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Arkansas SHRM 2023 HR Conference & Expo • October 18-20 • Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Program Details

Creating A Balanced Strategy For Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Key Objectives

In this session attendees will learn about the power of a balanced strategy through metrics to measure program impact, policies to ensure accountability, and accord of understanding why the organization is committed to DEI. We will discuss the foundational value DEI initiatives bring to all industries and companies of all sizes. This session will create a level-understanding of the tone and mission organizations can implement with their teams. In addition, we will dive into explaining metrics which can be evaluated to ensure DEI elements are supported. We review how the element of accountability is reinforced through policy review and impact. What can that look like for you and how does this help to show leadership commitment. Lastly, we will cover the most important element of trust. This will be discussed through the angle of alignment and accord to ensure the organization is fully aware, involved, and committed to the DEI mission. These learning objectives will provide insight into a balanced strategy to support and leverage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all organizations.

Forbes magazine has consistently named Arvest a Best Bank for Diversity and a Best Employer. Looking ahead, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will continue to play pivotal roles in an organization’s long-range success. Learn from Arvest DEI Officer Cinthya Allen why associates say they would highly recommend Arvest as an employer to friends and family, including diversity, working conditions, company image and professional development and get tips for replicating that success at your organization.

Cinthya Allen, Creating A Balanced Strategy For Diversity, Equity

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Officer at Arvest Bank

With nearly 20 years of Executive Experience and Strategic Leadership, Cinthya leads with a collaborative, servant leadership approach, maximizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and effectively influencing business operations. Cinthya is a respected influencer gaining wins from implementing public policies as state law, engaging employees through volunteerism and advancing collaborative partnerships. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is part of the essence of her work and leadership. Her commitment to Diversity is carried out in her current role as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Arvest Bank. She is responsible for developing the strategy and execution of associate-impact, community engagement, and market influence by driving an environment of inclusion across all bank divisions. Her current scope of work includes an associate body of over 6,600 associates across 23 states and a four-state market presence footprint. She recently led as Chief Diversity & Equity Officer in municipal government at the City of Norman, the third largest city in Oklahoma. There she developed a strategic roadmap designed for the workforce of nearly 1,000, including all internal departments, Police, and Fire, and with a focus on community engagement. In addition, she served as the City’s ADA Coordinator and staffed multiple city commissions. Cinthya recently served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Human Relations and is President and Founder of CLA Consulting Solutions, LLC. Her professional experience and DEI roots began at AT&T, where she spent nearly 20 years rising through the corporate ranks, expanding DEI impact across the country and leading international Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs. Cinthya is honored to have received many accolades throughout her career at local, state, and federal levels. She is a graduate of Norman Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, Leadership Norman Class 22, and is a Leadership Oklahoma Class 31 Lifetime Member. Cinthya is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico and a proud mother of three daughters. She is an Alumna of the University of Oklahoma, earned a Graduate Certificate from Cornell University, a certificate from the National Diversity Council, and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma.

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Date: Wed, October 18, 2023 | 8:15-9:15 am| Add to Calendar

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Location: Room A2

Category: Diversity & Inclusion

HRCI Credits:

1.00 General HRCI Recertification credits available.

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HR2023 is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 1.00 HR (General) credit(s) toards a PHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

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SHRM Credits:

1.00 SHRM Recertification credits available.

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HR2023 is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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