A New Understanding of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion


Original program date: June 18, 2020 (available for on-demand viewing through December 2020)

Presenters: Veta T. Richardson, Association of Corporate Counsel; John Page, Golden State Foods; April Miller Boise, Eaton; Michelle Nettles, ManPower Group; and Steve Pemberton, Workhuman

Program length:
60 minutes

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The killing of George Floyd while in police custody and subsequent protests around the world have brought renewed focus on racial disparities in society. This program, presented as part of a commitment by SHRM and the Association of Corporate Counsel to help organizations move beyond discussions and take action, will examine race relations in the workplace. You will learn strategies organizations' chief HR officers and chief legal officers can champion to improve diversity, acceptance, and open dialogue in their organizations, and how they can work together to amplify results.


About the moderator: Veta T. Richardson is the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The world's largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel, ACC has more than 60 chapter operations around the world. Richardson's top priorities as CEO involve continuing to increase ACC's global footprint and charting the organization through a strategic plan and vision designed to strengthen its position as the global voice for in-house counsel. She previously served as as executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

About the panelists: John Page is senior corporate vice president and chief corporate social responsibility and legal officer of Golden State Foods. He has over 25 years of practicing as an attorney, both as outside and in-house counsel, and has litigated and tried numerous cases, including successfully arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel and chairman of the Tuskegee University Board of trustees.

April Miller Boise is general counsel of Eaton, a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. She has 25 years of experience working with companies serving a variety of end markets including industrials, financial services, commercial transportation, automotive, healthcare, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, construction and retail, especially during times of disruption or transformation. She has also held executive positions at Meritor, AVINTV and Veyance Technologies. She is also a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

Michelle Nettles is the chief people and culture officer at ManpowerGroup. Prior to serving in her current role, Nettles served as chief people and diversity officer at MolsonCoors. She previously was as senior director of diversity and integrated talent management and then the chief human resources officer of MillerCoors. Before joining MillerCoors, Ms. Nettles served as the executive director for Quest Milwaukee, a K-12 program at Marquette University that provides services and support to private and charter schools in the City of Milwaukee. Prior to joining Quest, Ms. Nettles worked for Miller Brewing Company in a number of capacities including Director, HR Strategic Projects and Assistant General Counsel.

Steve Pemberton is the chief human resources officer at Workhuman. He works with HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help build workplaces where every employee feels recognized, respected and appreciated for who they are and what they do. Before joining Workhuman, Pemberton served in senior HR executive roles for Walgreens Boots Alliance and Monster.com. In 2015 he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities. The author of the best-selling memoir, “A Chance in the World,” his advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades, including the U.S. Congress's Horizon Award, presented to private sector individuals who have expanded opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions and set examples for young people.

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SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.



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