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Virginia State Corporation Commission
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VCU School of Nursing

6th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium Wednesday, September 23, 2020- VIRTUAL

(Attendees - Check Email for Instructions on Event Guide Log In)

Richmond SHRM is a leader in the community and a resource to companies large and small for all things HR. We believe in the inherent value of Inclusion as a business differentiator. Richmond SHRM hosts an annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium to help companies understand this concept and improve their D&I efforts, to help business and HR professionals develop a competency in D&I, and to bring together organizations from across the Commonwealth to discuss current critical topics.



Why Inclusion is REAL at EY

Kenneth Bouyer
Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting

About Kenneth Bouyer

An organization’s D&I journey never ends; it is always evolving. From diversity to inclusion to belonging and beyond, EY has been on the D&I journey for a long time. Join us for a discussion of how organizations like EY are ever evolving and adapting in a world that is changing rapidly, crosses borders and cultures, and where the margin for error is smaller than ever.

Microaggressions in the Workplace

Charm Bullard
Director of Programs

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
About Charm Bullard

Microaggressions have been defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities.” While they may not result in formal complaints or lawsuits, they do have consequences when it comes to morale, engagement, and retention. This session will explore the concept of microaggressions and will help participants identify effective strategies to prevent and interrupt these indignities when they arise in the workplace.

Let's Get Practical: Evidence-Based Ways to Build an Inclusive Workplace

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Siri Chilazi
Research Fellow
Women and Public Policy Program

Harvard Kennedy School
About Siri Chilazi

Advancing diversity, equality and inclusion in our workplaces is essential and more topical than ever. Unconscious biases are a key cause of inequality in organizations today, yet research shows that de-biasing people’s minds is difficult and expensive. Fortunately, cutting-edge evidence points to proven and effective structural solutions that allow us to design environments, processes and systems that create a level playing field for all. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. In her session, Siri will discuss the latest insights from behavioral research and share practical strategies that advance equity in our workplaces through behavioral design, improved talent management and more inclusive culture.

2020: The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Bias, and D&I

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Ben Eubanks
Principal Analyst
Lighthouse Research & Advisory
About Ben Eubanks

Forward Together @ Work: A Call to Action

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President & CEO
About Johnny Taylor


9:00 - 9:30 am  Welcome / Announcements
9:30 - 10:30 am Opening Session: Why Inclusion is REAL at EY
Ken Bouyer, Ernst & Young LLP
10:30 - 11:00 am  Break 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 1: Microagressions in the Workplace
Charm Bullard, VCIC

12:00 - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 1:00 pm 

Together Forward @Work: A Call to Action

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM President and CEO
1:00 - 2:00 pm Session 2: 2020: The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Bias and D&I
Ben Eubanks, Lighthouse Research & Advisory
2:00 - 2:15 pm  Break
2:15 - 2:30 pm 
Interactive Session
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Session 3: Let's Get Practical: Evidence-Based Ways to Build an Inclusive Workplace
Siri Chilazi, Harvard Kennedy School

Registration Rates

  Regular Supporting Sponsor and 8 tickets*  Supporting Sponsor and 4 tickets*
Regular $249 $1500 $750
Public Sector/Non-Profit $219 $1200 $600

*Company name listed on conference website and in conference app.

for those impacted by COVID


Program has been approved by SHRM for 4 PDCs towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification and approved by HRCI for 4 (General) credits towards PHR, SPHY and GPHR recertification.

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