2016 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition Quotables

Concurrent speakers share quotes

Sep 22, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — More than 30 human resource experts and business leaders will offer presentations on a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics at the 2016 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition being held in Austin, Texas, Oct. 25- 27. More than 500 participants are registered to attend.

Some of the concurrent sessions speakers shared quotes that highlight the focus of their presentations.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

"The individual responsible for D & I in an organization often sees the opportunity to make a lasting impact but has to realistically manage the resources of one to cover the aspirations of many." Amanda Andrade, chief people officer, Veterans United, The Power of the Solo D&I Practitioner on a Budget, Tuesday 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 3:15 p.m.       

 "The increasing, and often conflicting, concerns regarding LGBTQ employees and employees with deeply held religious and spiritual beliefs have created a more diverse, but often more complicated, workplace." Michael S. Cohen, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP, Managing D&I: Religion and LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace, Tuesday at 10:45 a.m.

"Diversity and inclusion isn't really a program [at Sitel.] It is a core part of our people-first culture. We call it belonging, or how we strive to welcome and include all of our associates across the globe." Elsa Zambrano, chief HR officer, Sitel, Integrating Inclusion into our Global People and Community Strategies, Tuesday at 10:45 a.m.

"Now is the time to start a movement and open up the diversity dialogue; how we inspire next level thinking about shifting from simply numbers to a workforce that reflects the populations we serve."  Tyrone Stoudemire, vice president, global diversity, Hyatt, Leading and Managing Diverse Organizations, Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.

 "Often times we find it hard to believe what we cannot see, yet just because it's invisible, doesn't mean that it's not real. It's time to believe people living with invisible illness, pain and disability." Wayne Connell, founder, president & CEO,  Invisible Disabilities Association, Invisible No More- Seven Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible, Tuesday 3:15 p.m.

"12 is a fascinating number. 12 months in the year. Hall of Famer, Roger Staubach's (retired) number.  The 12 Disciples. And what's better than a dozen donuts and the 12 Days of Christmas?" Grace Odums, strategy consultant, 12 Truths You Wish Someone Told You about Spearheading D&I, Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

"The ability to utilize all talented individuals to their full potential is a corporate social responsibility. Underutilizing talent because we don't know how to help them fit into the round hole -square peg of advancement is a leadership failure." Margaret Spence, president, C. Douglas & Associates, Inc., Who's Going to Sit in Your Seat? Advancing Women and Minorities in Your Workplace, Wednesday at 3 p.m.

"In 2016 there is still a great deal of confusion regarding inclusion. Inside most organizations it remains a vague, abstract idea, which makes it an especially hard target to hit." Joe Gerstandt, speaker and author, Inclusion by Design, Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.

"If you have a bunch of homogeneous people who can't get along, then the levels of conflict, miscommunication and misunderstanding will only get worse when you add 'diversity.' " Steve Robbins, chief 'what if ?' officer, S.L. Robbins & Associates, An Open Mind is a Terrible Thing to Close, Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27

"If male millennials are engaged, we may have a chance. If they are not, the cycle of inequality continues for another generation." Dale Vaughn, partner, Gender Leadership Group, Male Millennials: Allies or Obstacles in Gender Equality? Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

"Sometimes people overlook the importance of employees' feelings of belonging at work--that feeling of fitting in and being connected to co-workers. They think it's this fluffy, warm, and fuzzy thing that just isn't part of the 'real' work. But it turns out that belonging is fundamental to employee performance and retention." Lauren J. Aguilar, partner, Paradigm, Creating an Inclusive Culture in Your Organization, Thursday at 8 a.m.

 "The work of D & I is a practice fueled by research & decades of learning. Yet, many times the groups we form aren't familiar with that practice or don't fully understand the complexities of D & I. Organizations are realizing that for these groups to be effective, they needed to first build their capacity." Sara Taylor, president, deepSEE Consulting, Creating Momentum: Preparing Diversity Councils and Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to lead D &I Work, Thursday at 8 a.m.

"The days of faith and hope-based diversity initiatives are over. C-Suite executives want credible, evidence-based results that generate a measurable impact on the bottom-line." Edward E. Hubbard, CEO, Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc., Translating Your Diversity Efforts into Bottom Line Impact, Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

"As a quad amputee, I have lived the employment experience. I left corporate America after 20 years to give back to the community of individuals with disabilities and to provide new opportunities for employment." John Robinson, president, Our Ability, Inc., Advantages to Disclosing Disabilities and Fostering Inclusion, Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Media: Press credentials are required to attend the conference. For credentials and interview requests, contact Sundra Hominik at 703-535-6273 and sundra.hominik@shrm.org or Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and kate.kennedy@shrm.org

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