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.

Learn more about the Bank’s D&I work.