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NEHRA's 2nd Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

November 29, 2018 
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA

 

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Please join us for a 1 day exploration of the role diversity and inclusion plays in effective human capital management strategies. The day will include a keynote as well as general and breakout sessions with topics focusing on building strategies to support human capital management. This a must attend day for business leaders who have made diversity and inclusion in their workplace a top priority.

Click here to sign up today!

 

COST:
NEHRA Members: $399
Non-Members: $499

 

SCHEDULE:
8:00 – 8:30AM– 
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking


 

8:30 – 8:45AM– Welcome and Opening Remarks


 

8:45 – 9:45AM– Opening Panel: Approaches from a New Generation of Diversity Leaders

Moderator:

Greg AlmeidaChief Executive Officer & Founder, Global View Communications

 

Panelists:

Sheena CollierDirector of Economic Opportunity, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce  Ex

Amri JohnsonGlobal Head, Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion, Novartis
Justin Kang
Vice President of Economic Growth, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Pranam LipinskiChief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Door of Clubs

Edie StringfellowDirector of Diversity & Inclusion, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council


 

10:00 – 11:00AM – Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

(1) Tapping the Talent of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Increased awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome/autism within the workplace has not necessarily translated into an understanding of how to tap the talent of this underutilized labor pool. Today, 35% of individuals on the autism spectrum attend college,1 yet an estimated 80 – 85% are under- or unemployed.


This session describes how to evaluate the abilities of job seekers, and create an environment that is conducive to their success. Participants will learn the primary ways that Asperger’s/autism impacts adults, and strengths they bring to the workplace. Techniques for modifying the interview process will be explained. They will also receive onboarding tips and advice about creating an “autism friendly” work space. The presenter shares examples from over a decade of coaching individuals and consulting to organizations.


1 Shattuck, Paul, et. al., Postsecondary Education and Employment Among Youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pediatrics. 2012 Jun; 129(6): 1042–1049

 

Speaker:

Barbara BissonnettePrincipal, Forward Motion Coaching

 

(2) Introducing Forefront Cultures - Roadmapping an Equitable Workplace

Project 99 believes every company should be at the forefront of cultural change. Dialogues around race, identity, and culture should become more normalized. Through this interactive talk, the speakers will discuss ways to transform what are often difficult conversations into action oriented and fruitful experiences. Racial differences should no longer be the elephant room, but instead something we celebrate and leverage as strengths. The millennial generation embraces these conversations more than any other past generation, so to engage and retain this huge part of the workforce, authentic conversations should be a key part of D&I strategy.

 

Speakers:

Josuel PlasenciaCo-Founder and Managing Partner, Project 99

Yulkendy ValdezCo-Founder and Managing Partner, Project 99


(3) Mitigating Systemic Bias:  The Inclusive Organization Framework©

For several decades, organizations have been actively striving for diverse, inclusive, high-performance status, but many continue to have difficulty moving the proverbial needle. While much has been written about the ineffectiveness of D&I efforts, the importance of focusing on D&I and addressing its challenges has never been denied. Out of this critique, two consistent observations have emerged: (1) Success with D&I requires multiple strategically aligned initiatives, and (2) Successful D&I initiatives combine a focus on individuals as well as core systems. 

These observations led IBIS to develop The Inclusive Organization Framework©, a diagnostic tool used to assess an organization’s D&I maturity level. By reviewing and analyzing the critical systems that comprise the Workforce, Workplace, and Marketplace learn how IBIS can help assess what is working well, what needs to be changed, and what must be added in order to realize the desired level of D&I success.

 

Speaker: 
Shilpa Pherwani, 
Principal, IBIS (Interactive Business Inclusion Solutions)


 

11:15AM – 12:15PM – Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

(1) Being an Ally for Diversity & Inclusion: Good Work for White Men!

Leaders are being called as never before to:

• Create work environments that attract, retain and optimize the value of diverse talent.

• Revise policies to meet the growing needs of a more diverse, multigenerational workforce.

• Address the social justice issues of our times.


Yet too often, for white men, there is a hesitation and a lack of know-how - as to “what to do” to more effectively create and engage diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategies. Quoting white male leaders:

“I’ll be honest. Thinking more intentionally about diversity and inclusion is new to me!”

“I’m eager to continue my D&I journey, but I find that I hesitate, feel exposed, and even feel somewhat ambivalent at times.”

 

“When I recognize some of the inequities that my colleagues of color and women can face I realize I never have to worry about those realities. But I don’t know where to go from there.”

 

“I need this D&I work broken down for me. I need a better scaffolding of the ‘what to do’ to more effectively engage and sustain diversity and inclusion strategies.”


In this interactive workshop, through a guided self-reflection on the “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Ally,” participants will gain a clearer understanding of what’s distinctive for white men to be allies. Through an examination of some high-profile workplace D&I case studies, participants will also have an opportunity to share strategies and develop a personal/organizational action plan for being a better ally and for becoming part of the solution for a more inclusive workplace in their organizations.

 

Speaker: 

Robert Principe, Principal, Organizational Change for Social Impact

 

(2) Diversity Terminology for Recruiting

Description coming soon!

 

Speakers: 

Kim Dukes, Co-Founder and Manager, DSP Executive Search, Inc.

Kari Heistad, Founder, Diversity Dashboard

 

(3) Coming Soon!

Description coming soon!


 

12:15 – 1:15PM – Lunch (provided)


 

1:15 – 2:15PM - Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

(1) The Role of Cultural Competence in Diversity & Inclusion

Description coming soon!

 

Speaker: 

Varda Halidy, Associate Director of Diversity & Talent Acquisition, Boston Medical Center

 

(2) Common Pitfalls to Address When Hiring Foreign Nationals 

When recruiting talent, many companies seek the best and brightest, regardless of nationality. However, there are numerous issues that must be addressed.  What questions can you ask in the recruitment process and still avoid discrimination?  What is a “Protected Class”?  What are your obligations for work permit sponsorship.  If you sponsor a foreign national, can you still fire him/her before the work permit expires?  If you do so, are there additional costs involved? Join us for answers to these and many more questions regarding hiring foreign nationals.


Speakers: 

Sapna AnnicelliAssociate – Boston, Fragomen Worldwide 

Scott J. Fitzgerald, Managing Partner – Boston, Fragomen Worldwide 

 

(3) The AMICA Diversity & Inclusion Journey

Description coming soon!

 

Speakers: 

Kari Heistad, Founder, Diversity Dashboard

Ramona Royale, Manager of Employment and Employee Integration, Amica Mutual Insurance Company


 

2:30 – 3:30PM – A Keynote Fireside Chat with Ed Hurley Wales, Former VP of Market Diversity and Inclusion, ADP and Dr. Robert Livingston, Professor, Harvard University


 

3:30 – 3:45PM – Closing Remarks & Program Concludes


 

 

CEU Credits:
This program's credit information is not yet available. 

 

 

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