Elevating Lives 2022

How to pace your DEI strategy to ensure meaningful and lasting change

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Time: 8:00 – 11:00am

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

Ticket cost: $100; includes a hot breakfast


Is your organization struggling to strike a balance between responding promptly to the need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and pacing this work to ensure lasting, systemic change? Many of us are familiar with the saying that describes change as a marathon, not a sprint. This is especially true for DEI initiatives, as the urgency to act can sometimes have adverse effects. It could lead us to implement ineffective policies, alienate employees, and cause more harm than good.

Join us for this year’s Elevating Lives event, “How to pace your DEI strategy to ensure meaningful and lasting change,” as we explore how organizations can find the right rhythm for their DEI initiatives. 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.


Opening Panel

Hear from a panel of experts participating in YW Boston’s InclusionBoston program. You’ll hear about their experience in the program and their approach to pacing DEI efforts. This session will include a live Q&A. The panel will be moderated by YW Boston’s President & CEO, Beth Chandler, and will include:

Jay Babbitt, Vice President of Human Resources at Northland Investment Corporation; Heather Magaw, Vice President of People and Culture at Chadwick Martin Bailey; Nia Keith, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice at Mass Audubon; and Louis Chow, Senior Director of Training and Network Development at Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program.


Breakout Sessions

No Quick Fix: Communicating about DEI efforts and setting expectations


  • Anouska Bhattacharyya, Ph.D. (she/they), Vice President of Programs at YW Boston
  • Keith Marion (he/him), Head of Workplace Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Point32Health

Intended Audience:

Executive Directors, CEOs, Senior leaders, HR/DEI leaders


Spheres of Influence: Mid-level managers as agents of change


  • Beth Chandler (she/her), President and CEO at YW Boston
  • Kathleen Von Euw (she/her), Interim Director of InclusionBoston at YW Boston

Intended Audience:

Mid-level managers, HR/DEI professionals


Measuring Fast and Slow: DEI measurement from idea to impact


  • Sarah Faude, Ph.D. (she/her), Director of Research and Evaluation at YW Boston

Intended Audience:

Senior leaders, HR/DEI leaders, Evaluation staff


Dream Work Through Teamwork: Advancing DEI work as non-managers


  • Rebecca Booth-Fox (she/her), InclusionBoston Manager at YW Boston
  • Kyle-Amber Clark (she/her), Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer at The Learning Center for the Deaf

Intended Audience:

Early career professionals


Our 2022 Sponsors


Income Research + Management


Fletcher Consulting
Sun Life Financial


Event Accessibility: YW Boston is committed to delivering meetings and events that are accessible to all people, including people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility, please contact Tom Bragg, Events Senior Associate (tbragg@ywboston.org).