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Business Leaders, Municipalities, Manufacturers, HR,
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Join Us For A Half-Day, In-Person Event to bring awareness on diversity, collaborate with other professionals, and build a stronger community for future generations.

500 Gould St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Beaver Dam High School


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Please register your entire group at one time to receive the group discount.

Key Speakers

From Muslim Registry to Anti-Hate Registry to We Are Many - United Against Hate Movement
Masood Akhtar is an Indian-born American Muslim entrepreneur living in Madison for over 35 years.  Besides starting multiple businesses, Akhtar has been actively involved with numerous community projects.  The most visible is We Are Many – United Against Hate Movement to address the environment of hate, bigotry and racism. Akhtar has received many awards: prestigious national FBI’s Director’s “Community Leadership Award” ; “Certificate of Appreciation” by the Southern Poverty Law Center; “Certificate of Achievement” from Governor  Evers; and “Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award” by Rotary Club of Madison. Akhtar also serves on the Board of Friends of PBS Wisconsin. Recently, Akhtar was named one of Wisconsin’s 48 most influential Asian American Leaders.  

His presentation will focus on how to build inclusive classrooms, communities, businesses, and government by sharing life stories as told by former hate group members, capitalizing on our youth, and working in a nonpartisan way. Understanding the root causes of hate and implementing strategies to combat them.

He says, “I call myself a proud American Muslim immigrant. For me personally, America is my home where I live, where I would die. I promise you all today that I am not going back home. ​I am here to work with you to build United States of America, not White America, not Black America, not Brown America free of violence and extremism, so that America can become a role model ​again for other countries to follow.”

In The Eyes of a Former Professional Football Player

LeRoy Butler is a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001).

Born on July 19, 1968, Butler spent his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida. His parents separated when he was a toddler, and his mother, Eunice, supported Butler and his four siblings by working first as a secretary and later as a nurse. The family lived in a small apartment on Jacksonville’s west side in the crime-infested Blodgett Homes housing project.

As a child, Butler’s problems went beyond poverty and crime. He was born so pigeon-toed that doctors had to break bones in both of his feet when he was only eight months to correct the problem. Walking was a significant challenge for Butler, who spent much of his early youth in a wheelchair. He had to wear leg braces between the ages of six and eight. He spent much of his early childhood gazing out the window and watching neighborhood children play kickball—something he could not even imagine doing. At the time, doctors predicted that Butler would be lucky if he ever walked normally. Certainly, the notion of becoming a professional athlete was in his foreseeable future.

As fate would have it, when he was eight years old, Butler discovered he no longer needed his leg braces—quite by accident. When his older sister, raced out of the apartment one day, she inadvertently knocked Butler out of his wheelchair, sending his leg braces flying as well. Picking himself up, Butler discovered that he could not only walk normally, but he could also run pretty well. He immediately ran outside and joined in a kickball game. With this amazing turn of events, Butler discovered that he could not only run, but soon he could run faster than most of the kids in the neighborhood. The rest, as they say, is history.

By the time he was 10 years old, Butler was starring on the neighborhood football team. And after junior high, he was recruited by football powerhouse Robert E. Lee High School on the other side of town. At Robert E. Lee, Butler earned seven varsity letters in all—three in football and two each in basketball and track. When he was a high school senior, Butler was a unanimous All-America pick, and colleges heavily recruited him all across the country. After accepting a football scholarship to Florida State University, Butler shared the defensive backfield with two-sport superstar Deion Sanders for two years.

The Packers selected Butler in the second round of the 1990 draft. He played in 181 regular-season games and 14 postseason games, earned a Super Bowl ring after the Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI at the end of the 1996 season, was selected All-Pro four times, and was elected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and later inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2022, it was announced that LeRoy Butler would be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
During his 12 seasons with the Packers, Butler recorded 953 tackles, 38 interceptions, 553 return yards, 12 fumble recoveries, 3 defensive touchdowns, and 20 1/2 sacks. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions in five different seasons. He was the first defensive back in NFL history to enter the 20 Sack/20 Interception Club. LeRoy will shares his life story talking about his experiences with and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Breakout Sessions

Each attendee chooses 2 breakout sessions from 8 available options. CEU credits are available.

Event Schedule

7:15 am – 8:00 am Registration/Networking

Continental Breakfast Will Be Served

8:00 am – 9:00 am Opening Keynote: Masood Akhtar, American Muslim Entrepreneur and Activist

9:00 am – 9:20 am Break/Networking

9:20 am -10:20 am First Breakout Session

10:20 am – 10:40 am Break/Networking

10:40 am -11:40 am Second Breakout Session

11:40 am – 12:30 pm Lunch 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Closing Keynote: LeRoy Butler, Former Green Bay Packer

500 Gould St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Beaver Dam High School

Second Annual Conference

Beaver Dam High School

Today’s successful hiring practices embed issues associated with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into recruitment and retention practices. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts extend beyond hiring someone based on race. DEI initiatives also include factors such as gender, physical abilities, national origin, or sexual orientation, as well as the diversity of opinions and perspectives. 

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Conference on Wednesday, July 20 at Beaver Dam High School in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

2021 Pinnacle Award Winners 

Advancing the HR Profession

Small Chapter—Dodge County SHRM (Wisconsin)
“A Deliberate Path Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”

The chapter organized and hosted an in-person diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) Conference to address a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion DE&I awareness and hiring practices. This attracted 173 attendees who were able to immediately implement key takeaways around topics, that included DE&I fundamental building blocks, recognizing bias behavior, and aligning DE&I principles. This is the third Pinnacle Award Dodge County SHRM has received since 2015. Previous awards were won in 2015, 2017, and 2021. Since 2015, no other chapter has won three Pinnacle Awards. Read more

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