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April SHRM Luncheon

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn & Suites (Airport), Bellingham, WA
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Join us for this month's SHRM Luncheon

"Why DEI Matters Now More Than Ever"

Date/Time: Thursday April 11th | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Holiday Inn & Suites (Airport) | 4260 Mitchell Way

What We'll Cover:

    Following the outpouring of support for DEI initiatives nationally in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, and others - many companies are choosing to pull back on those commitments citing budget cutbacks in the recession, failed attempts to embed DEI in their organizations, and even concerns that programs concerning equity and inclusion could hurt their business by creating a 'woke' persona and backlash. This program reviews the reasons DEI programs fail, and why equity and inclusion work makes strategic business sense - for everyone. Diversity is a fact - and the world and our future workforce is becoming even more diverse. Equipping your organization to engage in equitable and inclusive practices will not only benefit your organization now, it will set you up to be an employer of choice into the future.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Cite the business case for continued support of equity and inclusion efforts in their organizations.
    • Begin to make the link in their organizations between data/outcomes, and the effectiveness of stated mission and values.
    • Understand why HR can't 'own' equity and inclusion: Initiatives vs. Cultural Embedment.

    About Our Presenters:

    April Allen & Shawna Unger

    April Allen and Shawna Unger have been working in senior HR, DEI, and internal legal positions for over two decades. They bring a practical and pragmatic approach to the work of equity, inclusion - and creating a sense of belonging in organizations.

    April holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Hastings School of Law, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and has worked in internal legal and senior DEI officer roles for Hewlett Packard, Diamler Trucks, and most recently at PeaceHealth, where she met Shawna.

    Shawna is a Pacific NW native who holds a Bachelors degree from Western Washington University, a Masters from Trinity Western University, and the boots on the ground education that over 20 years of life in the trenches of HR leadership can provide. Shawna began her HR career in recruiting and temporary staffing where she worked with companies across the spectrum, from production, service to tech and legal. She spent the last 20 years in healthcare, serving most recently as the VP of HR and Labor for PeaceHealth.

    Proudly Sponsored By: 

    United Way works to build financial stability for everyone in Whatcom County. Using local data from the United for ALICE research, we assess community needs and invest in a collective network of programs working to holistically address the complex issues so many people in our community face. United Way also funds and manages Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for all of Whatcom County. The Imagination Library is a low-barrier literacy program that mails one book each month to registered children under 5— at no cost to families. This program helps close education gaps in early learning and promotes long-term academic success for Whatcom County’s littlest learners. Stronger kids, families, and communities is what United Way is all about.

    Tickets on sale March 15th - April 5th. 

    General admission tickets may be purchased at the door (lunch not included).

    This program is approved for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and 1 Business HRCI credit.

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