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Arkansas SHRM 2022 HR Conference & Expo • October 24-26 • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Program Details

The Best Practices & Pitfalls of Diversity

 Recently, companies all across the country have decided to investigate and reexamine any policies aimed at rectifying inequities within their organizations.  Several companies are doing what they can to establish a sense of belonging for all employees.  They are supporting innovation and creativity, as well as supporting teamwork and collaboration in their efforts to offer better problem solving and equal growth opportunities for their employees.  In the midst of the best practices, sometimes HR professionals may encounter pitfalls of their diversity initiatives and must figure out ways to overcome these pitfalls which could include communication issues, slower decision making, and perceived reverse discrimination.  It’s no secret that diversity and inclusion initiatives are essential to an organization’s success and overcoming diversity challenges by revisiting and reevaluating those efforts on an ongoing basis 

Key Objectives: 

  • Identify several best practices of diversity initiatives
  • Identify challenges that may come along with any diversity initiatives
  • Identify actionable steps to implement best practices and to overcome challenges of diversity

Leslie Coleman

Business-centric 20+ year HR leader and change agent with a successful record of diversified experience in Human Resources/Employee Relations/Recruiting; Ground up creation of Diversity Programs with fortune 500 companies utilizing extensive business & community networks. Proven skills in C-Suite communications, employee relations, union environments, supply chain, executive sourcing, succession planning, client/vendor management, and strategic planning and project/staff management. Demonstrated ability to succeed in high volume environments while servicing multiple and diverse business groups. Management of direct reports across multiple sites including international.

As former President of the National Black MBA Association: Created a Nationally Recognized, Regionally Televised Diversity Initiative within the city of Memphis– “Train Ride to Success,” shoring up sustainability for the NBMBAA Memphis Chapter. Engaged fortune 500 companies to participate in the event advertising over 2000 jobs to participants within Tennessee and Louisana. Engaged four other chapters as well as National Headquarters to support the event, boasting multiple hires as a result of the event. 

Created a signature, inaugural event entitled, “The Diversity Breakfast,’ boasting a roundtable comprised of city officials, Community and Business Executives from around the state.

Publisher of research in the field of Psychology (i.e. retention and personality traits). 

Please Note: Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.

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