Diversity & Inclusion Professionals


Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) is a non-profit professional development organization that brings diversity practitioners together from all economic sectors. DAIP’s mission is to serve as a community resource and a unique opportunity for professionals from the business, government, non-profit and academic sectors to collaborate, learn, and create a community dialogue regarding relevant diversity and inclusion topics.

2024 Annual Awards Reception

Each year, DAIP recognizes organizations and individuals who champion the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our community gathers each fall for our Annual Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards Reception to honor the winners and explore timely and DEI topics.

In 2023, DAIP added a new award category–our first annual Linda Holmes Newton Legacy Award Winner to honor a seasoned DEI leader with 20+ years of experience (formally or informally) who embodies the legacy of DAIP’s trailblazing founder, Linda Newton.

Save the Date! The 2024 Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Annual Awards will take place on Friday, September 27th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Farm Fresh Rhode Island in Providence, Rhode Island.


Want to challenge yourself, expand your knowledge, and connect with other DEI-minded professionals? We have programming for you, no matter where you are in your career path or personal development journey.

Sponsor DAIP Programming

DAIP relies on sponsorships to produce crucial programming for our community. Want a seat at the table? Sponsoring partners receive access to attend our educational programming and networking events, help shape our offerings, and recognition through our network.

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Unfiltered Coffee Chats

Sponsored by Bolt Coffee, Unfiltered is a virtual conversation to share space with DEI thought-leaders. Join us and be ready to share your difficult questions, unpopular opinions, and your lived experience at home and work related to DEI.

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Learn With DAIP

DAIP hosts programming with partners like RI SHRM to highlight timely and important thought leaders, concepts, and debates in the DEI field. Come learn with us!

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DAIP is a professional development organization that promotes equity and inclusion as important elements of business and community success.

Founded in 2009 out of an informal network of diversity practitioners, participants saw the need to create a formal organization to involve a broader base of professionals in their discussions and create a community dialogue about how diversity and inclusion impact economic development, employment, education, corporate governance, and community success.

We need different voices to bring a kaleidoscope of thinking.”

Ralph Tavares

DAIP Advisory Board Member

Photo Courtesy of Providence Business News

Kevin Matta


Kevin Matta  (he, him, his) is a strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, and brings both passion and experience to ensure client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections.

Kevin’s interest in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work developed as he witnessed his parents encounter inequities and injustices while navigating the American healthcare and workplace landscape. His passion for this work continues to be strengthened by the systemic injustices people around the world continue to experience.

Kevin serves as president of DAIP’s board of directors.