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Join us at the Science Museum of Virginia's Dewey Gottwald Center on March 21, 2019 for the Fifth Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium co-hosted by Richmond SHRM and VCU.

When Thursday, March 21
8:00 am - 4:30 am
Where: Dewey Gottwald Center
Science Museum of Virginia
2301 W Leigh Street
Richmond, VA



Finally Getting Around to the "I" in "D&I"


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP
President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management
About Johnny Taylor

Business success today often hinges on a company’s ability to bridge cultural differences and build a productive, cohesive workforce. Understanding the inherent challenges is the first step towards preparing for them and leveraging them for your competitive advantage. This session will provide an overview of today’s workforce, the impact of cultural diversity on this workforce, the importance of inclusivity in the workplace, and the strategies needed to succeed in it. Global and cultural expertise will be examined as a key HR competency and important support resource to help HR and business professionals navigate this area.

The New Talent Imperative: Individuals with Disabilities Leveraging Leadership, Learning, and Community Inter-Connectivity for Full Inclusion


The Honorable Katherine McCary
President, C5 Consulting
About Katherine McCary

With 20 million Americans with disabilities of working age, the disability community is one of the largest and fastest growing diversity dimensions. Strategically and intentionally including individuals with disabilities in your recruitment and outreach can bring unique perspectives and innovation to your workforce.


As a recognized national disability strategist, Katherine will discuss the fundamentals in disability etiquette of language and behavior as well as review self-disclosure and self-ID. She will discuss disability inclusion as it relates to collaboration and strong Community Partners. Closing the session Katherine will offer a deep dive into experiential learning with short scenarios and group discourse addressing these major topics: Accommodations, Community Partnerships, and Situational Etiquette.

Being an Inclusive Change Agent


Mauricio Velasquez, MBA
President, The Diversity Training Group
About Mauricio Velasquez

What is an Inclusive Change Agent? Am I already a Change Agent and I simply do not know it? What are the skills and tools of an inclusive Change Agent? In this interactive session, participants will build a tool kit - a skill kit – and practice applying these new skills and tools. Enough with awareness - this is a knowledge-based workshop with powerful take aways.

But what can I do? Being Proactive About Conscious Inclusion with Bystander Interventions


Meg Gibbon


Senior Director, Willis Towers Watson


About Meg Gibbon


Kezia Charles


Director, Willis Towers Watson


About Kezia Charles

In this interactive session, participants will learn to recognize the lenses, layers and legacies of unconscious bias in themselves and in others. After examining these barriers to true inclusion that exist in today’s workplaces, the speakers will offer an action-oriented approach to addressing workplace situations when they arise: the bystander intervention. Breaking down barriers is the responsibility of everyone in an organization but often individuals are unsure of what actions to take. Using case studies (based on real life occurrences of unconscious bias) and small group discussions, the presenters will demonstrate how to address bias when witnessed.

"He says he’s Innocent...I knew he was Lying" Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom


The Honorable Cleo E. Powell


Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia




About Judge Powell


Catherine Crooks Hill


Secretary-Treasurer, Virginia Board of Bar Examiners


About Catherine Crooks Hill


Hank Chambers


Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law,


Richmond School of Law


About Hank Chambers

Turner Broughton


Partner and Litigation Chair, Williams Mullen


About Turner Broughton

Have you ever heard someone say they had a "sneaking suspicion" or a "bad first impression" of another person? How much do first impressions and gut reactions affect court room proceedings? As HR professionals and business leaders, our goal is to keep our organizations out of the courtroom. But how much does unconscious bias impact who winds up in court or in other legal situations? This thought-provoking discussion led by a panel of leading legal professionals will encourage you to probe your own unconscious biases and examine ways the court system impacts all of us.


8:00 - 8:30 am Coffee/Registration
8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome/Announcements
8:45 - 9:45 am Opening Session: Finally Getting Around to the "I" in "D&I"
9:55 - 11:10 am

Session 1: The New Talent Imperative: Individuals with Disabilities Leveraging Leadership,

Learning, and Community Inter-Connectivity for Full Inclusion

11:20 am - 12:35 pm Session 2: Being an Inclusive Change Agent
12:35 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:20 - 2:35 pm

Session 3: But What Can I Do? Being Proactive About Conscious Inclusion with Bystander


2:45 - 3:45 pm Closing Session: "I Could Tell That Guy Was Guilty."  Bias in the Courtroom
3:45 - 4:00 pm Wrap-up

Registration Rates

   Early Bird Regular  Table for 8*
Early Bird
Table for 8*
Regular $199 (until 1/25/19) $249  $1,200 $1500
Public Sector/Non-Profit $179 (until 1/25/19) $219  $1,080 $1200

*Preferred reserved seating, company name in program

Not a Richmond SHRM Local Chapter member? When you purchase an individual ticket to the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Symposium we want to extend a deal to you: If you are a National SHRM member, join as a Richmond SHRM local chapter member for FREE. Not a National SHRM member? Join the Richmond SHRM chapter at a 50% discount (price: $49). This is applicable through the 2019 calendar year. Contact the Communications/New Member Coordinator in order to receive the registration code at


Program has been approved by SHRM for 5.75 PDC towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification and submitted to HRCI for 5.75 (General) credit towards PHR, SPHY and GPHR recertification.

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