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Diverseforce IV: Facing the Newest Challenges of the 21st Century

Friday, May 17, 2013 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)


Best Western, Bethlehem

300 Gateway Drive


United States

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Event approved for 3 general credit hours through HRCI.

Many businesses are now fostering and embracing diversity in the workplace.  The Human Rights Campaign's 
2013 Corporate Equality Index for the first time found a majority of Fortune 500 companies with both sexual orientation and gender identity protections for their employees. Many of these same companies updated both partner and transgender-inclusive benefits.

Leaders of these businesses want their employees and customers to feel comfortable and supported in their diversity for a simple reason – diversity drives better business.  Diversity allows businesses to

  • build better relationships with customers, clients, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders,
  • improve decision making,
  • increase creativity, and
  • attract and retain the best talent.

Join us for Diverseforce IV: Facing the Newest Challenges of the 21st Century to learn about diversity and inclusion best practices.

LGBT issues in the workplace - lead by a nationally acclaimed expert you will learn about best practices and compliance issues around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered employees

Picture of Bob Witeck Bob Witeck, Witeck Communications
Bob Witeck, President and Founder of Witeck Communications, Inc. (formerly Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc.), has more than 30 years professional communications experience in the private sector and in public service. Bob frequently serves as senior counselor and strategist as well as well as a specialist in crisis communications for his clients. Before co-founding Witeck-Combs Communications in 1993, he was senior vice president for Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs, a global public relations and public affairs firm. On Capitol Hill for over a decade, Witeck also served as communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and as a Senate press secretary and legislative assistant. He is a graduate with distinction of the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar.

Your Communication Toolbox - a step by step process on how to communicate effectively with all of your employees
Sharon Brown, Director of Institutional Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Moravian College
Sharon A. Brown is the Director for the Office of Institutional Diversity, Moravian College. She has worked in the field of higher education for over 27 years at institutions such as the College of New Jersey, Moravian College and Lehigh University, where she has held key positions in academic support services, student retention, institutional diversity, and multicultural affairs. Sharon has also lectured in a host of community, religious, academic, business, and conference settings on topics such as intercultural development and diversity, in the United States and abroad.

Legal Compliance vs Best PracticeIs legal compliance enough?  Will diversity and inclusion best practices bring compliance and make for a better business?  A panel of HR and legal experts will discuss best practices and legal issues related to diversity and inclusion to address these questions and others about diversity and inclusion in today and tomorrow’s workplaces.  Moderated by Deirdre Kamber Todd, Esq., The Kamber Law Group, the panelists include
  • Michael Hardiman, Esq., PA Human Relations Commission
    Michael Hardiman, Esq., was appointed Chief Counsel for the PA Human Relations Commission in 2005, having served as Supervising Attorney in the Commission’s Philadelphia Regional Office since 1982. His primary focus has been employment discrimination litigation. His cases have included urban school district desegregation/educational equity, equal access in athletics, age/pension cases, and access to private clubs.
  • Marna Hayden, President, Hayden HR
    Marna Hayden is president of Hayden Resources Inc. She has more than thirty years in the field of human resource management and is certified as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR). She has held senior offices in the banking, retail, and service industries and was a faculty member for several colleges.
  • Jeffrey Zimskind, Esq., Stevens & Lee
    Jeffrey M. Zimskind, Esq., is a shareholder in the Labor & Employment group of Stevens & Lee. Jeff regularly gives presentations to management and employer groups and at continuing legal/business education seminars on employment and immigration law topics, including I-9 compliance, workplace harassment, employment visas and employee leave issues.
Prepare for the conference -- check out our Diverseforce IV resources and follow us in Twitter with the #SHRMLVDiverse hash tag

Location: Best Western, Bethlehem, PA 
Time: 8:00am - 12:00 noon (registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30am)

Cost: $100; $75 for Full Time Students
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Approved for 3 general credit hours through HRCI

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