November 18, 2020 12:00 - 2:00pm
In the midst of the current pandemic, the social unrest after George Floyd’s death brought diversity and inclusion back to the number one spot on the agenda of many organizations who feel compelled to take immediate action. As a result, HR leaders are being relied upon heavily to guide businesses through tough conversations. Many companies have rushed to initiate unconscious bias trainings, set diversity hiring targets, and add minority-owned vendors to the supplier list. While these tactics do push organizations forward and serve to drive some measure of change, they only scratch the surface and likely overlook the most important piece in the diversity puzzle: inclusion.
Companies can hire diverse employees, but how will those employees feel when they get there? Will they be invited to share their most unique and creative ideas, or will they be asked to fit the current culture norms and leave their authentic selves outside? More than ever, top employees, no matter their age, race, or gender, are seeking inclusive workspaces where all the pieces of their whole selves are considered to be assets rather than weaknesses.
Making inclusion central to your culture and employee experience doesn’t happen overnight, but through deliberate effort and committed leaders, organizations can begin taking steps to ensure that all employees feel welcomed, celebrated, and trusted.
On November 18th, 2020, the Austin Human Resource Management Association will host “Together Forward”, a virtual event focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace. Our two speakers (Johnny C. Taylor – CEO OF SHRM and Dr. Brandi Baldwin – CEO of Millennial Ventures Holdings and Senior Consultant, Career Partners International Austin) will be guided via a moderator while providing insights and info to the attendees regarding:
The importance of DE&I in the workplace
Enhancing or Reinforcing inclusive behaviors at your organization
Attracting/Retaining Talent (Millennial considerations)
Systematic approach thru organizational systems
Culture change to promote DE&I
SHRM’s “Together Forward at Work” Initiative
Includes a Employment Hot Law Topic update from Nicole LeFave on 2020 Election Results: Employment Law Implications for the Next Four Years.