DE&I Conferences: The #1 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events Guide for 2022
Discover the top events that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), and learn how you can support and amplify these important voices.
It’s more important than ever for DE&I to hit every corner of your event strategy — from choosing diverse vendors and partners to building an inclusive speaker lineup. In fact, it’s important that your speaker lineup is diverse and reflective of the audience you aim to attract. For example, Bizzabo research found that just 33% of event speakers in 2019 were female, and EventMB found that 35-40% of events don’t have a single Black speaker.
Luckily, there are events that prioritize choosing a diverse speaker lineup, working with a variety of vendors and partners, and putting inclusion center stage at every event. Here are just some of the top DE&I-driven events this year. If you’d like to see yours on this list, submit it here.
Event Date: June 6-10, 2022
Format: Virtual and In-Person (Various Locations)
Taking place over five days in June, #PrideSummit is offering the ultimate hybrid experience, with a virtual option, VIP in-person option, and an option to attend in-person at 10 satellite locations — from New York City to Chicago to Portland. Each of the micro-events will be outdoors and require vaccinations. But the best part about this event from Lesbians Who Tech, is that it champions diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Why Attend: On the one hand, #PrideSummit welcomes individuals of all identities, including allies, and has featured inspiring personalities, including Stacey Abrams, Kara Swisher, Megan Rapinoe, Kamala Harris, and more. On the other hand, #PrideSummit has created an event model that lets attendees choose the format they are most comfortable with, which is a powerful motivator.
2. Disability:IN Virtual Conference
Event Date: July 18-21, 2022
Format: Virtual and In-Person (Dallas, Texas)
Disability:IN is the global corporate disability inclusion event of the year and features more than 3,000 attendees, 250 speakers, and representatives from more than 50 countries. The conference features numerous tracks, including the following:
- Digital Accessibility
- ERG/BRG (Employee Resource Group/Business Resource Group)
- ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) Investing
- Inclusive Marketing & Communications
- Supplier Diversity
Why Attend: Past events have featured blockbuster speakers, including Jenny Lay-Flurrie (Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft), Manisha Mehrotra (Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA, Bloomberg), Julie Sweet (CEO, Accenture), and more. If you’re struggling to make the case to leadership on why you should attend, Disability:IN has put together a great resource to pass along: Download “Are You In?”
3. NAAAP Leadership Convention
Event Date: August 11-13, 2022
Location: In-Person (Washington D.C.)
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. With more than 25,000 members, NAAAP’s goal is to keep professionals of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages engaged through educational and social networking opportunities. The 2022 Leadership Convention comprises several events:
- August 11: Employee Resource Group Summit
- August 12: Diversity Career Fair
- August 12-13: Limitless Leadership Workshops
- August 13: Gala
Why Attend: NAAAP’s three-day convention stands apart from other conventions by creating a personalized experience and building a long-term community that champions the role of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as core values in every organization and community.
4. SYNChronicity National Conference
Event Date: Summer 2022
Location: New York City
More Info: https://sync2022.org
SYNChronicity is a one-of-a-kind event organized by HealthHIV, HealthHCV, and the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health that connects 2,500+ dynamic healthcare and public health professionals to explore topics of HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), LGBTQ+ health, and equitable health solutions.
Why Attend: SYNChronicity features plenary sessions, multi-disciplinary institutes, track sessions, motivational videos, networking opportunities, and more — including free continuing education opportunities.
5. SHRM Inclusion 2022
Event Date: Oct. 19, 2020 – Oct. 21, 2020
Location: Virtual and In-Person (San Diego)
In 2021, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) held its popular Inclusion event in-person and virtually. For 2022, SHRM is doing it again! Inclusion 2022 promises an action-packed event delivering tools, best practices, and actionable solutions to ensure your workplace nurtures positivity, inclusivity, and innovation.
Why Attend: As the country grapples with issues around social and racial justice, having an open, collaborative dialogue about how to tackle these issues in the workplace has never been more necessary for leaders who want to build diverse, high-performing teams. You’ll get guidance on how to boost employee happiness, engagement, and retention.
6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference
Event Date: June 29-30, 2022
The 26th Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference from The Conference Board serves as a platform for DE&I leaders to share their work and discuss topics around race, social justice, neurodiversity, women’s health, disability, allyship, and more. Topics this year include the following:
- The Bottom Line Is That Board Diversity Matters
- The Role of the CEO in DEI
- Shifting Mindsets, Behaviors and Practices for Enduring Change
- Inclusion and Purpose-Driven Organizations
- A Hybrid World and the Impact on DEI
Why Attend: Proceeds from the event support The Conference Board’s nonprofit mission. Additionally, the event’s sessions present an invaluable opportunity to have difficult conversations that many leaders may not yet feel comfortable participating in within their organizations. This is just one way they can get more comfortable and prepare for these discussions.
7. Women Lead 2032 Festival: Power & Purpose for the Next 10 Years
Event Date: September 29-30, 2022
Location: New York City
Another event from The Conference Board, Women Lead 2032: Power & Purpose for the Next 10 Years is a special event focused on gender equity in the workplace. Global leaders from top brands, including Girls Who Code, 3M, UPS, and more. Women Lead 2032 will explore allyship, leadership, recruitment, inclusivity, and more. This conference is key for any and all senior-level women and men who support women’s advancement, pay equity, effects of the pandemic, bringing more women onto the C-Suite and board, and more.
Why Attend: This year’s event is back in-person for the first time in a few years and features special leadership and allyship workshops, networking activities, book and movie club sessions, special receptions, and so much more.
8. INCLUSION 2022
Event Date: October 11-13, 2022
INCLUSION 2022 is a three-day festival for all those invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. This virtual event features contributions from more than 85 DE&I experts worldwide. With interactive panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking sessions on DE&I in the workplace, you’ll gain insights, tools, resources to implement DE&I within your organization.
Why Attend: Meet with 1,000s of HR, leadership and development, and DE&I professionals — from IKEA, Lego, Twitter, BBC Studios, and more — to gain practical strategies for bringing about lasting change at your business. You’ll get 35+ hours of content and 45+ case studies and panels, ensuring you walk away with enough content to keep you inspired until the next event.
Prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events This Year
If you want to engage in meaningful conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, the conferences and events listed above offer compelling content and the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and leading experts focused on advancing this goal.
“Consider positioning your event as a platform for people who maybe haven’t had an opportunity to speak before. Provide them with the support they need to be successful — that’s how we create a more diverse community of speakers.”
Senior Event Content Manager
The insights, connections, and networking opportunities these events offer will benefit industry professionals who want to access the knowledge they can use to improve their organizations and be better at their jobs, and event marketers looking for examples to mimic for their own virtual events.