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Shifting Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Paradigms for Workplaces of the Future:

Research to Practice

The next diversity conference will be held March 22-24, 2022 at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

4:15 p.m. | Rawls 2011 | What Employers should know about Students' DEI and Workplace Expectations | Reverse student mentoring session for Purdue students and corporate guests

5:30 p.m. | Rawls 3011 | Allies and Advocacy for Social Justice and Equality in the Workplace | Panel open to all Conference registrants (Purdue students, corporate guests, and faculty)

Diversity Conference Mission

The mission of the Dismantling Bias Conference Series is to advance knowledge and understanding that bridges the theory, science and practice of designing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based policies, practices, cultures, and interventions that promote inclusion and career equality for women and people of diverse social identity groups in the workplace and societal institutions.


"I feel fortunate to have been in the company of so much greatness.  I learned, I was inspired, and it was truly a refreshing change from my daily responsibilities."
"Really interesting talks, liked having both academics and people from industry together. All keynotes were really well prepared and interesting."
"Love the academic-practitioner pairing on each featured session. This would keep me coming."
"I liked the variety of disciplinary perspectives involved among speakers and attendees."
"Excellent speakers and insightful into diversity and inclusion! I liked networking and collaborative opportunities via small group research discussion."

Tentative and Partial Agenda

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - Pre-Conference Opening

4:15 - 5:25 PM

RAWLS 2011 

Purdue Student Reverse Mentoring 

What Employers should know about Students' DEI and Workplace Expectations

(For employers attending conference and Purdue students)

Organizers: Tarani Merriweather, Cara Putman, Darren Henry, Roy Dejoie, Brian Chupp, Purdue University

5:30 - 6:45 PM

RAWLS 3011

Allies and Advocacy for Social Justice and Equality in the Workplace

Alexis Nicole Smith, Oklahoma State University

Jamie Ladge, Northeastern University

Laura Little, University of Georgia

Catherine Tinsley, Georgetown University

Sri Venmuri, Capital Group

Christine Krull & Candy Gee, Roche

Moderator: Tim Newton

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Private Reception and Dinner for Conference Attendees and Purdue Invited Guests

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - Conference Day 1

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

John Gates, Purdue University

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Advancing Gender Equality in Masculine Occupations: COVID-19 Insights

Ellen Ernst Kossek, Purdue University

Matt Piszczek, Wayne State University

Jennifer Lopez-Reed, Lilly

Moderator: Alexis Nicole Smith, Oklahoma State University

10:15 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 11:45 AM

Equity in Reward Systems: Closing the Pay Gap

Felice B. Klein, Boise State University

Katie Bardaro, Syndio

Moderator: Catherine Tinsley, Georgetown University

11:45 - 1:00 PM


Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - Conference Day 1 (continued)

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Transition to Breakout Groups

1:15 - 2:45 PM

Breakout Groups

1. Research Papers Small Group Discussion

2. Diversity Practice Discussion: Advancing Systemic Change with DEI

Purdue Host: Cara Putman, Purdue University

Facilitators: Christine Krull & Candy Gee, Roche Corporation

Participant: Rima Shahid, 

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Break and Transition

3:15 - 4:30 PM

Hybrid and Virtual Work: Good for Women's Careers?

Sharon Hill, George Washington University

Jennifer Gaertner, Northern Trust

Moderator: Meredith Woehler, Purdue University

4:30 - 5:30 PM


5:30 - 6:30 PM


6:30 -  8:15 pm


Introduction and Welcoming

Leading Diversity as a Representational BIPOC Change Agent

Heather Caruso, UCLA

Denise Loyd, University of Illinois

Sandra Madawar, KLA

Joy Tuhan, Accenture

Moderator: Nathalie Duval- Couetil, Purdue University

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - Conference Day 2

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 - 8:35 AM


8:35 - 10:00 AM

Session 4

The Future of DEI Education in Organizations

Laura Morgan Roberts, University of Virginia

Briana Soleto, Collins Aerospace

Moderator: Margo Monteith, Purdue University

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Break and Transition to Breakout Groups

10:15 - 11:45 AM

Breakout Groups

1. Research Papers Small Group Discussion

2. Diversity Practice Discussion: Leader Dialogue and Connecting for Action

Purdue Host: Tarani Merriweather, Purdue University

Facilitators: Barb Soria, Capital Group & Tamla Olivier, Baltimore Gas & Electric

11:45 - 1:30 PM  

Lunch and Departure (Box lunches available)


Space is limited. Early Registration by January 15, 2022, is encouraged for the early bird rate.  After that date registration will be permits as space allows up to no later than March 15.

Space for researchers will be limited to those who submit an abstract for a working paper, and have it accepted to present for discussion in breakout sessions.

A hotel stipend is available as budget permits to cover 1-2 nights of lodging for doctoral students and scholars from outside the U.S., whose abstracts are accepted to be presented at breakout sessions.

Organizational Leaders from companies who would like to attend should contact the Conference and Advisory Chair, Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek,

Register Here


Conference Working Paper Submission

The deadline for submission of your working paper for peer feedback is March 1, 2022. By submitting your paper you agree to attend, prepare an overview and discuss our your paper in the scholarly breakout groups on March 23 and 24, and also give feedback to other scholars on their papers.

For information or questions on working paper submission, please contact Dr. Tarani J. Merriweather, Lead Research Scholar Management and Organizational Sciences,


Special Issue OBHDP Journal Opportunity

Allyship, Advocacy, and Social Justice to Support Marginalized Groups in the Workplace

While papers on all aspects of gender, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged, authors of high-quality work in progress papers on allyship, advocacy, and social justice to support marginalized groups in the workplace are especially encouraged to submit abstracts on original work in progress.  A special issue of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes is planned with a submission deadline on June 1, 2022.  While presenting at the workshop is no guarantee that a paper will be considered for the special issue, the conference is a great time to get feedback from like-minded colleagues. For more information, please contact the Conference and Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek,

For more information on the special issue, please see the call for papers below:

Call for Papers

Conference Logistics

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. In making your travel plans, please note that Purdue University is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Detailed travel information to arrive on campus

Hotel Info

Blocks of rooms will be held for the conference at Union Club Hotel, conveniently located in the Purdue Memorial Union, where the conference will be held. The Union Club Hotel has been completely remodeled and was nominated for travel and leisure award, Union Club Hotel Nominated for Travel + Leisure 2021 Worlds Best Award | PMU Purdue University For information or to make a reservation, call (800) 320-6291 or (765) 494-8913, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional blocks of rooms will be held for the conference at several nearby hotels.

For information on travel and other conference logistics, please contact  Katie Anderson,

Be a Sponsor

We are seeking sponsors to help defray the costs of the conference and sponsor student  junior faculty involvement. If you are interested in being a sponsor, click below, or contact Ellen Ernst Kossek at to discuss opportunities.


Conference and Advisory Board Chair

Ellen Ernst Kossek

Ellen Ernst Kossek
Basil S. Turner Professor of Management
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University

Tarani J. Merriweather

Tarani J. Merriweather
Lead Research Scholar
Organizational and Management Sciences
Conference Co-Chair

Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Advisory Board

Barb Soria
2021 Conference and Advisory Board Co-Chair
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Capital Group

Nathalie Duval-Couetil
Associate Professor of Technology, Leadership, and Innovation
Associate Director, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Purdue University

Susan Jischke
HR Offering Manager, Employee Recognition


Candy King
Director, Strategic Projects – Diversity and Inclusion

Roche Diagnostics

Christine Krull
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Roche Diagnostics

Kristen McCain
Consultant, Leadership Development – Manufacturing and Quality

Eli Lilly and Company

Alan Roncevic
Director of HR

Sales Force

Sri Vemuri
National Sales Manager

Capital Group

Ellen Zawacki
Director of Internal Sales

Capital Group

Nadia Conti

Director, Customer Insights

Jet Pro

Conference Academic Program Advisors

Jamie Ladge

Jamie Ladge
Patrick F. & Helen C. Walsh Research Professor at D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University and Distinguished Research Professor at Exeter Business School

Denise Lloyd Lewin

Denise Lewin Loyd
Associate Professor of Business Administration and Vernon Zimmerman Faculty Fellow
Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Laura Little

Laura Little
Synovus Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement and
Associate Professor
Terry College of Business
University of Georgia

Margo Monteith

Margo Monteith
Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology
College of Health and Human Sciences
Purdue University

Cara Putman

Cara Putman
Director, Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management
Clinical Assistant Professor
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University

Catherine Tinsley

Catherine Tinsley
The Raffini Professor of Management
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University

Lex Washington

Alexis Nicole Smith
Associate Professor of Management
Spears School of Business
Oklahoma State University

Renee Thomas

Renee Thomas
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Purdue University


Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
College of Health and Human Sciences
Purdue University

Thank you to our Sponsors

Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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