AHRMA Webinar - Together Forward

  • Wed, November 18, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 371


Approved for 2 hours of SHRM & HRCI recertification credit.

For each $1 donation to the SHRM Foundation, your name will be entered
towards two (2) giveaway prizes: $25 Amazon gift card and a wine gift box!
Donations can be made during registration.

In the midst of the current pandemic, the social unrest after George Floyd’s death brought diversity and inclusion back to the number one spot on the agenda of many organizations who feel compelled to take immediate action.  As a result, HR leaders are being relied upon heavily to guide businesses through tough conversations. Many companies have rushed to initiate unconscious bias trainings, set diversity hiring targets, and add minority-owned vendors to the supplier list.  While these tactics do push organizations forward and serve to drive some measure of change, they only scratch the surface and likely overlook the most important piece in the diversity puzzle: inclusion.

Companies can hire diverse employees, but how will those employees feel when they get there?  Will they be invited to share their most unique and creative ideas, or will they be asked to fit the current culture norms and leave their authentic selves outside?  More than ever, top employees, no matter their age, race, or gender, are seeking inclusive workspaces where all the pieces of their whole selves are   considered to be assets rather than weaknesses.

Making inclusion central to your culture and employee experience doesn’t happen overnight, but through deliberate effort and committed leaders, organizations can begin taking steps to ensure that all employees feel welcomed, celebrated, and trusted. 

On November 18th, 2020, the Austin Human Resource Management Association will host “Together Forward”, a virtual event focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace. Our two speakers (Johnny C. Taylor – CEO OF SHRM and Dr. Brandi Baldwin – CEO of Millennial Ventures Holdings and Senior Consultant, Career Partners International Austin) will be guided via a moderator while providing insights and info to the attendees regarding:

  • The importance of DE&I in the workplace
  • Enhancing or Reinforcing inclusive behaviors at your organization
  • Attracting/Retaining Talent (Millennial considerations)
  • Systematic approach thru organizational systems
  • Culture change to promote DE&I
  • SHRM’s “Together Forward at Work” Initiative

Includes a Employment Hot Law Topic update from Nicole LeFave on 2020 Election Results: Employment Law Implications for the Next Four Years.


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR."

Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

In 2020, Mr. Taylor was named one of Savoy magazine’s “Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America” and later that year received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management.

Dr. Brandi M. Baldwin is a psychology and business professor turned entrepreneur who is a thought leader and author tackling the world’s most relevant business challenges: diversity and inclusion, motivating millennials to level-up their leadership, and advocating for equity in all levels of business. As the CEO of Millennial Venture Holdings and a respected Wharton Lecturer, Dr. Brandi is the host of the “Diversity and Confusion” and “Career Therapy” podcasts. She is the founding visionary for Calling All Allies Project, an innovative initiative that empowers organizations to address inequality by making necessary, positive change in the areas where culture and climate intersect with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Also, she is a Senior Consultant for DE&I with Career Partners International - Austin.

Dr. Brandi is a published author and speaks at over 40 conferences and companies annually. She is tapped by companies such as Comcast, Discover, and the Federal Government to share her unconventional insights on leadership, diversity and inclusion and business.

Dr. Brandi earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Temple University and holds a Master’s degree in Adult & Organizational Development. Dr. Brandi is the author of “Put in work: Gain Respects, Influence Others, and Get Results as a New Leader”, and “Authentic Ally: A Guilt-Free Guide to Becoming and Ally for Racial Equity”. She is a mother of two and attributes her Christian faith for keeping her focused, grounded, and committed to excellence in all that she does. Although her wordly accomplishments are noteworthy, Dr. Brandi believes that she was put on this earth to impact, not to impress.

Melinda Garvey, Moderator, became an Austinite in the spring of 2001, and after just a few short months, she knew she had a mission give a voice to the incredible women in Austin. Garvey decided to use her media background to empower, engage and inspire the women of Austin with the launch of Austin Woman magazine, now in its 19th year.

Then, in 2016 On The Dot was born so that women around the globe could have that same access to role models. And to expand her mission further, in 2019 Garvey developed and launched a software platform to bring employee communities and membership communities together in our ever-expanding virtual world with On The Dot Global. In 2020, with the pandemic bearing down and virtual events becoming the norm, Garvey expanded her software capabilities to become the most robust and interactive platform for both virtual events and virtual communities.

In Garvey’s words: “It’s really all about leveling the playing field for women and diverse individuals in companies and members of organizations by giving them access to mentors, peers, content and events within their organizations, creating opportunity for advancement, connection and ultimately equality.”

When not on her soapbox, you can find Garvey and her Kiwi husband and business partner, Kip, at a soccer or football game cheering on their 13 year-old son, Beckom. Other than that, you will find her surrounded by a gaggle of women drinking wine and dreaming up how to create change in the world!

Garvey recently received the prestigious Diversity First Certification from the National Diversity Council and is a frequent speaker on the topics of women’s advancement and diversity, equity and inclusion issues.

Nicole LeFave is an employment law attorney at Littler who focuses her practice on wage and hour class and collective action defense. She also has extensive experience defending employers against a broad variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and corporate whistleblower matters, as well as providing advice and counsel on a range of matters outside the context of litigation.

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