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Seminar Series: Women in the Workplace in the Era of #MeToo
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New Format! Longer, interactive session!

When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:30 - 10:30 am
Where: The Place at Innsbrook
4036-C Cox Road
Glen Allen, Virginia  23060
United States
Contact: Townley Goldsmith-Ray, Member Experience Manager

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As HR professionals, we are watching the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements with great interest. We have so many goals: to protect our companies, to treat all of our employees respectfully, and to make professional decisions in line with our own moral compasses. The answers are unclear, and the stakes are high. To help you sort through and think about the issues, we will hold a panel presentation representing multiple voices around workplace issues. From a legal standpoint to an organization development point of view, you will have a chance to get advice and ask questions of multiple experts. Come prepared to get information that you can take back to work and act on immediately!


Debbie Allan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Director


Debbie joined Virginia529 in February 2009 as the Human Resources Director where she oversees the hiring, retention and development of the Virginia529 team, as well as leads the Agency’s strategic planning, engagement, and workforce planning functions.

Prior to joining Virginia529, Debbie spent ten years in Human Resources in the financial services and insurance industries. She was Vice President, Manager of HR Process and Customer Service at LandAmerica Financial Group and was an HR Consultant at PARTNERS National Health Plans of NC, a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of NC.

Debbie is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and government.

She is a member of the Richmond and National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the University of Virginia Alumni Association. She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the HR Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional designation from SHRM.

Debbie volunteers with Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and served on their Volunteer Coordinator Board for three years, two as chair. She is also a Girl Scout troop leader in Midlothian, VA.


Betsy Davis
LeClair Ryan


Betsy Davis focuses her practice on advising management in all areas of labor and employment law. She regularly represents employers in state and federal courts in the areas of discrimination, fair labor standards, family and medical leave, wrongful discharge, covenants not to compete, breaches of employment contracts, as well as other state and federal employment issues. She counsels and represents clients in defense of EEOC charges and DOL investigations.

Betsy uses her litigation experience to counsel clients with a goal of eliminating risk and placing the client in the best position should litigation arise. She provides advice and management training to raise awareness and ensure compliance with employment laws. Betsy routinely reviews and develops employee policies, handbooks, offer letters, employment contracts, separation agreements, and other related documents. She is frequently contacted by clients to assist in handling difficult termination and hiring issues, as well as sensitive matters involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets.

Michele McCauley
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Apex Systems


Michele McCauley is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Apex Systems, certified in Human Capital Strategy, ROI Methodology, and SPHR.
Michele has held several positions with Apex Systems, including Technical Recruiter, Corporate, Recruiter, and Internal Recruiting Manager, Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Development.


Throughout her career with Apex Michele has leveraged her strengths to play an integral role in standardizing the Internal Recruiting process and placing metrics around that process, launching distributed Recruiter training, expanding online training and assisting in the launch of the company’s current Emerging Leaders Program. Michele is also the creator and leader of Apex’s Woman’s Leadership Group.


Michele has a BA in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Howie Schaffer
Associate – Diversity & Inclusion Services
Language & Culture Worldwide, LLC


Howie Schaffer is an LCW Associate and long-time collaborator with the LCW team. As the founder and principal of Bonanza Communications, he is also a respected speaker, trainer, and facilitator on cutting-edge topics in diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. His areas of focus include: Exploring the Intersections of Diversity and Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Examining Power & Privilege, Leveraging Personal and Group Identity to Increasing Inclusion, Increasing Cultural Competency & Patient-Centered Care, Multicultural Marketing, The Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities, How to Strengthen Intergenerational Teams, Re-Invigorating Employee Resource & Affinity Groups, Global Diversity 2.0, Talent Acquisition & Development, and Using Mentoring to Increase Your Diversity Advantage. He is also a respected personal counselor and executive coach.


From 2008-2014, Howie was a Vice President at Cook Ross Inc. where his client relationship development, content, product, and research efforts focused on Exploring Unconscious Bias, Translating Cultural Competency into Competitive Advantage, Overcoming Diversity Fatigue, and Disability Etiquette: Focusing on Ability.


Previously, Howie was Vice President, Communications, Research & Publications at Diversity Best Practices. His areas of key responsibility included diversity branding; press and media outreach; publications development; e-newsletters; diversity research and data collection; benchmarking; speechwriting; and client services.


For more than a decade, Howie served as the Public Outreach Director at Public Education Network (PEN) in Washington, DC. He created and edited the award-winning PEN Weekly NewsBlast, oversaw PEN’s online advocacy campaign (, supervised, wrote, and edited all print and online communications, and served as PEN’s media spokesperson.

Prior to working at PEN, he worked for a variety of political organizations including election campaigns and legislative work. He has taught at the undergraduate level as an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York Institute of Technology and served as a guest lecturer on diversity topics at George Mason University School of Management and the State University of New York at Morrisville.

Howie has served on boards of directors and advisory committees for: Cornell University, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Bell Multicultural High School, Good Schools Pennsylvania, and numerous political and marketing campaigns.

Howie has an undergraduate degree in communications from Cornell University and a graduate degree in philosophy of education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.


Pamela Bradley
Human Resources Manager
Keiter CPA


Pamela Bradley is a Human Resources Manager at Keiter CPAs, responsible for driving Keiter’s Learning and Organizational Development Program. In her current role, Pamela builds and manages the Succession Planning, Executive Performance and Compensation, and Performance Management processes. She developed an award-winning program on Business Networking Skills, and launched an executive coaching program at the Firm. Pamela has co-authored the article “Raising Rainmakers” for the Journal of Accountancy, and regularly speaks to groups on the topic of business etiquette. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from The George Washington University.


7:30 - 8:00 am
Light Breakfast/Registration/Networking
8:00 - 10:30 am


  Early Bird
After May 3


Program has been approved by SHRM for 2.25 PDCs and approved by HRCI for 2.25 General credits toward recertification.

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