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#SHRMDIV Day 1 : Change How You Think About Diversity & Inclusion

Despite having to wake up at the crack of dawn, nearly missing my connecting flight and fearing for my life on the taxi ride from the airport,  I FINALLY made it to San Francisco and the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference in time for the afternoon sessions. At first glance, the two sessions I attended – Creating a Diversity Strategy Map: Converting Intangible Assets into Tangible Outcomes and Results and Inclusion: The Future of Diversity – didn’t have much in common other than both being about diversity. However,...

Diversity is Being Asked to the Party. Inclusion is Being Asked to Dance. #SHRMDIV

Attending the SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference & Expo has truly been an amazing experience.  I first must thank the Garden State Council SHRM (GSC-SHRM) for sending myself and my Co – Chair to this amazing conference.  It has been nothing but a fantastic learning experience.

This is my first time in San Francisco, so immediately arriving at the Hyatt Regency I went for a long walk and found myself at Pier 39, which, by the way, rocks.  If you have not been to San Francisco, I highly recommend it.  An amazing experience I came across during my voyage was...


The Power of Appreciation

How can you keep a focus on appreciation this week?   How do you praise someone for great work?  How do you follow up after receiving an early submission of a major proposal?  How do you respond when someone extends a hand to a colleague without being asked?  What is your reaction when a team mate raises their hand to assist with a project?  What would be your next step if you had the privilege to overhear exceptional customer service being extended? 
Take a moment to tell your team...

Top 5 Things To Do When You Receive an EEOC Charge of Discrimination

The pre-cursor to many employment related lawsuits is the filing of a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Navigating the EEOC can be a confusing and daunting process. Here are five tips regarding what to when you receive a charge:

1. Don’t Ignore It!

Unlike a lawsuit, you will not be “formally served” with a charge. It will arrive via certified mail, in a regular envelope. It looks innocent enough. It is very important to read all of the materials provided by the EEOC....

Halloween in the Office. Where Should HR Draw the Line?



I have seen it all when it comes to Halloween in the office. From nothing to all out costume and Halloween Parties with drunken pirates and everything in-between. So, what should HR allow and where is the line in the sand?

So, let’s start with your actual work environment. Here are a few quick questions to ask:

Are customers or clients regularly on-site or are you sheltered from contact?

Are you an office or factory/warehouse environment?

What impact if any does wearing a costume have on your business?

How about...


#Nextchat: Creating a Better Open Enrollment Experience


Open enrollment is one of the most important times of the year for organizations, and it’s also one of the most dreaded. Complex and ambiguous changes to health care and retirement plans have created a lot of confusion for employees. However, with proper planning, employers can develop communication strategies to help employees make the best choices for their health and finances.

Communication is key to a successful open enrollment. And when it comes to developing a benefits communications strategy that will engage your employees, creating messages that resonate with your audience...


Let’s Start with Decency #SHRMDIV



Lately I have engaged in several conversations (online and IRL) surrounding race, racism, diversity and inclusion, as I’m sure many of you have given today’s political and social climate. These conversations have been with friends, colleagues and fellow HR professionals. Thankfully I associate with some pretty intelligent, thoughtful, decent individuals who can discuss heated topics without becoming heated (passionate maybe, but not heated) and/or resorting to insults or name-calling. Thankfully. But for many, these types of conversations can often devolve into a free-for-all that becomes focused on the individual rather...


D & I Preparation #SHRMDIV

I’m in San Francisco getting ready for the SHRM Diversity and Inclusion conference that starts tomorrow, and I’m thinking about what diversity and inclusion mean.
On the plane here, I listened to an episode of The Guilty Feminist podcast about male privilege. The host, Deborah Frances-White, likened privilege to hot and cold running water. Most people reading my blog have lived their entire lives with hot and cold running water in their homes. It’s an expectation we don’t think twice about. We know in our heads that...

Sweeping a Dirt floor, and Drinking Nescafe


Two of the most important skills the military gave me!

Transferable skills are consistently the focal point of discussions around veterans’ hiring programs and employment after the military.  Skills such as leadership, time-management, and teamwork are often mentioned as traits that position veterans for success after their time in uniform.  Nevertheless, what I find even more valuable- at work and everywhere else in my life- are the lessons I’ve learned through the many multi-cultural experiences I had serving alongside diverse people around the world.  These experiences have given me- and thousands...


Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology 2017


Earlier this month, 18,000 people descended upon Orlando for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology.

We live in an amazing time, where the influence and impact of technology permeates every aspect of our lives. We rely on technology to do our banking, stay connected with our friends, book our travel, and to manage our schedules. And yet women make up a relatively small percentage of the technical workforce.

Anita Borg and Grace Hopper both did tremendous work to change that dynamic. The Grace Hopper Celebration is an inspiring...