All press interested in attending Bloom Inclusion must email by October 1, 2019.




Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty | Cone Health | HanesBrands | Prosperity Home Mortgage | VF Corporation | Wake Forest Baptist Health

Press Contact: Jada Monica Drew, Social Designs |Email: | Phone: 252-532-5243

Greensboro, NC |September 9, 2019

Play, engage, and experiment at Bloom: Innovative Solutions for Inclusion Seminar on October 3, 2019, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC from 8:30a-5:00p with a reception following the event.

 This event is designed by host company, Social Designs, in collaboration with the Presenting Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty. The goal is to provide an experience connecting leaders from multiple industries for the purpose of developing solutions for inclusive organizational practices in an interactive and practical way.

“At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Companies we build lasting relationships based on trust and care- with our team members, our clients, and the communities we serve.  We understand that a dynamic community is the product of distinct and diverse perspectives, life experiences and talents and we are committed to promoting an engaging environment that invites participation.  We are proud to partner with Social Designs and community leaders this fall at Bloom Inclusion to share ideas and collaborate across industries and organizations.”- Tommy Camp, CEO of Berkshire HomeServices Carolinas Realty.

Participants are encouraged to come with specific ideas and issues facing their organizations, and will leave the seminar with a direct, organized, and actionable plan. Continuing education credits are also available for attendees.

“This day will be extraordinary, thought provoking & challenging.  It is the only one-day forum that I know of in which you can learn about the Diversity & Inclusion foundations and tools to create a strategic and inclusive culture while being able to engage in a unique and creative space designed to push the envelope with your thinking.  I’m truly looking forward to being a part of a community of professionals pushing for a more progressive environment.”-Cheryl Lindsay, Director, Human Resources and Inclusion/Diversity

 Bloom Inclusion is not your average diversity conference. Participants who experience Bloom Inclusion receive genuine inspiration to push inclusion forward in organizations and in communities.

Presenters from the Triad, Texas, and Michigan bring personal examples of challenge and real-world workplace experiences of how to effectively create more profitable, efficient, and healthy work environments for everyone.

 The day is complete with a curated networking, keynote address, three interactive mastermind sessions, a lunch panel, innovation stations, and a reception following the event. The full event schedule is linked here:

The Curated Networking session will be led by over 25 local leaders in various industries including, banking, k-12 education, mortgage, health care, government, non-profit, higher education, and innovative entrepreneurs.

 The keynote address, Building Inclusion through Authenticity and Trust: Connecting Personal Growth & Unconscious Bias, will be delivered by Dave McIntosh, PhD, MA, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health.

McIntosh shares, “We’re all on a learning journey and we all have room to stretch and grow. We are all striving to support a climate and culture where everyone can feel included, welcomed, valued, and supported, and we are all learning how to best do this in our environment. That’s why a seminar like this is so powerful. This is an opportunity for each of us to engage, grow, and learn together.”

 Workshop sessions: Healthy Culture & Compliance: Tools for Communication & Confrontation, Sharpen Your Inclusion Edge: Key Strategies for Developing the Inclusion Business Case, and Inclusive Leadership: Mindsets, Skillsets, and Measurements for High Performing Organizations.

Workshop presenters include: Dr. Zitty Nxumalo, Natalie Sanders, Jada Monica Drew, Eric Polite II, and Jorge Zeballos.

The lunch panel discussion, “Innovative Inclusion: A Growth Mindset Conversation,” is sponsored by Cone Health, HanesBrands, VF Corporation, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and will be moderated by Reginald Miller- Vice President of Global Inclusion & Diversity of VF Corporation.

Panelists include: Kiva Elliott- Vice President & Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer of Cone Health, Derek Ellington- Mid-South Region Executive of Bank of America, Jeanne Tedrow- President/CEO of the North Carolina Center for Non Profits, and Julius Tillery- CEO of Black Cotton.

 “In order to create an inclusive culture we have to be willing to stand up, speak up and take action for social justice. Curiosity, Courage, and Commitment will lead the way.” - Kiva Elliott, Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

Organizational leaders from the Piedmont Triad, Triangle, and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend. Spaces are limited and registration closes September 20th: 

Additional sponsors include: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Replacements, Ltd., Piedmont Business Capital, Yoke and Abundance, Launch Greensboro at co//ab, Future Fund of Geeensboro, and WeInspire.

 Event partners include: Deftable, Professional Business Cultures, and KPE Media. 


Leaders from all industries are encouraged to attend, as the benefits of inclusive work environments transcend titles, roles, and sectors. A recent McKinsey study reported that companies that capitalize on racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry medians. Further, by 2025, 75% of those in the workforce will be millennials, post-millennials, or Generation Z, groups that are strongly committed to prioritizing diversity and inclusion when evaluating where to work.

Breakfast and lunch included in registration.