LINC Hosts Successful Inclusion Summit Promoting Equity, Belonging Efforts Within The Lehigh Valley

The biannual event featured c-suite guest speakers Tyrone Russell, Vincent Sorgi, Jean-Claude Dubacher, Kassie Hilgert and Rich Wuerthele.
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Attendees networking at the 2023 Inclusion Summit.
Attendees networking at the 2023 Inclusion Summit.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Oct. 13, 2023 - PRLog -- LINC, a nonprofit organization that helps employers advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies in the workplace and community, in alliance with Lehigh Valley Partnership, hosted over 100 CEOs and executive leaders at its second Lehigh Valley Inclusion Summit on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Olympus Corporation of the Americas Headquarters in Center Valley.

"The state of our workforce is very different from when we started eight years ago. This decade is predicted to be a time of rapid change for our world, our companies and our people. AI is revolutionizing the way people work. The global pandemic has permanently altered where people work. And now, people are reconsidering why they relocate for work," said LINC President Katelyn Mack. "This Summit brings into focus the notion that our people, our companies, and our community are inextricably linked."

The summit's theme, "From Intention to Impact: Advancing Equity & Belonging from the C-Suite," encouraged collaboration between influential leaders in the region and the creation of plans capable of developing long-lasting change in the community.

The event included a CEO keynote panel, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking. The CEO panel was moderated by Tyrone Russell, CEO of Faces International, and featured Vincent Sorgi, president and CEO of PPL Corporation; Jean-Claude Dubacher, chairman and CEO of B. Braun of America Inc.; and Kassie Hilgert, president and CEO of ArtsQuest.

"Only by working together, we can create workplaces and campuses where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected," said Julien Sauvagnargues, president of Olympus Corporation of the Americas. "I continue to learn every day about DEI, and I know this conference is an opportunity for us to learn from each other, share best practices, and develop new strategies for promoting DEI in our organizations."

LINC partnered with three local leaders committed to the organization's DEI initiatives and creating a more inclusive region. This year's Lehigh Valley CEO Co-Champions were Dubacher, Sorgi, and Rich Wuerthele, president and CEO of Crayola.

Attendees were encouraged to identify at least one action they would take back to and implement in their own organization. One potential action is to join LINC's DEI Community, a regional network of 50 businesses, which is a resource to help advance inclusion at all levels of an organization. Community benefits include access to LINC curated content and unlimited, free access to LINC's virtual DEI Roundtable series. More information is available at

Summit sponsors include:

Title Sponsor
  • Lehigh Valley Partnership
Presenting Sponsors
  • B. Braun
  • Crayola
  • PPL Corporation
Featured Sponsors
  • Air Products
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Norris McLaughlin
  • Olympus
Celebratory Sponsors
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Victaulic

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