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In our last session, we discussed the basics of what diversity, equity, and inclusion is and what DEI is not. We talked about temperament, personality similarities and differences, and how they impact human interaction. We also talked about how to create a vision statement for DEI in business.

In this session, we will build upon the last session and go more in depth into establishing the right commitment of diversity at work for an inclusive workplace.

In the last several years, the spotlight has been on diversity and inclusion. There is a need to level set around diversity and inclusion and what this means in the workplace setting. This session will explore the facets of diversity, what inclusion looks like and feels like in action, and will look at best practices in fostering inclusion in the workplace and promoting a culture where employees can learn about one another, share experiences, and grow both personally and professionally.

Guest Speaker:
Bridget G Hurd
Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Ms. Hurd is responsible for leading and executing the corporate inclusion and diversity strategy for Blue Cross and its subsidiaries and shaping a culture of inclusion. She also leads the Office of Health and Health Care Disparities with a vision of Better Health for All, which focuses on achieving health equity in the delivery of, quality, and access to care. Ms. Hurd facilities the enterprise’s Diversity Leadership Councils, Physician Diversity Council, and oversees diversity and cultural competency learning opportunities for employees, Inclusion and Diversity coaching programs, 15 employee resource networks and the integration of an inclusion and diversity lens in providing service to members and customers. Read more here. 


The A2Y Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series is a collaborative between the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, Destination Ann Arbor and United Way of Washtenaw County.

Thank you to our Community Sponsors: KeyBank and Trinity Health St Joseph Ann Arbor.