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Diversity & Inclusion


    2015 Cumberland Valley SHRM Diversity Conference

    FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

    7:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    $25.00 Members  $30.00 Non-Members

    Fee includes continental breakfast

    Homewood Suites, 1650 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

    Pending HRCI Credits


    Tonya Leary

    “Unconscious and Implicit Biases in the Workplace"

    In our workplaces, conscious decisions can be tainted by unconscious and implicit biases (attitudes, stereotypes, prejudice, assumptions, understandings).  This can lead to bad business decisions that are unfair, divisive, unwise and potentially illegal.  These forms of biases may extend to gender, sex, national origin and other characteristics and can limit opportunities, affect social interactions and employment decisions as well as the reputation of your company.

    During this session Ms. Leary will explore the major areas in our workplaces, where hidden biases can affect practices and approaches that may unknowingly cause your company to become the target of EEOC inquiry or investigation or a lawsuit.

    During this session, Ms. Leary will discuss

    • Unconscious and Implicit Biases – What is it? 
    • What does it look like in the workplace?  How might it affect decisions and behaviors?
    • How to interrupt ways of thinking by raising awareness and exposing ways in which unconscious and implicit bias creates and reinforces barriers to opportunity.  


    Keith Thirion/Jer Welter, Esq.,

    Keith Thirion /Jer Welter, Esq.

    "Policies, protections and best practices on LGBT issues in the workplace"

    This session will increase cultural competency in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the workplace and how to respectfully interact with LGBT people as employees, co-workers and the public. Attendees will learn relevant terminology and issues of discrimination LGBT people face, legal protections including federal and state anti-discrimination policies, and best practices and benefits of creating LGBT-inclusive workplaces.

    • Gain an understanding of who lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are and issues of discrimination.

    •  Learn about state and federal anti-discrimination laws and policies protecting LGBT people in the workplace.

    • Become familiar with best practices in developing workplaces inclusive of LGBT people.



    Rodney G. Rose, Esq./Catharine Fleming

    “New Class of Employee”


    The Value and Advantage for Employing Individuals with Disabilities, Disadvantaging Conditions and Traditional Barriers to Employment.


    • The Disabled Workforce – Training and Employment of Individuals with disabilities, How goodwill prepares the disabled for inclusion into the normal workforce
    • Disadvantaging Conditions – Poverty, Transportation, Housing, Criminal Backgrounds and overcoming these obstacles to create successful employees
    • Goodwill – A conduit for trained, work ready individuals with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions, for your Workforce.


    To register email Linda Blontz at by Wednesday, 5/13/2015

    Pay at the door or pay by credit card via pay pal: 
    Meeting Fee



    Sponsorship Opportunities


                 $200  Lunch Sponsor

    Entitles your organization to one display table, one breakfast and lunch, and 10 minutes to talk about your service during the lunch break.

                 $100 Table Sponsor

    Entitles your organization to one display table, one breakfast and lunch.

    $30 Additional Sponsor                Meals

    For both Breakfast & Lunch


    For program information or to volunteer, please e-mail: 

    D&I Director: 

    Sila Alegret-Bartel                                         

     Phone (240) 420-0803