2022 Empowering Equity Conference

Continuing the legacy and mission of Pearl S. Buck by bridging cultures and changing lives through intercultural education.

2022 Empowering Equity Conference

Join us for this cross-cultural educational event! Over the course of two days, learn how your business, organization, or non-profit can engage more thoughtfully and effectively with staff, clients, and the community in an increasingly global and intercultural society.

The United States is in the midst of a demographic shift in the workplace. With a more diverse workforce and customer-base, intercultural competency and comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion programs are essential. These will ensure the success and effective management of organizations and businesses, and they uplift communities.

This regional conference is designed to create a safe space for discussing the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Presenters will highlight industry best practices, and specialized workshops will detail the application of these for law enforcement, human resources, and health care professionals.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Full Day Workshop

9 am-4:30 pm

Day 1 Conference Topics:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 101
  • Foundational DEI Concepts
  • Making a Difference
  • Allyship and Creating Community

Full Day includes: speakers, workshops, breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 Half-Day Workshops

AM Sessions: 9 am-12 pm
PM Sessions: 1 pm-4 pm

Day 2 Conference Topics

  • DEI in Law Enforcement: All About Community (AM)
  • Culturally Competent Healthcare (AM)
  • Human Resources: Creating a DEI Initiative (PM)

Half Day includes: speakers, workshops, lunch and 1 snack

DEI Lunch and Learn (included with morning and afternoon workshop sessions): 12:00pm to 12:50pm

Registration is open with Early Bird Specials—Pricing Increases October 1

Call 215-249-0100 for more information

Keynote Speakers

Jarrod Schwartz

Jarrod Schwartz, MSOD

Jarrod Schwartz is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Equity Praxis Group, LLC.  He is an educator/consultant with more than 30 years of experience working with schools, nonprofits, businesses, government, and communities.

Jarrod’s unique approach draws on the fields of social justice and organization development to foster inclusive, multi-stakeholder processes that result in organizational, community, and social change.

Day One, DEI 101

N. Chineye Anako, MPH, CHES

Chineye (Chi) Anako is a public health practitioner whose work has focused on the intersection of public health and health equity solutions. Past initiatives include work on food security/life cycle, violence prevention in youth and cultural and linguistic programs.

She is the Regional Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trinity Health Of New England, a five-hospital system across Connecticut and Massachusetts, part of Trinity Health.

Day Two, The Need for Culturally Competent & Responsive Care (Healthcare Professionals Track)


Jameel Rush

Jameel Rush

Jameel Rush is the Director of Inclusion Programs for Google. In his role, he leads the organization that supports Google’s employee resource groups, executive councils, and diversity programs for over 40,000 Googlers across the globe.

Previously, Jameel held roles leading diversity, equity, and inclusion for Aramark and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has over 15 years of global talent management and human resources experience across public and private organizations

Day Two, Importance of DEI in the Workplace
(Human Resources Track)


Shemariah Arki

Shemariah J. Arki, PhD

Dr. Arki identifies as an educator, an activist and an organizer. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies and as the director of the Center for Pan African Culture, both at Kent State University. She is an intersectional feminist scholar with expert knowledge and skills in developing, implementing, facilitating and evaluating curricula that promote institutional equity, communication, and access for traditionally marginalized students and families.

Day One, The Need for Difference Makers


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Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill is a lieutenant with the Santa Barbara Police Department and a Ph.D. student at UC Santa Barbara in the department of communication. He is an NIJ LEADS Scholar, National Policing Institute Policing Fellow, and a member of IACP's Community Policing Committee. Lt. Hill co-edited The Rowman and Littlefield Handbook on Policing, Communication and Society. He is currently implementating and evaluating intergroup interventions between the police and the public.

Day Two, DEI and Community Building


Empowering Equity Conference Agenda

2022 Empowering Equity Conference

Pearl S. Buck International
520 Dublin Road
Perkasie, PA 18944

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:

PPL Foundation

Penn Community Bank