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DEI Education Event – Keeping DEI in the DNA of Your Organization: Powering Up for the Pushback

September 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm CDT

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This is a must-attend event for meeting and event professionals aiming to power up their DEI efforts. In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, it is crucial to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) remain at the forefront of our organizational DNA. This event is designed to provide you with the latest insights, strategies, and tools to advance your DEI initiatives and navigate pushback. Learn from industry experts about the importance of DEI in our industry and receive sustainable DEI practices that can be used in your organization.​​​​

Planners use code “PROJECTION” to receive complimentary registration.

Meet our Speaker

Cie Armstead, MPA, DBA
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Administrative Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
American College of Surgeons

For more than 30 years, Cie has served as a leader in various association management and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles.  Two core values that she has sought to exemplify throughout her career are serving others and seeking the positive in every situation.  In August 2021, Cie joined the American College of Surgeons as an executive leader for its new strategic focus on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  She is also the founder of Owlservations, LLC, a career service firm dedicated to equipping and empowering professionals of color to excel in their careers.

Previously, Cie served for over 5 years as the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Director for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and for 24 years with the American Bar Association. During her ABA tenure, Cie held several leadership positions including Diversity Center Director, Senior Staff Advisor to the ABA President, and Director of Litigation Section Periodicals. Cie is a frequent presenter, writer, and consultant on DEI and association management topics, specializing in evidence-based practices and creating collaborative initiatives to achieve DEI and organizational objectives. She serves as the 2023 Chair of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Foundation Research Committee and previously Chaired the ASAE D&I Committee and its Diversity Executive Leadership Program Selection Committee (2016-2017); she has also held several leadership positions with the Association Forum of Chicagoland. On the NIGP: Institute for Public Procurement Board’s Talent Council, Cie is the 2021-2023 DEI Thought Leader.  Cie earned an undergraduate Journalism degree from Northwestern University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Roosevelt University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration, specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology, from Northcentral University.



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September 13, 2023
1:00 pm– 5:00 pm
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Hilton Chicago
702 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter
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