• 7:30 – 8:30 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 8:45 AM - Welcome and Introductory Remarks Diane Crawford, Chair
  • 8:45 – 9:30 AM - Opening Speaker: Deborah D. Vereen, CCDP/ AP The Vereen Group - Diversity & Inclusion Strategies
  • 9:30 – 9:45 AM - Q&A Session
  • 9:45 – 10:00 AM - Break
  • 10:00 – 11:15 AM - Strategic Panel Discussion Moderator Trent Hargrove, Esq.
  • 11:15 – 11:45 AM - Keynote Speaker: Mauricio Velasquez, President, The Diversity Training Group (DTG) “The Winning Balance”
  • 11:45 AM - Closing Remarks: Diane Crawford






Deborah D. Vereen

Founder and Principal of The Vereen Group
Co-Founder of DIPCPA

Deborah D. Vereen, CCDP/AP

Founder and Principal of The Vereen Group
Co-Founder of DIPCPA

Deborah Vereen is well known as a strategic thinker with twenty years of experience in designing and implementing Diversity initiatives, training & development, and inclusionary processes in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The Vereen Group, is committed to assisting corporations, organizations and executives in formulating systemic change strategies in the areas of Diversity and Equitable Inclusion.

Deborah is a certified master trainer and facilitator whose areas of expertise comprise Strategic Planning, Leadership Coaching, D&I Training & Development, Holistic Recruitment (Retention), Community Engagement, Employee Business Resource Groups, and Inclusion Metrics, Reporting & Analytics. She is one of a select few in the nation who has earned the unique double credential status of CCDP/AP (Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/ Advanced Practitioner) from Cornell University.

Recognized for her work in Diversity Management, Inclusion and Community Engagement she is the recipient of numerous awards which include Corporate Citizenship Diversity Award, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Keystone Award for Community Service, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association; Women of Excellence Award, YWCA; The Seed of Hope Award, PA Educational & Entrepreneurial Youth Program. She was selected as one of the most “Influential Inclusion Leaders” of Central PA; and has received the Business Diversity Champion Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the 2017 Leadership in Diversity Award from The Conference For Women.

Deborah is co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Professionals of Central PA (DIPCPA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA), and the Diversity Advisory Council of the Human Resource Professionals of Central PA (HRPCPA).