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Arkansas SHRM 2023 HR Conference & Expo • October 18-20 • Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Program Details

Employers Widening Pathways to Work by Addressing Barriers in Their Own Backyard

Key Objectives

(1) Learn about landmark new research findings into the hiring process from the perspective of both employers and prospective workers. (2) Hear about how five communities, with support from SHRM Foundation, are piloting interventions to address barriers and disconnects between local businesses and prospective workers. (3) Explore how you can integrate the research and pilot efforts into your own work in your community.

Barriers to work can most easily be addressed, and how can employers work to address them? SHRM Foundation, in partnership with ARSHRM, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas’s Department of Education, and collaborators in five Arkansas communities, are in the midst of a pilot program to try and answer these and other questions. In this session, hear about new state-level and localized research commissioned by SHRM Foundation and provided to community partners statewide.

Clayton Lord

Director of Programs at SHRM Foundation

Clayton Lord (Clay) is a social impact executive with 20 years experience in program ideation, development, funding, implementation, and evaluation. Clay currently serves as the Director of Programs for the SHRM Foundation, the Alexandria-based philanthropic arm of the Society of Human Resource Management. He oversees programmatic strategy, planning, delivery, and evaluation for the foundation, leading a team of five to support resource distribution, programming, partnership building, and equity-centered education for SHRM’s 300,000+ members across the globe. Prior to joining the SHRM Foundation team, he served for ten years as a vice president in charge of program development and strategic impact at Americans for the Arts, the country’s leading research, advocacy, and policy organization for arts, culture, and the creative economy. An expert in complex project and coalition development as well as large-scale strategic planning and realignment efforts, he co-led the Get Creative Workers Working coalition, a collective of 2,300 creative workers and businesses pushing for more arts-inclusive public policy, for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Americans for the Arts, Clay oversaw all professional development for 7,500 members, as well as program and service delivery to hundreds of thousands of arts workers and advocates across the country. He also co-led the organization’s cultural and racial equity work and conducted the New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year, multi-city qualitative and quantitative research effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and LAAs in American communities.  He has taught or guest lectured at Georgetown University, San Francisco State University, American University, George Mason University, and Brooklyn College. Clay is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the transformation of American communities, including shifts and changes in labor, public and private value, innovation and technology, and community priorities. He has authored or co-authored significant research reports as well as co-authoring and/or editing three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the Arts; Arts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992. Clay holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University. He lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.

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Date: Thu, October 19, 2023 | 12:30-1:30 pm| Add to Calendar

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Location: Hall C

Category: Workforce Readiness

HRCI Credits:

1.00 General HRCI Recertification credits available.

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SHRM Credits:

1.00 SHRM Recertification credits available.

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