Using Communications to Craft an Inclusive Culture

April 5 Professional Development

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Diversity. Inclusion.

These are not buzzwords. Good communicators understand and adopt the mindset that comes from an awareness of our differences, and act intentionally to create a culture of inclusion within a diverse organization. Not because it’s the ‘right’ thing to do, but because a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture produce a stronger organization, one that is innovative, productive, and competitive.

As communicators, our job is to help our colleagues or our clients understand this business imperative and bring about the necessary cultural and language changes. Words matter.

How do you achieve change?

Learn at IABC Charlotte’s April 5 meeting.


Wednesday, April 5, learn how two diversity experts here in Charlotte approach their jobs within large organizations, and how their professional communicators help them achieve the goal of creating inclusive organizations.  

Diverse Employee Group Meeting

Guest Speakers 

Our speakers are Lisa Toppin, vice president, chief diversity officer/talent management at LPL Financial, and Rod Garvin, vice president, talent development and economic growth, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. 

Lisa Toppin LPL FinancialMs. Toppin leads the diversity and inclusion program at LPL Financial and corporate talent development programs. Together these programs helped propel the company in 2016 to a perfect 100% score in the The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and recognition as one the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”



Rod Garvin Charlotte ChamberMr. Garvin advances diversity and inclusion, guides talent development and manages member engagement for the Charlotte Chamber. Previously, he worked as a Community Director for a social entrepreneurial venture that empowered young people of diverse backgrounds to become active citizens in our democracy. As Education Outreach Manager for Levine Museum of the New South, he developed multicultural programs for youth and adults.


Come prepared with your questions for our two diversity and inclusion experts. You will learn not only what they have done, but why they have taken the steps they have, the successes and failures along the way, and a view of the road ahead. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the inclusion imperative, practical tips, and best practices, that you can reference as you work within your own organization, no matter your current culture.  







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