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OSCPA's DEI Summit

Thursday, November 16, 2023 8:30am - 4:25pm

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OSCPA's DEI Summit is an event that will cover DEI initiatives on a national and state level. Hear from leaders experienced in the advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Oklahoma and around the country.

This event is recommended for eight hours of CPE.

Please Note: There are a limited number of seats available for our in-person event.

Virtual Attendance: If you prefer to attend virtually, you can register for the simulcast here.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

8:30am - 10:10am

This presentation is designed to clarify your role in creating a culture of belonging in the workplace. It's inspired by Jennifer Brown's bestselling book "How To Be An Inclusive Leader."

Learning Objectives:

  • Emphasize the difference between inclusion and diversity
  • Outline the "Inclusive Leader Continuum"
  • Identify practical inclusive behaviors
Credits: Specialized Knowledge 2
10:25am - 12:05pm

Hiring people with disabilities is not as simple as just offering them a job and bringing them onboard. Has your organization laid the necessary groundwork to be able to adequately provide PWD with the tools and resources they need to be successful? This training will cover some of the considerations, policies, practices, and technology you should be prepared to provide.

Learning Objective:

  • Why PWD are an untapped resource for employers
  • Policies and accommodations an organization should be prepared to have in place
Credits: Personnel/HR 2
12:50pm - 2:30pm

In this presentation, participants will gain insight into how the City of Oklahoma City not only prioritizes but also champions diversity and inclusion through employee engagement strategies. At the heart of these strategies lie the invaluable feedback gathered from annual employee engagement surveys, which serve as the compass guiding the City of OKC’s actions. By understanding and addressing the unique needs of their diverse workforce, the City of OKC strives to cultivate an environment where every employee is heard, valued, and empowered, ultimately paving the way for an inclusive, innovative, and equitable workplace.

  • Understand the significance of employee engagement in promoting diversity and inclusion within organizations.
  • Explore practical examples of how employee feedback can directly influence inclusion and company culture.
Credits: Specialized Knowledge 2
2:45pm - 4:25pm

Learn what it means to be an effective ally. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, executives, and staff who must foster effective communication through conflict, change and crisis. This presentation will prepare those people to hold and encourage others to have challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a company culture of allyship–which includes listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility for the short- and long-term organizational goals–is a must in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn the foundations and definitions that apply to being an effective ally in the workplace.
  • Attendees will understand the challenges and possible solutions to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Credits: Specialized Knowledge 2


Shalynne Jackson

Shalynne Jackson serves as the City of Oklahoma City's (OKC) first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. Prior to joining the City of OKC, Shalynne supported strategic I&D initiatives for multiple Fortune 500 companies. She has served on various boards and is currently the Diversity Chair for the Oklahoma Human Resources State Council (OKHR); serves on Schnake Turnbo Franks’ I&D Advisory Committee; and is on the board of ReMerge - a comprehensive diversion program. A graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Shalynne holds a Master of Human Relations degree. She is also a graduate of Leadership OKC’s class 40. Additionally, she is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence.

Michael Shellabarger

Michael Shellabarger has been employed with Love's Family of Companies since April 2014. He currently supports Love's Human Resources team with an emphasis on learning and leadership development. Michael graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010 with a B.A. in Broadcasting, and again in 2013 with an M.Ed. in Adult Education/Training.

Adam Soltani

Adam Soltani is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma holding a Master’s degree in Human Relations with a certificate in Organizational Diversity and Development. He has served the Muslim community in various capacities as a professional including promoting and managing American Muslim artists for a London based record label Meem Music, serving as an assistant director for outreach at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, coordinating youth development programs at the Islamic Society of Edmond, and being one of the founding members of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.Soltani also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma State University teaching courses such as Introduction to World Religions, Islam Cultural Perspectives, Religions of the Middle East, and Religion, Race, and Social Justice.In April 2021, Adam Soltani was recognized by OKC Friday for the second year in a row as one of the 50 Most Powerful Young Professionals in OKC.In June 2021, Adam Soltani was recognized by Oklahoma City Young Professionals as one of The Most Influential Young Professionals in Oklahoma. In the same month, The Journal Record recognized Soltani as One of the Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma.Prior to joining CAIR Oklahoma as the Executive Director, Adam worked as a social services specialist with the state of Oklahoma providing aide to underprivileged families. Adam relocated to Oklahoma from Kansas with his family as a young man, and he currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and two sons, Zane and Aaron.

Charles Watt

Charles Watt serves as the ADA Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, where he has worked for over 2 years. He is an ACTCP Certified ADA Coordinator and is designated as an ADA Specialist by the Accessibility Professionals Association, an organization consisting of professionals focusing on accessibility in the built environment. He also holds an ACTCP Advanced Employment Certificate.

He is a member of both the National Network of ADA Trainers and the Leadership Network of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. He conducts trainings on various aspects of the ADA for many different state agencies and private groups and organizations.

He recently became one of the first 33 individuals in the country to pass the APAC-BE exam, a new national certification for professionals working in the field of accessibility in the built environment. Mr. Watt can be contacted to conduct training, and/or consult on employment aspects or architectural accessibility requirements of the ADA. These services are provided free of charge as part of his duties for the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

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