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  • Agenda


    Time Session
    7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome/Introductions
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Session 1: Moving from Unconscious bias to Inclusive Leadership – Hayley Barnard, Inclusion Thought Leader (included in Live Stream)
    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
    9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Session 2: Inclusion of People with Unique Abilities (Non-Traditional Workforce) – Angela Adams, Vice President Community Relations, Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin (included in Live Stream)
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 3: Inclusive Leadership in the Community: Building Racial Understanding – Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum (included in Live Stream)
    10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 4: The Business Case for Inclusive Leadership - Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP (included in Live Stream)
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshops: Sessions 5A, 5B, 5C
    2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Workshops: Session 5A, 5B, 5C continued


  • Sessions


    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Session 1: Moving from Unconscious bias to Inclusive Leadership
    Hayley Barnard, Inclusion Thought Leader
    (included in Live Stream)

    Inclusive leaders recognize that we are all affected by a level of unconscious bias, both on a personal level and across our organizations. Hayley Barnard, CEO of MIX Diversity Developers, will start our day with an inspirational journey from unconscious bias to inclusive leadership covering:

    • What is unconscious bias and how we can identify it in ourselves and in our organizations
    • Actions we can take to outsmart bias
    • The role of each leader in developing inclusive practices and processes
    • Diversity and Inclusion Strategy – What’s working and not working.

    Expect to leave Hayley’s session feeling challenged and yet equipped to make a change both in your own working lives and within your organization.

    9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    Session 2: Inclusion of People with Unique Abilities (Non-Traditional Workforce)
    Angela Adams, Vice President Community Relations, Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin
    (included in Live Stream)

    People with Unique Abilities have a lot to offer to your workplace.  This discussion will break down perceptions that exist about hiring people with unique abilities, provide a case study highlighting the business benefits of an inclusive culture, and offer ideas of how to effectively tap into this untapped labor market.

    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Session 3: Inclusive Leadership in the Community: Building Racial Understanding
    Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum
    (included in Live Stream)

    Building Racial Understanding will take a close look at the historical forces that have created racial divisions throughout the nation’s history to gain a better understanding of how we became a nation that is so divided by race. We will look at some common sense solutions that will assist us in making progress towards building a racially just society that we will all benefit from as Americans.    

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Session 4: The Business Case for Inclusive Leadership
    Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP
    (included in Live Stream)

    Inclusive leadership couldn't be more important than it is today. Recent research reveals that inclusive leaders create inclusive work environments that produce higher performance, increase employee engagement, fuel innovation and creativity, increase retention, and positively impacts the client's experience. The demographics of the 21st century are dramatically different than 20 years ago as the workforce has become more diverse, global, multi-cultural, multi-generational, hyper-connected, and are working more virtually. As a result, the ability to lead across differences, create a culture of belonging, inclusion, and high performance will be a key lever for attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent, new customers, clients, members, and donors.

    In this informative and engaging presentation, learn the new leadership models, skills, competencies, and strategies required to be an effective 21st century leader in the global workforce.  

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the most significant demographic shifts that will redefine the workforce of 2020 and 2030
    • List the key challenges and issues that leaders face in the workplace amidst a more diverse, global, and hyper-connected world
    • Describe the new models and mindsets that every leader must adopt in order to be more effective
    • Identify key competencies and common best practices for creating a culture of inclusion, innovation, and high performance

    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    Session 5

    Where are you on your D&I journey? While each organization makes its own unique path, there are recognizable milestones and valuable steps for moving forward. Our breakout sessions give you an opportunity to work with others who are engaged in a similar journey. Choose from three breakout sessions that will focus on different phases of the D&I journey:

    Session 5A: Valuing. Your organization has started important conversations about D&I—excellent! Perhaps you’ve outlined a vision and provided some training. You might now be asking how to engage your diverse stakeholders in a proactive way to  make D&I a part of the everyday organizational culture. In this breakout you will:

    • Discuss practices and policies that build a foundation for D&I
    • Share education and training opportunities
    • Identify ways to move from activities based on reaction to proactive initiatives

    Session 5B: Managing. Your organization recognizes and experiences some of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive culture—terrific news! You probably have a D&I plan or other infrastructure in place, and you’re working hard to align inclusion efforts to your company mission and vision. You’re looking for ways to integrate diversity and inclusion into all practices and procedures and successfully make inclusion a core value. In this breakout you will:

    • Assess the strengths and challenges for integrating D&I in your organization
    • Identify opportunities to build D&I into your employee development and engagement practices
    • Recognize potential challenges and plan strategies to address them

    Session 5C: Leveraging. Your organization has had some D&I successes, events and activities you can point to with a sense of accomplishment and pride—congratulations! You see your employees taking responsibility for inclusive behaviors, and diversity and inclusion is a part of your company culture. Of course you want to grow and keep building on your successes, and you’re also looking for benchmarks and next best practices. In this breakout you will:

    • Hear best practices
    • Explore what else is out there
    • Re-energize your vision
  • Speakers


    Hayley Barnard

    Hayley Barnard, Managing Director, MIX Diversity Developers, is a prominent keynote speaker and consultant to a number of the world’s largest brands. She is a subject matter expert on Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership and Gender Parity in the Workplace. Hayley combines the latest research on inclusion of diversity with first-hand experience, helping a wide range of companies establish what inclusion looks like for them, what their business case is and how to move the agenda forward. Within the last 12 months Hayley has:

    • Designed an Inclusive Leadership program for the top 600 leaders globally at Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, and for clients such as Capital One and Experian.
    • Delivered a culture change program for BAE Systems focusing on ‘embracing difference’.
    • Provided keynotes and board level briefings for clients including Aspect Capital, Legal & General Investment Management, Lloyds, Skanska, Intralinks, Milliman, De La Rue, T-Systems, City of London and Babcock.
    • Spoken at over 40 events across banking and finance, construction and engineering, aerospace, legal, telecoms, technology and the energy sector.
    • Provided briefings for the Irish Government on the UK lessons learnt from adopting Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation.
    Reggie Jackson

    Reggie Jackson has been a much sought-after speaker, published author, and journalist for over a decade. As a trainer/consultant with Nurturing Diversity Partners, he helps communities, institutions, and individuals around the country develop greater historical and cultural literacy, compassion, and capacity for action.

    To do this, Reggie shares seldom-told stories of the African-American experience past and present and conducts anti-bias, diversity, and inclusion education at schools, libraries, social service agencies, churches, and businesses. He also frequently provides background on contemporary racial issues to regional, national, and international media.

    Mr. Jackson has received awards for his social justice and public service work from the Wisconsin State Assembly, Southeast Wisconsin’s YWCA, the City of Milwaukee, the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope), the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

    Shirley Davis

    Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. She brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. With over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies, Dr. Davis’ expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performance and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive. Most recently, she worked at the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management as Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies.

    Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, CNN.com, and Inclusion Magazine. She is the author of, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over-Performing and Undervalued.” This year, she was honored to become an author for LinkedIn Learning and launched her new online course entitled, “Inclusive Leadership.”

    Angela Adams

    Known for her exceptional ability to lead high performing teams in complexly structured environments where change is constant, what sets Angela Adams apart is simple – she cares. Angela Adams is an accomplished corporate communications leader focused on the intersection of Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Diversity and Inclusion. She has demonstrated success as an entrepreneur and in leading cross-functional teams on large-scale projects for Fortune 100 companies and non-profit organizations alike including Professional Dimensions, Goodwill Industries of SE WI and Metro Chicago, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Johnson Controls, African World Festival and Pfizer.

    In the role of Vice President of Community Relations at Goodwill, Angela is leading the organization through the process of establishing a shared vision and action plan for community engagement through strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and volunteerism.

    Angela is also the President of Professional Dimensions, a preeminent membership organization for professional women in the greater Milwaukee area. In her role, she is driving a process of disruptive innovation to transform the nearly 40 year-old agency with longstanding business operations into a 21st century organization. She is also a Steering Committee Member of Milwaukee Women inc.

    Angela’s personal values are excellence, respect, collaboration, innovation and accountability. In addition to mentoring and coaching others, she holds dear the personal belief to model the way as a servant leader. Angela was recognized with the Wisconsin National Guard Partnership Award for her volunteer efforts serving nearly 300 Service Members and their families. The Partnership Award is the highest award a group can receive in the Wisconsin State Family Readiness Program.

    Angela was born and raised in Gary, IN and now resides in Milwaukee with her husband and their three daughters.

    Michele Matthai

    Michele Matthai is director, Culture of Inclusion at Rockwell Automation.  In this role, Michele leads the Culture of Inclusion Center of Expertise and designs, implements and integrates global processes and programs that drive strategic direction and evolution of Culture of Inclusion across the enterprise.

    Michele joined Rockwell Automation in 1994 as an electronics buyer. She held positions of increasing responsibility in procurement and transitioned her career to HR strategic planning and talent management in 1999. During a short career hiatus in 2006 to focus on her family, Michele started a consulting practice centered on coaching, facilitation and HR strategy. She became engaged in the Culture of Inclusion work at Rockwell Automation as an external consultant in 2008 and project managed several aspects of this initiative leading up to her return to Rockwell Automation in 2015.

    Her past professional experience also includes positions in international sales in the biomedical industry.

    Michele has an MBA from Marquette University and bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Andrez Gonzalez

    Andres Gonzalez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in creating culturally and linguistically competent programs. He serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, WI. He provides direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include:  Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Inclusion Advocates, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity and Talent Acquisition.

    In his previous role, Mr. Gonzalez served as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA from November 2012 to June 2015. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), Diversity Council, Leadership Development Initiative, Diversity & Cultural Competency blended strategy, Supplier Diversity and the Diversity Conference.

    Mr. Gonzalez served as the Director, Diversity & Community Outreach and Interim Supplier Diversity Director at Cleveland Clinic Health System from February 2007 to October 2012. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included:  Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, Language Enrichment and Supplier Diversity Programs and Community Outreach initiatives.

    Mr. Gonzalez has worked in the community based sector providing leadership as Executive Director for Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), a chemical dependency prevention, intervention and treatment agency from October 1994 to December 2004. He also led efforts as the Executive Director of El Barrio, a workforce development agency that serves the Hispanic/Latino community in the Near West Side of Cleveland from January 2005 to February 2007.

    Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration on Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University. He also completed the certification program at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations Department and earned a Cornell Certified Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) certification.

    Mr. Gonzalez serves on the national boards of the following organizations: American Heart/Stroke Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee, member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) and the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare (ALCDH). He also serves on the following local boards: La Causa, Junior Achievement, Employ Milwaukee-the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) and Waukesha County Land Conservancy.

    Mr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, a 2004 German Marshall Fund Fellow, an alumnus of: Esperanza (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Bridge Builder’s Flagship Program, Leadership Cleveland and Next Generation Executive Leadership Program (The Partnership, Inc. based in Boston, MA).

    Lucas Deberry Cheryl

    A vibrant presence--that’s Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry. And that’s what Cheryl brings to every training experience. Participants report that her programs are interactive and involving, yet comfortable and fun. With her casual, inclusive style, she has a reputation for excellence among participants who routinely refer coworkers and colleagues.

    Cheryl’s more than 18 years of experience includes the development programs in human resources, leadership, customer service, and diversity. Her career has also included management of training department operations and supervision of a basic education program for adult learners in the nonprofit arena. During years as an independent consultant, she advised and trained numerous managers in effective communication techniques and leadership skills.

    • Managed training operations for a 32-clinic healthcare facility.
    • Owned and operated a successful training consultancy specializing in effective communication techniques and leadership skills.
    • Designed, developed, and facilitated training programs both nationally and internationally.
    • Contributed as a member of a development task force that successfully re-designed and enhanced MRA’s flagship leadership series.

    Cheryl earned a master’s degree in adult education from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville.

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    Any company has characteristics you observe, values you learn, and a culture you feel. In her role as MRA’s director of organizational development, Lisa Pook’s focus is helping members build organizational cultures that engage employees while achieving business success. A sincere listener, practical advisor, and enthusiastic coach, Lisa develops trusting work relationships as she assists members in reaching their organizations’ goals.

    Lisa’s unique experiences and insights help MRA member companies improve their effectiveness. Whether it’s working at an organizational level on talent management strategies or change management, facilitating work groups to improve teamwork, or coaching individuals for better interpersonal interactions, Lisa’s focus is on practical, successful outcomes. Lisa is part of MRA’s instructional staff and a member of MRA’s coaching team, providing executive, management, and employee coaching. Lisa has organizational development and training experience in industries ranging from service organizations to nonprofits and manufacturing.

    Lisa holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and Russian.

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    Anita Rodriguez deeply believes that inviting workers at all levels to care for the success and sustainability of their companies is both possible and transformative, that leadership priorities include nurturing trusting partnerships with team members, and that people are wired to want to help each other. Engaging employees requires strategic and deliberate actions, and Anita is motivated to share best practices for accomplishing just that. Investing time to create internal collaborations opens opportunities for leaders to mindfully tap into the wisdom of their teams.

    Anita has over 30 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, with 15 of those years in senior leadership positions. She is skilled in the areas of strategic planning and implementation of vision and tactical goals, leadership development and talent management, facilitation and consensus building, communication and public relations, training, and public speaking.

    Anita holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management, Milwaukee, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.

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    Lynell Meeth uses her strength in relating to others and her passion for moving from “good to great” to help inspire, and lead. Lynell wants to make a difference by keeping her advice open and real and helping others without needing anything in return, although dark chocolate is known to be appreciated.

    Lynell’s human resource experience spans over 20 years of consulting with managers, HR professionals, and executives in areas such as talent development, performance management, engagement and retention, assessments, mergers/acquisitions, employee relations and investigations, succession planning, and diversity initiatives. She is an experienced trainer in management and professional development, harassment, interviewing, diversity, metrics, and HR compliance.

    Lynell earned a master’s degree in human resources from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology & communication from Carroll University (Waukesha, WI).

  • Fees


    • Full Day Conference:
      Member/Nonmember: $150/person
    • Table of 8:
      Member/Nonmember: $1,000/table
      Call Katie Chapman at 262.696.3365 or email katie.chapman@mranet.org to sponsor a table of 8 and receive special pricing.
    • Live Stream AM only:
      Member/Nonmember: $100/person
  • Sponsorship


    Sponsoring MRA events is a tremendous opportunity to bring your message of business value to our growing membership of organizations HR professionals and business leaders. Our members represent all industries including manufacturing, service, distribution, finance and health care! 80% of event attendees are new at each event offering you the opportunity to network with new contacts. We are very excited about the event this year and hope you can join us!

    For more information on sponsorship and exhibit booths, call Katie Chapman at 262.696.3365 or katie.chapman@mranet.org.

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  • Facility


    The Italian Community Center
    631 East Chicago Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202


  • Accommodations and Special Requests

    Accommodations and Special Requests

    Please contact us at 800.488.4845 or registrations@mranet.org in advance for any accommodations, special requests, or dietary needs. Nursing mothers, please ask the MRA representative at the front desk or the program instructor to show you our private area. Food and beverages provided at conferences, programs, and Roundtables will vary. If you have any special dietary needs (gluten-free, vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please contact the MRA location in advance, so we can provide an appropriate meal.

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