Emily M. Dickens, SHRM’s Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary, shared
her perspective on creating healthy workplace cultures at the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2018 Leadership Conference.
Last week, SHRM launched a new 30-second commercial and special 3-part video series designed to stimulate a national conversation about key workplace issues. The #WeAreWork initiative also aims to engage organizations and policymakers across the political spectrum in a dialogue on all matters work, workers and workplaces. To that end, SHRM took the conversation to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2018 Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
For almost a decade, SHRM has partnered with CHCI to provide leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders, including the SHRM/CHCI Scholar-Intern Program, which supports Hispanic students with an interest in HR.
At this year’s CHCI conference, which takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, SHRM had a unique opportunity to lead discussions with key policymakers and business leaders our three key #WeAreWork issues: closing the skills gap, modernizing business immigration and addressing workplace harassment.
Emily M. Dickens, SHRM’s Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary, shared SHRM’s perspective in a plenary session on “Women’s Empowerment: Examining the #MeToo and #Times Up Movement.” The session was covered live on CSPAN and can be viewed here.
Emily highlighted the importance of creating an effective and healthy workplace culture to prevent and address harassment. “The #MeToo movement has been a call to action for organizational leaders to assess their workplaces to ensure they have a healthy culture and live that culture in all they do,” she said. “Employers can start by taking a hard look at their culture, as well as the diversity and strength of their leadership teams, through workplace assessment and risk analysis.”
At the CHCI Arts and Culture Reception, members of SHRM’s Global, Government Affairs and Communications teams also met with policymakers and up-and-coming leaders to discuss employment-based immigration and how tapping diverse talent can help close the skills gap.
As the #wearework conversation continues, gatherings and partnerships like this are one way SHRM is elevating HR. At last week’s CHCI event, SHRM showed that, we too, are here to lead.