Keynote Sessions

Posted on November 6, 2017

The Keynote for AMIA 2017 will build on the discussions from last year’s conference plenary, the subsequent adoption of AMIA’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement, and our work to refine a Code of Conduct.

Diversity, inclusion, and equity goals should be anchored in an organization’s shared values and aspirations.  How we anchor our work to these values will allow us collectively build a sustainable and robust community.

DeEtta Jones will deliver the AMIA 2017 Keynote in New Orleans.  DeEtta is the founder of DJA Associates and a leading voice in shaping contemporary thinking and practice around integrated and sustainable approaches to organizational change, personal transformation, workplace culture, diversity, inclusion and equity.

Building on the morning’s Keynote, DeEtta will lead a facilitated forum, Turning Values into Action, that takes themes from the Keynote and asks how our behaviors as an organization show our shared values?  How should these values be expressed?  The forum will include work in smaller groups, with the results captured as a tool for committees, members and the Board.

How do we identify and define shared values as a membership?  This two question survey will help DeEtta in preparing for the Keynote and the folowup session.  Please give us your input here:

On Friday, Detta will lead a facilitated and collaborative discussion on Harassment in the Workplace  to explore ways that our organization can address abuses of power in the workplace.  AMIA first began planning this forum more than six months ago and recent news has clearly emphasized the need. The discussion will grapple with questions such as:  How does the employment status of women — who often earn less, are more likely to be underemployed, have greater caregiving responsibilities outside of the workplace, and may have less access to the highest levels of managerial authority — make women more vulnerable to unwanted sexual attention, harassment, and even assault? How are these vulnerabilities amplified for employees who may also be targeted on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, disability, age, ethnicity/national origin, and religion?  How can we go beyond harassment “training” to create safer work environments? Can bystander intervention training, civility training, solutions-based training shift workplace culture and protect all employees?

This facilitated forum is intended to provide information and assist in strategies that members can take back to their own organizations as well as help to create a support system within our organization that will empower and protect all our members, whether they work for large or small institutions.

In addition to these sessions, DeEtta will be working with AMIA’s board and committee chairs in a two hour discussion/training during the conference.  The discussion will build  on both the Keynote and the session and provide board members and chairs an opportunity to work together with


Thursday | Keynote Address
Thursday | Values into Action – A facilitated forum
Friday | Harassment in the Workplace – A facilitated, collaborative discussion




More about DeEtta Jones

For over 20 years, DeEtta Jones has guided people and organizations through the process of fundamental transformation. She has been a leading voice in shaping contemporary thinking and practice around integrated and sustainable approaches to personal transformation, workplace culture, diversity and inclusion. Her years of experience as a management consultant, diversity and inclusion educator, organization development and training professional have led to her being one of the most sought after speakers and consultants in her field.

She brings a holistic approach to her work that stems from her belief that there is wisdom in many fields and breakthroughs live at the intersection.

Before launching DeEtta Jones and Associates in 2005, serve for 10 years as Director of Diversity and then Director of the Office of Leadership and Management Services at the Association of Research Libraries, an international not-for-profit representing the largest research institutions in North America. In these roles DeEtta was called upon as a thought-leader to set direction for the design and oversight of more than 9 international leadership programs, as well as a suite of professional development services including training and organization development. Prior to this, she was Director of Multicultural Education at Colorado State University and Director of Human Rights Advocacy and Education for the City of Fort Collins.

DeEtta has served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership and diversity, at Colorado State University and University of Maryland, College Park. She is a certified administrator of the Center for Creative Leadership’s suite of assessment tools, the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, as well as a host of other validated and heavily used instruments in the leadership development arena.

DeEtta has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University, and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL, with her husband and their children.