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2013 Equity and Diversity Conference, "Challenge It, Change It, It’s OUR Future!"

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Wednesday, August 7
 

9:00am

Registration Form
Wednesday August 7, 2013 9:00am - 10:00pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:00pm

Pre-Registration - Hilton Garden Inn
Pre- Registration

Wednesday August 7, 2013 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

6:00pm

Gibson's Grill Social
Wednesday August 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gibson's Grill 700 E Broad St, Richmond
 
Thursday, August 8
 

6:30am

Registration
Thursday August 8, 2013 6:30am - 7:45am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

6:30am

Registration
Thursday August 8, 2013 6:30am - 3:00pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

6:45am

Breakfast
Thursday August 8, 2013 6:45am - 7:45am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

8:00am

Opening Ceremony
Keynote Speaker
avatar for Tim Reid

Tim Reid

Actor, Writer, Director and Producer, New Millennium Studios
TIM REID, the Emmy-nominated actor, director and producer, has been a mainstay in the entertainment industry for the last three decades. He starred as "Venus Flytrap," on the popular CBS television series "WKRP in Cincinnati" from 1978 - 1982. Twice he has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award for "Best Actor in a Comedy" for his popular characters. Reid has had many starring roles over the years in several television series, including "The... Read More →

Emcee's
avatar for Gene Lepley

Gene Lepley

Public Affairs Director, Richmond Police Department

Thursday August 8, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

"Bruises, Badges and Balance”

A career in public safety puts a professional in the midst of the everyday drama of his or her community. First-line respondents must think quickly on their feet, remain emotionally impartial and be willing to put themselves in dangerous situations.  This course addresses how first-line respondents must manage their personal pain, exhibit professionalism and remain steadfast.

 


Speakers
avatar for Carol Adams

Carol Adams

Sergeant/ Community Care Unit, City of Richmond Police Department
Carol Denise Adams has worked in Law Enforcement for 23 years; she was employed with the Richmond Sheriff’s Department for seven years prior to joining the Richmond Virginia Police Department where she has worked for 15 years. In that capacity, she serves as the Community Care Sergeant for the Community Youth Interventions Services Division, where she is responsible for establishing and maintaining community partnerships, crime... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 9:45am - 11:45am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

EEO and Diversity/Labor Relations Legal Update & What is Employee Relations?

In this session you will be provided an overview of EEO, FMLA and other employment laws that impact on diversity. The information provided will allow for the attendees to return to their place of employment and reemphasize and train on the issues presented. There will be opportunity for questions and answers regarding these laws in real life scenarios.

 

 



 


Speakers
avatar for Victor O. Cardwell

Victor O. Cardwell

Attorney, Woods Rogers PLC
Victor Cardwell is among Virginia’s most recognized and accomplished attorneys practicing in labor and employment law. Victor focuses on labor/management relations, workplace violence, diversity, harassment and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He is sought after for training in a number of areas of labor and employment law across Virginia and is experienced in representing management in union organizing campaigns and union avoidance... Read More →
avatar for Thomas M. Winn, III

Thomas M. Winn, III

Attorney, Woods Rogers, PLC
Tom Winn represents management in the full range of labor and employment law issues, as well as employers in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He also handles labor arbitrations, negotiations, strike-related activities and other issues under collective bargaining agreements. Tom counsels management in union avoidance campaigns, and regularly handles litigation before the National Labor Relations Board... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 9:45am - 11:45am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

Sharing Diversity and Inclusion: Best Practices

(With Panelists: Allison Conyers, Anne Gilson, Jessica Hawthorne, Tiffany Jana and heather Schofield)

A strategic committee of experts will present a panel discussion on leveraging diversity and inclusion for civil service employees.  We will focus on the importance of building relationships with diverse constituencies and how they can create critical bonds that will support the work they do. Join us to learn how to become more inclusive and collaborative on the job and in your community.

 

 



 



 


Speakers
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Dorene Scarangella McKelvy

Chair, Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable (RADR)
Dorene Scarangella McKelvy | Dorene is the Manager of Professional Development and Diversity with Williams Mullen. A Diversity and Inclusion professional with particular expertise in all facets of Talent Management including diversity and inclusion, sourcing, retention and development. A distinct history of industry award recognition reaffirms herself styled techniques of program develop and professional association engagement affirmatively... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 9:45am - 11:45am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

The Keys to Effective Communication Anywhere
Several years ago, Robert Bolton introduced the concept of the ‘yin- yang’ of communication, consisting of the two skills of assertiveness and active listening. In this (highly interactive) ‘presentation’, participants will have the opportunity to not only come to understand how profound, and comprehensive, this concept is, but to both evaluate their current proficiency and make significant improvements, enabling them to build stronger relationships ‘on’ and ‘off’ the job 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Wriston

Michael Wriston

Compete Edge
Michael Wriston is a former Human Resources Executive who received his doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee and was an award-winning member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond for over twenty-five years.  As President, and founder of The Competitive Edge, Michael has been a successful independent consultant for over twenty years helping organizations, teams, individuals to develop the... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 9:45am - 11:45am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

11:45am

LUNCH
Emcee's
avatar for Gene Lepley

Gene Lepley

Public Affairs Director, Richmond Police Department

Thursday August 8, 2013 11:45am - 1:15am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

1:30pm

Courageous Leadership: What History Can Teach Us About The Power of Inclusion

This interactive workshop will focus on four stories of leaders whose choices impacted our world. From the unknown frontier to the battlefield to the playing field, their successes and shortcomings provide valuable lessons for us today. Participants will work together to identify the motives, decisions, and strategies used by the key players in these studies.  More importantly, they will identify how to apply these lessons to their own lives.

 


Speakers
avatar for Dave Maddox

Dave Maddox

Interim Division Chief, City of Richmond
Dave Maddox began his career with the City of Richmond in April of 2008.  He brings over 20 years of training and facilitation experience to the Human Resources Training Division.  He has worked in government at the local,state, and federal levels as well as non-profit and private industry.Dave serves as the coordinator and primary instructor for the Supervisory Leadership Experience, the City’s nine-week leadership development... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

1:30pm

Forced Retirement: Gone but not Forgotten

High risk professionals who have committed their lives to carrying out the mission of the organization often have a difficult time when faced with a “forced” retirement (injury, illness, family emergency, or downsizing). The program will identify the needed education, awareness, and support for the individual, family, co-workers, and the organization when dealing with a forced retirement or a standard retirement.(2 Offerings!)

 


Speakers
avatar for Paul Antonellis, Jr.

Paul Antonellis, Jr.

Professor, Merrimack College (MA)
Paul Antonellis, MA, has over 20 years of fire/EMS experience, holding various positions including Chief of Department. He served as the Vice President of the Yarmouth (MA) Professional Firefighters Union and was a founding member of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM): Members Assistance Committee (MAP). He traveled within the state of Massachusetts providing assistance to brother/sister union members as a Certified Employee... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

1:30pm

LGBT: What You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

The panel will share their personal stories of being LGBT and dealing with coming out, family, religion, coworkers and job loss. The conversation will run the gambit. Discussing issues of human sexuality can make some people uncomfortable. This will be a safe, nonjudgmental environment where people can ask questions and express opinions.

 


Speakers
avatar for William Harrison

William Harrison

Executive Director, Richmond Gay Community Foundation
Bill Harrison has been a community activist since the mid 1970's. He has served on numerous boards including the Downtown Business Alliance, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Richmond Public Relations Assocaition and the ACLU. He took early retirement from the American Red Cross two years ago after serving for 17 years as the Director of Public Affairs, Central Virginia Chapter. Bill served on numerous national assignments such as... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

1:30pm

What is Employee Relations?

Human Resources plays a key role in employee relations.  Human Resources assist with the interpretation and administration of policies and procedures, assists management and employees with resolution to conflict. Learn how employee relations refer to the relationship shared among the employees in an organization. Developing positive relationships is everyone’s responsibility. We will discuss management styles, what does and does not work, and how employees must be comfortable with each other for a healthy environment at work.

 


Speakers
avatar for Yvette Baker, PHR

Yvette Baker, PHR

Interim Human Resources Deputy Director, City of Richmond
Yvette D. Baker, PHR currently serves as the Interim Deputy Director over HRIS, Employee Relations, Policy/Procedures and Recruitment divisions for the City of Richmond Human Resources Department.  She began her employment with the City in February of 2012 as the Human Resources Division Chief of Employee Relations/Recruitment/Policy and Procedures. She has over 20 years of experience in various facets of Human Resources to include... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:15pm

Diversity and Inclusion: Solutions for the Volunteer Fire Service

Ali speaks on the issues in the volunteer fire service and what steps we can take to be more inclusive and diverse. The volunteer fire service is running out of ‘traditional white males.’  Diversity is a solution to this problem.  Women and people of color are a growing and untapped source of volunteer firefighters. Many individuals are not aware this opportunity exists.  Bringing new and different people into the volunteer fire service requires an environment prepared for them.

 


Speakers
avatar for Ali Warren

Ali Warren

Owner, Founder, Hope Lives Publishing
Ali Warren is a 23 year old firefighter from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Ali is the author of Where Hope Lives which describes her hardships and triumphs in the fire service. She is a firefighter with Alpha Fire Company in State College, PA and is the founder of Hope Lives Publishing.   


Thursday August 8, 2013 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:15pm

Forced Retirement: Gone but not Forgotten

High risk professionals who have committed their lives to carrying out the mission of the organization often have a difficult time when faced with a “forced” retirement (injury, illness, family emergency, or downsizing). The program will identify the needed education, awareness, and support for the individual, family, co-workers, and the organization when dealing with a forced retirement or a standard retirement.(2 Offerings!)

 


Speakers
avatar for Paul Antonellis, Jr.

Paul Antonellis, Jr.

Professor, Merrimack College (MA)
Paul Antonellis, MA, has over 20 years of fire/EMS experience, holding various positions including Chief of Department. He served as the Vice President of the Yarmouth (MA) Professional Firefighters Union and was a founding member of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM): Members Assistance Committee (MAP). He traveled within the state of Massachusetts providing assistance to brother/sister union members as a Certified Employee... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:15pm

LGBT: What You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

The panel will share their personal stories of being LGBT and dealing with coming out, family, religion, coworkers and job loss. The conversation will run the gambit. Discussing issues of human sexuality can make some people uncomfortable. This will be a safe, nonjudgmental environment where people can ask questions and express opinions.

 


Speakers
avatar for William Harrison

William Harrison

Executive Director, Richmond Gay Community Foundation
Bill Harrison has been a community activist since the mid 1970's. He has served on numerous boards including the Downtown Business Alliance, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Richmond Public Relations Assocaition and the ACLU. He took early retirement from the American Red Cross two years ago after serving for 17 years as the Director of Public Affairs, Central Virginia Chapter. Bill served on numerous national assignments such as... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:15pm

The Challenges and Rewards for Public Safety Organizations Moving through Diversity to Embracing Inclusiveness

Public Safety is constantly challenged by changing dynamics. Good organizations meet diversity goals; outstanding ones embrace and create inclusive cultures that maximize the potential of each employee. We identify underlying currents that must be understood so an organization can effectively engage current employees and redirect efforts to create a dynamic organization. We create effective communication strategies for first and second line supervisors by providing the tools for them to focus on development inclusiveness culture.



 



 


Speakers
avatar for Gary Samuels

Gary Samuels

Consultant, Leadership RVA
Public service and military employees understand the hierarchy of the organizational leadership by knowing the rank structure. Firefighters and police officers learn different leadership styles from many diverse leaders and develop their own styles through education and mentoring. Gary Samuels is no exception. Gary was an early leader. He attained honor graduate status from the U.S. Air Force Basic Training and Firefighter Technical Schools. Gary... Read More →
avatar for Walter Stephens

Walter Stephens

Leadership RVA
Walter Blake Stephens is the Deputy Chief of Operations for Forest View Vol. Rescue Squad and has served as the Chief of Operations for several years. Chief Stephens overseas operations for one of the busiest volunteer rescue squads in Chesterfield County and the Richmond Metro area.  Forest View, located in the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County, Virginia was formed in 1955 to provide emergency care and... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2013 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

6:00pm

Hilton - Formal Meet and Greet
Thursday August 8, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219
 
Friday, August 9
 

6:30am

Registration
Friday August 9, 2013 6:30am - 7:45am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

6:30am

Registration
Friday August 9, 2013 6:30am - 11:45am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

6:45am

Breakfast
Friday August 9, 2013 6:45am - 7:45am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

8:00am

Leading Diversity in the Workplace and at Home

In the session participants will evaluate how leadership can influence a culture of inclusion. The participants will learn to identify techniques which result in inclusive behaviors. Participants will practice courageous dialogue that promotes inclusive environments.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Karen Williams

Karen Williams

Prize 1924
Karen Williams is owner/coach of the boutique leadership development firm prize 1924. The company is dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations realize their purpose through coaching, training and strategic planning. As the recipient of several international diversity and leadership development awards, Karen brings both heart and backbone to her work. By enabling participants to reflect internally on their personal development... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

8:00am

Leading Diversity in the Workplace and at Home
Speakers
avatar for Karen Williams

Karen Williams

Prize 1924
Karen Williams is owner/coach of the boutique leadership development firm prize 1924. The company is dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations realize their purpose through coaching, training and strategic planning. As the recipient of several international diversity and leadership development awards, Karen brings both heart and backbone to her work. By enabling participants to reflect internally on their personal development... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

8:00am

Star Power, How Systems Influence Individuals in Power Situations

Star Power is a simulation game designed to give participants insight regarding power within institutions and society.  The exercise is designed to increase the awareness of structural influences on individual outcomes and how systems of power replicate themselves.  The goal of the exercise is to build support and leadership for programs and practices that increase social equity within organizations.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mary Koval

Mary Koval

Associate Professor, University of Phoenix
Ms. Koval received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA. Her concentration area in Sociology is Intersectional Social Theory, SocialStratification, and Social Inequality. She has over 15 years of Human Services experience and 4 years of Higher Education Administration experience. Ms Koval teaches courses in Human Services, Sociology, and Ethics. Ms. Koval and... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

8:00am

“Traversing the Generational Divide: What You Need to Know to Benefit from Generational Differences”
Speakers
avatar for Robin McCarter

Robin McCarter

Captain/ODEO, Richmond Fire and Emergency Services
Robin McCarter is a Captain for the City of Richmond Fire and Emergency Services and holds the position of Organizational Development and Equal Opportunity Officer. | Robin brings more than 15 years of fire service experience to the table. Prior to joining the City of Richmond Fire and Emergency Services in 2001, she worked as a Flight Attendant/Recruiter for United Airlines. She comes to us from Orange County, California where she obtained... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

Diversity in the Workplace—is it Important

The process of acknowledging our differences often causes anxiety, uncertainty, and even resentment.  While identifying how we differ is easy, learning how to accept, appreciate, and negotiate obstacles rarely is!  Offered in this session is a practical discussion of the benefits and difficulties of working within a diverse department and community including recruitment, retention, promotion, and communication.

 


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards

Chapel Hill Fire Rescue
I have worked for 17 years in municipal government at the Town of Chapel Hill. I served in an administrative role in the Chapel Hill Police Department as a direct report for the Chief of Police for nine years and three years in the Human Resource Development Department as a Training Officer and Human Resource Generalist.  I currently serve as an Administrative/Public Information Officer | in the Fire Department. | My work qualities reflect... Read More →
avatar for Heather Robinson

Heather Robinson

Master FF, Chapel Hill Fire Rescue
Heather Robinson has over 10 years in the fire service.  She is currently employed as a firefighter with the Chapel Hill (NC) Fire Department.  Heather sits on the CHFD Working Relations Committee, has participated in the CHFD hiring process, and represented CHFD for four years on the Town’s Employee Forum.  Heather is the Secretary of the Chapel Hill Firefighter’ Association (Local 2580).  Heather earned a... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 9:45am - 11:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

Diversity Resiliency

To manage, diversity leaders are challenged to discern differences between diversity and assimilation; requirements and non-requirements; conveniences, traditions and preferences. Creating diversity resiliency in the workplace involves every aspect of human capital to include: recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion and career advancement and retirement.  To ensure diversity resiliency, leaders must learn to navigate through barriers and learn the process of making quality decisions that naturally enables all participants to contribute to their full potential.

 


Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Cloud

Rosemary Cloud

Fire Chief, City of East Point
Rosemary Roberts Cloud is Fire Chief for the City of East Point, Georgia, and the first African American female Fire Chief in the United States.  Her responsibilities have included managing up to 35 fire stations and 1,030 employees in the cities of Atlanta and East Point. Chief Cloud began her career in the fire service 30 years ago with the City of Atlanta Fire Department, and worked her way up the ranks from firefighter to chief... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 9:45am - 11:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

Respect for Diversity

When you’re open to experiencing things outside of your comfort zone, meaning things not normally done in your family or by people in your neighborhood, you’re branching out and you’re allowing diversity to be a part of your life.  Diversity opens a lot of doors equipping you with opportunities that may have otherwise been unavailable.  Keep an open mind to the possibility of the power of diversity.  A diverse workforce combines workers from different backgrounds and experiences that together breed a more creative, innovative, and productive workforce.  Businesses have learned that they can draw upon our nation’s diversity to strengthen their bottom line; diversity is a key ingredient to growing a strong and inclusive economy.

 


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Logan

Stephanie Logan

Speaker/ Author/ Life Coach, Powerful Words
Stephanie has been described as a “World Class” professional inspirational and motivational speaker.  She was educated at Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology, Vanderbilt University with a Master of Liberal Arts & Science (MLAS) and Southeastern Academy.  Her civic an professional involvement includes memberships in the Professional involvement includes membership in the Professional Speakers Bureau... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 9:45am - 11:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

9:45am

“Round about Leadership Leading Generation X to Generation Next"

Young people now entering the workforce have been tagged with a multiplicity of nicknames such as Gen X, Gen Y, Echo Boomers, and Millennial to name a few. What is the matter with these young people today? Increasingly, Baby Boomers are expressing a frustration with their new hires. The young people initially hired for their new ideas are now disrupting the workplace trying to implement those new ideas. This is causing a growing generational conflict among co-workers. How do you minimize the conflicts and at the same time lead all these ‘others’ effectively?

 


Speakers
avatar for Art Jackson

Art Jackson

Eagles Nest Performance Management Inc.
Art Jackson is a professional speaker, executive coach and the President of Eagles Nest Performance Management, Inc.  He is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, performance improvement and interpersonal skills.  Art is the originator of the Purpose Centered Leadership™ system that has been used to improve performance in many facets of public and private life. Art is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 9:45am - 11:30am
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

11:45am

LUNCH
Friday August 9, 2013 11:45am - 1:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

1:15pm

Diversity in the Workplace—is it Important

The process of acknowledging our differences often causes anxiety, uncertainty, and even resentment.  While identifying how we differ is easy, learning how to accept, appreciate, and negotiate obstacles rarely is!  Offered in this session is a practical discussion of the benefits and difficulties of working within a diverse department and community including recruitment, retention, promotion, and communication.

 


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards

Chapel Hill Fire Rescue
I have worked for 17 years in municipal government at the Town of Chapel Hill. I served in an administrative role in the Chapel Hill Police Department as a direct report for the Chief of Police for nine years and three years in the Human Resource Development Department as a Training Officer and Human Resource Generalist.  I currently serve as an Administrative/Public Information Officer | in the Fire Department. | My work qualities reflect... Read More →
avatar for Heather Robinson

Heather Robinson

Master FF, Chapel Hill Fire Rescue
Heather Robinson has over 10 years in the fire service.  She is currently employed as a firefighter with the Chapel Hill (NC) Fire Department.  Heather sits on the CHFD Working Relations Committee, has participated in the CHFD hiring process, and represented CHFD for four years on the Town’s Employee Forum.  Heather is the Secretary of the Chapel Hill Firefighter’ Association (Local 2580).  Heather earned a... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

1:15pm

Diversity Resiliency

To manage, diversity leaders are challenged to discern differences between diversity and assimilation; requirements and non-requirements; conveniences, traditions and preferences. Creating diversity resiliency in the workplace involves every aspect of human capital to include: recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion and career advancement and retirement.  To ensure diversity resiliency, leaders must learn to navigate through barriers and learn the process of making quality decisions that naturally enables all participants to contribute to their full potential.

 


Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Cloud

Rosemary Cloud

Fire Chief, City of East Point
Rosemary Roberts Cloud is Fire Chief for the City of East Point, Georgia, and the first African American female Fire Chief in the United States.  Her responsibilities have included managing up to 35 fire stations and 1,030 employees in the cities of Atlanta and East Point. Chief Cloud began her career in the fire service 30 years ago with the City of Atlanta Fire Department, and worked her way up the ranks from firefighter to chief... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

1:15pm

Respect for Diversity

When you’re open to experiencing things outside of your comfort zone, meaning things not normally done in your family or by people in your neighborhood, you’re branching out and you’re allowing diversity to be a part of your life.  Diversity opens a lot of doors equipping you with opportunities that may have otherwise been unavailable.  Keep an open mind to the possibility of the power of diversity.  A diverse workforce combines workers from different backgrounds and experiences that together breed a more creative, innovative, and productive workforce.  Businesses have learned that they can draw upon our nation’s diversity to strengthen their bottom line; diversity is a key ingredient to growing a strong and inclusive economy.

 


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Logan

Stephanie Logan

Speaker/ Author/ Life Coach, Powerful Words
Stephanie has been described as a “World Class” professional inspirational and motivational speaker.  She was educated at Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology, Vanderbilt University with a Master of Liberal Arts & Science (MLAS) and Southeastern Academy.  Her civic an professional involvement includes memberships in the Professional involvement includes membership in the Professional Speakers Bureau... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

1:15pm

“Round about Leadership Leading Generation X to Generation Next"

Young people now entering the workforce have been tagged with a multiplicity of nicknames such as Gen X, Gen Y, Echo Boomers, and Millennial to name a few. What is the matter with these young people today? Increasingly, Baby Boomers are expressing a frustration with their new hires. The young people initially hired for their new ideas are now disrupting the workplace trying to implement those new ideas. This is causing a growing generational conflict among co-workers. How do you minimize the conflicts and at the same time lead all these ‘others’ effectively?

 


Speakers
avatar for Art Jackson

Art Jackson

Eagles Nest Performance Management Inc.
Art Jackson is a professional speaker, executive coach and the President of Eagles Nest Performance Management, Inc.  He is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, performance improvement and interpersonal skills.  Art is the originator of the Purpose Centered Leadership™ system that has been used to improve performance in many facets of public and private life. Art is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:30pm

Exploring Violence Within and Against LGBTQ Communities

Ms. Quillin is an expert in the area of LGBT violence and a seasoned presenter on the subject. The presentation explains the barriers to service that LGBT couples might face when calling the police and emergency services when there is domestic violence. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Quillin Drew-Musgrave

Quillin Drew-Musgrave

Member Support Manager, Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Quillin Drew-Musgrave currently serves as the Member Support Manager for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Quillin held the Project Manager position for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project from January 2007 to June 2009 and served on its Board of Directors from 2010-2012. Quillin has provided numerous workshops and drafted curricula on the issues faced by LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:30pm

Leading Diversity in the Workplace and at Home

In the session participants will evaluate how leadership can influence a culture of inclusion. The participants will learn to identify techniques which result in inclusive behaviors. Participants will practice courageous dialogue that promotes inclusive environments.

 


Speakers
avatar for Karen Williams

Karen Williams

Prize 1924
Karen Williams is owner/coach of the boutique leadership development firm prize 1924. The company is dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations realize their purpose through coaching, training and strategic planning. As the recipient of several international diversity and leadership development awards, Karen brings both heart and backbone to her work. By enabling participants to reflect internally on their personal development... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

3:30pm

Pay it Forward: Enhancing Equity & Diversity in the Next Generation

One of the most effective ways in which any parent (grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or mentor) can ensure ‘equity’ and ‘diversity’ in the next generation is to know how to effectively grow – and celebrate! - their ‘children's’ unique God-given gifts. In this (highly interactive ) presentation participants will come to understand how they can most effectively help their ‘children’ to both discover, and then develop, their ‘gifts’ in the real world; and how to avoid the most common mistakes that even the most well-intentioned ‘parent’ makes in trying to do so.

 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Wriston

Michael Wriston

Compete Edge
Michael Wriston is a former Human Resources Executive who received his doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee and was an award-winning member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond for over twenty-five years.  As President, and founder of The Competitive Edge, Michael has been a successful independent consultant for over twenty years helping organizations, teams, individuals to develop the... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St Richmond, VA 23219

5:00pm

Explore Richmond Night
Friday August 9, 2013 5:00pm - 10:00pm
None
 
Saturday, August 10
 

8:30am

Breakfast
Saturday August 10, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

9:30am

Fire Chief Round Table
Saturday August 10, 2013 9:30am - 11:00am
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

11:00am

Closing Ceremony

Saturday August 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn 501 East Broad St. Richmond VA 23219