Clint Smith ROI conference

Clint Smith is one of two keynote speakers of this year's virtual ROI Summit. 

The Return on Inclusion (ROI) Summit, Oklahoma’s largest professional diversity and inclusion conference, returns Feb. 24-25, with a two-day virtual conference themed Talent Rising.

The event brings together business, nonprofit and community members to educate and empower on the powerful return made when we invest in people. ROI works to reinforce the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across all lines of difference.

This year's conference marks a momentous time in Tulsa, where we will commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. One hundred years later, Tulsa is still grappling with the harmful impact of years of silence, but the city is turning its pain into purpose.

The ROI Summit is presented in partnership with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, an organization that will leverage the rich history surrounding the massacre by facilitating actions, activities, and events that memorialize and educate all citizens, including the building of the Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center. Marking this milestone year, the city will unite to bring people together around racial healing. ROI organizers are proud to present a summit committed to these goals and provide a forum for community dialogue.

Talent Rising presents an opportunity for organizations to examine their role in perpetuating practices that lead to a lack of belonging for their people across lines of difference. When we think of our role in advancing DEI work, we ask: What does equity look like in organizations? How do I advance racial, social, and psychological safety as a leader? And how can I personally contribute to building a more welcoming environment where everybody feels they belong?

We hope to answer these questions and more with a fantastic two-day agenda, including two keynote addresses and breakout sessions from national experts.

Attendees will hear from Clint Smith, renown author, poet, and staff writer at "The Atlantic," with his keynote address titled "How the Word is Passed." In this talk, Clint discusses how the history of slavery has shaped the contemporary landscape of inequality, and shares what he learned from trips to different historical sites throughout the country that are tied to slavery’s legacy.

Jennifer Brown, an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author, keynotes the summit’s second day with her address "Creating Inclusive Cultures of Belonging for Talent Rising." As the talent pool becomes more diverse, leaders must understand how to support inclusion. Reflecting on the conversations ignited last year around inclusion, equity, and belonging, what will the legacy of 2020 be? Learn how organizations can work to influence inclusive behaviors and culture—ensuring that talent rising feels truly welcomed and able to thrive.

Registration for the conference is $40 and $25 for nonprofits, government officials, students, educators, seniors, and veterans. Needs based scholarships are also available.

The event is planned by a volunteer committee and in thanks to generous sponsors, including premier sponsors ONEOK and Dollar General. To register and for more information, visit www.roiok.org. For questions, e-mail roitulsa@tahra.org.

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