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AAAED 45th National Conference and Annual Meeting
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AAAED 45th National Conference and Annual Meeting

6/11/2019 to 6/13/2019
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Where: United States

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The bylaws of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) require that there be “A meeting of members for the transaction of business of the Association to be brought before it, [which] shall be held each year….” Thus, AAAED holds an annual meeting of its membership in selected cities around the nation. The meeting is held in conjunction with a national conference, including plenary sessions, workshops, and other opportunities for professional development and networking. 

This year we are offering four (4) conference tracks that you can mix and match to meet your needs. The following tracks and topics include these and more: 

  • AA/EEO Compliance – EEO, AA regulatory changes, recruiting strategy, applicant tracking, compensation updates, how to move your organization beyond the regulations

  • Academics – faculty recruitment, violence on campus, elevating institutional effectiveness, harassment, aligning with the academic mission, title IX

  • Diversity/Inclusion – what happens when you are not at the table, moving your diversity program to the next level, LGBTQ, diversity metrics and measurements

  • Professional Development – moving your career forward, changing careers, branding yourself

Our goal is to provide attendees with practical guidance and tips that can be put to use quickly within your organizations. You will hear from agencies such as the OFCCP, EEOC, OCR, and others. We will also offer a variety of pre-conference sessions such as: 

  • Basics of Affirmative Action, Faculty Recruitment, Diversity

  • Title IX beginning and advanced sessions

  • Senior certification for PDTI

  • New Professionals Academy

  • Student Symposium

This conference is designed to meet the needs of any person classified as an EEO/AA or diversity professional. This would include equal opportunity directors, EEO specialists, affirmative action officers, human resource professionals, chief diversity officers, diversity and inclusion consultants and leaders, industrial relations specialists, labor relations advisors, career planning specialists, prospective managers, and other equity and inclusion professionals.
You do not need to be a member of AAAED to attend, however, if you would like to become a member to receive discounts, get more information about AAAED membership.

National Conference Agenda

Certification Day 1

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AAAED PDTI Program for Senior CAAEP Day 1

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  New Professional Academy Day 1

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Diversity Management Day 1

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

Pre-Conference & Certification Day 2

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AAAED PDTI Program for Senior CAAEP Day 2

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  New Professional Academy Day 2

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Diversity Management Day 2

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Title IX Overview - Part 1 (beginner to intermediate)

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop A & B – same room

  • Workshop A (8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.) 

    • Lessons Learned from OFCCP Audits: Top 3 Violations

      • Julia Mendez, SHRM-CP, CDP, PHR, CAAP, CELS, Affirmity (formerly Peoplefluent)

  • Workshop B (10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

    • AAP Compliance in a New OFCCP Era

      • Allen Hudson, COO, HudsonMann

Workshop C & D – same room

  • Workshop C (8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

    • Managing Effective Affirmative Action in State Government

      • Beckie Brietzke, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Missouri Department of Transportation

  • Workshop D (10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

    • Managing Implicit Bias and Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

      • Arquella Hargrove, CEO, Epic Collaborative Advisors

      • Yvonne Harris,Diverse Talent Recruitment Leader, Capgemini North America

Workshop E & F – same room

  • Workshop E (8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

    • "5 Years Later: Evaluating Outreach for Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans"

      • Joanna Colosimo, M.A., SHRM-SCP, Director of EEO Compliance, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

      • Kristen Pryor, M.S., Associate Principal Consultant, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

      • Yevonessa Hall, M.P.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, EEO Compliance Manager and Senior Consultant, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Workshop F (10:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.)

    • Beyond the Illusion of Inclusion: Leveraging the Talents of Employees with Disabilities

      • Judy Young, Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion Programs, The Scheinman Institute, Industrial and Labor Relations School (ILR), Cornell University

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch for all Wednesday Pre-Conference and Certification Day 2 Workshop attendees

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop G & H – same room

  • Workshop G (1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

    • Conducting an Internal Audit of Recruiting and Hiring Compliance

      • Neil Dickinson, SPHR, Managing Business Partner, HudsonMann

  • Workshop H (3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

    • Strategic Disposition Codes

      • Roselle Rogers, Vice President, LocalJobNetwork

      • Meghan Schilling, Director of Sales, LocalJobNetwork

  • Workshop I & J – same room

  • Workshop I (1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

    • Basics of Creating a Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

      • Nereida (Neddy) Perez, Principal Diversity & Inclusion Creative Solutions

  • Workshop J (3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

    • When Title IX Has Fifty Shades of Grey: How to Navigate the Most Complex Sexual Misconduct Cases

      • Adrienne Lyles, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Director, Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Iowa State University

Workshop K & L – same room

  • Workshop K (1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

    • Inclusive Interviewing: Expanding the Reach (D/I – attracting, hiring & retaining diverse talent)

      • Ralph Brandt, President, RDR Group

  • Workshop L (3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Surviving an Audit:  Practical Tips and Best Practices from a Panel of Practitioners in the Know
    • Michelle Duncan, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C.
    • L. Jerry Knighton, Jr., Director/AA-EEO Officer, W/MBE Outreach, Office of Access and Equity, Clemson University
    • Paulette Granberry Russell, Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Director, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Michigan State University

    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Title IX – Part 2 (Investigations/Advanced)

    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Exhibitors' Welcome Reception for All Attendees

    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. AAAED Board of Directors’ Meeting

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Session

    8:15-8:30  Welcome from local leaders (Mayor, Governor or someone??)

    8:30-8:45 – Dr. Richard Baker, AAAED President “State of the Union” address to membership

    8:45-9:30 - Craig Leen, OFCCP Director

    9:30 - 10:15 – Plenary Session 1

    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break and Exhibits

    10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Conference Workshops

    • Workshop #1

      • #ScienceToo: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academia and Beyond

        • Alberto Roca, PhD, Executive Director, DiverseScholar

        • Anna Kirkland PhD JD, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Michigan

        • Frazier Benya, Senior Program Officer; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

        • Richard Baker JD PhD, AAAED President, Vice President for Equal Opportunity Services; University of Houston

    • Workshop #2

      • Changing the Narrative: Hiring Talent with Disabilities is NOT Charity

        • Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Consultant, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, ILR School, Cornell University

        • Julie Sowash, Senior Consultant, Disability Solutions

    • Workshop #3

      • Strategies for Responding to OFCCP Predetermination Notices (PDNs)

        • Joshua S. Roffman, Managing Attorney, Roffman Horvitz, PLC

        • Alissa A. Horvitz, Member Attorney, Roffman Horvitz, PLC

    • Workshop #4

      • Goldilocks and the 3 Analysis Groupings: Finding the one that’s “Just Right”

        • Dave Sharrer, M.S., SHRM-CP, Senior Consultant, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

        • Rosemary Cox, SPHR, SR-CAAP, SHRM-SCP, Senior Consultant, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

    12:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch/Awards Presentation & Awards Speakers (Including AAAED awards)

    3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. LEAD Fund Board Meeting

    2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break and Exhibits

    2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Conference Workshops

    • Workshop #5

      • OFCCP

      • Workshop #6

        • Mock OFCCP Audit from Start to Finish

          • Lisa Kaiser, Esq., The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC

          • Lauren Hicks, Of Counsel, Ogaltree Deakins

      • Workshop #7

        • Healthy Interactions: Managing Unconscious Bias

          • Ralph Brandt, President, RDR Group

      4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. AAAED Business Meeting (AAAED Members required, non-members welcome

      7:00pm Celebration Event

      Thursday, June 13, 2019

      7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

      8:00 am – 8:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks

      8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Victoria Lipnic, EEOC Chair

      9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Plenary Session 2

      10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits

      10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Conference Workshops

      • Workshop #8

        • Are Your Salary History Questions Causing a Gender Wage Gap

          • Lance Gibbons, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

          • Chris Gokturk, Principal, Littler Mendelson

      • Workshop #9

        • The Fundamentals of Testing for Employment Selection: What’s a Test and What Do You Need to Know Before You Use One?

          • Patrick McNiel, PhD, Principle Business Consultant and Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Affirmity (formerly Peoplefluent)

          • Julia Méndez, SHRM-CP, CDP, PHR, CAAP, CELS, Affirmity (formerly Peoplefluent)

      • Workshop #10

        • "Surviving OFCCP University Audits: Case Studies and Practical Applications"

          • Elizabeth Bradley, Esq., Shareholder, Fortney & Scott, LLC

          • Joanna Colosimo, M.A., SHRM-SCP, Director of EEO Compliance, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

          • Anita Jenious, Director, Vanderbilt University

      12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker - A'Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground:  The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker.  Ms. Bundles is the great-great grandaughter of Madam C.J. Walker.

      1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Conference Workshops

      • Workshop #11

        • Opening Your Eyes Through Your Affirmative Action Data: Another View of Diversity and Inclusion

        • Laura A. Mitchell, Principal, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis, P.C. 

      • Workshop #12

        • Understanding the New Academic Technical Assistance Guide (TAG)"

        • Marilynn Schuyler, JD, Schuyler Affirmative Action Practice

      •  Workshop #13

        • Diversity, Equity and Unconscious Bias: How We Create an Inclusive Environment and Employ People Who Represent the Community We Serve in Higher Education and Other Public Entities

        • Presenters:  Mwanaisha A. Sims, Director of Policy, Training, & Compliance, San Mateo County Community College District and Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Principal, Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC

      • Workshop #14   

        • Workshop Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction for HR Compliance, Diversity, and Inclusion

        • Presenters:  Daniel Kuang, Ph.D., Vice President of Legal and Audit Support, Biddle Consulting Group and Michael Pati, Practice Manager – Silicon Valley, Biddle Consulting Group

       3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Break

      3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Session: Wheel of Legal MisFortune

      • Lisa Kaiser, Esq., The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC

      • Matthew J. Camardella, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis PC

      • Teri McMurtry-Chubb, Professor of Law at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

      • Richard Baker, PhD, AAAED President, Vice President for Equal Opportunity Services; University of Houston

      • Moderator/Game Show Host – Teresa Turner, President/Lead Consultant, Synchronized Resources, Inc.

      Join us as we play our way through the new directives, regulatory guidance and breaking news.

      *All speakers, topics and/or times are subject to change.” SHRM/HRCI and CLE Credits

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