Strategic HR at Mount Washington: Oct 25-27, 2020 – Bretton Woods, NH

The following information is from the completed 2019 event. Please check back in the spring for details on next year. 


KEYNOTE: Promoting D&I Success

Monday, October 28th, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Need for Sustained HR Leadership

Robert Livingston, Harvard University

What’s it all about? Why are many corporate diversity and inclusion efforts stalling? And, what is the HR leader’s role in changing the current state of D&I? To answer these questions and trigger your strategic thinking and hands-on efforts, we’ve invited to the stage Robert Livingston, thought leader, researcher, and Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he is Faculty Chair of the executive program: “Strategies for Building and Leading Diverse Organizations.” He’ll introduce you to data that resonates and sparks conversation, which in turn will help keep your organization’s strategic D&I initiatives on target. He’ll also speak to his research in two intriguing areas. 1) The “Teddy Bear Effect,” where black CEOs may uniquely benefit from possessing certain disarming mechanisms. 2) Intersectionality by gender or race, e.g. measuring the workplace progress of black women vs. white women or black men vs. black women.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Discover the latest data and research that will help you understand how to strengthen your Diversity and Inclusion strategy and effectively communicate your goals to corporate leadership.
  • Understand some of the internal drivers and external forces impacting your D&I initiatives so that you make evidence-based decisions.
  • In the process, enhance your view of diversity as a corporate asset and key part of organizational effectiveness, and gain a better understanding of how diversity connects to your workplace values and culture.

Approved for: SHRM Credit- 1.0 PDC; and HRCI Credit- 1.0 Business Credits.

Program Faculty: Robert Livingston