The Kansas City Fed recently hosted its annual Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Summit, with more than 200 people in attendance. The theme for the virtual conference was “Allyship! From ‘Anti’ to ‘Ally’: A Story of Personal Transformation.”
The event brought together external community stakeholders, D&I practitioners and champions for professional development dedicated to an exchange of concepts, insights and best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion. The summit was co-hosted with the Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, a Kansas City-based group of more than 385 D&I practitioners and advocates across 32 cities, 21 states and four countries.
This year’s keynote speaker was Joe Gerstandt, an author and adviser in the organizational D&I field. Gerstandt spoke about identifying organizational behaviors and defining a common language so that leaders and employees can be held accountable. He also stressed the importance of being open to learning in new ways and changing perspectives.