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Austin SHRM Webinar - DEI: Radical Flexibility in Return to Work

  • Wed, September 22, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

Approved for 2 hours of HRCI & SHRM recertification credits.

How do you apply a D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) lens to return-to-work initiatives? This program will invite participants to consider diverse viewpoints related to the journey of returning to work. It will cover legal and practical advice from subject matter experts from across the spectrum of D&I.

Please note the following details:

  • Login information will be sent to all registrants on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 21st.
  • A follow up email containing a post webinar survey and recertification credit will follow for those who attend the entire webinar.


Karen Ranus is the Executive Director of the Central Texas affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Central Texas). She sits on the Children’s Mental Health Plan Leadership Team, the Board of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, and The Children’s Partnership. She has been featured as a guest columnist on mental health issues in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin MD Magazine, and The Daily Texan and is a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. She is the mother of college-age daughters who live with mental health issues and often shares her story in the community to help dispel myths and start positive mental health conversations.

Brian East graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He worked at legal aid for two years, and in private practice for 14 years, before joining Disability Rights Texas (formerly known as Advocacy, Inc.), a non-profit corporation advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Brian has handled a number of disability-discrimination and disability-rights cases in state and federal court, and has written and lectured extensively on these issues. He serves on the Legal Advocacy Subcommittee of the American Diabetes Association. In the past, he has served as a Board Member of the National Employment Lawyers and of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association, and on the legal committees of the National Disability Rights Network and of AIDS Services of Austin. He is the co-author and editor of the chapter on “Workers with Disabilities” in the Employee & Union Member Guide to Labor Law (Thompson/Reuters/West). Brian has frequently been named as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine, and received the 2003 Excellence in Public Interest Award from the Texas Law Fellowships, the 2008 Martha Arbuckle Meritorious Service Award from the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, the 2011 J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award from the State Bar of Texas, and the 2015 Governor’s Trophy from the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. He is a Life Member of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Mindy Gulati is founder and CEO of Fundamental Advisory, a consulting firm focused on advising businesses, nonprofits, and law firms on issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Using her expertise and personal approach, she designs strategic plans, drafts policies and procedures, and creates custom content and workshops for a wide range of organizations around the country. Her focus is anti-racism and equity, implicit bias awareness, creating inclusive and innovative cultures, educating on the ethical implications of bias, as well as guiding organizations on legal issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination. Her approach provides the foundational basis for cultural change through awareness, storytelling and understanding. She regularly tackles complex issues such as racial tensions at the workplace, implicit and explicit bias in decision making, creating culturally competent workplaces, compensation equity, and ethical leadership and management. Her legal background gives her a key advantage in understanding these issues with an eye towards risk mitigation and by crafting specific policies and procedures to guard against the harms that workplace inequities create.

As a former criminal defense attorney and subject matter expert on implicit bias, she is passionate about fostering equity and inclusion through her work. She is intentional in the projects she takes on and leaves a lasting impact on the organizations she works with. She has invested tremendous energy throughout her career sparking lasting movements for change through relationship-building and hard work; though her most profound joy comes from opening minds and opening doors. She prides herself on being a builder for others and recognizes that incremental improvement is only part of the path to success, not the finish line.


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Reservation/Cancellation Policy

Registrations must be received before close of business on the Monday prior to the event so that we may turn in a headcount.  Onsite registrations are accepted at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can't make the event, please let us know 72 hours beforehand by sending an email to, so that we can cancel your registration. Please note, refunds will not be issued after the 72 hour mark as we pay the venue based on the number of attendees reserved - including no-shows.

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