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    How to Become a Diversity Champion in the HR Department

    Date: June 19, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
    Joyce Sherwood
    Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffle Ford Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
    FREE to Members, $40 Nonmembers/Guests, $45 Walk-Ins
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    This event has been APPROVED for 2.0 HRCI General Recertification Credits

    Let's celebrate the official beginning of summer with a barbeque at Smokey Glen Farm! Come network with your colleagues, enjoy some great food and recreation, and learn about how to become a Diversity champion in the HR Department.

    About the Program:

    In the past decade, a growing number of organizations have discovered that a strategic focus on Diversity and Inclusion can improve company performance and increase employee engagement. While larger organizations may have leadership and staff dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion, other organizations may look to Human Resources for primarily EEO/AAP purposes and occasional cultural celebrations.  Be prepared to help your HR Department push beyond compliance reporting and international potlucks to achieve real impact!

    Learning objectives:

    In this session, you will learn how you can champion diversity and inclusion practices within every area of Human Resources, including:

    - Learn best practices for recruiting, interviewing and hiring from a diverse pool of candidates

    - Identify and implement inclusive best practice employment policies and benefits

    - Write job descriptions that consider a wide range of prior experiences and broaden the talent pool

    - Implement performance management and compensation practices that minimize bias and adverse impact

    - Design and analyze employee surveys to understand how engagement varies across different populations

    - Create inclusive succession planning and employee development programs

    - Develop flexible work arrangements, and phased retirement, and other programs to meet the needs of all generations in the workforce.

    During this session you will also complete a free personal assessment of your own diversity awareness, and create your own action plan for further development.

    About the Speaker:

    Lisa Gardner currently serves as Director for the Center for Innovative Learning at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she is responsible for developing leaders and associates, and for providing organization development consulting services to client groups.  Prior to MedStar, Ms. Gardner led diversity and inclusion at AARP and led HR at Discovery Channel.

    Ms. Gardner earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science in Organization Development from the American University/National Training Laboratory (AU/NTL).  She has been certified since 1997 as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

    As part of her commitment to developing others, Ms. Gardner has presented three times at national SHRM conferences.  She is a past chair of The Conference Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and a past board member and conference co-chair for Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN).  Ms. Gardner has also taught SHRM certification preparation classes at Prince George’s Community College.

    When away from work, Ms. Gardner enjoys traveling and spending time with her fast growing family.  She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and best friend, Dan.

    THIS EVENT IS FREE TO CHAPTER MEMBERS BUT YOU MUST RSVP BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO MCSHRMPrograms@GMAIL.COM. Non-chapter members and guests, please register and pay for the event by clicking on the button below: