Select Page

September 25, 2023

Inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference to Unite Thought Leaders and Drive Positive Change



Cleveland, Ohio —September 25, 2022 –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Engage! Cleveland is excited to announce the launch of their inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference, a groundbreaking event aimed at fostering meaningful discussions, sharing best practices, and driving actionable strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all sectors.


This landmark event, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2023  at The Cleveland Museum of Art and is set to bring together thought leaders, experts, young professionals, and advocates to engage in a comprehensive dialogue on the vital importance of diversity and inclusion in today’s rapidly evolving world.


The conference will feature a diverse lineup of keynote speakers and panel discussions designed to explore the multifaceted dimensions of diversity and its impact on organizations, communities, and society at large. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into fostering inclusive workplaces, addressing systemic barriers, promoting equitable opportunities, and developing strategies for creating a more just and inclusive society.


“We believe that diversity is not just a buzzword but a fundamental value that drives progress and enriches our communities. This conference provides a platform for individuals and organizations to come together, share their experiences, and collaborate on creating a more inclusive future,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President at Engage! Cleveland.


Key topics to be addressed during the conference include:

  • Where We Are: DEI in Cleveland
  • Diversity Allyship
  • Maximizing the Impact of Employee Resource Groups
  • Amplifying Equity and Inclusion on Your Team
  • Navigating Diversity Fatigue 


The conference will conclude with a VIP behind the scenes tour of the art museum focusing on diversity artists. Attendee will be escorted by curators, docents, and art educators who work at the museum and will provide exclusive content related to the pieces.


The conference aims to provide attendees with actionable takeaways, foster networking opportunities, and inspire a renewed commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion both personally and professionally.


Registration is open now. For more information about the conference, speakers, agenda, and registration details, please visit


The inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference is sponsored by Boler College of Business at John Carroll University, Oatey Co, Oberlin College, Cohen & Co., Union Home Mortgage, National Interstate Insurance, Mars Electric, Taft Law, Wellspring Financial Advisors, Cleveland Magazine, Freshwater Cleveland, and Season 3 Media.


### | 2020 Center Street | Cleveland, OH 44113


About Engage! Cleveland


Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Our goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland by connecting young professionals to people, jobs, organizations, and events. You can learn more at


View all of our upcoming events



employer membership






CLE Guides
CLE Headlines

EC News


Get Involved

Opportunities Board

Partner Happenings

Leadership Council


DE&I Conference

Generation NEXT

Lead CLE

Lunch with Leaders

Mentorship Program

Mid-Career Series

Next Gen of Women

State of the YP

Virtual Events Series

YP Week

Job Board
View all of our job openings