Small Business Forum: Creating Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Workplaces
Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hosted on Hopin
Free to attend for Members
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have become a global conversation. Businesses with diverse teams and inclusive workplaces promote greater employee engagement, innovation, resiliency and secure 19% better financial outcomes than their counterparts who don’t ensure inclusive workplaces.
Learn and discuss with other small business owners how employers, organizations, and individuals can reassess how we contribute to advancing equity in the workplace. We look ahead to our vision – an inclusive and equitable workplace that ensures equal and full opportunity for all – and explore what we can do as employers and as a community to make it a reality.
Key topics to be discussed:
· What does a truly inclusive workplace look like?
· Understand what a diverse and inclusive team is and the value in building such a workplace
· Assess gaps and barriers employers face in creating a sustainable improvement plan of action to meet Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals
Moderated by Ogo Okwumabua, Co-Owner of Zueike Inc.
1:30 p.m. – Virtual Marketplace and Networking
1:45 p.m. – Program Starts / Welcoming Remarks
Kristine Tubiera, Small Business Council Member and CEO of LMVA Consulting
Shreeraj Patel, Board Chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and and Vice President of Commercial Financial Services at RBC
1:50 p.m. – Panelist Discussion
Hosted by Ogo Okwumabua, Co-Owner of Zueike Inc.
- Oly Backstrom, President & CEO, SCE LifeWorks
- Natalie Bell, Senior Human Resources Consultant and CEO, Creative Energetic Original of PegCityLovely
2:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
3:30 p.m. – Program Ends
Thank you to our Small Business Supporters!
About our Panelists:
Oly Backstrom, President & CEO, SCE LifeWorks
Oly Backstrom Is President & CEO of SCE LifeWorks, a charitable non-profit organization that helps people with developmental disabilities find and keep employment in Winnipeg. Oly will be celebrating his 27th anniversary with SCE LifeWorks this summer. Oly has been actively involved in the supported employment movement in Canada, with a keen interest in school-to-work transitions for young people with developmental disabilities, spearheading the development of the first two Project SEARCH sites in Canada here in Winnipeg. Oly is currently a Board member of Abilities Manitoba, past board member of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, past Steering Committee member for Barrier Free Manitoba, and past executive member of the Manitoba Supported Employment Network.
Natalie Bell, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Acuity HR Solutions and CEO, Creative Energetic Original of PegCityLovely
Natalie is an energetic HR leader who prides herself in fostering meaningful relationships with organizations to help them get the best out of their people. With over 20 years of progressive HR experience and an entrepreneurial passion, Natalie demonstrates confidence in identifying a variety of people-related situations and providing innovative solutions to the businesses she supports.
About our Moderator:
Ogo Okwumabua, Co-Owner of Zueike
Ogo Okwumabua’s love of sport, entrepreneurship, clothing and community has led to the start of Zueike. Zueike \zu-we-kay\, a premium athletic apparel brand, focuses on fit, clean designs and utilizing the best in comfort fabrics.
With over 20 years experience in the team apparel industry and 25 years coaching basketball, has inspired Ogo’s deep passion in seeing the community unite and grow. He believes that with a strong community the world can Zueike.