2024 Social Inclusion Summit

October 28-30, 2024 | Spokane, WA

Forward Together: Creating Intentional Inclusion Initiatives That Champion Economic Growth and Community Impact

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Join us in Spokane, WA, for our second annual Social Inclusion Summit. Together, we will reimagine how intentional inclusion builds community trust and sparks sustainable economic growth. 

This summit offers a series of impactful sessions and immersive experiences designed to engage community partnerships and create a welcoming environment where people of all abilities and backgrounds feel welcome. 

Through a lens of accountability, attendees will obtain actionable strategies to progress community relationships, enhance workplace culture, and ultimately create welcoming experiences for visitors.

This Summit is for leaders of all abilities and backgrounds who specialize or have an interest in community engagement, inclusion and belonging, human resources, culture development, and marketing.

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Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 28

Welcome Reception

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 29

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 9:25 AM

We begin our Social Inclusion Summit with a warm welcome, celebrating Spokane's culture and indigenous community.  

The Seven Secrets of Inclusive Hospitality

9:25 AM - 10:30 AM

This session aims to inspire new perspectives on identity and inclusion. It will establish the framework for exploring the concept of inclusion throughout the conference and delve into the significance of belonging and fostering a welcoming environment where everyone in your destination. 

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Building Bridges: Fostering Community Connections for Impact 

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

In this session, we will delve into the vital role of developing and sustaining meaningful relationships with local communities and underrepresented populations. Featuring members from the Spokane NAACP and artisan community, attendees will hear inspiring stories that showcase the importance of trust and authenticity to create mutually beneficial relationships and lasting impact.

Championing Inclusion: Advocacy Strategies for Engaging Local Government

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Join us for an insightful session dedicated to empowering destination organizations as they work with local government entities. This session will cover essential topics such as crafting compelling messages, navigating legislative processes, securing funding, and developing robust advocacy strategies.

In hearing from Spokane's government representatives, you'll be equipped with knowledge and confidence to develop a strong foundation to champion inclusion in your own government.

Networking Lunch

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Immersive Cultural Exchange

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM

This powerful immersive experience will honor and celebrate Spokane's Indigenous community.

Spend the afternoon participating in traditional activities, listening to stories, and learning about the rich heritage, customs, and contemporary issues facing Spokane's Indigenous people.

This hands-on exchange will provide invaluable insights into how you can incorporate Indigenous perspectives and practices into your destination's offerings in a respectful and inclusive way.

Wednesday, October 30

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Marketplace of Ideas

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Reflect, Discuss, and Act: Integrating Insights from the Immersion Experience

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Our afternoon will kick off with an engaging and reflective session designed to deepen your understanding from Tuesday's immersive offsite experience. This interactive session will provide a structured opportunity for attendees to break out into small groups and share insights.

Participants will be encouraged to consider the experiences of underrepresented populations in their own communities, identifying parallels and unique challenges. Together, we will explore actionable strategies to support and uplift underreprestend populations, ensuring they are recognized and valued as integral members of a destination's social and cultural fabric.

Retention Strategies and Succession Planning for a Diverse Workforce

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Shift your focus inward with this essential session on fostering inclusivity within your organization's workforce. Designed for people-centered leaders, this session will leverage data and real-world examples to discuss and address common gaps and challenges in retaining diverse talent.

Participants will collaborate on how to create supportive environments that value diverse perspectives and experiences, enhancing employee satisfaction and loyalty. In turn, you'll be one step further in ensuring your destination's workforce is diverse, innovative, and prepared for future growth.

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Enhancing Workplace Culture: Emotional Intelligence and Inclusive Communication

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Dive deeper into the heart of workplace inclusion with this insightful look into the critical role of emotional intelligence and effective communication. This session will explore how these elements impact both physical and digital employee experiences, and emphasize the importance in building a cohesive and supportive workplace culture.

Participants will engage in reflective exercises to assess their current practices and identify areas for improvement. Through discussions and expert guidance, you will learn practical strategies to enhance emotional intelligence, improve communication skills, and promote collaboration across diverse teams.

From Intention to Action: Establishing Accountability in Social Inclusion

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Conclude your journey towards inclusivity with this powerful and applicable session focused on accountability.  Participants will leave with a understanding of how to move beyond good intentions and take concrete steps to formalize their inclusion strategies and foster welcoming visitor experiences.

Happy Hour

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Destination & Travel

The Davenport Grand: starting at US$189/night + taxes and fees

Cutoff Date: Friday, September 27th, 2024 or when rooms sell out. Hotel booking links will be provided in your event registration confirmation email.

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