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Concurrent Session
Exclusion Through Inclusion: Unintended Consequences of DEIBA
Chatham Ballroom A
In-Person and Virtual Tuesday 10/31/2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical) | Intended Audience: Intermediate (Fostering IED)
Workplace Application:
This session will challenge attendees to assess DEIBA initiatives for actual or perceived risk and craft proactive tips for enhancing inclusion. 

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.

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Headlines are replete with news of lawsuits challenging employers' DEIBA efforts, alleging some form of discrimination. Join this interactive program as we review proactive practices and pitfalls to avoid in DEIBA initiatives and programs. Prepare to respectfully challenge some current trends as we consider: - whether white men are protected from race discrimination; - discrimination that younger workers face as compared to older workers; - Title VII's religious protections for Christians, atheists, and agnostics; - the pros and cons of workplace affinity groups/ERG's; - what employers can do to avoid legal challenges; and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the bases of some of the current trends challenging employer's DEIBA initiatives.
  • Learn some options and alternatives for enhancing how DEIBA initiatives are perceived.
  • Gain proactive tips for assessing risk and taking steps to reduce it.

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All virtual sessions inherently run the risk of audio or visual issues due to factors out of our control. If any technical difficulties arise, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to resolve it. All virtual sessions, unless marked as "LIVE ONLY" or "VIRTUAL LIVE ONLY", are recorded and will be available to view on demand until December 1, 2023.

Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP Photo
Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, Independent Consultant & Author,
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