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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit

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Event Date: March 19, 2021

The Lehigh Valley community has a critical role in the space of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Attend this online summit to take the first steps in creating your companies DEI business strategy and making equitable action a priority to improve business outcomes. 

The keynote and panel will focus on the 4 A’s:

Action, Authenticity, Accountability and Acknowledgement.

Everyone has a role, take the first step to committing to yours by participating in this important event.

8:45 Welcome

9:00 Keynote Speaker

10:30 Panel Discussion

11:30 Wrap Up

Tickets: $20 (After March 19, 2021, $25)


2021 Diversity & Inclusion Agenda

8:45 AM: – Greeting and overview

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM:  Keynote Sara I. Taylor, President and CEO
Positive Steps Consulting and Taylor-Jones Enterprises. Includes small group breakout sessions and Q&A.

10:30 to 11:30 AM: Panel Discussion, local business leaders sharing their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy and experience.


11:30 Closing Remarks

Sara I. Taylor, CEO of Positive Steps and Managing Director of Taylor-Jones Event Management Services

Sara I. Taylor is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Positive Steps and Managing Director of Taylor-Jones Event Management Services.  In addition, Sara is employed full time as a Training Specialist and Community Liaison in Western New York where she focuses on Social Justices and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

Sara’s 20+ year career, across multiple industries, range from direct-care front-line social worker to senior-level administrator. Sara has extensive experience providing leadership development training and capacity building services to organizations as well as managing professional conferences throughout North America. Over the last three years, Sara has become a well-respected leader and voice promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across systems while reminding organizational leaders that “Everyone has a role”.  In 2019 Sara was humbled to be recognized with two prestigious community awards: Athena Finalist and Gloria Avis Legacy Award. 

A native of western Pennsylvania, Sara became a mother at the age of 16, while already living in a household stricken by poverty. Her entire career has focused on empowering and motivating vulnerable populations living in poverty and women of color who often face barriers related to career advancement.  Sara’s influence and credibility are also seen in her work as a community leader working on boards, with policy makers, philanthropist and other stakeholders who are collectively dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations and advancing Racial Equity strategies. Sara is the founder and visionary of the Upstate, NY Women of Color summit and in 2020 Sara became a strong voice for parents of color struggling to navigate the mental health systems and founded Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) PEEEEEEK Parent Mental Health project in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Utica. 

Sara obtained her Master’s Degree in Human Service Administration from St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY and has received various certificates in leadership development. Sara has also completed several ministry and theology training courses and holds ministerial licenses and has received extensive training in conference and meeting planning. Sara has one biological son, Darwin, daughter in law, Dr. Shalon and two beautiful grandchildren Jaxon and Zara.  In 2009 Sara became the caregiver of her great niece Ariana and has since been raising her as her own.

Lynette Chappell Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, PennState Heath

Lynette Chappell Williams, JD, is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Penn State Health in Hershey, PA, where she has responsibility for advancing the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy.  Since being with Penn State, a 15,000 employee health system and medical educator, she has co-led implementation of a written patient bias policy to

reduce provider experiences of bias, co-led establishment of the “Rooney Rule” to increase senior leadership gender and race/ethnic diverse representation, established diversity pipeline partnerships with HBCU schools, and established the framework for Penn State Health and the medical college to be recognized as a best employer for diversity by Forbes, Military Times, Human Rights Campaign, and Insight into Diversity.

Prior to Penn State Health, Lynette served as the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she was responsible for implementing staff diversity initiatives, overseeing the Title IX program, and leading the affirmative action program.  While at Cornell, Lynette developed programs resulting in organizational recognition as a best employer for work/life by Working Mother Media, best employer for employees over 50 by AARP, adoption friendly employer by David Thomas Foundation, and Exemplary Voluntary Effort employer by Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Lynette has been nationally recognized for her work in diversity, inclusion and work/life, including an HR Rising Star/Diversity Champion by HR Executive Magazine in 2006, the Legacy Award from Families and Work Institute in 2011, and  Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal in 2013.

Lynette received her JD from The Ohio State University and a BS. in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she was a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a member of the honors program.

Lynette, originally from Newport News, VA, is a resident of the Harrisburg PA area and has one daughter who is an alum of George Mason University and a graduate student at Penn State University.

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