2016 HR Summit - Schedule


This schedule is subject to change.

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Wednesday, October 19

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for sponsoring this event.

Speakers: Vikki Spruill, President & CEO, Council on Foundations; Dr. Michael McAffe, Vice President for Programs and Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, PolicyLink; Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, The San Francisco Foundation

Thursday, October 20

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Establishing a Common Ground

While diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), are not new terms to HR professionals, the definition of each term varies from person to person and organization to organization. During this session, we will discuss these concepts and their influence in the field of philanthropy. 

Speakers: Nadia Brigham, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Carly Hare, National Director, CHANGE Philanthropy; Floyd Mills, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Council on Foundations

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Expanding Ban the Box

Every day, many Americans are denied the opportunity to compete for quality jobs that can prove stability and security for their families - all because of a prior history of incarceration or convictions. This form of employment discrimination has a disproportionate impact on people of color, who are more likely to be arrested and incarcerated due to racial disparities in the justice system.

For foundations seeking better results and inclusion, adopting (or deepening a commitment to fair chance hiring could be an important step to unlocking untapped potential. During this session participants will hear perspectives from advocates and HR professionals who have participated in the Ban the Box Philanthropy Challenge - an effort to promote fair chance hiring in philanthropy.  The speakers will review the key steps from the forthcoming Fair-Chance Hiring Toolkit: A Step-By-Step Guide for Foundations.

Speaker: Damon Hewitt, Executive Director, Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color ;Denise Dalton, Director of Human Resources and Operations, Vera Institute; Michelle Natividad Rodriquez, Senior Staff Attorney, Natiponal Employment Law Professionals

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Assessing Inclusion within your Organization/Foundation

Organizational Culture is a vital component of ensuring a productive work environment in any workplace. As HR practitioners, we have the opportunity to shape an inclusive and equitable organizational culture. How can you determine the extent to which your organization values diversity, equity, and inclusion in theory and in practice? Using an objective assessment tool, participants will evaluate the climate within their foundation as it relates to DEI and identify opportunities for improvement.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Working Lunch

12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Tackling Barriers to Inclusion: Tools for Making Change

Unconscious bias. Covering. Courageous conversations. All three, influence the way in which employees bring their authentic selves to work.  HR professionals should be aware of how these can inhibit authenticity. During this session, we will explore conceptual models related to organizational culture and learn how to identify and navigate some of the potential barriers to inclusion in the workplace.

Speakers: Andrá Ward, President and CEO, The Khafre Ward Corporation; Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, Rockwood Leadership Institute; David Glasgow, Executive Director, Center for Diversity Inclusion and Belonging, NYU School of Law

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leading Change: The Role of HR

In her book, The Key to Cultural Transformation, Frances Hesselbein presents this truth — "Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day." Transforming an organizational culture requires leaders with the ability to implement new practices that reflect the authenticity of their employees. Having already learned to identify potential barriers to inclusion, participants will discuss the roles which HR professionals can play in managing change within their foundations while learning tips for leading this change.

5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Moving to Action

We know the intention of every attendee is to bring home new strategies to implement, and this activity will provide tools to do just that.  This activity will provide a reminder of the meaningful lessons learned thought the course of the day.

Speaker: Julianne Sobral, Senior Vice President of Operations & Talent Development, Council on Foundations

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dinner (Optional)

The Council would like to thank the HR Summit Sponsors for their generous support:

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