2022 Diversity Virtual Master Class: Successful DEI Rollouts – How HR Can Support the Process

December 8, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern | Virtual

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We have all heard a lot recently about the social construct known as DEI or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Besides its obvious connection to our communities and workplaces, DEI is a significant issue for all employees as well, both personally and professionally. Every employee has all the right to work in a safe environment, free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, hazing, or retaliation. This is especially important for employees in protected classes, which encompasses most of them. Our collective and individual understanding of DEI in the HR office helps us help our teams and departments work together more effectively as employees and can help our departments recruit, retain, promote, and supervise all employees in ways that are fair, legal, ethical, and supportive. This virtual workshop covers what HR professionals at all levels should know about helping to build inclusivity in the workforce.

DEI awareness involves more than just a discussion about race, gender, or sexual orientation. We can also talk about it as a way to establish better boundaries in our workspaces, to create more effective solutions for our work with clients, customers, visitors, taxpayers, or vendors. We can initiate and activate DEI programs safely, legally, and without drama and still support the different work cultures of our multi-disciplinary departments.

Our collective knowledge of DEI actually gives us a competitive advantage over our competitors. The more we know about our customers and clients, the better we can communicate, serve their needs, and do our jobs, as we aim to build a lasting trust in what we are trying to do on their behalf.

This virtual training session is presented by Dr. Steve Albrecht, an HR consultant who has taught this material for public agencies and private sector firms for over 30 years. He knows how to present this material in a way that is supportive of every participant. Join us for this informative course and be well on your way to strengthening DEI practices at your organization!

After attending this virtual master class, participants will be able to:

  • Define DEI, especially equity versus equality.
  • Understand the concept of protected classes in the workplace.
  • Recognize HR’s role in awareness-building, choosing the right DEI training approach, and rolling out DEI programs with skill and success.
  • Choose an outside DEI trainer or use in-house trainers and materials.
  • Overcome resistance to DEI programs.
  • Be aware of and accept the “new workplace” with employees who express their personalities, beliefs, lifestyles.
  • Help all employees understand personal and professional biases.
  • Aid all employees to set better workplace boundaries.
  • Practice good “social intelligence.”
  • Set expectations from your department leaders and senior executives.
  • Understand inter-departmental workplace cultures, including their differences and similarities.
  • Understand DEI as it relates to employees’ off-work conduct, especially on social media.
  • Address DEI policy violations.
  • Assess the ROI for DEI training for better interactions with our clients, customers, vendors, and visitors.
  • Establish a plan for on-going maintenance, vigilance, and support of DEI from HR.

*Attendees will receive 60-day on-demand access to the recording of this course.

Industry Leading Speakers

Agenda At A Glance

December 8, 2022
12:00 PM – 12:05 PM
Speaker Introduction
12:05 PM – 1:05 PM
The Current State of DEI: An Overview
1:05 PM – 1:15 PM
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Developing Cultural and Gender Awareness: Avoiding Biases
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Business Impact Issues: HR's Role in DEI Rollouts
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Q&A Session