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The following information is from the completed 2021 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 

Maine HR Convention: May 10 – 12, 2022


KEYNOTE | Why Diversity Training Doesn’t Work

Monday, May 10th, 2021 @ 8:15 am - 9:15 am

A new conversation on bias, inclusion, and privilege.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. One of our Convention traditions is to bring back a favorite keynoter from the prior year, and this year we’re delighted to announce the return of conquering hero Eric M. Bailey from Phoenix, Arizona. You surely remember his engaging 2020 discussion on brain science, and this May he’ll turn some of that analysis into a new way of thinking and acting on our diversity and inclusion instincts. These issues are front and center now, but the reality is they have been on our table for many years. Organizations and HR teams have struggled with developing and implementing effective training around diversity, equity, and inclusion. So, how do we get beyond checking the boxes to a better world of inclusion? That’s where Eric comes in, with an entirely new way to think about this journey.


What’s it all about?

  • Study the research indicating that most diversity training doesn’t work for one specific reason based in universal human psychology. Then discover how HR can lead the way to recognize and overcome this hurdle and finally make a meaningful impact on your organization.
  • Discuss the range of leadership skills necessary to be impactful on the diversity, equity, and inclusion front, including vulnerability and empathic behaviors, the willingness to have difficult conversations, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Through some challenging exercises, let’s get beyond the business case, beyond what’s right and what’s wrong, and bring your diversity and inclusion hopes to fruition.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit. 

Program Faculty: Eric M. Bailey