Raising The Bar: L.I.F.T. 2018

. October 10, 2018.
The L.I.F.T. conference champions diversity in executive roles by developing allies – those who value diversity, inclusion, and equity – through dialogue that drives progress.
The L.I.F.T. conference champions diversity in executive roles by developing allies – those who value diversity, inclusion, and equity – through dialogue that drives progress.

To build a stronger, more inclusive community, Toledo natives Jason and Kelli Daniels see four objectives for the professional workforce: leadership, influence, focus and talent, four values that make up the acronym L.I.F.T.

Last year, the couple hosted the first conference and are now set for an empowering weekend with the second annual conference, Wednesday-Thursday, October 24-25. Mr. Daniels, an author, motivational speaker, and University of Toledo alum, explained why this inclusive conference is critical to the future of the Glass City.

LIFTing Toledo

As consultants, Jason and Kelli “provide leadership development workshops in numerous companies, organizations and educational institutions throughout the region. (Those workshops are held in conjunction with) our work in business strategy and engagement” explained Mr. Daniels.

The conference is designed to equip regional leaders with strategies that can prioritize diversity, inclusion and equity in business settings, while also providing an opportunity to network.

New year, new leaders

“The conference will continue to key on leadership, influence, focus and talent,” said Mr. Daniels. For 2018, conference speakers include: Darlene Slaughter, chief diversity officer for United Way Worldwide (Alexandria, VA), Joseph Scantlebury, vice president of program strategy for W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI), Angel Harris, executive director of Dress for Success Columbus (Columbus, OH), Alan Nevel, chief diversity and human resources officer for The MetroHealth System (Cleveland, OH), and Merida Allen, Director of Multicultural Education and Student Leadership at University of Dayton.

Research on the impact of race on workforces in the future workforce, workplace leadership and mental health and recruitment and retention of diverse talent are topics to be discussed. “We’ve taken the lead on conversations with regional leadership and packed everything into a two day gathering,” said Daniels.

Individuals and companies who want to register or learn more about the conference, call 216-640-5303 or visit jayramon.com. Registration will not be available at the door, and, due to interest, registration is anticipated to close soon.

$125 registration | Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg | 216-640-5303 | jayramon.com