Strategic HR at Mt. Washington: Oct 24-26, 2021


From Lagging to Leading

Monday, October 25th, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

How HR effects diversity, equity, and inclusion results.

What’s it all about? There’s a near-universal agreement, at least on a theoretical level, that DE&I is critical to organizational success. It’s also a core value to so many of us in the human resources realm. So, why is progress in this arena frustratingly slow, and how do we move from talk to impact? Ed Hurley-Wales, principal of EHW Consulting, past President of NEHRA, and longtime Mt. Washington conference friend and moderator, has created this marvelous forum to explore just that. We’ll look at the issues through the eyes of two special guests who have built DE&I from the inside and advised organizations from the outside, bringing you the dual perspectives of internal advocacy and the vantage point from 30,000 feet. Faculty: Su Joun is both scholar and practitioner, a professor at Suffolk University, a former diversity leader at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and now principal of the Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her firm and people “believe that diversity and inclusion is not only about changing minds, but it is also about changing practices and processes.” Fred Wills is an amplifier and inclusion artist, the former diversity leader at the Mayo Clinic, and now principal of Inclusiastic in Columbus, Ohio. He has “been fueled by the belief that diversity enhances intellectual cross-pollination, creates new knowledge, and is a driver of innovation.”  

Why you’ll want to participate in this session 

  • When leading DE&I initiatives, discover the strategic value of combining advocacy, acumen, and external expertise.  
  • Gain a better understanding of how organizations incentivize and reward in ways that can either encourage or discourage diversity, and gain a better understanding of the multi-faceted nature of DE&I work so that you can effectively advocate for the resources necessary to bring meaningful change to your organization.  
  • Leave this session informed, inspired, and with some tools to make a difference on complex issues that go to the heart of how HR should lead as a profession and the direction your organization should strive to achieve.     

Applying for SHRM and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: Ed Hurley-Wales, Fred Wills, Su Joun
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