October 7 – 9, 2021 and
October 11 – 15, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: Many of the conference workshops will be presented using GoToTraining or Zoom. Once you register for the Conference Package or the Self-Development sessions, you will receive a notice from GoToTraining or Zoom along with the link for login to each workshop. If you do not receive a notice about an upcoming session, please contact AAAED at: execdir@aaaed.org or aaaaexecdir@gmail.com. Portions of the main October Conference will be produced by Matchbox Virtual Media and you will receive separate login information from Matchbox.

See the Conference Agenda Grid below. Please contact us at Program2021@aaaed.org or execdir@aaaed.org if you have questions. Tel: 202-349-9855. Please note that there may be changes to the program.

The year 2021 marks the 47th Anniversary of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), formerly the American Association for Affirmative Action. It is also the 60th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925 – the first Order to require equal opportunity and affirmative action in the workplaces of federal contractors. The theme of the AAAED National Conference this year is “Reflect, Reset and Move Towards Justice, Equity and Inclusive Excellence.” In view of the challenges the world faces, with an unprecedented pandemic and health crisis, and the outcry for racial justice, the AAAED conference theme could not be more appropriate. We have chosen to turn these challenges to an online opportunity. Moreover, we are learning to embrace the technology of today and promote our mission of access, equity and diversity in a virtual environment.

The virtual conference agenda contains many of the programs from an in-person event, but it will be offered in three parts. First, the conference will begin in June as the AAAED Annual Membership Business Meeting, where, in accordance with the AAAED Bylaws, members (and nonmembers) hear from the association’s leadership, listen to the presentations of those seeking office in 2022, and vote on matters of association business.

On October 7 – 8, 2021, we will host for the first time, two days dedicated to the self-care and professional development of our members and attendees. As an association, AAAED’s motto is: “Advocate. Educate. Activate.” The two-day Self-Development Program is dedicated to the “Activate” portion of our motto, where we place emphasis on the personal development of our members. This is particularly important given the fact that during the past two years the nation has been ravaged by COVID-19. The program will address such questions as: “How do we cope with the adjustments we had to make to protect ourselves and our families from this pandemic? How do we successfully perform our jobs when most of the work we do is virtual?” As equal opportunity professionals (EOPs), what is our career trajectory and where does it lead? What are the potential opportunities for advancement for individuals in our profession? These Self-Development days will help to address these and other questions regarding our personal growth.

On October 9, AAAED is pleased to hold its first Accessible Career Fair with ABILITY Corps | ABILITY Job Fair | SCORE, an organization that specializes in promoting Job Fairs that are accessible to everyone. True to our tagline, “Advocate. Educate. Activate,” the AAAED Career Fair and its 47th National Conference are intended to promote access, equity, diversity and inclusion in colleges and universities, private industry and government.

On October 11 – 15, we will host Pre-Conference Workshops (October 11 – 12) and the Main Conference (October 13 – 15) The virtual conference will include keynoters who have recently taken the lead at federal EEO agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. The meeting will culminate in the Annual Awards Ceremony.

Conference attendees have the option of purchasing the entire Conference Package, including the June annual meeting, virtual sessions, Master Classes and Deeper Dives, and/or may choose to purchase the Self-Development program: one day for personal self-care and the second for professional development.

We hope you will enjoy the 21st Century virtual format. For AAAED, this is equal opportunity re-imagined. It is also turning a daunting obstacle into a wonderous opportunity to learn and share in a virtual space.

Thank you for your support of AAAED! We look forward to “seeing” you at the Conference!



Thursday, October 7

10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

AAAED Day for Self-Care and Wellness Programs

Opening: Wanda Malden, PDTI

Mindfulness: Dr. Missy Johnson

Cooking Demonstration: Pastry Chef Natalie D. Sims, Wanda Malden

Practitioner Self-Care: Compassion Fatigue: What does this mean for Practitioners? Nakisha Pugh, ODEP

Panel Discussion: The State of the EEO Professional

Financial Wellness: How to Maintain Financial Fitness, Jay Young, MBA


Friday, October 8

10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

AAAED Day for Professional Development Programs

Opening: Dr. Richard Anthony Baker, AAAED President

Keynote Speaker: Lawanda Holliman

Panel One: The State of the Equal Opportunity Professional: Fighting the Fight, Challenges and Opportunities

Panel Two: Pathways to the next job for Mid-Career professionals, Lessons learned from fellow EOPs.

Panel Three: New Professionals and Career Changers: How to Enter the Profession, Resume Building and the job Search.

Presenter: Vondaleir Wright, “Tapping into your True Power: How to Recognize & Build upon Your Unique Capabilities”


Saturday, October 9

12 pm – 4 pm ET

AAAED Career Fair, produced by AbilityJobs.org


Pre-Conference Day One


Monday, October 11

10:00 am – 10:45 am


Opening & Express Talk-Supporting Success for Working Adult Students with Learning Disabilities-Gabrielle Miller & Sheldon Horowitz #1*

11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Masterclass #1 * Dr. Myron Anderson and Dr. Percy Morehouse

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Masterclass #2 Evaluating Equity & Inclusion: Using Audits & Assessments to Understand & Strengthen Campus Climate & Racial Equity-Pamela Coukos, Working Ideal, Ellen Eardley, Doris Quintanilla *

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

AAAED Board Meeting**



Pre-Conference Day Two


Tuesday, October 12

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Express Talk #2-A Decentralized Approach to Advancing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Academia-Dr. Debra Blair & Naima Hall*

11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Deeper Dive #1-More than a Feeling Leveraging the Power of Regression Analysis to Evaluate & Explain Hiring Decisions-Michelle Duncan & Krystal Welland*

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop #3-Reflecting & Resetting: What Covid-19 taught us about Discrimination & Reasonable Accommodation-Marilyn Schuyler*

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop #4-ODEP Employees Panel

5:15-6:15 pm

Federal Employees Panel

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

LEAD Fund Board Meeting**

Main Conference Day One


Wednesday, October 13

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Welcome-Dr. Richard Baker and Opening OCR Education, Acting Asst. Sec. Suzanne Goldberg

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Keynote: Jenny R. Yang, Director OFCCP (Invited)

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Keynote : EEOC Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels, Invited

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Workshop #1-Is Empathy the Link? Mitigating Bias in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives-Dr. Carla Thomas

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop #2 Express Talk-Utilizing the OFCCP Ombuds Service-Marcus Stergio

Workshop #3-OFCCP Panel- Regional Directors


Main Conference Day Two


Thursday, October 14

10:00 am – 11:00 am

AAAED and HERC Panel

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Express Talk-Title IX & Gender Equity in Athletics-Donna Smith

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Workshop #4-Employee Engagement through the Lens of Disability-Rosemary Cox, Marcelle Clauette, DCI Consulting Group

1:45 pm – 3:15pm

Workshop #5-Enhancing DE&I through Pay Equity-H. Juanita Beecher, Yolanda Hunter, Consuela A. Pinto, & Joanna Colosimo

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Workshop #6-The “E” in DEI: Equity Should Not be treated as Equal-Thomas Carnahan (Berkshire Assoc.) Cheryl Boyer

Main Conference Day Three


Friday, October 15

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Critical Race Theory Panel, Sponsored by the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund)

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Workshop #7-Unconscious Bias in Interviewing-Katie Magoon

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Workshop #8-Unique Challenges of Conducting a Faculty Pay Equity Analysis an Academic Institution-Joshua S. Roffman, Alissa A. Horvitz, Roffman Horvitz, PLC

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks-Dr. Baker & Adjourn


*GoToTraining Platform Used

** Zoom Platform Used