March 18-20, 2014  |  Minneapolis, MN

Making Waves

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

formerly The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity

27th Annual Conference
March 17-19, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota  

General Session Videos from 2014 conference

General Session Day 2 Morning- Breaking New Ground
Click here  to watch the welcome video from Day 2

General Session Day 2 Lunch- We Speak Business
Click here to watch the video featuring Barbara Deane and Bernardo Ferdman
Click here to watch Chris Roberts' keynote video

General Session Day 3 Morning- We Fuel Change
Click here to watch the Fast Foward panel discussion

General Session Day 3 Lunch- We Lead With Action
Click here to watch the video unveiling the 2014 Call to Action and 2015 announcements


Be Relevant in the Ecosystem

  • Below Ground – Overcome Fear-Limitations-Status Quo
    - Get Unstuck
  • Ground Level – Practice Inclusive Leadership & Behaviors
    -Start New Conversations – Cultivate a Boundaryless Mindset – Challenge – Do the Tough Work – Educate
  • Visionary –Believe it CAN Happen
    -Act with Fearless Accountability

Click here view the poll questions that inspired the 2014 Call to Action

Looking for handouts from sessions?
Click here to view all available session handouts

About The Forum

We Speak Business

We understand that diversity and Inclusion isn’t a business expense. It is a business asset. We’re meeting the needs of our business communities by working together to help improve the competitive know-how that forward-thinking organizations need to succeed in today’s global marketplace. As we continue to fine tune diversity and inclusion’s alignment with business, we find that we truly are stronger together.  

We Fuel Change

It used to be that Diversity and Inclusion work was perceived to involve a certain segment of the workforce. Today, leading organizations have integrated Diversity and Inclusion into strategy and operations. We see the intersection of leadership and change as vital to move the work to the next level. The unprecedented challenges of the recent recession and business globalization demand it. To help fuel this change, we’re embracing the ideal of creating a True Forum that engages people through dialogue to create valuable insights, innovative ideas and new solutions.

We Lead with Action

We believe great leadership is by definition inclusive. In an inclusive organization, everyone is responsible and empowered to lead. It’s up to each of us to act as an agent of positive and sustainable change that will lead our organizations forward. The Forum delivers the latest information, trends and practical knowledge from today’s leading thought leaders.  We are a learning-focused conference that helps you sharpen your mindset, skillset and toolset for action.

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Who Attends the Forum?

The Forum is designed for professionals who manage a diverse workforce, work in a diverse environment or are responsible for diversity within organizations of all sizes. It is also recommended for anyone connecting with a diverse clientele.

  • HR, diversity and talent acquisition leaders and practitioners
  • Leaders and managers of diverse workforces
  • Diversity council and employee resource group members
  • Government, education and nonprofit leaders and managers
  • Health care professionals
  • Lawyers, both firm and corporate
  • Leaders and managers in training and organizational development

The mission of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is to activate a new era of thinking, practice and impact in the diversity and inclusion field by engaging people, advancing ideas and igniting change.


University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business