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SHRM Diversity Conference Expands

By Rebecca R. Hastings, SPHR  8/18/2010
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New sessions and special entertainment have been added to the 2010 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition, to be held Oct. 11-13 in New Orleans.

One of two recently added concurrent sessions will be led by GE Energy’s Susan Schieren, who will explain how to source and connect with military professionals, understand military occupational skills and ask the key questions that translate their accomplishments into relevant civilian job experience.

During the other session, disability expert Glenn B. McIntyre of McIntyre & Associates will help attendees understand recent regulatory actions associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how they impact workplaces.

Other concurrent session presenters who will share a wide range of experiences and perspectives from business, government, consulting and academia, include:

  • Cari Dominguez, former chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Bonnie Kathleen Curtis, Steven Spielberg’s producing partner.
  • Pete Smith, chief human resources officer, Burger King Corp.

Concurrent sessions are grouped into five tracks so participants can customize their professional development experience:

  • Managing workplace diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrating the value of a diversity and inclusion program.
  • Becoming a diversity and inclusion leader.
  • Taking a diversity and inclusion strategy global.
  • Fine tuning a diversity and inclusion strategy.

A conference planner is available online.

Preconference Offerings

Though the conference kicks off officially on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, a number of opportunities are available for those who arrive on Oct. 10:

  • A limited number of attendees can preregister for one of two preconferenceeducational opportunities provided, for an additional fee. A full-day workshop titled “The Diversity Practitioner of the 21st Century: What New Practitioners Need to Know,” is geared to those who are learning about the profession, while an afternoon workshop titled “Applying a Six-Level System to Measure the Impact of Your Diversity Training,” explains how to calculate an organization’s return on investment from diversity programs.
  • Alternatively, those interested in exploring the historic region can register for the Heritage of New Orleans Diversity Tour, to be held from 2-5 p.m. at a cost of $40 per person.
  • That evening, from 6-8 p.m., all are welcome to a free screening of the independent, award-winning film, “Monica & David,” which explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family that strives to support their needs.

New for 2010

In the tradition of SHRM’s Annual Conference, a “Tuesday Night Party” has been added to the Diversity Conference for 2010.

Sinbad, a popular American stand-up comedian and actor, will entertain attendees on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. He became well known in the late 1980s and 1990s on cable and network TV and as a result of starring roles in the films "Houseguest," "First Kid" and "Jingle All the Way."

With a long-standing interest in technology, Sinbad has served as a spokesperson for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), which encourages minorities to pursue studies in science, math and engineering.

Conference attendees receive one ticket as part of the full-conference registration fee. Additional tickets are available for $50.

Keep up with the latest developments via Twitter hash tag #SHRM10Diversity.

Rebecca R. Hastings, SPHR, is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

Related Article:

Diversity Conference Will Help Leaders Prepare for 21st Century, SHRM Online Diversity Discipline, June 25, 2010

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