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Worforce Symposium 2020: Inclusion In Action (logo)


"Inclusion In Action"

September 23, 2020 | Elevate Learning Center | 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Real-Time Learning Sessions ... Virtual Reality Attendance ... Register Now!  

Regional event presented by Elevate Training, a Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Program

Northern Colorado businesses have adapted to challenges of a health crisis as well as social justice issues. Business leaders are uniquely positioned to demonstrate through actions, not just words, how cultural values + meaningful, productive work = economic health. 

Inclusion In Action guarantees a day of learning and networking focused on eliminating unconscious biases from our employment practices so that businesses and employees enjoy greater prosperity. 

Inclusion In Action also promises a lively attendee experience featuring expert presenters, face-to-face interaction, break times for networking, and meeting space for business appointments.  

Inclusion makes the strongest impact on satisfaction and fulfillment among today's workforce. Action translates it to an organization's best predictor of economic health. 

You'll experience game-changers, even life-changers, in these Elevate Learning Center pavilions:

  • Assembly Hall: Global experts inspire business owners and management teams to higher levels of inclusive leadership.

  • Panels Pavilion: Interactive, open forum dialogue featuring panels of leaders who are making big differences in their companies and the community. 

  • CSU Executive Education Workshop Pavilion: Hands-on, interactive sessions with some of the most widely acclaimed teachers and trainers on the Front Range. 

  • Associates in Family Medicine Rooftop Pavilion: Network with other conference attendees any time during the day and even with conference speakers during our 2:00 p.m. social hour!  



Bonus features of this virtual reality event: 

  • Free parking ... at your own front door 
  • Home-cooked meals ... eat dessert first, no one will see 
  • Free attendance for children and pets!

All provided by our premier vendor - YOU Inc.!  

Special thanks to our regional Inclusion in Action Presenting Partners  

  • Larimer County Work-based Learning 
  • Employment Services of Weld County 
  • Veteran Employment and Training Services of Colorado 
  • Aims Community College Continuing Education 

"Inclusion in Action" Agenda

8:00-8:30 Registration and Networking 

8:30 Morning General Session: Regional Economic Health Forecast

9:40, 10:20, 11:15 Learning Sessions in 3 Concurrent Tracks  

Assembly Hall, Panels Pavilion, and the CSU Executive Education Workshop Pavilion: See session details in the Morning Breakout Sessions tab. 

12:00 Keynote Address "Small Giants in a Small Giant Market" 

Chris Hutchinson, Trebuchet Group  

1:00 Learning Sessions in 3 Concurrent Tracks 

Assembly Hall, Panels Pavilion, and the CSU Executive Education Workshop Pavilion: See session details in the Afternoon Breakout Sessions tab. 

2:00 Social Hour at the Associates in Family Medicine Rooftop Pavilion

Network with colleagues and enjoy meet-and-greet time with conference speakers. 


8:30 Morning General Session: Welcome to "Inclusion In Action" 

8:45 Regional Economic Health Forecast 

Jacob Castillo, Director, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development, hosts a panel of northern Colorado's foremost economic development experts. 


Learning Sessions 

Assembly Hall 

  • 9:40 How to Cultivate a Culture of Mattering: Zach Mercurio 
  • 10:25 Inclusive Capitalism: Jennifer Briggs, GRITT Business Coaching 
  • 11:15 Making the Uncomfortable Comforting: Dialogue facilitated by Amanda Ericson, HRx Services, with Rachel Esters  

Panels Pavilion 

  • 9:40 Voices Carry - How to Ensure You're Hearing Them All: Ariana Friedlander on conversational intelligence; Allison O'Brien on active listening; Rachel Margario on visioning  
  • 10:25 Ingredients of an Inclusive Culture: facilitated by CultureCentric's Amy Powell and Travis Slisher 
  • 11:15 Inclusion is Intergenerational: Karen Brown of Changing the Narrative and Mike Kohler, Elevate Training/Age-Friendly Workplace Initiative 

CSU Executive Education Workshop Pavilion  

  • 9:40 How You Handle Mistakes is How You Handle Your Business: Jana Sanchez, Trebuchet Group  
  • 10:25 How to Create Advocates of Inclusion: Nikki Larchar, simplyHR 
  • 11:15 to be announced 


12:00 General Session Keynote Address 

Small Giant Thinking: Choosing First to Be Great

Chris Hutchinson, Trebuchet Group 


1:00 Learning Sessions 

Assembly Hall 

  • David Firth hosts a Facilitated Dialogue: Embodying Inclusion through Unconditional Communication

Panels Pavilion 

  • How Work-based Learning Builds a More Diverse Workforce 

CSU Executive Education Workshop Pavilion 

  • Inclusion is a Leadership Skill: Gurudev Khalsa, Trebuchet Group 


Networking and Exhibitor Engagement 

Exhibitor Lineup

  • Partnership for Age Friendly Communities 
  • Workforce Excellence Group 
  • CSU Executive Development Program 

Sponsors & Partners

Peak Sponsor

Columbine Health



Foothills Sponsors

City of Fort Collins
Colorado Workforce Development Council Logo

Symposium Partners

Larimer County