Founder's Welcome Message
It is my privilege to welcome you to the 1st Annual World Diversity in Leadership (WODIL) conference, which will be held from July 6 to 10. This year’s theme is “The Importance of a Diverse Workforce in Economic Recovery”.
WODIL is an initiative of the Centre for Intellectual Excellence (CFIE), a not-for-profit organization that empowers people from diverse backgrounds with the resources they need to reach their highest potential. Our goal is to bring together policy makers, researchers, community leaders, and corporate leaders to discuss emerging issues and provide tools and resources necessary to advance the global economy. At this year’s conference, the discussions will be centred on equity, diversity and inclusion concepts and methods, and the need to foster diversity in leadership. My hope is that participants will be exposed to emerging critical issues and leading practices, learn new strategies, and be empowered to share valuable resources gained from the conference with others in their organizations.
We have invited speakers from around the world to share their diverse perspectives and to learn from each other. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adopted a hybrid approach to deliver this year’s conference. Speakers and participants will have the option to participate in-person or virtually. This will make it easier and convenient for people all over the world to participate safely.
In closing, I want to express my sincere appreciation to our sponsors for their amazing support. I want to also acknowledge our awesome volunteers, speakers, panelists, and everyone who has worked diligently to bring our 1st WODIL conference to fruition. I hope this experience will be impactful for individuals, organizations, and institutions as we strive for a more inclusive society.
Hilda Fankah-Arthur, PhDc