In today’s competitive market, the need for inclusive leadership is more pressing than ever. People, as the core of every successful team and organization, propel innovation, solutions, performance, and growth. Teams and organizations excel when they commit to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Studies and real-life experiences reveal that diverse teams consistently outperform others, correlating higher representation with enhanced financial results. For example, McKinsey reports that achieving gender parity could contribute $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025, and inclusive financial practices for Black Americans could generate $2 billion in revenue. Furthermore, companies lose approximately $6.9 billion annually due to inaccessible websites, as disabled consumers shift to more inclusive alternatives. This session aims to empower leaders to use inclusive leadership for innovation, improved performance, and growth by providing tools and techniques to practice inclusive leadership.
Ellen Rice Chever is the DEIA Executive Leader and Principal at LMI, a Washington Post Top Workplace, and a Washington Tech Top 100 Government Contractor. A trailblazer in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), Ellen was a WashingtonExec Pinnacle Awards Finalist for Top D&I Exec of the Year in 2022 and 2023, and she is recognized as a 2024 Top D&I Exec to Watch. In addition, she provides DEIA strategy advisory to defense, aeronautics, and public health federal agencies.
A skilled facilitator, Ellen drives the conversation on building inclusive and innovative cultures. Her recent engagements include the PMI of Hampton Roads Professional Development Conference and the Strategic Cultural Transformations Virtual DEI Conference. Ellen’s insights are highlighted in the best-selling book “Leap: Why It’s Time to Let Go to Get Ahead in Your Career” and in MIT Sloan media. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MPP from Georgetown University, a BA from Hampton University, and is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) ®, Prosci Change Management Practitioner, and Luma Human-Centered Design Practitioner.