- Wednesday, June 30th at 12 PM: Intro to Diversity & Inclusion Concepts
Lambers Fisher is a licensed marriage and family therapist who will introduce basic concepts and try to get everyone on a similar sheet of music. Click here for more information on Lambers.
- Thursday, July 22nd at 12 PM: Fair Chance Hiring
Cindy Villarreal, Kansas Department of Corrections, is an Offender Workforce Development and Employment Retention Specialist and certified trainer, with over 20 years’ experience in the field. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, and after a time in banking and in early childhood education, found her passion in workforce development. As part of the KDOC Reentry team, she prepares justice-involved individuals to become productive and valued employees and responsible citizens. She has presented at many levels, including local, regional, and national offender employment conferences, where her workshop was reviewed as being one of the best on the subject due to the practical advice and techniques given towards success in Second Chance and Fair Chance Employment.
- Understand the value of Fair Chance Hiring to obtain a motivated and skilled workforce in an often-overlooked population.
- Recognize the value of a partnership with KDOC—learn what KDOC is doing to prepare justice-involved individuals for the workplace, including education and programs, vocational training, on-the-job training, partnerships with community organizations, supports, and incentives.
- Participate in a Q&A session regarding successful Fair Chance employment.
- Thursday, August 12th at 12 PM: Safe Zone – Safe Space for LGBTQIA+
Clinton Shane Bradley has been a minister, horse wrangler, soldier, international fashion model, journalist, franchise owner, tenured HR professional, corporate leader – a world traveler. These unconventional paths have become lessons forged from opportunity, and failure. These lessons are the cornerstone of my philosophical approach to our connected diversities. We are humans – not numbers. We place policy and “professional etiquette” before transparency and openness. My 20-years spent in the trenches of HR have provided truths beyond the complex navigation of ego and comfort. It is possible to include those we consciously, or unconsciously, marginalize through purposeful listening and sharing. It is possible to have an uncomfortable conversation with a colleague and leader – while remaining respectful. My truth is to be your guide down a hopeful path with kindness, empathy, advocacy, and belonging. Click here for more information about Clinton and here for LinkedIn.
- History of exclusion and inclusion
- Debunking myths and stereotypes
- Importance of terms and pronouns
- A spectrum of inclusion
- Designing a safe space
* September 1st or 2nd at 12 PM: Topic TBD
This series will culminate with our Keynote Diversity Speaker at the 2021 KSSHRM State Conference on Thursday, September 23rd in Overland Park. Melissa Dobbins has been booked for this slot and will present on action steps and take-aways to implement a successful DEI program. Learn more about Melissa here.
Register below for all sessions you would like to attend. They are all FREE! Zoom links will be sent to all registered attendees one week prior to each session.
If you plan to attend September’s State Conference Keynote Diversity Speaker, Melissa Dobbins, you must be registered for the conference, either In-Person or On Demand. Click here to register separately for the State Conference.