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About the 2022 Conference

The inaugural,  full-day conference held April 8, 2022 provided a range of engaging opportunities to develop new skills, learn about emerging research and engage in critical conversations with conference presenters and fellow attendees.

Emcee for the Day

Mich Hancock, Founder and CEO of 100th Monkey, Co-founder TEDxStLouis

Keynote Address and Interactive Workshop

Megan Gerhardt, author of "Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce" and Professor of Management at Miami University's Farmer School of Business, delivered the conference's keynote address. Megan's session also included an interactive workshop.

Featured Speakers

Featured speaker sessions offered engaging and informational large group discussions with subject matter experts. Featured speakers included: 

  • Akberet Boykin-Farr
    VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Emerson
  • Leilani Carver
    Associate Professor of Communications, Maryville University
  • Meghan Gaffney
    Founder, Veda Data
  • Barnali Gupta, Ph.D. 
    Edward Jones Dean, Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions provided in-person attendees two opportunities during the conference to connect with attendees and presenters in smaller group settings. In-person attendees chose from five unique concurrent  sessions. Virtual attendees had  a chance join one breakout session online. Breakout sessions were led by:

  • Laura Burkemper
    CEO, The Catalyst Center
  • Khalia Collier
    VP of Community Engagement, St. Louis City SC
  • Sarah Davidson
    Human Resource Director, Roeslein & Associates
  • Tamika Mitchell
     Expert in Residence for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Emerson Leadership Institute
  • Marissa Oxendine, Abby Kwon and Maddy Joplin
    Founders, SLU student organization Aspire STL
  • Chic Thompson
    Creativity Expert & Innovation Consultant (virtual session)

Research Symposium

A research symposium offered attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest scholarship from Saint Louis University's leading faculty and talented students.