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Trail Blazers: How Top Companies are Creating Value Through Engagement

  • 18 Oct 2012
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Duke Energy


  • We welcome guests to join us for great conversations, exceptional networking opportunities, really good food, and an amazing discussion on diveristy for a $20 fee.
  • We welcome guests to join us for great conversations, exceptional networking opportunities, really good food, and an amazing discussion on diveristy as part of your annual membership.

Registration is closed for the October Chapter Meeting. Questions or cancellations can be directed to info@astdcharlotte.org.

Lenora Billings-Harris


Uncover the critical strategies and tactics related to world class diversity and inclusion learning and development management used by award-winning organizations. Author and consultant Lenora Billings-Harris will share her 20+ years of experience in the diversity and inclusion field as well as the learning and development field with the best practices of such award-winning companies as Verizon, Sodexo, The Coca Cola Company, Dell, American Airlines, IBM and many more.

This session will address the key components of success as well as how to get results. Some of the components Lenora will include are: CEO Commitment, Learning Professional’s Competencies, The Research Proves…, Making Learning and Education Effective, Engaging Middle Managers, and Metrics. You will leave this session with clear and specific recommendations that can help make your organization’s diversity and inclusion learning and culture change plan world class.

This interactive session will help attendees:

  • Learn how to drive TOP LEVEL support for L&D initiatives
  • Identify key factors that transfer D&I learning to on the job performance
  • Utilize D&I approaches that enhance D&I (and all) learning experiences
  • Explore Metrics that make learning and development function as a business driver, instead of an activities office.


Lenora Billings-Harris partners with organizations to help them make diversity a competitive advantage. Recognized as a pioneer in the diversity and inclusion field, she has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. For the third year in a row, she has been voted one of the Top 5 Diversity Speakers. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in journals internationally.  Lenora’s ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable "how to's" have enabled her to help Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, government agencies and educational institutions facilitate change to attract, retain and engage top talent, and expand multicultural markets.

Lenora is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, and co-author of TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the business schools of Averett University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and as presented to audiences in over eighteen countries on six continents. 

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