Opening Breakfast Keynote: Ilsa Govan, "Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Workforce"

Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
7:45am to 9:00am
Room: 
Salon 1 & 4

The benefits of a racially diverse workforce are countless, from more creative problem solving to meeting the needs of diverse customers. However, many well-meaning businesses that recognize the value still struggle to hire and retain employees of color. Ilsa Govan will share strategies to reduce implicit bias and counter systemic racism in order to develop a more equitable hiring process and inclusive work environment.

All mentees will sit with their mentors at tables upfront at the Thursday opening breakfast, and again at the Friday breakfast keynote. Mentors will be holding paddles with their name.

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