Conference Theme: Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers
October 12-13, 2021
Fully Virtual Conference

The 2021 Toward One Wisconsin Conference, held virtually on October 12 and 13, 2021, brought together over 500 attendees to address and prioritize the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout Wisconsin.

The conference featured broad-ranging conversations around workforces, communities, health, and education, with the goal to pull all residents out of the margins and into the center of our society.

Cities with highest attendance:

Eau Claire: 89
Madison: 74
Wausau: 41
Green Bay: 16
La Crosse: 12

538 attendees, 47 breakout sessions, 29 sponsor organizations,
5 plenary presentations, 4 conference tracks

2021 Conference Plenary Speakers

Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb

New Yorker Staff Writer | Speaker on Race, History, Politics and Culture in America

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dash kelly hamilton

Dasha Kelly Hamilton

Writer, performance artist and creative change agent, applying the creative process to facilitate dialogues around human and social wellness

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Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang

Hmong-American writer, filmmaker, and teacher; she is also a co-founder of ‘Words Wanted,’ a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services

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2021 Resident Artist

Dorothy Chan

American poet, author, editor, and scholar based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service
Church Mutual
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Visit Eau Claire

96% of attendees said they would recommend the conference to others

T1W Challenge

At the end of the 2021 Toward One Wisconsin Conference, attendees were asked to participate in the T1W Challenge. The challenge included the following goals:

1. Commit T1W to be a convener, network builder, information resource and instigator for DEI work

2. Encourage people and organizations to move from talk to action

3. Provide pathways to meaningful connection beyond the conference

4. Build a pipeline for DEI leaders and activities in Wisconsin communities and regions

With this challenge in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of the T1W Network — a community dedicated to connecting, engaging, and collaborating on the work of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The T1W Network is intended to be a convenor, network builder, and information resource for DEI work. The Network will provide pathways to meaningful connections, encourage people and organizations to move from talk to action, and build a pipeline for DEI leaders and activities in Wisconsin.

In addition to a weekly newsletter featuring DEI news and updates, members have the ability to connect with other professionals, as well as share updates on what they are doing to move the needle on DEI issues in their communities or organizations.

“It’s incredibly important that this work doesn’t stop once the conference is over for the year,” said T1W organizer, Eric Giordano. “The T1W Network will allow those interested in DEI to stay up to date, engaged, and connected to what others are doing.”

We want to hear what you’re doing!
Members are encouraged to submit updates, articles, and stories on the work that they are doing. These articles will then be shared on the T1W Network website and newsletter.

To learn more or to register for the T1W Network, please visit:

2021 Conference Co-Chairs

Rich Poirier

Rich Poirier
President and CEO
Church Mutual Insurance

Jessica Cavazos

Jessica Cavazos
President and CEO
Latino Chamber of Commerce

Ed Manydeeds

Ed Manydeeds
Nodolf Flory, LLP

Paula Tran Inzeo

Paula Tran Inzeo, M.P.H.
Group Director
Mobilizing Action Toward
Community Health (MATCH)

dash kelly hamilton

Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Author, Performing Artist and Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in helping with the next Toward One Wisconsin Conference, please contact us at [email protected].


Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
The Privilege Institute
Greenheck Group
Marshfield Clinic Health System
The Nature Conservancy
Uniting Bridges
Acuity Insurance
Connexus Cares
cuna mutual group


Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
eau claire county
City of Eau Claire
Pablo Center at The Confluence
U.S. Workstories
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction