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Diversity & Inclusion Summit Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Idella Glenn

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Do you often wonder if some of your decisions and behaviors could lead to unintentional discrimination? Being mindful of the signs can help you avoid unintended offenses that could cost you relations and compromise organizational culture. Some employers may practice subtle discrimination based on race, gender or religious preference without even realizing it. To avoid negative implications, it is necessary for employers to help ensure employees are well educated on this topic. You have an opportunity to join an honest dialogue that will reveal surprising insights and best practices to become more self-aware and mindful of how actions can unintentionally lead to lack of engagement in the workplace. With 25 years of higher education experience and knowledge about leading diversity and inclusion initiatives, Dr. Idella Glenn will deeply disclose surprising insights on the topic “Subtle Discrimination: Being Aware of Unintended offenses” in the workplace at the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit on October 17, 2017. And, if you are an HR professional you can also earn HRCI credit hours towards your continuing education requirement.

Being a seasoned professional, Dr. Idella has persistently devoted her career to inclusive excellence, student accomplishments, and fostering welcoming campus environments for students. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science/math from Furman University, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.  She earned her Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University in 2008.

As a Special Advisor on Inclusivity and Diversity at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA now, Dr. Idella is responsible for building internal capacity to address issues of inclusivity and diversity at the university, reporting directly to the President, and serving on the Cabinet. Through her long-tern career paths, she served at different organizations. She was Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives within the Division of Inclusive Excellence. Before going to VCU, she served as Furman University’s Asst. VP for Student Development, Asst. Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Director of Multicultural Affairs for 18 years. Prior to Furman, Dr. Idella served as the Records Manager (Registrar) at Spartanburg Community College.

With strong and profound knowledge and skills in diversity, Dr. Idella has earned designation as a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the Institute for Diversity Certification and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. 

Dr. Idella is a member of the National Coalition Building Institute Board of Directors where creates communities in which everyone wants to belong as a mission. She serves on the National Advisory Council of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity based on the vision of improving minority success in higher education and equal employment opportunities. She also served as President of the South Carolina Professional Association for Access and Equity from 2002-2004 and is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class 28.

The Greenville Chamber is pleased and delighted to have Dr. Idella Glenn as a facilitator for the 2017 Diversity Summit, LEVERAGING HUMAN DIFFERENCE: A Strategic Priority for Business Success & Community Prosperity. This Summit is scheduled for October 17, 2017 from 9 am to 6 pm at the TD Convention Center. This full day experience will engage business and community leaders across a wide range of private/public sectors and will consists of an opening plenary with keynote speaker, a luncheon with a keynote speaker and approximately nine different workshops offered in between. The day will end with a LEVERAGE. LAUNCH. LEAD Networking Reception for all guests and speakers.

We have secured a dynamic roster of presenters who are all national and international experts skilled in a wide array of diversity strategies. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from authorities who have years of experience. Viewing diversity and inclusion as a leadership function is vital for professional and personal development.  The summit will address a variety of topics relevant to helping leaders more effectively manage and value human difference to create high performing organizations and thriving communities. A full listing of session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information can be found online here.

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