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2020 NC TECH Diversity + Inclusion Summit Postponed Until Tuesday, June 23
Amid coronavirus concerns, NC TECH has chosen to postpone conference.

Due to the North Carolina Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, NC TECH is postponing the Diversity + Inclusion in Tech Summit to Tuesday, June 23. Below see the original press release sent out earlier this month. The speakers and panelists will remain the same, with few exceptions. Registration remains open for the event.

Raleigh, N.C. (March 2020) – The North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) will host its first Diversity + Inclusion in Tech Summit and has just announced the speaker line-up, event partners, keynote and session topics.  The Summit has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at the Sheraton Imperial Convention Center.

Diversity + Inclusion provides companies a wide range of differing viewpoints, experiences and perspectives that is only possible by having a unique employee base. The Summit will be NC TECH’s first event dedicated to exploring diversity and inclusion through a different lens to better understand what is possible when organizations harness the benefits of a diverse workplace. A Call to Action will be issued by Donald Thompson, CEO of Walk West and Summit planning committee member.  

Generational Diversity Keynoter Raven Solomon says, “The fact is every company has a multi-generational workforce and is likely experiencing the same challenge—cross generational discord caused mostly by misunderstandings, a lack of empathy and a lack of context. These are precisely the types of issues my work solves!”

“NC TECH is thrilled to feature a distinguished lineup of professionals to discuss why diversity matters in creating an environment that drives innovation and improves the bottom line.” says NC TECH Vice President of Strategy + Development, Michelle Calton.


The summit will feature morning and afternoon keynotes, six breakout sessions and a resource expo. Topics and speakers are listed below.

Keynote Speakers

John Samuel , Head of LCI Tech - LC Industries
Topic: Expanding D+I: How and Why Businesses are Turning Their Focus to Equity and Access

Raven Solomon , Generations Keynote Speaker | Author | Multi-generational Leadership Expert
Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development
Topic: Closing the Generational Gap: How to Lead Across Generational Difference & Win through Generational D+I

Breakout Sessions (Companies represented on panels)

  • Business Value – How Does D + I Improve The Bottom Line (Advance Auto Parts, BASF, JLL, NC State, StrongKey)

  • Generational Mandate – Can’t We All Just Get Along and Thrive Together (AvidXchange, Pacific Western Bank, reacHIRE)

  • Creativity + Productivity – Why Diversity Is A Catalyst for Innovation and Discovery (APC, Dude Solutions, Optum, Spreedly)

  • Unconscious Bias – What Is It and Can It Be Eliminated (blue acorn iCi, Clarkston Consulting, Data Crunch Labs, Savas Labs, Wake Tech)

  • Communications – How Can You Communicate Effectively To All (Garrison Consulting, Lexis Nexis, Racepoint Global, SAS, Walk West)

  • Disabilities/Accessibility – Why Accessibility Is The Key To D + I (Advocations, Capital Area Workforce Development, Kramden Institute, NCBCE, NC State Government)


For information on how to register or sponsor the summit, visit the event page , or contact Tracy Sternberg at or 919-856-0393.

About NC TECH: NC TECH is a not-for-profit, membership-driven trade association and the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina. NC TECH’s mission is to foster growth and champion innovation in North Carolina’s tech sector, while providing a voice for the tech community. NC TECH’s membership includes 700+ member companies, organizations and institutions employing more than 200,000 workers in North Carolina. For more information, visit