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We act together without fear!

The GACE 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Symposium assembles top client-side multicultural marketing professionals and experts across a wide spectrum of industries to share best practices on topics such as marketing to diverse segments, measuring student success of multicultural marketing plans, diversity and inclusion strategies, and much more

Friday, December 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
225 N Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

GACE Members: $75
Non-Members: $100

Approved SHRM: 19-G3R2P



9:30 AM
from GACE President, Dr. Roslyn Brown

9:45 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brian D. Barton   

Breaking the lineup: When just being on the team is not enough
Brian D. Barton's personal mission is to determine purpose in all of his endeavors, pursue passions, and demonstrate integrity in his life. His story from college to professional leagues and today’s entrepreneurial and author experiences, will provide an inspirational inside of a man with a dream in a diverse but singular society.

11:00 AM
BREAKOUT SESSION: Dauda Griffin, MD   

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion in The Workhouse and Schoolhouse
Schoolhouse: Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in higher education provides advancement opportunity for underrepresented communities. Exposure to diverse backgrounds and perspectives improves academic achievement for students of all backgrounds, including critical thinking skills and academic self-confidence.
Workhouse: To build and sustain an increasingly diverse teams, organizations needs to adopt more inclusive behaviors. Fostering the psychological safety environment might increase productivity and trust.
Dr. Dauda Griffin will provide a psychological view on these topics and his experiences working with a diverse population, as a professional, faculty, and a leader in the corporate world.

12-12:45 PM

1:00 PM
BREAKOUT SESSION: Sandy Mollett   

Person-to-person a Diversity & Inclusion Report.
5 Panelists, One Speaker, your conclusions
Thrive, grow and be ourselves as part of a community, work place, school, and family is everyone’s dream. How we can achieve and fulfill these dream is a story that Sandy Mollett will share, direct and bring to reality through 5 members from our communities. This is an exciting experience between a concepts and realities.



Brian D. Barton is an emerging figure in the outreach arena. Barton is an entrepreneur and author of two books, Mindset: Awareness and Action and Stats and Situations: The Game Plan to Success. He takes his humble background and rewarding achievements to teach a message of empowerment. Adopting the motto “exposure eliminates mental enclosure,” he encourages people to think outside the comfort of their minds and to take control of their lives.

His unwavering passion to impact the lives of others spearheaded the formation of his foundation XY to the Power of Infinity that aims to develop community and global leaders by introducing inner city youth to travel, business ownership, and public speaking.

A former major leaguer with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles native continues to use baseball as a platform to reach people with his message of empowerment. Barton made his major league debut on April 1, 2008, against the Colorado Rockies where he recorded a base hit in his first major league at bat off of pitcher Taylor Bucholz.

Barton attended Loyola Marymount University and later transferred to the University of Miami where he pursued Aerospace Engineering due to his avid love of space. Barton’s personal mission centers on his quest to determine purpose, pursue passions and demonstrate integrity which serves as the cornerstone of his vision to change the world. His writing, philanthropy, and motivational speaking are examples of his commitment to outreach because he believes that “you should leave a trail of great, so others can follow the path to greatness.”

Dauda Griffin, MD is a Psychiatrist Board Certified in general Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to earning his medical degree, Dr. Griffin earned a B.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington University.

He completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Harvard Medical School's Cambridge Health Alliance and he completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. 

Dr. Griffin currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. 

He has held leadership positions in private practice, a large health system, a medicaid/medicare insurance company, a psychiatric hospital and a private company that supplies healthcare within jails and prisons.

Dr. Griffin has been awarded this year with a "Distinguished Fellow Honor" by the American Psychiatric Association. 

Sandy Mollett (she/her/hers) is the Founder & CEO of Equal Footing LLC, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consulting organization. Equal Footing LLC is a certified LGBTQ business enterprise that advocates for safe, diverse and inclusive communities and work environments where EVERYONE can thrive, grow and be themselves. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, panelist, corporate consultant and thought leader/partner.

After 32 years in the corporate world, she has embarked on her second-act career as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate, activist and consultant. This fire and passion was fueled by serving as President of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC), an affiliate chapter of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). “With a mission of driving economic success for the LGBT business community and allies; I had an opportunity to roll up my sleeves and work alongside community activists, advocates and civic leaders. All focused on equity, equality and prosperity of the LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta and surrounding areas.”

In her corporate role, she supported and mentored LGBTQ+ employees, women leaders and young professionals, encouraging them to engage and grow, personally and professionally. She served as an advocate, a voice, and a champion for diversity, inclusion and workplace equality. She founded and co-chaired their corporate Diversity and Cultural Council (Employee Resource Group (ERG) Steering Committee). She also served as the Executive Sponsor of their LGBTQ+ ERG.

Corporate achievements included

  • Increased Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Equality Index score from 45 to 100 and earned "Best Places to Work for LGBT" distinction for five consecutive years
  • Implemented LGBTQ+ Ally Pledge - more than 3,000 associates signed their support of equal rights for all people
  • Implemented self-identification capabilities
  • Changed policies to include anti-discrimination to include gender identity
  • Implemented benefits to cover children of domestic partners
  • Introduced gender-neutral paid parental leave
  • Implemented progressive Transgender benefits
  • Increased visibility and impact in our communities through volunteerism, board seats, sponsored networking events and more.

Sandy serves on the Discover Dekalb Convention & Visitor's Bureau Board of Directors, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) Board of Directors, and Georgia Equality Board of Directors. Her coming out (at work) story was published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle/Pride Edition 2016. She was honored by Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) with the 2018 Diversity Leadership Award of Excellence (Enterprise) and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 2018 “Women Who Mean Business”. In 2017, she was awarded by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of 2017's "Most Powerful & Influential Women".

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