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Oct 2017


Hyatt Regency - San Francisco 5 Embarcadero Center San Francisco , California 94111
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2017 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference - Society For Human Resource Management



About SHRM:

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.


Oct 23   

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Opening General Session featuring Bettina Deynes and Lisa Ling

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
DIVERSITY LEADERS EXCHANGE | Johns Hopkins’ Approach to Building High-Performing Teams: Exploring the Hidden Layers of Diversity

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Exposition Opening & Reception

Oct 24   

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Session featuring Tony Byers

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
DIVERSITY LEADERS EXCHANGE | Improving Relationships Through Micro-Inclusion Techniques

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Concurrent Sessions

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Exposition Open

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
DIVERSITY LEADERS EXCHANGE | EDI Design: Identifying Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Priorities

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Theatrical General Session

Oct 25   

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
DIVERSITY LEADERS EXCHANGE | Strategic Planning: Developing D&I Beyond Trainings and Events

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Closing General Session featuring Chef Jeff Henderson

Keynote Speakers

Henry G. (Hank) Jackson

President & CEO SHRM

Henry G. (Hank) Jackson is the president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional Society. He previously served as the Society’s interim president and CEO, and as chief global finance and business affairs officer.

Under Jackson’s leadership, the Society has grown to a record 290,000 members and hosted its largest-ever Annual Conference and Exposition. To better serve a diverse and more complex HR profession, the Society expanded its global reach and impact, formed partnerships with the Council for Global Immigration and SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People and Strategy, and opened its first state office in California, home to the largest concentration of HR professionals in the U.S.

During Jackson’s tenure, the Society developed and launched its competency-based certification—the accredited SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and SHRM-Certified Professional—to further advance the HR profession. Within two years, the number of SHRM-certified professionals grew to more than 100,000 worldwide.      

At the helm of SHRM during the economic downturn, Jackson spearheaded the Society’s initiatives on pressing HR and employment issues such as workforce readiness, veterans’ employment, and long-term unemployment. The Society has also strengthened its position as a highly sought-after voice on workplace public policy, as HR and workplace issues have increasingly been part of national discussions and public policy debates.

Jackson believes that the HR profession is at an exciting and pivotal moment, calling it the “Decade of Human Capital.” Businesses are beginning to better understand and embrace human resource management as the most critical contributor to the strategic direction of their organizations, and the HR profession is being propelled into a key business leadership position.

A long-tenured SHRM employee, Jackson has ensured as CEO that the organization remains an employer of choice and invests in a world-class workplace and work environment. In 2013, Washingtonian magazine recognized SHRM as a Great Place to Work in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Jackson came to SHRM from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was senior vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer of the university. In this role, he oversaw the financial well-being of the university’s 11 schools and colleges, hospital, public television station, and commercial radio station. He served in several previous positions at Howard University, including comptroller, deputy comptroller, and systems accountant, before becoming senior vice president.

Prior to joining Howard University, Jackson worked in public accounting with Hurdman Main and KMPG as senior auditor and a computer audit specialist. For several years, he was a consultant for the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers.

Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. He is a certified public accountant.

Bettina A. Deynes

Interim Chief HR & Strategy Officer SHRM

Bettina A. Deynes, SHRM-SCP,  IPMA-CP , is Vice President, Human Resources at SHRM. She has more than 20 years of experience in HR.  Prior to joining SHRM, Bettina was Director of Human Resources for the City of Alexandria, Va., where she was responsible to the city manager for the effective and efficient management of all human resource responsibilities, programs and projects. Prior to that role, she was director of human resources for the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Ling

Acclaimed journalist OWN & CNN

Lisa Ling is currently executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN. For the show, Lisa has explored the scourge of prescription pill addiction in Utah, the recent influx of women in North Dakota’s boomtown and a town in the rural Midwest where young men aspire to be priests.  

For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Lisa embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin, got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement, witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans of war and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capitol. She has also profiled Americans living beneath the poverty line for the first time and people serving unimaginably lengthy prison sentences for crimes they did not commit.

As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America among other issues that are too often ignored.

Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world.  She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.

Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura.  

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