Elevating Lives 2023

The DEI Blueprint: Structuring Your DEI Strategy for Success

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Time: 8:00 – 11:00am

Location: UMass Club, 1 Beacon St, 32nd floor, Boston, MA

Ticket cost: $100; includes a hot breakfast. 

Registration deadline: October 15, 2023


Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into your organization is a lot like renovating a house. Before you start renovating, you need to assess the entire structure from the ground up and develop a blueprint for moving forward with a new design. Just as renovations usually aren’t limited to one room of a house, DEI work shouldn’t be limited to just one area of your business. This can be overwhelming, so it helps to bring in experts to guide you through the changes.

Elevating Lives is your chance to begin your business’s DEI renovation — whether it’s an upgrade or a total rebuild. This half-day conference provides the opportunity to network with and learn from other Greater Boston Area businesses that are investing in their DEI work. The event will feature a panel of local business leaders and industry experts, including members of YW Boston’s DEI Services team. Following the panel, you will attend a break-out session aligned with your specific interests and role within your organization.

Tickets include a hot breakfast.




Breakfast and Networking – 8:00am – 8:30am


Opening Panel – 8:30am – 9:30am

The opening panel will focus on what it means to embed DEI from the perspective of different business functions. The goal is to demonstrate how DEI can be approached from various parts of an organization for a fully integrated DEI strategy. This session will include a live Q&A.

  • Jonathan Baum, LICSW (he/him)
    Chief of Staff, Doc Wayne 

  • Carmen Andrade Hardaway (she/her)
    Global Director, Energy Collaborations & Social Purpose Product, Reebok 

  • Grace Moreno (she/her)
    Executive Director, Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce 

  • Kevin Cherry (he/him)
    Chief Financial Officer, Upham’s Corner Health Center  

Break – 9:30am – 9:45am


Breakout Sessions – 9:45am – 10:45am

“What’s In Your Toolbox? Maximizing Resources for DEI Work”


  • Beth Chandler (she/her), President and CEO of YW Boston
  • Scarlett Clarke (she/her), Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Commonwealth Financial Network

Intended Audience:

Decision-makers, Mid-senior level DEI leaders


“Measure Twice…But Measure What? Building Your DEI Data Strategy”


  • Sarah Faude, Ph.D. (she/her), Senior Director of Data and Impact at YW Boston
  • Eric Nguyen (he/him), Director of InclusionBoston at YW Boston

Intended Audience:



“More Than a Façade: Building an Internal Structure for Diversity”


  • Anouska Bhattacharyya, Ph.D. (she/they), Vice President of Programs at YW Boston
  • Samuel Ellison (they/them), Senior Manager of Partnerships at YW Boston

Intended Audience:

Decision-makers, Mid-senior level HR leaders


“Building Accessibility into Your Organization”


  • Kathleen Von Euw (she/her), Associate Director of InclusionBoston at YW Boston 
  • Piper Slowinski (she/they), Organizational Development Senior Manager at YW Boston 
  • Ellice Patterson (she/her), Founder / Executive and Artistic Director of Abilities Dance 

Intended Audience:

Non-DEI professionals, Entry-level DEI professionals


Closing (In each breakout room) – 10:45am – 11:00am


Group Discount

Get 20% off for groups of 8+ with code: GROUP20 

Refund Policy

A full refund of the registration fee ($100) will be issued for cancellations made by Sunday 10/15/23. You may also request that YW Boston retains your registration fee ($100) as a donation. If you do not cancel your registration by the deadline by October 15, 2023 and do not attend the event, you will not be issued a refund. 

Event Accessibility

YW Boston is committed to delivering meetings and events that are accessible to all people, including people with disabilities and people whose primary language is not English. For questions about accessibility, or to request accommodations, please contact Tom Bragg, Events Manager (tbragg@ywboston.org). The deadline to request accommodations has passed. You may still submit a request and we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. 


Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, YW Boston is able to provide Elevating Lives attendees with a meaningful conference experience that will benefit them for years to come. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities for Elevating Lives 2023.

For additional questions about sponsorship, please reach out to Robin Whitney, Vice President of Advancement, at rwhitney@ywboston.org.

Our 2023 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor 



Income Research + Management

Panel Sponsor


Berkshire Bank


Breakfast Sponsor


Babson College
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP


Small Business Sponsor



Bay Cove Human Services
Positively Partners