Return on Inclusion Summit

February 24 & 25, 2021

InEvent Virtual Event
8:00 am - 3:00 pm CT each day
Registration Fee: $40
TAHRA Member, Nonprofit and Government Employees, Students, Veterans, Educators and Seniors: $25

Needs based scholarships are available. Please e-mail eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 for more information

Oklahoma’s largest professional diversity and inclusion conference returns, convening business, nonprofit and community leaders and professionals to educate and empower on the powerful return made when we invest in people. Return on Inclusion (ROI) works to reinforce the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across all lines of difference. 

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Keynote Presentations 

Programming Highlights 

Executive Session

HRCI & SHRM Certification Credits

Speaker Bios


Special Accommodations


This year's conference marks a momentous time in our community, where we will commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. One hundred years later, Tulsa is still grappling with the harmful impact of years of silence but the city is turning its pain into purpose.

This year, ROI is presented in partnership with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, which will leverage the rich history surrounding the massacre by facilitating actions, activities, and events that commemorate and educate all citizens, including the building of the Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center. Marking this milestone year, the city will unite to bring people together around racial healing. We are proud to collaborate and support this effort.

Return on Inclusion: Talent Rising presents an opportunity for organizations to examine their role in perpetuating practices that lead to a lack of belonging for their people across lines of difference. When we think of our role in advancing DEI work, we ask: What does equity look like in organizations? How do I advance racial, social, and psychological safety as a leader? And, how can I personally contribute to building a more welcoming environment where everybody feels they belong?

We hope to answer these questions and more with a fantastic two-day agenda. We invite you to join us.




Clint Smith

How The Word Is Passed

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the poetry collection, Counting Descent, and the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed. In this talk, Clint discusses how the history of slavery has shaped the contemporary landscape of inequality, and shares what he learned from trips to different historical sites throughout the country that are tied to slavery’s legacy.

>> Learn more about Clint and his keynote address here


Jennifer Brown

Creating Inclusive Cultures of Belonging for Talent Rising

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. Her work in talent management, human capital, and intersectional theory has redefined the boundaries of talent potential and company culture. 

>> Learn more about Jennifer and her keynote address here


For detailed program session information and speaker bios for all our esteemed presenters, visit our site here. All sessions, with the exception of Clint Smith's keynote, will be recorded and available to attendees to view after the event. 

February 24

Opening Plenary

  • Phil Armstrong, 2021 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission | History of Greenwood
  • Onikah Asamoa-Caesar, Fulton Street Books and Coffee | Partnership Syllabus

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Justice Waidner Smith, MA, ONEOK | Doing It Together: Leveraging Internal Partnerships for Maximum D&I Impact
  • Michael Gonzales, NE&E Consulting | How to be a Positive Disruption to make Sustainable Change
  • Lachelle King | How Vibrant is Your Ecosystem

Keynote: Clint Smith, Author and Poet | How the Word is Passed

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Amber Cabral, Cabral Co. | Allies & Advocates
  • Tom Bourdon, Ed.D, Jennifer Brown Consulting | Build a Respectful Culture of Inclusion for LGBTQ Colleagues
  • Donald Fan, Walmart | Using Analytics to Sustain D&I

February 25

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Dr. Nika White, IOM, CDE, Conscious Inclusion: Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Theory and Practice
  • Jabraan Pasha, MD, FACP, RDMS, Lean In LLC | Unlocking Implicit Bias: How Our Hidden Attitudes Affect The Way We Treat Others
  • Jerry Blassingame, Soteria Community Development Corporation | Second Chance Hiring: The Salvation of Mass Incarceration

Keynote: Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Brown Consulting | Creating Inclusive Cultures of Belonging for Talent Rising

Breakout Sessions

  • Gracen Johnsen, Summit | Hiring Individuals with Disabilities isn't Just About Affirmative Action
  • Linda Jenkins, Jenkins Consulting Group | Eight Tips for Strengthening Your Workplace Relationships with Inclusive Language
  • Sandy Harvey, MBA, CDP, Exodus Consulting Group, LLC | Leading with Transparency and Trust 
  • Kelli McLoud-Schingen, M.A., KMS Intercultural Consulting, LLC, and Major Matt McCord, Tulsa Police Department | Stories and Leadership Lessons

Inclusive Leadership Workshop: Joe Gerstandt | Identifying Commitments


February 23, 2021
Zoom Virtual Event
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CT 

Register here 

We invite you to join our executive session at the seventh biennial Return on Inclusion (ROI) Summit being held virtually on February 23rd from 3:30pm-5:00pm, preceding the larger event. This high-level executive event is an exclusive opportunity for CEOs and senior leaders to explore and learn about diversity, equity and inclusion strategies shared by this year’s presenter, Roy Weathers. Roy serves as Chief Executive Officer of the CEO Action Network and Vice Chair of Societal Impact and Policy Solutions for Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is responsible for helping advance policies that support social justice in our country and has more than 25 years of experience providing a full range of services to multinational clients.

The event is free to attend but does require advance registration here. Registration for our executive session is separate from the ROI Summit registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note, approval for participation is required and will only be extended to executive level leaders. 

For more information about this year's executive session, please contact co-chair Kuma Roberts, at (918) 560-0218 or eat2@eau2eav2eaw2.


The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This Program has been approved for 8.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


        TAHRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 8.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
A special thanks to our sponsors. 

Catalyst Sponsor:
Equity Leaders:

Inclusion Partners:
Corporate Diversity Partners:

Bank of Oklahoma
Brief Media
Resolute PR
Phillips Theological Seminary
Tulsa Community College

Nonprofit or Small Business Partner:

Key Personnel
Community Service Council
The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
The People Perspective
The University of Oklahoma
Rachel Blue and Tom Vincent

Media Partner: 

Tulsa People Magazine

Community Partners: 

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission
Fulton Street Coffee and Books
Mosaic Tulsa

 In-kind support also provided by TAHRA

The Return on Inclusion Summit is committed to the inclusion of all individuals in our event and ensuring meaningful participation in activities. Please contact eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is appreciated to arrange for some accessibility needs.