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DIaz Dixon

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and The Impact on High-Performing Teams

April 13, 2022  |   10:00 A.M. PST

Diaz Dixon is Vice President of the national CommonSpirit Health Foundation and works to raise awareness and secure funding support for health equity, social justice and diversity programs.

Dixon has been a highly respected community leader for decades, doing both fundraising and advocating for those in need. Before joining CommonSpirit Health, he served as the CEO of Eddy House, a multi-complex facility for homeless and at-risk youth, where he has raised millions in funding to grow the organization and provide housing, workforce development, health services and other needed support. Prior to joining Eddy House, Dixon served fourteen years as the CEO of STEP2, a nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of addiction and violence in families. At STEP2, he led highly successful fundraising and operational initiatives to build a multi-million- dollar campus.

He served for four years on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, six years as the Treasurer of the Nevada Alliance for Addictive Disorders, and four years consulting for the Cultural Competency and Diversity Network in Washington, DC under President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative.

Dixon received his master’s degree in education and counseling from University of Iowa and his bachelor’s degree in social psychology from the University of Nevada. He has been a lecturer at University of Nevada for over a decade. He is a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of addiction and delivered a stirring Ted Talk, “Perception is Reality”. He continues to be passionate about diversity, leading sessions with police departments, large corporations, and even small nonprofits. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critical components of workplace culture. Not only should organizations workforce represent the full scope of diversity that exists in the larger population, but the culture should also be one in which all team members are truly welcome and have equitable opportunities to belong and to succeed.

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