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06/23/2024

802: Religion and Work: Antisemitism, Islamophobia and More
06/23/2024 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM Additional Fee and Registration Required
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Jonathan A. Segal, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn about religious bias that takes the form of discriminatory, harassing, and retaliatory behavior and specific steps HR can take to prevent and correct such conduct. 

This workshop will focus on:

  • The broad definition of religious beliefs under Title VII and specific protections beyond “religion” for Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and other ethno-religious groups;
  • The definition of Antisemitism (which goes beyond hostility toward Jews);
  • Identifying specific examples of workplace discrimination and harassment with a focus on Antisemitism and Islamophobia but also including examples involving Christians and Hindus;
  • Strengthening HR policies, management training and employment practices to prevent and respond to discrimination against and harassment of religious identities;
  • Upgrading policies and practices with regard to religious accommodations in light of the higher burden on employers to establish undue hardship;
  • Resolving potential conflicts between DEI efforts and certain religious beliefs;
  •  Evaluating whether and how to respond to proud and public displays of Antisemitism;
  • Incorporating religious identity into DEI efforts to enhance belonging; and
  • Navigating religious holidays and workplace conversations on faith, etc.

Learning Objectives:

  • The legal framework for addressing religious discrimination, harassment and accommodations.
  • Enhancing HR policies, management training and employment practices to prevent workplace bias and to provide religious accommodations.
  • The connection between religious identity and culture with a focus on DEI
804: Map it out: The Essentials to Building a DEI Strategy and Roadmap
06/23/2024 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM Additional Fee and Registration Required
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), Organization (Technical), People (Technical), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Benjamin J. McCall, Principal, Focus Consulting
Workplace Application:
Attendees will gain a practical understanding of how to assess their need for appropriate steps and initiatives to evaluate DEI strategy and ensure the proper roadmap is built focusing on identifying your internal challenges so employees are treated fairly and the work that is done is long term for strategic diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts reveal that progress is being made with DEI but there's more to be done. So where should you begin and what should you begin your journey towards a more inclusive and equitable workplace? It can be a challenge to know the practical ways to start, and steps toward implementation. Recent studies on the state of  Evaluate your DEI Initiatives with a comprehensive checklist for HR and employers that focuses on identifying your internal challenges and recognizing and correcting biases in four key pillars: talent acquisition, performance management, compensation practices, and learning and development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Suggestions to evaluate the past and current state of your Organizations DEI practices.
  • Outline steps and provide a checklist to map out potential DEI efforts.
  • Identify measures to use after you have started your program implementation.
  • Discuss the organizational and cultural that are creating roadblocks for this work.

06/24/2024

Working While Heartbroken: Supporting Coworkers in Grief
06/24/2024 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral)

Presenter:
Holly O'Hern, Owner & Facilitator, Regime Change
Workplace Application:
This session empowers people leaders and individual contributors alike to increase retention and support of employees who are experiencing grief - which is impacting much more of the workforce than is visible, thereby creating a company culture where people are able to thrive after their hardest moments. 

All too often, we deeply want to be supportive to our coworkers who we know are experiencing grief, but we don't know how. In this session, Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator Holly O'Hern, gives individuals specific ways and options to be supportive - to others and to themselves - while drawing on real life experiences and moments of transformation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about hidden types of grief and the many impacts of grief in the workplace.
  • Learn common mistakes well-meaning people accidentally make that are not supportive to people who are grieving.
  • Learn ways and options to support others who are grieving in lasting ways.
  • Learn how grief-sensitive workplace cultures create inclusion and retention for more of their employees and make an impact.
Religious Accommodation Requests: Understanding the New “Undue Hardship” Standard
06/24/2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Jennifer Shaw, Founder, Shaw Law Group, PC
Workplace Application:
Understand the duty to reasonably accommodate religious beliefs, observances, and /or practices. 

Under the Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and various state laws, employers must reasonably accommodate individuals who need changes in their work responsibilities due to their religious beliefs, observances, and/or practices. The U.S. Supreme Court's 2023 decision in Groff v. DeJoy imposed a new, higher standard for denying these requests: 'substantial'  undue hardship.  To avoid liability in this area, employers must understand the practical implications of the new standard and change their processes accordingly. In this session, Jennifer Shaw, a nationally recognized expert in this area, will debunk common myths and provide practical guidance to help keep your organization out of court.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the new 'undue hardship' standard.
  • Learn how to best document reasonable accommodation requests and your responses.
  • Understand how to determine if a religious belief is 'sincerely held,' and when to require documentation.
  • Learn best practices for engaging in the accommodation process.
Transform Your DEI Playbook: Inclusive Employee Communications Strategy
06/24/2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), Organization (Technical), People (Technical), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Judy Ellis, SVP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory, AMS
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn key tools and 'watch-outs' for building DEI strategy and communications that resonate with diverse audiences, including underrepresented groups, senior stakeholders and others. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Speak to various stakeholder groups in language that resonates with them.
  • Counter employee resistance to diversity efforts.
  • Incorporate culture-building principles when developing DEI strategy.
  • Effectively engage executives as DEI ambassadors.
  • Build empathy across audiences for underrepresented employee groups.
  • Use technology to amplify Your DEI message.
Inspiring Your Workforce of Tomorrow TODAY
06/24/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Yuvay Ferguson, Ph.D., CEO, Yuvay Ferguson LLC
Workplace Application:
As HR Leaders strategize about ways to attract talent for their organizations, initiatives focused on higher ed can be the path to a robust pipeline. 

This session will share keys for the successful utilization of corporate engagements with higher education institutions.  In today's fight for high quality talent, business leaders are often unaware of how the implementation of academic partnerships can be a long-game strategy worth investing in. Along with developing a pipeline of future potential employees, academic partnerships are an effective model for supporting tomorrow's workforce career readiness, for activating DEI goals aimed at providing access opportunities, and for building community via goodwill.

Learning Objectives:

  • Research based insight about Gen Z employees and what they are looking for in the workplace.
  • Understanding the impact of corporate partnership with academic institutions as a pipeline for engaging Gen Z future employees.
  • How to build a success academic partnership.
Teaching Big Shots To Behave -- Before It's Too Late!
06/24/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral)

Presenter:
Stephen M. Paskoff, Esq., President and CEO, ELI, Inc.
Workplace Application:
This session will present an operational strategy for preventing and addressing outrageous high risk behaviors too often tolerated from leaders and 'high performers' to the detriment of the public, team members and the organization. 

Too often, senior executives,  leaders and high performers  operate under their own outrageous 'Big Shot' rules causing distrust and turnover,  brand crushing headlines and social media spread, compliance crises and performance  related disasters. Examples arise in every industrial sector including healthcare, education, finance, utilities, public, and private employment.  This  practical session will provide an HR strategy and tools  for preventing and addressing 'Big Shot' misconduct before it causes lasting public,  team and organizational damage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Consider several high-profile examples and recent cases where senior leaders or 'high performers' engaged in routinely outrageous behaviors which caused significant harm inside and outside their organizations explaining why and how it was tolerated;
  • Discuss strategies involving Board, C Suite and team members which will prevent or correct such problems benefitting talent acquisition, staff retention, performance, diversity, inclusion and results;
  • Discuss strategies for addressing the 'conceptual resistance' that allows blatantly improper behaviors to continue, causing others to avoid speaking up or, if in leadership roles, failing to address such behaviors.
The Future of Workplace DEI and A Programs in the Wake of the US Supreme Court decision in Harvard/UNC
06/24/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Jonathan A. Segal, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Workplace Application:
This session will provide the current legal landscape for organizational DEI&A programs and suggestions to achieve their intended purpose and mitigate legal risk. 

'The Future of Workplace DEI&A Programs in the Wake of the US Supreme Court decision in Harvard/UNC.' The spotlight is on workplace DEI&A programs like never before.  The US Supreme Court's June 2023 decision on affirmative action in higher education (Harvard/UNC) does not directly affect workplace DEI&A programs, but one of the results of the decision has been an increase in litigation and other challenges to corporate DEI&A programs.  These challenges include employment practices designed to increase workplace diversity, including hiring and promotional practices.  There are also challenges to internship, mentorship and other workplace programs designed to increase inclusion, not to exclude individuals based on gender, race, etc.  Learn the current legal and risk landscape for corporate DEI&A.  This session will (a) provide a general overview of the 'state of the law;' (b) highlight specific workplace practices under the DEI&A rubric that are unlawful or legally risky; and (c) suggest specific DEI&A practices that will help employers achieve the business value of DEI&A and at the same time lessen their exposure to litigation and/or lability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the current legal landscape for organizational DEI&A programs.
  • Hear effective strategies to keep your DEI&A programs on the right side of the law.
  • Maintain inclusive workplaces in the face of legal and cultural headwinds.
Seven Proven Methods of Overcoming DEI Opposition
06/24/2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Eric M. Ellis, President and CEO, Integrity Development Corp
Workplace Application:
This interactive session will help attendees to deliver seven proven methods for overcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion opposition. 

Despite facing increasing opposition from various groups across the nation, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and policies will ultimately prevail. It is not uncommon for transformative initiatives to experience a maturation process where the entire area of focus may come under fire, based upon the overreaches of its weakest ambassadors. Despite these challenges, successful DEI practitioners have consistently managed to overcome these obstacles. Along their journey, they have gained valuable insights on how to flourish in a marketplace that includes critics seeking to undermine efforts to create workplaces that value DEI.  Join Eric M. Ellis, President & CEO of Integrity Development Corp., as he shares his expertise on overcoming DEI opposition and fostering inclusive workplaces. Ellis will outline seven proven methods to successfully navigate the ever-evolving landscape of DEI in the face of setbacks and challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key indicators of structural DEI resistance.
  • Leverage empathic leadership skills to better understand the viewpoints of DEI critics.
  • Provide seven proven methods for overcoming DEI resistance.
  • Present real world case studies of successful DEI initiatives.

06/25/2024

Beyond a Paycheck: Pay Equity’s Unexpected Impact on Employee Well-Being
06/25/2024 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Nicole Armstrong, Founder and CEO, Ellequate
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn how pay transparency impacts employee well-being, discover policies and practices that can help or hinder the achievement of pay equity, and reflect on how their compensation philosophy aligns with their organization's values. 

While we typically think of pay equity in economic terms, have you considered how pay transparency-a cornerstone of pay equity-impacts employee well-being? We analyzed over 6,000 employee survey responses representing 40 employers from diverse sectors-and the results are eye-opening. Better understand pay transparency and how to effectively implement it, discover actionable insights for promoting pay equity beyond pay practices, and align your compensation philosophy and values to create a workplace that works for everyone.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how policies and practices beyond compensation contribute to pay inequity, and what you can do to build a healthier and happier workplace.
  • Understand your 'why,' including how pay equity aligns with your organization's values and how it will help you achieve your larger goals.
  • Access tangible, data-driven strategies to promote pay equity across your own organization.
Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety: Making it Safe to Speak Up
06/25/2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Shari Harley, MA, CSP, Founder and President, Candid Culture
Workplace Application:
Create an environment where it's safe to speak up and become an innovative employer of choice. 

Globally, employees are convinced that people who speak up are seen as difficult, limit their career opportunities, and even get fired. It's impossible to innovate, retain employees, and be an organization where people want to grow their careers, if it's not safe to speak up. Get simple, easy-to-implement practices to get employees at all levels talking about what matters most. Create a candid culture when people know at their core, it's safe to speak up.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why it's so hard to speak up at work and why employees are so afraid.
  • Provide managers easy-to-implement practices to get employees talking about what matters most.
  • Increase psychological safety and be an innovative organization where employees want to grow their careers.
Cultural Transformation: The Seven Keys to Leading Your Organization to Boost Performance, Transform Culture and Create Equity
06/25/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Kenston Henderson, Sr., Founder and CEO, Live With Lyfe, LLC
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn a step-by-step framework for cultivating an inclusive workplace, integrating racial equity and inclusion, and transforming organizational processes to enhance productivity, performance, and competitive advantage while fostering confidence in creating a racially equitable culture. 

Cultivating an inclusive workplace not only leads to happier teams who feel seen, heard and valued, it also translates to higher productivity, better performance and overall competitive advantage for your organization. Finally feel confident about how to create and integrate more racial equity and inclusion in your workplace. Learn a step-by-step framework for developing an organizational culture that is inclusive, non- discriminatory, and racially equitable - including how to transform organizational processes that impede the ability to achieve strategic objectives. When we thoroughly understand what a racially equitable culture looks like - and begin influencing organizational decision-making, implement practices and processes that create a more inclusive and unbiased workplace - cultural transformation will occur.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand your organization's current mission and vision and future objectives.
  • Explore the importance of racial equity in the workplace and the impact it can have on organizational success.
  • Receive tips for participating in and impacting the organization's strategic plan with focused and equitable HR strategies.
  • Gain tools for implementing racially equitable processes for maximum organizational performance.
  • Learn the seven keys for creating and cultivating organizational equity.
Preparing for the Gray Tsunami: Is Your Organization Ready?
06/25/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Lisa Stornaielo, Co- Founder, The Future of You
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn why they need to pay attention to the large number of baby boomers readying for retirement and what innovative strategies organizations are implementing to prepare for this monumental generational shift in the workforce. 

10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, bringing about a major transformation in the workforce as 28 million Americans will reach this milestone by 2030. Yet, most businesses are unprepared for this massive demographic shift. Our session will provide an exploration of our cutting-edge research that is revolutionizing the way organizations support their pre-retirees. We will also delve into an innovative case study showcasing the incredible benefits of assisting employees in their transition to retirement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Walk away with an awareness of the massive shift that is occurring in the workforce as 28 million people prepare to retire.
  • Hear groundbreaking insights from an HR survey exploring current trends and opportunities for organizations to support employees' transition to retirement.
  • Discuss an in-depth case study highlighting an innovative approach that one company adopted to support their long-tenured employees' transition to retirement.
  • Receive resources to help organizations plan for this seismic shift in the workforce.
Supporting your Transgender and LGBTQ+ Employees in the face of Inclusion Pushback
06/25/2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Ben Greene, CEO, Speaker, and Consultant, BG Trans Talks
Workplace Application:
This session will equip attendees to deal with all forms of pushback against LGBTQ+ employees in a way that honors all belief systems while taking a firm stance for inclusion. 

More companies than ever employ openly LGBTQ+ people, yet over 30% of LGBTQ+ people are actively applying to work somewhere more inclusive. LGBTQ+ employees face coworkers who refuse to treat them respectfully, citing religious and polarizing beliefs, while HR managers feel they can't step in. This session will equip you with educational, policy, and enforcement strategies to build workplaces where all employees get to feel authentically seen and respected.

Learning Objectives:

  • Have the knowledge and resources to handle the large percentage of objections based on confusion and lack of understanding, including a firm foundation of language around LGBTQ+ and transgender identities.
  • Understand the foundations of frequent religious objections and be equipped to differentiate between honoring all beliefs while having standards and policies for behavior, especially around topics such as pronouns and inclusive or hateful language.
  • Understand the driving forces of the increase in anti-LGBTQ+ polarity and feel prepared to address misinformation and hate speech as it arises in your organization.
  • Learn about the United States's 'Internal Refugee Crisis' of over 200,000 LGBTQ+ individuals and families leaving their homes, and often their workplaces, to flee laws jeopardizing their access to healthcare, restrooms, and education, and will feel prepared to develop a strategy to support these employees.
You Make Me Soooo Mad!! Emotional Intelligence for Real People!
06/25/2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Julie D. Burch, Professional Speaker and Author, Julie Burch Speaks!
Workplace Application:
The audience will leave with a real world way to use effective emotional intelligence skills as their key to better mental health and wellness. 

When it comes to mental health and wellness this is a required skill for all of us! Have you ever had a conversation with someone that made you so mad? You just wanted to scream, throw something or just burst into tears? Well, you are not alone! And this is the program for you! In this dynamic, high energy, and highly interactive program the audience will learn what emotional intelligence is really all about. Where do those pesky emotions come from? What is the process to manage them effectively? And how do you deal with all those other people that just drive you crazy?  Researchers and business experts agree that people with high emotional intelligence are consistently the top performers in their organizations. They're more resilient and flexible when things get tough and are held in the highest regard by their bosses, peers, co-workers, and others. Julie will share why emotional intelligence is far more than just a handy set of 'people skills,' and why many executives feel it's the one skill you must have to be successful in today's workplace! Learn real world skills to manage your emotions, deal with other people's emotions and never lose your cool again!

Learning Objectives:

  • A clear understanding of what the emotional process is and how to manage it.
  • The skills to handle others' emotions so they can resolve issues rather  than escalate them.
  • A new understanding of what emotional intelligence is, the four key components  involved, where they have the power to make changes, and how to let it go!
A.L.I.V.E LEADERS: How to Ignite Wellness, Productivity, and Inclusivity at Work and Life
06/25/2024 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Miguel Joey Aviles , Chief Belonging Officer, MJA & CO, LLC
Workplace Application:
This session offers a unique blend of inspiring narratives and practical exercises, all geared towards fostering a culture of well-being, gratitude, and optimism in the workplace. 

Greatness starts with Gratitude. Greatness starts with a vision. Greatness comes from within. Times have changed. This much we all know. With the world in a state of crisis, where there is no such thing as 'normal,' the very nature of work, and life have been forever redefined. Many of us are focused on how to get through life, through work. We have a historical opportunity to shift our mindset to well-being, gratitude, and a positive vision of the future. Through captivating stories and thought-provoking exercises, this session will provide you with the tools needed to facilitate a workplace strategy to increase overall wellness amid chaos.

Learning Objectives:

  • Cultivate a Gratitude-Centered mindset: Develop the ability to foster a Gratitude-focused approach within the workplace, understanding its impact on employee morale, resilience, and overall mental well-being.
  • Implement wellness strategies: Learn to Create and implement effective wellness strategies that support mental and emotional health, enhancing productivity and Job satisfaction in challenging times.
  • Enhance resilience and Adaptability: Acquire skills to build personal and team resilience, enabling better adaptation to change and uncertainty in the workplace.
The Power of Perception: How What You See is Really What You Get with People
06/25/2024 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical), Workplace (Technical)

Presenter:
Bruce D. Christopher, Psychologist, Speaker & Humorist, Bruce Christopher Seminars
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn how 'what you see is really what you get' in life, our perceptions take center stage to form our performance. 

It has been said that 'Perception IS Reality.' We use our perceptions as a way to navigate through our world. Our perceptions form the foundation of what we call reality. But the reality is that many of our perceptions which we take for granted are in actuality illusions. When it comes to our relationships with people, our perceptions play an even more significant role. Our perceptions about others and ourselves can often create illusions, which hinder our success and our ability to perform at the highest level of achievement. How we perceive our co-workers, customers, teammates, and all the people around us has a profound impact on their morale, motivation, and performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Find out why our performance is actually a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Understand how we unconsciously put people in a 'box'.
  • Explore how people perform according to the perceptions we have of them.
  • Learn to view conflict as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
  • Re-energize morale and workplace culture through untapped diversity.
You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Why Representation Matters
06/25/2024 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Competencies: Organization (Technical), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Michael Bach, CEO, Future of IDEA, LLC
Workplace Application:
From this session, attendees will learn about the importance of representation and how to improve representation particularly in leadership. 

Marian Wright Edelman, an American civil rights activist, once said, 'You can't see what you can't be,' referring to the importance of representation to help inspire children of color to positions of power. If you can't see someone who looks like you in a position you aspire to, how can you imagine yourself in that position? But why does representation matter? And how can organizations work toward better representation in their organization without it looking like tokenism?   You Can't Be What You Can't See looks at the importance of representation, why it matters, and what concrete initiatives organizations can take to improve their representation. Leveraging the research for his book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right and his extensive experience in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, Michael Bach shares his thoughts on this critical topic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ubderstand the difference between representation and diversity.
  • Hear why representation matters.
  • Discover concrete actions organizations can take to improve representation.

 

06/26/2024

Beyond the Beat: Lessons from Bad Bunny on Engaging Latinx Talent
06/26/2024 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Miguel Joey Aviles , Chief Belonging Officer, MJA & CO, LLC
Workplace Application:
This session offers insights into incorporating Latinx cultural nuances into recruitment, enhancing employer branding, and creating a more inclusive workplace. Learn practical strategies for resonating with the diverse Latinx community, inspired by Bad Bunny's authentic and globally appealing approach. 

Participants will learn the 'GANA Framework' for engaging Latinx talent: Gather Insights, Adapt Approaches, Nurture Culture, and Advance Inclusion. Learn to Gather insights from Latinx cultural trends, Adapt recruitment strategies to reflect these insights, Nurture an inclusive organizational culture, and Advance inclusion through targeted DEI initiatives. Learn practical strategies for resonating with the diverse Latinx community through interactive discussions and real-world examples, helping you to attract and retain Latinx talent effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine how Bad Bunny's approach to authenticity and representation can be mirrored in recruitment practices.
  • Identify ways to enhance diversity in talent pipelines by incorporating elements from pop culture that appeal to Latinx candidates.
  • Gain insights into the cultural nuances and values of the Latinx workforce and how to align them with organizational goals.
  • Explore successful case studies where companies have effectively engaged Latinx talent through innovative strategies.
  • Learn how to create an inclusive interview and onboarding process that reflects the dynamism and diversity of Latinx culture.
Communication Diversity: Understanding it, Engaging in it with Confidence, and Leading with it for Successful Outcomes
06/26/2024 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral)

Presenter:
Sonia Sethi-Kohli, Founder-CEO, Communication Success Coach & Diversity Consultant, The Global Speech
Workplace Application:
Attendees of this session will be better able to understand the components and importance of effective communication and diversity of communication, build awareness of cultural influences on workplace communication, and learn strategies to build awareness and enhance leadership communication skills for impactful outcomes with diverse stakeholders. 

Effective communication is the crucial foundation for strong relationships, career growth, and organizational success. Alongside effective communication in the workplace, diversity in the workplace has proven to lead organizations to greater success. Despite increased efforts for hiring and supporting a diverse workforce, organizations often overlook training in diverse communication practices. This session helps attendees assess their individual and workplace communication practices, appreciate cultural influences, and develop executive skills for engaging diverse stakeholders, fostering impactful outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how effective communication is imperative for success in a diversely evolving environment.
  • Classify components of and types of effective workplace communication.
  • Describe the role of cultural influences on communication.
  • List at least two strategies for more impactful active listening.
  • List at least one strategy for improved leadership communication with diverse stakeholders.
Strategic Upskilling: Fueling Retention in the Age of Innovation
06/26/2024 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral)

Presenter:
Jeff Bulanda, Senior Manager, Amazon Career Choice
Workplace Application:
Through the lens of prominent real-world experience, attendees will gain actionable strategies to build a culture of retention, satisfaction, continuous learning, and professional growth within their organizations -- you can do it too! 

Join us for a panel discussion that delves into the transformative power of upskilling through education benefits and its profound impact on employee retention. Hear firsthand from HR Benefits Managers responsible for Learning & Development for their organization. This session will feature insights and success stories shared by industry leaders from Amazon Career Choice, KFC Foundation, and Brinker International.  In today's quickly evolving business landscape, attracting and retaining top talent is a strategic imperative. Panelists will explore how innovative education and upskilling programs contribute to not only improved skill sets but also heightened job satisfaction and loyalty among employees. Through the lens of these prominent case studies, attendees will gain actionable strategies to foster a culture of continuous learning and professional growth within their organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to attract and retain top talent.
  • Hear how upskilling your employees contributes to improved skill sets, positive morale and loyalty among the workforce.
  • Gain actionable strategies to foster a culture of continuous learning and professional growth within your organization.
  • Discuss real-world success stories that can be used as case studies to optimize your organization's retention through education-driven upskilling.
  • Learn how major employers continue to advance their workforce within their organizations through education and upskilling offerings.
Becoming an Attraction Magnet: How to Improve Your Talent Attraction Process to Attract a More Diverse Talent Pool
06/26/2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Michael Bach, CEO, Future of IDEA, LLC
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn the pitfalls of the talent attraction process and how to improve them to be more inclusive. 

As organizations seek to diversify their employee population, they need to accept that talent attraction processes, as we know them, are rife with potential for bias and exclusion. A study from Harvard found that, even when an employer uses pro-diversity language in their job postings, they are just as likely to exclude candidates of color as those employers that don't have a stated commitment to diversity and inclusion. To attract a broader range of diversity in candidates, we have to be willing to change our talent attraction processes to make them more inclusive and equitable.   Becoming an Attraction Magnet presents the case for the 'gold standard' of inclusive talent attraction processes. Based on his book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right and his extensive experience in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, Michael Bach shares ideas of how to eliminate bias from talent attraction and make the process more inclusive, with the goal of diversifying the people you hire.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand areas where the talent attraction process is exclusive, including areas where bias may be at play.
  • Discover leading practices in how to improve the talent attraction process to make it more inclusive.
  • Hear ideas to successfully implement the change.

 

How to Recoup Your Investment in International Assignments
06/26/2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral)

Presenter:
Allyson Stewart-Allen, CEO, International Marketing Partners Ltd.
Workplace Application:
Participants will leave this session with a list of ways they can improve how they and their company apply the enhanced skills, cultural know-how, international insights and leadership capabilities resulting from well-constructed international assignments. 

Companies waste massive amounts of money sending international assignees around the world, yet waste it when they return to their home office.  This can be easily avoided with good assignment planning up front, equipping leaders to apply the significant insights and value from the returning assignee plus structuring the roles for the returning executives that uses their cross-cultural and other skills acquired during the international placement.  SHRM's own statistics show that assignees leave their organizations more frequently than those who were never sent to a new geography, which is an avoidable cost.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why international assignees leave their companies more often than those who have not been placed in another country.
  • Hear which leadership and cross-cultural skills are developed via an international assignment.
  • Discover ways to apply the returning assignee's insights and experience to their roles when returning to their country of origin.
  • Create a corporate culture that invites assignees' broadened insights, experience and ways of viewing the world.
Surviving Election 2024: Addressing Employee Activism
06/26/2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral)

Presenter:
Joseph L. Beachboard, Nationally Recognized Employment Lawyer, Beachboard Consulting Group
Presenter:
Dennis Davis, Ph.D., National director of client training, Ogletree Deakins
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn where the line is between appropriate and inappropriate political expression in the workplace. 

Your employees are smart, engaged and informed as to the political climate in our society.  Congratulations!  But that is sometimes accompanied with activism and solicitation of others.  This presentation will address the line between free, and appropriate, speech and inappropriate activism at work and what HR can do to educate employees on the proper expression of ideals in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Walk away with knowledge of how to anticipate that an employee behavior is veering out of bounds before it occurs;
  • Hear how to instruct employees in political expression in the workplace;
  • Discuss when intervention is necessary.

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705: The Future of Work & GenZ Talent
06/22/2024 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Additional Fee and Registration Required
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical)

Presenter:
Chelsea C. Williams, Founder and CEO, Reimagine Talent Co.
Workplace Application:
In this program, participants will learn how to build and cultivate their early talent pipeline by exploring Reimagine Talent's case studies and solutions - supporting a portfolio of employers, education institutions and non-profits across the United States. 

By 2030, 30% of the workforce will be GenZ that's why recruiting & developing early talent is the key to your company's success.   With the most racially diverse generation in history entering the workforce, GenZ, employers & higher ed institutions must assess relevant methods to develop & retain diverse early talent. Skills, jobs & workplace dynamics have been significantly impacted by a global pandemic, social unrest, new dynamics of work, and technology advances.  In this program, participants will learn how to build and cultivate their early talent pipeline by exploring Reimagine Talent's case studies and solutions - supporting a portfolio of employers, education institutions and non-profits across the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the factors impacting GenZ in preparing for today's workforce & workplace.
  • Gain practical tools to audit your organization's policies, programs, and practices to increase early talent engagement & retention.
  • Create an actionable plan to support early talent cultivation at your organization.