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