Return on Inclusion Summit


Joe Gerstandt is a speaker, author and advisor bringing greater clarity, action, and impact to organizational diversity and inclusion efforts.

Joe has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits, and blogs at He is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum and his insights have been published in Diversity Best Practices, Diversity Executive, HR Executive, The Diversity Factor, The American Diversity Report, the Corporate Recruiting Leadership Journal, Associations Now, other print and on-line journals and he co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.

Joe grew up on a family farm in NW Iowa, served four years in the United States Marine Corps, including participation in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, attended Iowa State University and then spent 6 years working in management and business development for technology and communication companies. He then made a career change and went to work for a grassroots non-profit organization, and this is where he found himself drawn to issues related to diversity and inclusion and then became actively involved in that work.

Today, Joe believes that we can ill afford to continue applying a 20th century approach to an increasingly critical set of 21st century issues. A strong advocate for resetting the diversity and inclusion conversation, Joe sees diversity and inclusion as poorly understood and often misunderstood. His keynote messages and interactive workshops bring greater clarity, action, and impact to existing and new organizational diversity & inclusion efforts.

Join us in Tulsa for ROI Summit 2018!

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The Return on Inclusion Summit (ROI), is Oklahoma's largest professional diversity and inclusion (D&I) conference. Hundreds of executives, HR pros, and civic and nonprofit leaders attend this event - and you can be part of it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103

What is the ROI Summit 2018 Schedule of Events?

7:30am – 8:30am - Executive Breakfast with Joe Gerstandt
7:40am – 8:40am - Registration & Exhibit Hall Activities
8:45am – 9:45am - Welcome and Opening Convening
10:00am – 11:30am - Breakout Sessions
11:30am – 1:00pm - Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Joe Gerstandt 
1:15pm – 2:45pm - Breakout Sessions
3:00pm – 3:45pm - Next Steps & Closing

Who will present at the summit?

Our keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and executive breakfast facilitator is Joe Gerstandt. Joe Gerstandt brings his unique perspectives and trademark energy to conferences nationwide, and he facilitates training workshops for corporate and professional groups. Joe also helps organizations find successful solutions to the challenges they face by facilitating conversations and designing processes that lead them to their goals.

We are also excited to feature Tanenbaum as a workshop presenter. Workshop participants can expect skill-building exercises  regarding strategies for addressing religious diversity issues that arise in the workplace as well as develop a practical understanding of how beliefs play out in the workplace.