The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in partnership with The DE&I Consortium will host the 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit – Taking Off the Mask: Microaggressions and Returning to the Workplace.

The well-being of millions of people all over the world has been substantially impacted by COVID-19. The rise of telecommuting, for example, has had a profound influence on the nature of our working environments. People of Color and underrepresented communities have benefitted from these remote work arrangements. One of the reasons is that many have not had to cope with the prevalence of microaggressions, which are subtle forms of discrimination, in the workplace. Upon re-entry into physical workspaces, individuals will have to relearn how to communicate and collaborate effectively with coworkers, supervisors, students, and clients. Moreover, managers will need to cultivate sensitivity and understand how the re-entry and socialization process will affect their teams. This keynote address will highlight current studies linked to the incidence and impact of microaggressions, as well as intervention and preventive strategies that may be used in the workplace during this time of transition.


Attendees have the option to attend this event in-person or virtually. Please select your registration option below:

External LinkFor virtual attendance, register here

External LinkFor in-person attendance, register here

Who Should Attend

  • Chief DE&I Officers
  • Executives
  • Officers and Managers of DE&I
  • Talent Management
  • Human Resources
  • Champions of DE&I
  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    - DE&I
    - Organization Culture
    - Leadership Development
    - Employee Engagement
    - Employee Relations
    - Talent Acquisition

Benefits of Attending

  • Discover how intentional DE&I efforts can shift and positively impact business practices, culture and community.
  • Examine new ways to apply strategy to measure DE&I effectiveness.
  • Explore how a DE&I strategy can align to support both business and culture.
  • Explore ideas for starting and expanding DE&I efforts.
  • Hear stories and best practices for engaging allies for greater impact.
  • Identify areas to support leadership in creating more intentional and inclusive environments.
  • Benchmark, collaborate, and network with your peers.


Aug. 25, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Registration, Networking and Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:40 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Torino received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in 2009. She has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and peer-reviewed publications on the teaching strategies used to cultivate culturally competent clinicians; processes of white racial identity development; and the manifestation and impact of microaggressions. She has conducted numerous diversity training workshops within the fields of higher education, nursing, mental health, medicine, emergency management, business, and K-12 education. Dr. Torino currently serves as Interim Dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Empire State College. Moreover, she is a board member at the RAND Corporations’ Center to Advance Racial Equity and Policy.

Dr. Gina Torino
Psychologist and Microaggression Expert
10:30 a.m.


10:40 a.m.

Fireside Chat / Q&A

11:25 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Closing Remarks