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SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Keynote Speakers

In addition to our popular diversity and inclusion education workshops, we also offer top speakers who can deliver one-hour presentations to your employees. Choose from among these three themes:

Global Diversity Trends and Best Practices: What You Need to Know

There is no question that organizations the world over are facing enormous challenges with globalization, demographic changes, economic and political shifts, and the recruitment and retention of great talent. The ability to effectively manage diversity and create more inclusive work environments — in a wide variety of contexts — will be a key lever for creating competitive advantage in a rapidly changing world. SHRM and the Economist Intelligence Unit (a subsidiary of The Economist Group) recently collaborated on the most comprehensive study to date of global diversity practices, perceptions, and attitudes. This ground-breaking research, released in 2009, includes responses from more than 500 senior executives in organizations from all five regions of the world. Find out what drives the business case for diversity, the unique challenges of each region and the solutions most global organizations successfully deployed. Additionally, learn about the SHRM Global Diversity Readiness Index (DRI) and which of 47 countries studied scored the highest in their readiness for diversity and inclusion practices.

Recertification Hours:  1.0 or 1.5

The Business Case: Why Diversity and Inclusion are Good for Business

If HR professionals want to get their organizations behind diversity and inclusion initiatives, they need to be skilled at making a strong business case. It’s not enough to use the typical response, “It’s the right thing to do.” We must show how these efforts will drive organizational success, sustainability, profitability, and competitive advantage. In this presentation, learn how to leverage the internal processes, programs, policies, and practices within your organization as well as the external environment to build a solid diversity and inclusion business case. While highlighting four key steps, the presenter will outline how these steps fit into a more comprehensive model, called the SHRM Strategic Diversity Management Plan®, recently developed by SHRM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Recertification Hours:  1.0 or 1.5

Ten Challenges that Keep HR and Diversity Professionals Up at Night

The United States currently is experiencing major shifts in its demographic landscape, its economic and political climate, and its business environment. These shifts bring new opportunities and new challenges, all of which will require HR and diversity professionals to build stronger links between the business cases for diversity, innovative strategies that enable organizational success, and the accountability measures that demonstrate value and impact.

Participants will leave this session with new strategies and new ideas for engaging senior leadership and building a strategic business case for diversity and inclusion. Other areas include establishing a pipeline of leadership capability, linking HR/diversity and globalization strategies to business objectives, and addressing emerging issues such as education and employability, workplace flexibility, and religion/spirituality.

Recertification Hours: 1.0 or 1.5

To schedule an on-site diversity presentation, or for more information, please contact us at or 703-535-6496.