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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum

WBJ Diversity & Inclusion Forum 2023

Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors and everyone who joined us for this special forum!


Please join us for this special annual forum, aimed at helping our audience develop a deeper understanding of how the impact of a well run DEI structure can improve operational performance while also enriching the community.

WBJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Forum serves to educate and inspire business and community leaders on how to deliver meaningful cultural change and positive business results through their DEI work. In today's rapidly changing business landscape, embracing diversity, equity and inclusion is a strategic advantage and a powerful driver for business performance, growth, and innovation.

Our panel will feature an insightful discussion with seasoned business professionals who are navigating the journey of fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations. Our panelists will share their insights, experiences, and best practices for cultivating a workplace culture that values and respects differences, leading to increased innovation, employee engagement, and business success.

Special Keynote Presentation:

Click here to view presentation slides.

Jeff Fuhrer, is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Foundation Fellow at the Eastern Bank Foundation. He was previously Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he was also responsible for the bank's diversity and inclusion functions, and a long time keynote presenter at WBJ’s annual Economic Forecast event. 

Jeff will be discussing his new book THE MYTH THAT MADE US about economic inequity, racial justice, and the role that key narratives have played in perpetuating both, along with providing a way forward —solutions that will rebuild opportunity in a way that pays off many times over for the investment.

Click here for more information or to purchase The Myth That Made Us. 

Our panel discussion will feature a conversation with local business professionals offering practical steps businesses of all sizes can incorporate to create a powerful, creative and supportive culture.


3:00PM Doors Open & Networking

3:30PM Welcome Remarks

3:35PM Keynote Presentation

4:00PM Panel Discussion 

5:00PM Closing Remarks and Networking Reception (hors’ d'oeuvres & cash bar)

WBJ Web Partners


  • Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
    Founder & Owner, Promoting Good, LLC


  • Hayley Haywood, Ed.D.
    Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Elevating Access
  • Sheila King-Goodwin
    SVP, Chief Community Banking Officer, and Chairperson of the Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board and Advisory Council, Fidelity Bank
  • Jess Lee
    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Waters Corporation
  • Richard Van Nostrand​
    General Counsel, Chair Mirick, O'Connell