Meet the Speakers
Women in the Workforce: Building Resiliency with Self-Care & Positive Mindset
Resilience…the ability to adapt in the face of adversity and bounce back from life’s ups and downs Between an unexpected global pandemic, societal shifts, budget cuts, job losses, natural disasters and much more, one thing you can say about today’s workplace is that it is constantly changing and managing change is a new day-to-day norm.
In many cases, people are being asked to do higher quality work, with fewer resources, in less time, with less money and less staff, in most cases all remotely, along with many women also having to juggle children with homeschooling and/or additional household responsibilities. Seems impossible, right?
Tia Graham shared her solutions for building your resilience during difficult times, achieving wellness and a positive mindset, that helps you notice the good in situations, ultimately boosting your ability to Arrive at Happy.
Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Women in the Workforce: Considering Intersectionality to Advance Gender Equity
Intersectionality is a way of understanding how individuals experience inequities on the basis of factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, citizenship, ability, and sexual orientation. Intersectional inequities and inequality affect women and visible minorities differently, depending on their social, cultural, and occupational contexts. It takes intentional effort to disrupt this reality.
Diversity and inclusion expert, Emily Holthaus explored the relationship between systems thinking and gender equity, bringing visibility to the experiences and perspectives of women of all races and backgrounds.
Sandra Cepeda McLean, MBA, SPHR, SCP
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Women in the Workforce: Creating Solutions from an HR Perspective
What will our workplace landscape look like in 2021 for female professionals? Over the past year, women have been greatly affected, as it relates to the changes and challenges of women in the workplace, balancing the various responsibilities between work and home, and the many changes needed to adapt. Along with the feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, many women are also feeling resentment and guilt…for fear of being seen as “not being able to do it all”, for frustration of “having to do it all”, for being a “survivor” of the workforce layoffs and much more…all of which is a lot to deal with.
For HR professionals, the landscape of the work environment has changed as well. Where policies, procedures and practices come into play, it is crucial in the way that organizations provide support to employees.
Sandra McLean, an executive HR Professional shared how organizations can or should expect to address the changes, taking a look at what work life blend means to employee wellness in the new environment and how providing greater flexibility, empathy, equity and inclusion can impact employee engagement and retention, alleviating or lessening the stress that employees face, and keeping them in the workforce, particularly for women.