2010 Executive Forum

The Executive Forum brings together corporate and community leaders focused on the common goal of embracing diversity. Meetings include training, brainstorming and sharing best practices. The forum serves as a valuable resource for businesses and organizations and provides participants with a unique opportunity for involvement with other professionals who are committed to producing tangible results in their companies. This forum also enables participants to expand their thinking by exchanging ideas, networking and learning from others outside the boundaries of their own place of work.

Upcoming Events – May & June 2010

Diversity Leadership Alliance Executive Forum
Contact: DLA Executive Forum Chair: Vicki Grove

Networking Event - Wednesday, May 12, 2010; 4:30-6:30pm

Topic: Speed Sharing – Networking with a Spark!

Host: Avnet, Global Corporate Headquarters: 2211 S. 47th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
Light Snacks & Beverages will be provided

We have taken the concept of "speed dating" and incorporated a professional approach to “sparking” ideas and sharing information regarding diversity and inclusion in our organizations. This executive networking event is designed around face-to-face information sharing and rotating discussions with fellow senior business leaders. Following these 1:1 interactions, we will come together as a group to highlight and discuss your idea exchange.

Discussion topics will include:

If you have a diversity program in place within your organization:

  1. What does the diversity program look like in your organization? Who owns it? What are the key components? Bring a list or overview to share.
  2. What is the business case/value proposition for diversity and inclusion within your organizations?
  3. How do you measure ROI for these types of programs? What are the challenges of ensuring success?

If you interested in building a diversity program within your organization:

  1. Do you feel your organization is ready? List the reasons why or why not?
  2. What are the strategic challenges that limit employee engagement and/or hinder diversity and inclusion initiatives?


This forum will provide an opportunity for greater networking and thought-provoking conversations. And, in an effort to engage others in our diversity discussions, we hope that you will bring with you a business leader or strategic peer to share in this idea exchange.

RSVP by May 3rd – with your name and hopefully the name of your guest to vicki@grovestrategies.com

Thanks to our host company, Avnet, Inc. for their generous support of this energetic and important event.


Quarterly Forum - Wednesday, June 9, 2010; 8:00-10:00am

Topic: Are our Leaders ready for GenNext’s impact on diversity, inclusion and our society?

Host: Kahala Corporation: 9311 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Continental Breakfast provided

This Forum will stimulate thought-provoking discussion with academic and business leaders about our multigenerational workforce and its unique impact on team dynamics, communication and productivity within our organizations. What paradigms are the NextGen (those currently in college) bringing into our future workplaces and what discussions are they having about diversity, culture and inclusion? Myra Ferell Womochil, Professor at Northern Arizona University will join us and share her thoughts about our current and future workforce, and the Theory of Intersectionality, the intersection of our personal dimensions.

PROFILE: Myra. Ferell-Womochil is a part-time professor at Northern Arizona University in the Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology Departments. Her class curriculum is focused on the intersectional relationships between large identities, for example race, class, and gender. She also teaches feminist theory, gender violence and grass roots activism.

While teaching is her passion, Myra works full-time as the legal advocate at Northland Family Help Center (NFHC), where she assists women in Coconino County fleeing domestic violence and helps them navigate through the judicial system. She is focused on both intervention and prevention in the sexual and domestic violence community.

Myra co-chairs the Coconino County Coordinated Response Team to Domestic Violence (CCRT) and is a member of the Coconino County Fatality Review Board. In addition, she is the faculty advisor for the MARS Project (Men Against Rape and Sexism) and Triota Women’s Honor Society.

She earned her Master’s degree in Applied Sociology from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in gender violence and activism.

RSVP by June 1st to our Chair, Vicki Grove at vicki@grovestrategies.com

Thanks to our host company, Kahala Corporation, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery and Blimpies for hosting our quarterly Executive Forum events and to Safeway, Inc. for providing our continental breakfast.

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