Return on Inclusion Summit

Vernā Myers is on a personal mission to disrupt the status quo and she knows how to: she’s lived it.
Myers rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author and cultural innovator. Her dynamic, laugh-out-loud speeches inspire audiences to go further — to move beyond leveling the playing field to create a new field altogether — and empower people of all backgrounds to contribute at their highest levels.

Vernā asks hard questions because today’s interdependent companies, governments and communities need to figure out how to solve seemingly intractable, systemic problems. With humility born from years of experience in life and in the field, Vernā’s stories spell out the steps needed to embrace difference and create fair and prosperous solutions that help reorganize our world.

Author of the best-selling books Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, Vernā has touched over 1,000,000 people through her speeches, appearances and transformative message of power and possibility. Her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them,” offers three ways any person can become an active participant in countering bias in ourselves and in others to create a more just world.

For the last two decades, Vernā and her team of consultants have helped eradicate barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street powerhouses, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York, with the aim of establishing a new, more productive and just status quo.

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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 biennial event - and this year, you can be part of it too.

Wednesday, October 12
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Tulsa
616 West 7th Street
Tulsa OK 74127

The ROI Summit

To register click on the event(s) that you are interested in attending.

7:30am - 8:45am - Executive Breakfast (Breakfast only)

Exclusive opportunity for CEOs and high-level executives to have an open dialogue town hall session about diversity and inclusion leadership facilitated by nationally renowned speaker Vernā Myers.

9:00am - 2:00pm - ROI Summit and Keynote Lunch

Join area Diversity and Inclusion experts in two of three workshops presented at this event. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about what your peers are doing locally, the business case for diversity, inclusive hiring practices and race in the workplace. Includes Vernā Myers luncheon keynote address.

11:15am - 2:00pm - Lunch Keynote (Lunch only)

Diversity and inclusion advocate Vernā Myers will lead an interactive, energetic keynote that will help leaders see themselves and those they work with as cultural beings, help them to identify areas where culture may be affecting team effectiveness and give them tools to build the type of culture and environment that will bring out the best in the people they are leading and serving. Vernā will also discuss bias in ourselves and others and help the audience learn not only how to address the verbal, written missteps and negative actions of others, but what to do if they make a mistake themselves.

Registration for the Executive Breakfast and Lunch Keynote only include the respective events. Registration for the ROI Summit includes lunch.

Registration Fees:

  • ROI Summit (Summit and Lunch) - $40 | Nonprofit, Student, Veteran, Educators and Senior discount rate - $20
  • Lunch Keynote only - $30 | TAHRA Member discount rate - $20
  • A reserved luncheon table of 10 is also available for $450. To reserve your table, please contact Shalynne Foster at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
  • Complimentary parking is available.
  • Act now! There is limited seating for this event.

Most of us were raised to believe that tolerance is a good thing, but is it enough or just the bare minimum? Listen to TED speaker Vernā Myers talk with Guy Raz on Ted Radio Hour about how to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding.

Proud sponsors of ROI:

Equality Leaders
Inclusion Partners

University of Oklahoma

Oklahomans for Equality
Oklahoma State University
Tulsa Community College