L.I.F.T. 2018 - MIDWEST Conference was impactful, informative and inclusive! See you in 2019!


L.I.F.T. 2018 – MIDWEST African American Professionals and Allies Conference would like to thank our conference hosts, sponsors and exhibitors for their commitment to the success of this conference.  Our sponsors are vital to the success of the annual conference and allow us to keep registration fees low and offer you amazing education and networking opportunities each year. Please help us thank them for their generosity and continued commitment to advancing African American professionals and allies in the workplace and community.    


Joseph Scantlebury

Vice President for Program Strategy

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Darlene Slaughter

Chief Diversity Officer

United Way Worldwide

Alan Nevel

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer


Jennifer R. Wuertz, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

SSOE Group

Merida Allen

Director for Multicultural Education and 

Student Leadership

University of Dayton

Erica Halada

Executive Director

Toledo Public Schools Foundation

Robin Reese

Executive Director, Lucas County Children Services

Joaquin Cintron Vega

 Vice President Asset Management 

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

Lisa A. Urrutia

Client Executive
Oswald Companies

 Client Executive

Oswald Companies

Angel Harris

Executive Director

Dress for Success Columbus

Susan Graalman

Lead Community Recruiter

Cherry Street Mission Ministries

Annika N. Awls

Accounting Manager

Toledo Community Foundation

L.I.F.T. 2018 Conference Photo Credit: Marcia K. Culp/K. Marcia Designs

About L.I.F.T. Conference


L.I.F.T. MIDWEST African American Professionals and Allies Conference will bring together African American professionals from the state of Ohio and cities in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and nearby Pennsylvania, for a unique learning experience centered in the areas of L.I.F.T. - Leadership, Influence, Focus and Talent


Conference participants gain exposure to proven thought leaders, advocates, and change-making entrepreneurs, equipping them with behavior and knowledge insights needed for accelerated leadership and business performance. The conference is culturally relevant, engaging and fun.


The L.I.F.T. MIDWEST mission is to be a champion for diverse representation in executive roles by partnering with allies – individuals and companies who value diversity, inclusion, and equity – through effective dialogues and stakeholder convenings that drive ideas, solutions and progress.  

We work in partnership with allies to share effective employee and workplace strategies that prioritize diversity, inclusion and equity as a business imperative.  


We’ve developed a conference where attendees can dive deep in dialogue with their peers and gain tangible results to grow their impact, vision, and leadership strategy.  

L.I.F.T. MIDWEST welcomes individuals from corporate, civic, and community institutions as well as leaders and entrepreneurs from communities of faith, tech, art, creatives, healthcare, financial services, education, legal, nonprofit and philanthropy.

L.I.F.T 2017 - MIDWEST Photo Credit: Jennifer Gunderson Photography

Email: info@jennifergundersonphotography.com

Phone: 419-482-8312

L.I.F.T 2017 - MIDWEST Community Leaders Breakfast Photo Credit: Mark Urrutia

A big thank you to Mark Urrutia who generously took photos throughout the morning for everyone to enjoy. 

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