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Gloria Goins, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Health System

Gloria GoinsKeynote, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Health System

Gloria Goins is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Health System, the nation’s 25 largest healthcare system.  In this role, she is responsible for leveraging diversity, inclusion and cross cultural competency to advance the organization’s mission and business objectives.

Workshop

The Fourth Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Kenneth L. Chandler, DSL, ICMA-CM

Kenneth L. Chandler, Deputy City Manager

Ken Chandler has 27 years of executive level public sector experience in diverse communities, including: Richmond, VA; Arlington County, VA; Dallas, TX; Portsmouth, VA; and, most recently, the District of Columbia.  He oversees the departments of Human Services, Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Human Resources, and Public Health, as well as the offices of Strategy, Transparency, Innovation & Resiliency (STiR) and Volunteer Resources.

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Diversifying the Leadership Pipeline

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City of Virginia Beach
Carey Yates

Carey Yates, Eggleston

Carey Yates serves as the Associate Vice President of Workforce Development at Eggleston. Eggleston is a non-profit organization which serves approximately 1,000 individuals annually through various day support, residential, and employment programs. Carey is responsible for managing the Supported Employment program, which assists individuals with disabilities to find employment in the community. In 2016, this program served approximately 126 individuals through assessments, job development, and job placement and training services. Carey also supervises a program funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides employment services to homeless individuals in the city of Portsmouth.

Workshop

Disabilities in the Workplace

Women in Leadership

Tiffany M. Russell, APR, CDME

Tiffany M. Russell,  is a member of the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau’s executive leadership team, Tiffany Russell provides strategic guidance and oversight for the marketing communications unit for one of Virginia’s largest destination marketing organizations.   As VP Marketing Communications, major focus areas of her diverse team include advertising strategy, research, brand and social media management, internal and corporate communications and local tourism advocacy. Russell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in her hiring practices as well as her team’s pledge to ensuring Virginia Beach is promoted and recognized as a welcoming, accessible destination for 13.9 million annual visitors. Her career path has included affiliate relations for nationallysyndicated radio talk show program The Dave Ramsey Show, Boardwalk Art Show director for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and executive director for nonprofit organization Girls on the Run.

 

 

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Women in Leadership

Addie Wright Thomanson

Addie Wright Thomason,J.D.

Addie Wright Thomason is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation (a nonprofit housing and community development organization that primarily serves the citizens of Virginia Beach) and Second Act Communities (an innovative national community developer of housing and community-based commercial and institutional properties). She is also a sought-after speaker, outspoken social justice advocate and a prolific ordained pastor. Her work goes beyond “sticks and bricks” to creating supportive communities that bring real and sustainable change in peoples’ lives. Second Act Communities partners with nonprofit organizations, municipalities, other developers, religious institutions and social entrepreneurs to do this important work.

 

Workshop

Women in Leadership

LGBTQ Student Voices: The Challenges of Inclusion

Victoria Sachar-Milosevich

Victoria Sachar-Milosevich has spent the last 14 years as a special education teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She is involved with local charity For Kids, one of the largest providers for homeless families in Virginia. Victoria won the coveted Slammy Award at the annual ForKids fundraiser fashioned after NPR's "The Moth Hour.” When Victoria isn't busy with all of this, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her husband and two fur-children.  A dedicated and compassionate teacher who has volunteered her time to act as the faculty advisor of her school's Gay Straight Alliance, she and led her students to organize the first high school GSA assembly making national news due to the  unexpected controversy which surrounded it. Victoria encourages her students to think creatively in order to serve their school by leading meaningful discussions about diversity, inclusion and equality. 

 

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LGBTQ Student Voices: The Challenges of Inclusion

Jobynia Caldwell

Jobynia Caldwell

Jobynia Caldwell is a 41-year veteran of public education. She began her career in VBCPS teaching at Kellam High School. She went into administration in 1993 as an assistant principal at First Colonial High School. Caldwell went on to serve as principal for a host of schools in the division including Corporate Landing Middle School, Salem High School and Tallwood High School. Mrs. Caldwell spent four years as the assistant superintendent of high school education before being named director of equity affairs. She was in this role for three years. 

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Equity in Education: Building Diversity and Inclusion Programs

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