April Professional Development: Navigating the Crossroads: Diversity and Inclusion in Dynamic Times

When: 4/5/2024 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park (Room 343 - Classroom L)
28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 102, Asheville, NC 28803

Join us for an insightful exploration of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) movement's roots and its transformative impact on today's societal and organizational landscapes. In this engaging talk, our expert speaker will delve into the historical context that catalyzed the DEI imperative and trace its evolution through shifting cultural norms and business priorities.

During this session, we will:
  • examine pivotal milestones that reshaped conversations around diversity,
  • unpack the drivers behind increased corporate investment in inclusive practices,
  • highlight emerging trends shaping the future of DEI
  • contextualize current challenges and opportunities, offering a nuanced perspective on navigating the complexities of building truly equitable environments.

Throughout the session, we'll create a safe, open forum for attendees to ask questions, share experiences, and engage in meaningful dialogue around DEI's practical implications. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or new to the field, this talk aims to deepen your understanding of DEI's past, present, and future while fostering connections and collective learning.
Join us for this thought-provoking discussion as we celebrate progress made, confront challenges ahead, and inspire continued commitment to building a more inclusive world. Together, let's explore how we can each contribute to advancing DEI in our spheres of influence.

Coach Continuing Education (CCE) units available for this program: 1.5 (1 Core Competencies, .5 Resource Development)

Brenda ReuterMeet your presenter: Brenda Reuter

Brenda leverages 15+ years as an HR leader in global Fortune 500 firms by collaborating with enterprise functions to amplify inclusion, engagement, growth, and productivity across organizations. Her career spans work in leadership development, coaching, talent acquisition and diversity initiatives, unlocking employee potential and impact. She is currently the VP and Chief Diversity Officer of Kontoor brands, parent company of the iconic brands, Wrangler and Lee.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in interpersonal Communications from Mercer university, a Masters in Organizational Development  from Queens University, and is currently a PhD student in the Leadership program at North Carolina A&T. In addition, Brenda has DEI certification from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Wake Forest University. She has also certifications in DISC and Whole Brain Thinking (HBDI), Six Sigma and Myers-Brigg. 

Brenda defines success through stakeholder engagement and her passion for equipping leaders and teams to elevate human-centered excellence leads all efforts to make work more meaningful.