Diversity Leadership Symposium

Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium

The community’s largest annual business gathering focused on inclusion, this informative and inspiring event celebrates the importance of diversity in our workplaces.

Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium
We invite you to participate and hear from some of the region's top leaders on how they advocate for Black talent success in the workplace and Cincinnati region. You will widen your perspective, deepen understanding of systemic inequities, learn new ways to support talent growth and foster a culture of empowerment.

View the 2020 Agenda

Keynote Session

From the Top: The Importance of Intentional, Committed Focus

Moderated by Rico Grant, Founder of Paloozanoire & Executive Director of SoCap Accelerate featuring Greg Carmichael, Chairman & CEO of Fifth Third Bank and David Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Co.


It’s Time for the Region's Businesses to Lead Differently

Moderator: Paaras Parker, Senior Director of Performance, Career & Leadership Development
The Kroger Co. 


  • Dr. Angelica Hardee, Vice President, Health Strategies, American Heart Association
  • Leigh Fox, President & Chief Executive President, Cincinnati Bell
  • Kick Lee, Executive Director of Cincinnati Music Accelerator
  • Moira Weir, President/CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Diane Altmix, Managing Director, Cincinnati Office and Inclusion & Diversity Lead, North America Technology Practice

How the Region's Businesses Can Drive Systemic Change


  • Patrick Lafley, Managing Partner & Founder, Constellation Wealth Advisors
  • Darrin Redus, Vice President & Executive Director, Minority Business Accelerator
  • Liza Smitherman, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Jostin Construction
  • Audrey Treasure, Vice President & Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center

Breakout discussions

Advocacy and Activism: Leading at Work and In the Community
This panel will feature several business and community leaders who have worked to support equity both in their workplaces and in their communities. Panelists will talk about how the two worlds sometimes intersect—and sometimes don’t. These established leaders have used their voices within their companies and have never hesitated to be vocal participants in sometimes difficult community conversations. Learn what it takes to step up and be an advocate and activist both inside and outside of your organization
Moderated by Eric Kearney, President & CEO, African American Chamber

- Vada Hill, Board Member at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
- Christie Kuhns, Vice President of Community Relations, UC Health
- Ed Rigaud, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, EnovaPremier, LLC 
- Destinee Thomas, Co-founder Cincy Nice, Marketing & Communications Freelancer 
- Lauren Worley, Global Newsroom Leader, P&G

Supporting Black Women Leaders and Owners
This panel features five Black women who are CEOs, owners, leaders, and influencers in our region. The panel discussion will center on the unique realities of being a Black woman in business and ways that our region benefits from their wisdom and leadership. Panelists will share stories of their lived work realities and discuss the tactics they’ve had to deploy to navigate workplace culture, build relationships, achieve a sense of belonging and psychological safety. The panelists promise to have an authentic conversation, equipping allies with ways to support and empowering other women of color to boldly show up as their full selves.

Moderator: Patrice Borders, Founder & Principal, Prevention Strategies LLC


  • Dora Anim, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Regina Carswell-Russo, Founder & Chief Communication Strategist RRight Now Communications
  • Larissa England, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Partner, The E.W Scripps Company
  • Barbara Turner, President & Chief Operating Officer, Ohio National Financial Services


Black Executives in Our Region: How Our Region Can Support and Grow Black Talent

Mentorship and informal networks can work to strengthen and lift Black talent in our region. Panel participants have been both mentors and mentees and will offer perspective to leaders in our region about how to help create connections and support younger leaders who are seeking mentors. These unique relationships are central to investing in talent and showing the world that Black leaders can make an impact and realize success in Cincinnati.

Moderator: Marcus Thompson, Vendor Diversity, Community Development Manager, Skanska USA Building Inc.

  • Michael Moore, Founder/President, Black Achievers, Inc
  • Carl Satterwhite, President & Owner, RCF Group
  • Aliou Diouf, Vice President, Employee Health & Benefits, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC


Valuing Black Talent = Valuing Black Culture
This panel discussion features Cincinnatians who are improving and investing in our region’s Black culture—through music, art, community, faith, and events. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on how our community can more intentionally celebrate the vibrancy of Black culture and recognize the value it brings to our community. By sharing their personal stories and lived experience, each panelist will share ideas on how Cincinnati can be recognized as city that embraces Black excellence and is welcoming to all residents. Ultimately, addressing how the region can be a place for Black talent to work AND play.  

Moderator: Jason Dunn, Group Vice President, Diversity Sales & Inclusion Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau


  • Means Cameron, Founder & Creative Director, BlaCkOWned™ Outerwear & Owner, blaCk Coffee
  • John Faherty, Executive Director, Mercantile Library
  • Gee Horton, Artist
  • Kristal Howard, Director of Corporate Communications and Media Relations, The Kroger Co.
  • Fran Santangelo, Director of Marketing and PR - Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G, Partner @ Santangelo Group Inc
  • Bishop Thomas, Senior Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church
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