Reminder: Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Summit on Wed, Oct 6 – Streamed in Student Center and CRC 002

Clarkson University is a sponsor of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’s Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Summit to be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 9am to 12:30pm. 

We will be streaming the virtual event on our Potsdam Campus in the Student Center Forum and at the Capital Region Campus in Lecture Room 002.  You can also make your own reservation to participate for $49 when you use your and list Clarkson as the member. 

Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2021

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021 (9:00 AM – 12:30 PM) (EDT)


The virtual Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Summit will provide an opportunity for you to learn new approaches and best practices to help elevate your organization’s talent development and diversity and inclusion strategies. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with speakers through Q&A and will receive a copy of the book Colorfull: Competitive Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent of Color, authored by one of our keynote speakers, Sharon Smith-Akinsanya.  

9 – 10 a.m.               Welcome remarks & Opening Keynote
10 – 10: 15 a.m.       Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.   Panel Discussion
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.   Break
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.   Closing Keynote

Opening Keynote PresentationIf We Do Not Consciously Include, We Will Unconsciously Exclude: How to Create a Culture of Shared Values
Steven Matly, CEO, SM Diversity
Matly, one of Forbes Top 10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers, will share insights gained from working with many top-grossing companies, as well as several smaller businesses. He will present strategies and case studies on how shared values, mixed with diverse minds, create high performance teams.

Presentation & Panel DiscussionCulture of Care: Creating and Sustaining a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Nilanjan Sen, Ph.D., C.F.A., Dean, School of Business, UAlbany, State University of New York

Angela Antonikowski, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Professional Wellbeing, Chief Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, Albany Med Health System

Moderated by: Girish Ganesan, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, TD Bank Group, and Head of Talent, TD Bank
Ganesan will cover how to effectively discuss important topics like race, resiliency and provide guidance on moving beyond empathy to take tangible action that leads to meaningful impact for colleagues, customers and communities. This session will explain how sharing perspectives and learning from one another emphasizes allyship in the workplace and enables leadership accountability. 

Closing Keynote Presentation: Unpacking: I Just Can’t Find Any Qualified Professionals Of Color
Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, CEO, Rae Mackenzie Group, Author and Founder
During this session, Sharon Smith-Akinsanya will challenge the claim that there simply aren’t enough qualified candidates of color. She will provide examples and strategies that can be used to overcome this hiring hurdle.

The Chamber will do its best to honor the needs of attendees that require reasonable accommodations. Please contact Jason Benitez at 518.431.1415 for more information and options. 

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