L.I.F.T. Conference 2019 Registration Now Open!

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. Conference Sponsor Opportunities

 Why Sponsor the L.I.F.T. Conference

Sponsorship is one of the best ways to brand your organization as a thought leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing the growth and leadership of diverse professionals. 

In addition to our thanks, conference sponsors receive an array of unique benefits and promotional opportunities. 

We hope you’ll join us as a sponsor. Together, we’ll make this the best L.I.F.T. Conference yet!

Sponsorships are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about how to become a 2019 L.I.F.T. Conference sponsor or supporter, contact 

Jason Daniels at 216-640-5303 or jayramon@yahoo.com.

L.I.F.T. 2019 Sponsorship Packet (pdf)


L.I.F.T. Conference-at-a-Glance*

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Allyship, Politics at Work, Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent, Manager to Executive Transition, Building and

Leveraging Workplace and Community Influence, Executive Presence, Bold Leadership, Effective Partnerships at Work

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Registration and Networking – 8:00AM TO 9:00AM

Conference Sessions – 9:00AM TO 3:30PM (Lunch included with registration/lunch takes place on site)

Talent Mixer – 3:30PM TO 5:00PM (Mixer/Hors d’oeuvres)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Registration and Networking - 8:00AM TO 9:00AM

Conference Sessions – 9:00AM TO 3:00PM (Lunch included with registration/lunch takes place on site)

*Check back for full conference schedule/sessions. Please note that schedule is subject to change. Event location and parking details provided closer to conference.


Nearby Hotels

Hampton Inn and Suites Toledo/Westgate


Contact Hotel

Courtyard Toledo West


Contact Hotel

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toledo West


Contact Hotel



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.    


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


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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