In June, the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity (AAAED) held it 45th National Conference and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.
This year, our conference theme “Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Equity and Inclusion,” was infused throughout the four-day event that included professional development training and a New Professionals Academy, engaging workshops, plenaries and keynote speakers.
Our speakers were outstanding and featured Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, the new Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women; Craig Leen, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, US Department of Labor; and A’Lelia Bundles, great-great granddaughter of the legendary Madam C.J. Walker who called Indianapolis her home.
Our awards honorees were equally impressive and included Gregory W. Porter, a member of the 120th Indiana General Assembly; Dr. Tomas D. Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino; Bosma Enterprises: Navigating Blindness; Eli Lilly & Company and Emerging Leader Taylor Dumpson.
We also feted Madam Walker at an evening event where we dressed in the style of the 1920s.
The conference offered impactful topics on civility, compliance, diversity, civil rights in higher education and for business and we ended by exploring how to avoid the legal risks of noncompliance through the “Wheel of Legal Mis-Fortune.”