Concurrent Session
Bold, Brave and Transformed: The Journey from Incarceration to Employment
Milano Ballroom 3-4
In-Person and Virtual Monday 04/15/2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
This session will provide you with a glimpse into the employment journey of people with past convictions and provide you with practical steps to transform your employment practices to hire and retain employees from this talented labor pool. 

One in three people have a criminal record. This alarming statistic shows that criminal convictions are more common than we think, yet this skilled talent pool continues to be locked out of employment and thus experience limited opportunities for economic mobility. By skipping over this diverse and skilled set of candidates, employers are missing out on qualified talent that is sure to help any company meet their business goals.   Indeed, the #1 job site in the world, will moderate this engaging panel where you will hear directly from experts that have harnessed lessons from their own journeys - journeys that include overcoming the stigma of past criminal convictions and employing those that have been marginalized for decades from the workforce. This panel will highlight the transferable skills learned in non-traditional places of employment like prison, and will demonstrate why it is imperative that you consider hiring from this talent pool. Join us for this panel as we celebrate Second Chance month and elevate the hundreds of thousands of people with past convictions that have become successful members of the workforce.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hiring with Conviction: Understand what it means to be a fair chance employer and how inclusive hiring practices can foster safety, security and growth for all your employees not just individuals with past convictions.
  • Fair Chance Hiring In Practice: Learn practical steps to transform your hiring and employment practices to hire and retain more talent.
  • Person Centered Approach: Understand how employers can take a person-centered approach in thinking through a potential candidate's past criminal convictions.
  • Hear from individuals who have a criminal conviction and how it has affected their employment journey.    Skills Based Hiring: Learn how to assess candidates based on skills to hire applicants who are the best match for your job, including people with past convictions. Identify applicable hard and soft skills that were obtained through non-traditional experiences.
Dr. Genevieve Rimer Photo
Dr. Genevieve Rimer, Senior Director, Inclusive Hiring,
Center for Employment Opportunities
Amelia Nickerson Photo
Amelia Nickerson, Chief Executive Officer,
First Step Staffing
Vincent Bragg Photo
Vincent Bragg, Founder and CEO,
ConCreates, Inc.
Elisabeth Voigt Photo
Elisabeth Voigt, Senior Manager, ESG Programs & Partnerships,