DEI Strategist Dr. Sandra Upton to Share Insights for Lasting Change

With her new book, “Make It Last: A Roadmap and Practical Strategies for How to Do DEI Work,” Dr. Sandra Upton poses a straightforward but critical question:

“How do we turn our good intentions and high hopes toward DEI into real and lasting change?”

Unfortunately, too many organizations that promise progress in diversity, equity and inclusion have failed to deliver that lasting change. In fact, some signs point to slowing momentum in corporate DEI initiatives.

The good news: Dr. Upton has some practical solutions.

Even better: She will share her insights as keynote speaker at our Inclusive Leadership Development event, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof Center in Allendale.

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Registration is now open — and the first 50 to register will receive a free copy of “Make it Last.” Additional copies will be available for purchase at a 25% discount.

This is a great opportunity to hear from one of today’s leading voices on DEI, fresh from the February release of her book, which includes a step-by-step process with effective tools to push diversity, equity, and inclusion effort beyond lip service into an operational part of an organization’s DNA.

Dr. Upton brings more than 25 years of DEI experience consulting, coaching and training with businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and nonprofits.

She is founder and Chief DEI Strategist with Upton Consulting Group, an innovative team of strategists who work with DEI professionals and organizations around the globe. Using a research-based change management framework and culturally intelligent strategies, UCG supports organization’s efforts to create behaviors and systems that support diverse, equitable and inclusive work environments.

Prior to launching UCG, Dr. Upton was Vice President, Global Diversity Practice with the Cultural Intelligence Center and was responsible for providing strategic leadership and expertise on DEI matters for numerous clients across the world.

She has worked organizations such as Amway, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Kohls, McDonalds, Perrigo, Puma, Saks Fifth Avenue, Starbucks, Willis Towers Watson, Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT and University of Michigan, to name a few.

Dr. Upton is a frequent speaker, has written numerous articles and blogs on DEI and has been featured on several podcasts. In 2023, she was selected as one of Crain’s Grand Rapids Business’ Notable Leaders in DEI.

Our Inclusive Leadership Development events are always popular, so reserve your spot today, and get ready to discuss DEI strategies that result in lasting change.

What to Expect

  • Participate in an interactive discussion with Dr. Sandra Upton
  • Share ideas, questions, and challenges with fellow attendees
  • Connect with organization leaders and talent & diversity professionals
  • Enjoy a light breakfast
  • Earn 2 SHRM professional development credits.



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