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#SHRMDIV Speaker Spotlight: Q & A with Ricardo Palomares


In our daily interactions, we tend to focus on what makes us different from others. Those differences could be as obvious as race and gender identities or as subtle as demeanors and appearances. We have also extended these same biases to our organizations such as being more critical of employees of diverse backgrounds, hiring people who look like us, or rewarding employees who think and behave like us. In order to develop more inclusive workplaces, we must be ready to shift our focus from our differences to our similarities.

When I found this topic,...


Inclusive Storytelling with Transparency and Authenticity with #SHRMDIV Presenter, Elena Valentine


My first interview for the 2018 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference (#SHRMDIV) that is being held in Atlanta less than 2 weeks was with Joe Gerstandt.  Click here for the Q & A with Joe.  My next interview is with Elena Valentine. 

Elena Valentine helps talent acquisition and employer-branding leaders tell their company stories using video to attract and retain quality talent.  As Elena’s LinkedIn profile indicates, she is a Workplace Filmmaker and Design Researcher.  Elena spends her days leading...


The Experience of Seeing, Thinking, and Being Different



There are plenty of examples of research showing that diverse teams are more creative, more effective, and more innovative. We know that inclusive and high trust organizational cultures simply outperform others. I believe that, by extension, this must be true for individuals as well. I was fortunate to spend a few days at three incredible gatherings: The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology the American Road and Transportation Builder’s Association conference on innovation - Transovation, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference. Each conference had a wide...


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Candidate Generation Phase



After considering the Marketing Mix in Talent Acquisition, the next step in the recruitment process is putting together a sourcing strategy, for each role. After meeting with the hiring manager to understand the exact needs of the role, as well as its nuances. After understanding their role fully, including their management style, we move to the Candidate Generate Phase - a well thought through strategy designed to ensure that we have a proper plan to attract candidates. Because no role is exactly like another, there may be similarities,...


Some Insights on the #MeToo Movement and Harassment in the Workplace


This was first published as the “Ask HR” column in USA TODAY.


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A year ago, high-profile allegations of sexual harassment set off the #MeToo movement. Since then, the shockwaves have disrupted workplaces across the country.

Employers and employees at workplaces from hotels to Hollywood continue to raise questions about this critical issue.

I can’t answer them all in this column. But I can share some insights and offer my answer to what I think is the most important question.

First, let me say...


#SHRMDiv Speaker Spotlight: Q & A with Ben Eubanks, SHRM-SCP


The SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference (#SHRMDiv) is fast approaching and I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to attend the conference as a SHRM Blog Contributor. Although this will be my first #SHRMDiv experience, I have to admit that I am already impressed by the excellent selection of topics and speakers.

In the course of deciding on which sessions to attend, I reviewed the various topics and looked up some of the speakers. Next, I decided to reach out to a few of them to get some insight on their respective sessions. In these interviews,...


#SHRMLead Recap: Connect, Learn, and Share


SHRMLead just finished, it was a wonderful two days in Boston meeting great HR professionals and speakers.

The weather was chilly, the food was delicious, and the conversations flowed. I’m thankful to receive the chance to attend SHRMLead, along with Carlos and Claire, as part of the SHRMLead Bloggers Trio!

I decided on my sessions before attending the conference, this one wasn’t nearly as big as SHRM18, but I still wanted to be prepared and decide which sessions would be best for me and my development.

Letty Kluttz...