Creating and Retaining a Diverse Workforce Focus of SHRM Conference for HR and Business Leaders, Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans

Sep 9, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — More than 500 human resource and business leaders from across the United States are expected to attend the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition, which focuses on timely topics related to attracting and managing a diverse workforce.

​Conference sessions will cover how to develop a business case for diversity, how to create an organizational diversity strategy and how to provide measurable results for diversity initiatives. Topics include how to recruit numerous demographic groups, such as people from multiple generations and of different ethnicities, candidates with disabilities, and the unemployed.

WHAT: Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition (#SHRMdiv)

WHEN: Oct. 13-15, 2014

WHERE: Sheraton New Orleans

DETAILS: In total, more than 30 concurrent sessions will be held at the conference, including:

  • How to Understand, Manage and Grow Your Hispanic Workforce; Monday, Oct. 13, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
  • When Generations Collide: Crucial Conversations for the Multigenerational Workforce; Monday, Oct. 13, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
  • Bias Against the Unemployed: Impact on Diversity and Organizational Capacity; Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
  • The Impact of Media Stereotypes on Diversity & Inclusion; Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
  • How to Successfully Recruit and Retain a Minority Workforce; Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
The conference also will include a table topics networking event in the Exhibition Hall on Oct. 14. Attendees are invited to participate in informal discussions moderated by SHRM staff and several concurrent speakers. Topics include the aging workforce, attracting and retaining veterans, the multigenerational workforce, new diversity and inclusion trends, and diversity metrics.

Keynote speakers include Chaz Bono, LGBTQ rights advocate, author and speaker; Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO, The Malala Fund; Daymond John, branding expert, founder of FUBU; and Shari Slate, chief inclusion and collaboration strategist, Cisco.

Media: Members of the media must pre-register for press credentials. To request credentials, please contact Vanessa Gray at and 703-535-6072 or Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260.

Keynote speakers are not available for media interviews, but concurrent session speakers often are available for interviews. Contact SHRM Media Relations for specifics on press availabilities.

For all other information about the conference, please visit

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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