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Diversity in the Workplace Conference

Diversity in the Workplace Conference

St. John Fisher University hosts special events to foster and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity in the Workplace Conference

Date: Thursday, March 30

Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Rochester (70 State St, Rochester)

Online registration is now open; tickets purchased by Tuesday, Feb. 28 are $40 (use the code EARLYBIRD at check-out); $50 thereafter, plus online fees.

Conference Schedule

  • Opening Session: CEO Fireside Chat featuring Dr. Danielle Lyman-Torres ’18 (Ed.D.), chief executive officer of Urban League of Rochester, and Dr. Joyce Jacobson, immediate past president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Moderated by Tashanda Thomas ’11, chief human resources officer at WXXI, the conversation will explore how each leader has developed DEI within their own organizations.
  • Morning conference tracks
    • Education track: Dr. Joellen Maples, dean of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at Fisher; Dr. Kevin McGowan, superintendent of Brighton Central School District; and Dr. Allison Rioux ’03, ’05 (M.S.), assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Brighton.
    • Health and human services and non-profit sector track: Dr. Linda Clark, chief medical officer at Common Ground Health, and Miguel Meléndez, Jr. ’08, chief community engagement officer at the Ibero American Action League and president of the Rochester City Council.
    • Corporate track: Stephanie Pennington, corporate diversity manager for LeChase Construction, and Carlos Butler-Vale, chief diversity officer for Constellation Brands.
  • Lunch with performance by Panloco Steel Drum Band.
  • Afternoon sessions: Moderated discussions in an “unconference” format will allow participants to share their experiences at their own organizations.
  • Networking and cocktail reception

The conference is being planned by Fisher’s Alumni Board of Directors, the Office of the Senior Diversity Officer, and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, with the support of the Office of Institutional Advancement.

For more information about the conference, email