Empowering Growth: Workforce Development and the State Gaming Control Board

by Mozelle E. Daniels

Join Mozelle as she delves into the dynamic landscape of workforce development within the Commonwealth’s thriving casino industry. Discover how our casinos’ unwavering commitment to professional growth is not just a promise but a tangible reality, realized through a multitude of initiatives designed to nurture diverse talent and foster success.

In this enlightening session, you will learn how diversity and inclusion lie at the heart of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) mission, driving meaningful change and ensuring equal opportunities for all. Through compelling anecdotes and insights, witness firsthand the transformative power of embracing diversity and inclusion in our workforce.
Moreover, the broader narrative of corporate responsibility, where community engagement and philanthropy take center stage will be discussed as well as how our casinos go beyond mere profitability, dedicating themselves to initiatives that uplift and empower the communities they serve.

This session will paint a vivid picture of an industry that not only values its employees’ growth but also champions diversity, fosters community engagement, and embodies the spirit of social responsibility.

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Health Equity: Moving from Initiative to Identity

by Janine Jelks-Seale

Cultural and political trends and ongoing national conversation around DEI present challenges for Medicaid MCOs working to address the root causes of health inequities and advance health equity. To preserve strides made and continue to progress toward more equitable health for all in these uncertain times, it is imperative that leaders develop clear and effective messaging that moves health equity from a set of initiatives and programs to an organizational identity.

In this presentation, we acknowledge the structural, historical, and contemporary injustices that affect the populations Medicaid MCOs serve while engaging the audience in an energizing, reaffirming, and practical discussion about advancing health equity. We describe design and implementation of UPMC Health Plan programming that addresses social drivers of health and the root causes of health inequities through workforce development, housing, and maternal healthcare management activities. We share outcomes such as our enrollment of 5,000 Medicaid recipients into employment and housing programming and demonstrate how results like these have become a powerful message of “return on mission” and shape identity for our organization. We discuss common barriers and challenges that we and fellow MCOs encounter in defining, explaining, and advocating for health equity and propose solutions for a way forward.

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