2020 Fall HR Conference & Annual Business Meeting - FULL

2020 Fall HR Conference & Annual Business Meeting - FULL
Creating a Legacy Culture of Inclusion | Topic-Leadership | Topic-Human Resources | VIRTUAL EVENT

The Employers’ Association (TEA) is hosting the VIRTUAL 2020 FALL HR CONFERENCE on Inclusion.  The conference includes three, fifty-minute sessions with a 10-minute break at the top of each hour and a final segment providing structured Q & A time with several of the experts. This is a “must attend” event for HR Professionals and Business Leaders who are interested in the tremendous benefits of developing a culture of inclusion. 



The Inclusion Solution – Defining Workforce Inclusion and Why It Matters
Christine Mwangi
Founder & President, Be a Rose, Inc.
Founder & CEO, Grounded in Equity, LLC.

One of the biggest challenges facing Human Resource and talent leaders currently is the rapid rate at which the workforce is changing. Generational turnover, a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social unrest each play a major role in creating an increasingly complex corporate and industrial ecosystem. This presentation will examine the definition, advantages, and unique opportunities provided by a culture of inclusion.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
  • Understand the historical context of inclusion and why it is a cornerstone in talent management strategies and business processes 
  • Describe the current state of inclusion in the workplace and why refining it will contribute to higher organizational performance  
  • Identify barriers to inclusive practices and the measures of success when they are dismantled
  • Appreciate the learning continuum and commitments needed to build a culture of inclusion


Mindset, Methods, and Best Practices for Promoting Inclusiveness 
Presented by Charisse Mitchell,
Chief Executive Officer,
YWCA West Central Michigan

Organizational culture is larger than any one person. In fact, it is a direct reflection of the individual choices and behaviors of each and every employee.  This presentation describes how and when to influence and lead when shifting to a culture of Inclusion. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  • Explain the perceptions, collective mindsets, and commitments that can positively influence a culture of inclusion
  • Identify key behaviors at the individual, group, and organizational levels that positively influence Inclusion programs
  • Select specialized tools, resources, and methods that can significantly cultivate Inclusion
  • Explain the influence of mission, values, and competencies on encouraging and/or discouraging Inclusion
SESSION 3 – Leadership Reports 

Influence, Outcomes, and Results of Inclusive Cultures

Panel presentation by:

Joe Matthews,
VP of Purchasing 
and Diversity Officer, Gentex

Rhae-Ann Booker, Ph.D,
VP of Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion, Metro Health
Maureen Kirkwood, 
Executive Director,
Health Net of West Michigan
Keyuana Rosemond,
Chief Innovation Officer,
Health Net of West Michigan

The old adage, “what gets measured, gets done” is particularly relevant to organizational Inclusion efforts. While the “spirit” of an Inclusive culture is easily noticeable, the best organizations intentionally track and regularly report their Inclusion progress. This session focuses on the outcomes and results generated by several west Michigan organizations, as reported by their DEI leaders. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  • Select the highest value Inclusion program outcomes and results to guide their organization
  • Describe the benefits and limitations inherent in specific inclusion tracking and measurement practices 
  • Choose several key benchmarks including leading and lagging measurement types relevant to their organization

SESSION 4 – Structured Q & A

Ask the Experts
Answers to questions submitted during registration and chat. 

View HR Conference Speaker Bios here.

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Join us for our first virtual Annual Business Meeting where we will review The Association's 2019 accomplishments and financial health then discuss the practical HR Solutions promoting operational excellence and sustainability we plan to provide in the coming year. McKeown Kraai Professionals, CPA's, will report on 2019 Financials, Directors will be elected, and a keynote address focused on unconscious bias will be provided.

TEA has been a trusted resource for more than 80 years.  During that time we have assisted many businesses through both successful and difficult times using approaches that address the most vital areas of organizational impact.  With the challenges of COVID-19 and social unrest continuing to grow, it is important to ensure that businesses are not unintentionally creating barriers to success and isolation for employees.  There is a growing focus on implicit/unconscious bias in many aspects of society and more businesses are examining the outcomes of unaddressed bias in business decisions regarding the workforce, customers and clients, vendors, suppliers, and the community as a whole.
Keynote Presentation - The Business Impact of Unconscious Bias

Camille Cunningham Pierce, Senior Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity, Whirlpool Corporation, will focus her remarks on the business imperative to reduce unconscious bias.  This presentation will go beyond simply understanding implicit bias and examine the organizational “costs” of leaving it unexamined.
Participants will be able to:
  • Explain what unconscious bias is, what purpose it serves, and the harm it can do
  • Describe the impact of implicit bias in your organization
  • Identify where unconscious (and conscious) bias may manifest in businesses
  • Utilize techniques to address bias in the workplace

We wish to thank you in advance for your continued support of The Employers’ Association and hope to “see” you at our Annual Meeting as this critical issue is identified and addressed in the practical terms you have come to expect from your HR Solutions provider.

View Camille's Bio here.

Annual Business Meeting Media Sponsor:

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Price: Includes a lunch delivery!
Full Event (8AM - 1:45PM):  $95 Member | $125 Non-Member
Annual Business Meeting Only (12:15 - 1:45PM):  $35 Member | $55
Contact us for Group Pricing - 616.698.1167.

4.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Also submitted to HRCI for recert. credits 

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9/23/2020 8:00 AM - 1:45 PM
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