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HRABC 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Forum

Please join HRABC for our 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Forum

When: Friday, June 10th
8:00 AM- 1:00 PM Diversity Event - Registration Begins at 7:30 am
Where: Nova University’s School of Business & Entrepreneurship
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida  33314
United States
Contact: Bennett Mazor

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HRABC Diversity & Inclusion Forum

June 10, 2016 

Transforming Organizations tHRough a Culture of Inclusion


The HRABC Diversity & Inclusion Forum will focus on how to deliver tangible results in Diversity and inclusion, fostering awareness and appreciation of workplace development, resources, and professional development for HR professionals. Leading experts will contribute a rich and diverse perspective on diversity and inclusion challenges/issues and the impact on individuals, organizations and the local community.

This half day forum will discuss:

·        Diversity & Inclusion as part of your employer value proposition

·        Benefits to an inclusive culture

·        Strategies for strengthening inclusiveness of talent processes     

·        Best practices in changing corporate culture

·        and much more

Who should attend:  Human Resource professionals, diversity practitioners, and business leaders who seek to make the most of diversity and inclusion efforts at their workplace and the local community.

FOOD:  The HRABC Diversity Conference includes a Continental Breakfast, a Snack Break, & a Boxed Lunch featuring Gourmet Sandwiches, Wraps and Salads

Keynote Speakers:




Dineen Garcia  

VP, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies

Macy’s Inc.

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Karinna Rojas

Employer Branding & Diversity Officer


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Breakout Session Presenters:


Marv Russell

HR Consultant

Marv Russell Enterprises

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Mary Martinez


InclusionFocus LLC

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Lisa Perez


HBL Resources, Inc.

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Panelist & Moderator:

Our Moderator:  

Marlon Hill, Esq.


Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel LLP

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Our Panelist:


Cindy Lau Evans           

Director of Diversity

HR Florida State Council

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Rueben Stokes, Snr. Advisor

Chief Diversity & Inclusion SME


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Sherry Johnson

Director, Talent Acquisition

Design & Consulting Services

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Terry Stone



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Our Sessions:

Keynote:  From a vision to a culture. Driving innovation, collaboration and engagement

Presenter : Karinna Rojas, Employer Branding & Diversity Officer, Siemens

Presentation overview: Share with the audience the Diversity@Siemens initiative and how we are embracing a new meaning of true collaboration and trust to drive impactful change. The role of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as key contributors to create a great workplace, partnering with customers and business partners while supporting the communities where we work and live.  Reinforce that we ALL have a responsibility to create a culture of inclusion, where individuals feel welcomed, valued and respected. Our D&I communication strategy.

Learning objectives:  1) Change management, main challenges while driving a cultural change 2) Your role as Leader and influencer 3) Diversity & Inclusion as part of your Employer value proposition

Keynote: Maintaining the Reservoir through Diversity & Inclusion Relationship Management

Presenter: Dineen Garcia, VP, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies, Macy’s Inc.


Presentation Overview: Diversity & Inclusion is two-faced.  Traditionally, companies implemented D&I practices to address their workforce make-up, company culture and employee engagement, however many company’s recognize the other side of D&I, the external-facing side.   Depending on the nature of your business, B2B or B2C, Diversity & Inclusion can be a critical component to your company’s prosperity and sustainability.  At Macy’s, D&I is woven into our company values, our growth strategies and our stakeholder engagements.  Our discussion will focus on strategically managing relationships within the community that impact our company and its brand. 


Learning objectives: 1. Identifying your stakeholders; 2. Defining the role of D & I in Identifying the brand right platforms upon which to align; 3. Identifying and measuring your investment yield.   

Overcoming Our Obsession with Fit:
Balancing Organization Culture and Talent Diversity

Presenter:  Mary L. Martinéz, President, InclusionFocus LLC

When hiring or promoting employees, “fit” is a good thing – right?  Well, “yes” … but sometimes, “no.”  This session will explore what is commonly meant by “fit,” its potential pluses and minuses, and how to balance the scale to ensure the benefits of inclusion and successful talent selection. Our presenter will provide ideas for enhancing the inclusion of talent assessment processes and nurturing an organization culture that is comfortable with differences that support agility and innovation. Join us to learn how more rigorous and objective talent processes, coupled with greater awareness of inherent biases, can make “fit” work for your organization.

Learning Objectives: 1) Define “fit” 2) Identify factors that drive organizations to emphasize “fit” over other criteria (Pluses and minuses) 3) Understand the difference between two approaches to broadening assessment and selection (Managerial Behaviors, Processes) 4) Learn specific strategies for strengthening inclusiveness of talent processes     


Building the Diverse and Inclusive Organization

Finding Your Impact Zone: The Place Where You Make the Difference

Presenter:  Marv Russell


Marv is a powerful speaker who will challenge professionals to Build the Diverse and Inclusive Organization and Find the Impact Zone…The place where you can and will make the difference. He will offer the 5 Failure Points of Diversity and Inclusion in business today and then challenge each of us to embrace the 5 Impact Zone Success Practice that will make the difference.

Learning Objectives: 1) Understand today’s most efficient and effect definition of Diversity and Inclusion 2) Be able to convey to your organization Why Diversity and Inclusion Fails 3) Understand the historical issues and arguments that you will face

4) Understand the 5 key best practices that will make the difference in launching or enhancing your program


The Multi-Generational Workforce:  Opportunities for Engagement

Presenter: Lisa Perez, President, HBL Resources, Inc.

Generational diversity and differences in the workplace continue to be challenging as many workers delay retirement and younger workers begin to join the work force earlier than anticipated. The more we can understand the unique perspectives, work styles, and goals of the generations with which we work and manage, the more effective we will be in managing our workplace. This session seeks first to understand each generation thereby improving business performance in numerous ways; introduction of the 2020 generation, define and set the framework of the FOUR GENERATIONS currently in the workplace and discuss the world and workplace dynamics that have been their driving forces.

Learning Objectives: 1) Define the Generations 2) Learn why understanding them is so important 3) Frame the Generations

4) Discuss Generational Traits and Influences 5) Present best practices and insight regarding how to address recruitment, retention, job skills knowledge transfer, and other workplace challenges among the various generations.


Experts from different areas of diversity and inclusion will join together for a panel discussion on their diversity and inclusion initiatives.  The panel will examine their experiences, best practices and benefits to a diverse and inclusive work environment, overcoming common hurdles and more.  It will include a moderated Q & A session for individual questions of the panelist.


The Workshop program has 4 SHRM and HRCI credits approved.  Pre-registration will close at the end of the business day on Thursday, June 9th.


Program: Members/Students - $50 Non-Members/Guests - $60


Program: Members/Students - $60 Non-Members/Guests - $70

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