2023 Empowering Equity Conference

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in this conference - all our moderators, speakers, and participants. You made this inaugural event a huge success. Please check back for future DEI virtual and in-person events.

2023 Empowering Equity Conference

February 22, 2023 - March 22, 2023

Due to an overwhelming response, Pearl S. Buck International will be postponing the Empowering Equity Conference previously scheduled for Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 as we redesign it into a fully virtual 5-part workshop series.

These five half-day virtual workshops will feature speakers and workshop leaders in the fields of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Law Enforcement, Human Resources, and Healthcare. By offering this event online, we can accommodate a wider, more diverse national audience, which will enhance the experience for all participants. Register for one, several, or all sessions based on your level of experience, business need, or professional interest.

The Empowering Equity Conference will be offered as virtual half-day offerings starting Wednesday, February 22, 2023 through Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 1–4 pm EST.

Join us for this cross-cultural educational event! Over the course of five half-day virtual workshops, 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.

Presenters will highlight industry best practices, and specialized workshops will detail the application of these for law enforcement, human resources, and health care professionals.

Group Rates Available Upon Request

For every 4 people from your organization to register for a session, the 5th person will be free. To take advantage of this offer:

  • Register four people from your organization online

  • Contact us at 215-249-0100 or jreeder@pearlsbuck.org to register the 5th person for free

  • You do NOT all need to register for the same session; this rate will be honored even if your organization's members register for different sessions.

  • Please contact us with any questions about this. We look forward to seeing you at Empowering Equity!

Meet The Speakers

Click the button below to read more about our featured speakers over the course of the Empowering Equity Conference including:

  • Dr. Shemariah J. Arki, assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies and as the director of the Center for Pan African Culture, both at Kent State University
  • Bill Cochran, former Police Chief of Topeka, Kansas
  • Cain Davis, CEO of Diversified Consulting Concepts, LLC
  • Lieutenant Shawn Hill, Santa Barbara Police Department
  • Phil Hunsberger, Ed.D., co-owner and Senior Facilitator for Educational Equity Consultants (EEC)
  • Yanick Jenkins, MS, Executive Director for the Arthur O. Eve EOP Program at Buffalo State College
  • Fred Miller, CEO and Lead Client Strategist for The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group
  • Jameel Rush, Director of Inclusion Programs for Google
  • Jarrod Schwartz, MSOD, Founder and Principal Consultant of Equity Praxis Group LLC
  • Angie Snyder, Executive Director of Opus Peace
  • Kenneth Vargas, MS, Youth & Community Engagement Director for the Nation Federation for Just Communities of West New York
  • Elizabeth Williams-Riley, founder of D.A.S.H. Consulting LLC


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Five Half-Day Virtual Workshops

Wednesday, February 22—Wednesday, March 22, 2023

1-4 pm EST

Day 1: February 22, 2023

Empowering Equity—DEI Awareness: Part 1

Learn the key vocabulary and foundation concepts needed to participate effectively in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) conversations. Learn how to turn positive feelings on DEI issues into actions and become DEI change-makers.

Day 2: March 1, 2023

Empowering Equity—Making a Difference: Part 2

Learn how to act for, with, and on behalf of others as influencers and change agents within their respective spheres of influence (at home, in the professional world, and in the community).

Day 3: March 8, 2023

DEI in Law Enforcement: All About Community

Learn insights on the need for Law Enforcement agencies, from leadership on down, to embrace DEI and Community Building relationships. Examine both the need for and importance of Anti-Bias work within law enforcement agencies. Learn how relationship-building programs can lead to improved communications between law enforcement and citizenry, reductions in violent crime, and laid the groundwork for increased understanding in times of crisis.

Day 4: March 15, 2023

Human Resources: Creating a DEI Initiative

Learn the moral case and a business case for DEI in the corporate world, the EEO laws all companies must follow, and why HR must take lead in any organization-wide DEI initiative. Learn tools, tips, and best practices to embedding DEI values and practices into every level of organizational culture.

Day 5: March 22, 2023

Culturally Competent Healthcare

Learn insights and best practices that providers can use to establish healthy cross-cultural relationships with those whom they serve. Examine the myriad ways that disparities in healthcare opportunities and services work to deny quality care to BIPOC patients/clients. Learn best practices that can be used to overcome these issues and, ultimately, provide all patients/clients equitable care.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:

PPL Foundation

Penn Community Bank

Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce