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(In-person) DAIP’s 12th Annual Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards

November 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the DAIP community to celebrate our 2023 Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Award winners! This year’s gathering will honor our 2023 award winners: Michelle Wilson (Individual Award Winner), Coastal1 Credit Union (Organizational Award Winner), and Carolyn Belisle (our inaugural Linda Newton Legacy Award winner)!

The reception will feature:

  • Live music, hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
  • Time for fellowship and networking
  • Brief speaking program to feature the 2023 award winners & a thought-provoking panel discussion 

This year’s theme is A Slow Burn: Fanning the Flames of Sustainable DEIJ.

If our passion for this work is represented by a flame, we’re asking each of you to consider—what fans the flame for you? What inspires you to keep going? How do you protect your own well-being, and stand in solidarity with those around you? How can you sustain this flame so it’s strong and steady, yet not too hot? 

Moderated by Kevin Matta, our panel will be made up of leaders from a variety of industries and perspectives to explore what goes into creating a workplace where all employees are set up to thrive. Panelists include Adama Brown, PhD (United Way of Rhode Island), Gregory Brunson (Butler Hospital), and Orlena Cowan-Bailey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (senior leader, speaker, DEI & culture consultant).

This dynamic group will discuss topics such as: 

  • How to create a workplace culture where the burden of DEI work is shared.
  • How to approach your DEI plan as a long-term destination instead of a short-term checklist.
  • Tips for incorporating mental health and wellness support to sustain your practitioners.
  • And more.

This program has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits. 

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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.