Diversity Works

November 11, 2008

Contact: Annie Weatherby-Flowers
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Department of Civil Rights
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm. 523
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-6577


Diversity Works

The EOC Employment Committee is pleased to announce that registrations are now being accepted for the "Diversity Works Conference,"

Presented by: the Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management and the City of Madison Equal Opportunities Commission's Employment Committee

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

This program is sponsored by GMA SHRM Gold Partner Melli Law, S.C.

Workshop: Bringing Cultural Competence to Your Workplace - Presented by Gladis Benavides, President and Owner of BE, Inc.

Keynote: Diversity, Inclusion, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment: Distinct, Complementary, and Essential - Presented by Peter Bye, President, The MDB Group, Livingston, NJ

8:00-8:30 Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30-8:45 Welcome and Announcements

8:45-9:45 Workshop: Bringing Cultural Competence to Your Workplace
Gladis Benavides, President and Owner of BE, Inc.

10:00-12:00 Keynote: Diversity, Inclusion, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment: Distinct, Complementary, and Essential


GMA SHRM Members, non-profit and community based agencies: $35
Non-Members: $45
Students: $20

Keynote Description

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) should be essential contributors to the sustained success of all organizations! We all know, however, that this is not happening. Confusion reigns. Diversity and inclusion do build off the accomplishments of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA). D&I, however, are all about business success and business opportunity whereas EEO and AA are all about compliance. In this session we will explore how each is distinct from the other, complementary to all others, and essential to your organization. Come learn more about each and in particular some new thinking that you can apply to accelerate your D&I results.

You will learn:

- About how diversity, inclusion, EEO, and affirmative action are distinct, complementary, and essential to your organization's success.
- The real business potential of diversity and inclusion (D&I) regardless of whether your customers are consumers or other organizations.
- A new way to think about diversity and inclusion that will help you engage your CEO.

The keynote will help clarify your thinking about diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action. You will see how they interrelate and new possibilities to apply leading-edge thinking about D&I within your organization. You will become a more-valuable resource to your CEO when you learn about applying a "people and workplace lens" to your CEO's business objectives

Our Keynote Presenter - Peter Bye, President, The MDB Group, Livingston, NJ
Peter Bye is the President of MDB Group, Inc. and creator of Business-Aligned® diversity and inclusion planning. Bye is an acknowledged expert in planning and implementing D&I strategies with over thirteen years experience in the fields of diversity, inclusion, and executive coaching. He also has strong business P&L and R&D experience. Prior to founding MDB Group, Mr. Bye led the D&I work at AT&T where he created and deployed a new corporate diversity strategy.

Mr. Bye holds an appointment to the SHRM Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel and is a co-author of the ELLA® Diversity and Inclusion Profile. He is a frequent speaker, author, and media resource who has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, by SHRM, and in many other print and online media.

Mr. Bye received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell University and a Certificate in Diversity Management from the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. He is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and has also completed the Penn State University Executive Management Program.

Our Workshop Presenter - Gladis Benavides, President of BE, Inc.
Gladis is recognized as an expert in Civil Rights laws and Affirmative Action with over twenty-eight years of experience in these areas. As a consultant, she has a wide breadth of experience in providing advice and counsel to agencies/organizations across the country, as well as federal, state and local Agencies/Departments.

Gladis has served as the Director and Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance and Human Resources, Employee Development/Training in major Wisconsin State agencies. She also worked as investigator for the Equal Opportunities Commission in the City of Madison, WI. She served in the Police and Fire Commission in Madison, WI. And has provides training to Police and Fire Departments in several cities throughout the United States. She is actively involved in issues and concerns related to human resources, workforce development, employment relations, client services and community/public relations.

For more information or to register, contact:
GMA SHRM Management Team
2830 Agriculture Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

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  • Annie Weatherby Flowers, (608) 266-6577