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Diversity and Inclusion Summit Speaker Spotlight: Bill Proudman

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Monday, August 28, 2017

In past decades, extraordinarily low percentages of women and minorities can be found at the executive level where decisions are made. Statistics also reveal the composition of boards are primarily white and male. Bill Proudman, CEO and co-founder of White Men As Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP), observed that white men executives did not eagerly participate in diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts in their organizations. He began his pioneered learning labs of white-men-only diversity in the 1990s in order to motivate leaders to develop an inclusive work environment.

Noticing the lack of white men in equity and inclusion and wanting to encourage them to get more involved in diversity programs, Bill Proudman developed WMFDP’s provocative approach to engaging white male business leaders in inclusion efforts. The Greenville Chamber has invited Bill to join the roster of presenters at the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit so people can be exposed to his message “The Role of White Men in Equity and Inclusion.” As a Keynote Speaker, Bill will share how white men influence partnerships at work. Attendees will learn strategies for how to partner more effectively in order to facilitate organizational success, specifically as it relates to leveraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Bill has more than 35-years of experience in leadership development as a consultant, coach and facilitator to countless organizations and executives around the globe on issues of team effectiveness, cultural competency, and inclusion. He was announced to present 2015 Kurt Hahn Address, an honor awarded by Association for Experiential Education to the person who has contributed to the development and advancement of experiential education with the tenacity and conviction

Bill established the Experiential Training and Development Alliance and became the first board chair. He was twice president of the Association for Experiential Education. He is the co-author of a three-volume field guide series on white men leadership and diversity partnerships.

The Greenville Chamber is pleased and delighted to have Bill as a Keynote Speaker 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 9 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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