Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

Summit theme: How to attract and retain talent and grow your business through DEI practices.

Video replay for registered attendees

March 23, 2022

9 a.m. – Welcome
9:10-9:40 a.m. – Keynote and Q&A

Keynote speaker: Nakeia L. Drummond, NLD Strategic

Nakeia L. Drummond

Topic: “Your Business Can’t Do DEI”

“Your Business Can’t Do DEI” because Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are values that must be lived, first in people and then in organizational culture. This conversation will explore how business leaders can begin and further their leadership journey, honors their teams, and build companies that hold Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as essential values versus timely initiatives.

9:40 a.m. – 5-minute break
9:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion


Diane Forbes Berthoud
Diane Forbes Berthoud
Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President, University of Maryland, Baltimore
A. Tonya Odom
A. Tonya Odom
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Angel St. Jean
Angel St. Jean
Co-Founder and CEO, The Black Brain Trust

10:45 a.m. – Wrapup

Learn from Maryland business leaders the steps they have taken to make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a priority in their organization and how adopting these practices and changing company culture has led to attracting and retaining strong talent and overall success.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at