AGEISM: Best Practices to Confront Age Bias & Leverage Generational Diversity - Q & A with Sonia Aranza #Inclusion2020

SHRM's Inclusion 2020 Conference is October 19-21 and will feature several amazing presenters including Sonia Aranza who will present AGEISM: Best Practices to Confront Age Bias & Leverage Generational Diversity.

The U.S. Department of Labor describes Sonia Aranza’s work as “Outstanding!” She is an accomplished 25-year veteran in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serving Top Fortune 500 companies and organizations including Boeing, CIA, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, NASA, Oshkosh Corporation, Sandals Resorts, U.S. Air Force, Walmart and more. She was selected to execute congressionally mandated Diversity & Inclusion programs for federal government executives and selected to execute Unconscious Bias programs for landmark discrimination cases at several corporations. Respected Diversity Expert featured in HR Magazine, she brings academic grounding to her work with two Master’s degrees in her area of expertise and a wealth of experience in Strategy, Design and Delivery of compelling programs that create inclusive work environments. 

Sonia brings a unique world view as someone born in the Philippines, raised in Hawaii, is a former exchange student to Russia and a world traveler who delivers programs for major corporations around the globe.  Sonia was honored “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Asian American Women and named “100 Most Influential Filipina-Americans in the United States.”  She was also honored “100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World” for her work on transformational leadership and is featured in the book “Disrupt 2.0” where she authored “Transformational Leadership Begins Within.”  She mentors emerging leaders worldwide.

Why did you decide to present on the topic “AGEISM: Best Practices to Confront Age Bias & Leverage Generational Diversity” at Inclusion 2020?

AGEISM IS REAL.  Bias based on a person's Age is a challenge in the workplace.  For the first time in history, 5 generations are working side by side. This phenomenon has heightened Ageism and it impacts everyone – older and younger workers.  

What do you believe is the biggest misconception about ageism in the workplace today?

There is a misconception that Ageism is not as urgent as the other "isms" such as racism, sexism or heterosexism.  The truth is that Ageism intersects with all the other "isms" and that discrimination based on age needs to be addressed now. 

What is the biggest challenge faced by organizations in managing five different generations in today’s workforce?    

Each generation brings different strengths.  They also have different needs.  Organizations cannot take a "one size fits all" approach.  Leveraging their strengths and understanding their needs take commitment.  Some organizations fail to make that commitment and it impacts their ability to manage a multigenerational workforce.  

What is one way HR can leverage generational differences to create a more inclusive culture?

Deepen your understanding of multigenerational differences and let that inform your policy decisions and people engagement.

In your session, attendees will learn best practices on how to create an age-inclusive workplace culture. What is one best practice that you’ll be sharing more about?

I am excited to share 7 best practices plus 3 key insights!  Come and find out what they are!

What do you think attendees will be the most encouraged or inspired by after they attend your session?

Ageism affects all of us.  You will be inspired by personal stories and insights.  Together, we can address Ageism and create a work environment where everyone can thrive!

AGEISM: Best Practices to Confront Age Bias & Leverage Generational Diversity


11:30 AM to 11:50 AM


1:20 PM to 1:40 PM


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