Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

Tuesday, Nov. 1 | 5 - 7 p.m. | 1109 Engineering Hall

The Multicultural Engineering Program student advisory board and the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering have partnered to host the sixth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit.

Olive Garden will be provided for those who RSVP and attend the breakout sessions.

Keynote speaker

Kristen Harris

Vice president of enterprise diversity, equity and inclusion Hallmark Cards Inc.

Kristen Harris

Kristen Harris has more than 15 years of leadership experience at Hallmark Cards Inc., building business partnerships across customers and within the community. She has spent her career developing highly effective teams, leading through business transformation, creating strategies to promote accountability, and driving engagement through culture change initiatives. She has worked in various supply chain roles driving strategy for procurement, manufacturing and distribution as well as leading retail operations for customers in the sales division. Harris is currently leading enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategies for the Hallmark and Crayola brands – advancing DEI initiatives within the specific areas of talent acquisition, professional development, product development and marketing, as well as community involvement and advocacy.

Some of her professional affiliations include the National Retail Federation DEI Board, Sustainable Brands, World 50 impact platform for executives and NextUp. Outside of work, she is passionate about community advocacy and volunteerism. She currently serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City as well as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and volunteers with multiple organizations across the city supporting equity in education, health and accessible housing services.


5 p.m. Welcome and introduction
5:25 p.m. Keynote speaker, Kristen Harris
5:45 p.m. Keynote Q&A
6 p.m. Panel - Allyship
6:30 p.m. Breakout sessions