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2018 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers 


Joy-Ann Reid, Author, Political Analyst
MSNBC and Host of AM Joy
8:45 am - 10:15 am
Thursday, March 8

 Plan to attend the opening general session keynote featuring Joy-Ann Reid, who is host of AM JOY on MSNBC as well as a national correspondent appearing regularly on primetime programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Joy-Ann Reid is also the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins 2015) and co-author with E.J. Dionne Jr., of We Are The Change We Seek: the Speeches of Barack Obama (Bloomsbury, 2017). Reid was previously the Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 America Coming Together initiative, and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008. Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in film, and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow.


Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.

Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., is confirmed to speak as the conference closing keynote on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Dr. Kendi is an award-winning scholar and a New York Times best-selling author. He is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. Stamped was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a NAACP Image Award. Stamped was named to several Best Books of 2016 lists, including by the Boston Globe, The Root, The Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. He was named to The Root 100 2017, and recognized as the 29th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45. His next book, which will be published by One World/Random House, is tentatively titled, How to Be an Antiracist: A Memoir of My Journey

Conference Hotel Information:

Renaissance Washington, DC 
Downtown Hotel 
999 9th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-9000

Thank you to our conference sponsors for their generous support! More information on sponsorship can be found here! You can process your sponsorship commitment/payment online here!


2018 NADOHE Annual Conference Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration: September 11, 2017 - November 16, 2017
Advanced Registration: November 17, 2017 - February 14, 2018
Final Registration: February 15, 2018 - Onsite

NADOHE Registration ONLY

NADOHE/ACE Registration

Register for the ACE Annual Meeting, Saturday, March 10 – Tuesday, March 13, 2018,  at  www.aceannualmeeting.org  ACE Annual Meeting Attendees who also register for the NADOHE Annual Conference receive a 20% discount.


New This Year! Special Focused Workshops - $175 each

New Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Workshop, Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, EST
Transitioning to a new Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position is both exciting and challenging.  Forging a path of transformational organizational change with increasing demands from multiple underrepresented groups and limited resources is no easy task. In addition to content expertise, your ability to succeed is dependent on continually increasing your capacity to navigate complexities and maintain an authentic sense of self and an unwavering focus on mission.  This workshop will tackle these realities and provide practical solutions for navigating your early years as a CDO. Hear from seasoned CDOs and NADOHE CDO fellows still relatively early in their careers who can provide valuable insights. During this workshop, you will also have the opportunity to connect with other new CDOs in attendance and explore case studies. You will also learn more about how NADOHE can be a partner on your CDO journey.

As a result of this workshop, Participants will:

  • Develop a better sense of the rhythm of the first years of the Chief Diversity Officer Role
  • Understand how a cabinet role differs from other roles and how to build mutually beneficially relationships at the Cabinet level
  • Understand how the Chief Diversity Officer relates with the board, external constituents, faculty and staff, especially how these relationships change after one becomes a CDO
  • Develop a better understanding of the levers for systemic change
  • Have their experiences normed by listening to the early journeys of other Chief Diversity Officers
  • Focus on building the internal capacity to sustain the demands of the role
  • Connect with fellow Chief Diversity Officers with the goal of building a supportive community

So, You Want to be a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) - Saturday, March 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, EST
End the conference by learning from the insights of experienced diversity practitioners and consultants, who will cover a range of relevant CDO competences, including access, governance and strategy development in an extended Ted Talk Style format. Becoming a chief diversity officer in higher education is a far less linear progression than other executive positions in the academy.  CDOs come from all sectors of the higher education institutions, and sometimes from outside of the college or university.  They emanate from the faculty ranks, student affairs offices, and equity and human resources positions.  Developing the next generation of CDOs is critically important as more inaugural chief diversity officer positions are created across the county.  The purpose of this session is to ground newer and aspiring CDOs by learning from those who have served in Chief Diversity Officer roles, and those whose efforts has informed the work of Chief Diversity Officers. The presentations will offer insights on what it means to participate in the C-Suite, working at the 30,000-foot level, and capacities are required for success. The session will benefit those seeking a Chief Diversity Officer position, early career CDOs and mid-level CDOs. As a result of this workshop, Participants will learn how:

  • To introduce participants to the critical competencies of C-suite officers
  • To describe higher-level strategic thinking for creating policy and providing for implementation of new policies
  • To outline practical tools and strategies that participants can apply to their work as CDOs or prepare to apply as CDOs