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Ninth Annual Inclusion Conference

08.24.17 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH 44145

A year ago, the Commission on Economic Inclusion brought Harvard professor Mahzarin Banaji to Cleveland. She effectively demonstrated how even the most well-intentioned people unwittingly allow unconscious thoughts and feelings to influence apparently objective decisions.

This year, at the Commission’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference, four experts will continue that conversation with a deeper dive into the concept of bias, specifically as it relates to attracting and selecting top talent for your organization.

Who should attend:

  • Diversity and inclusion practitioners
  • Senior human resources managers
  • Supplier diversity managers
  • Procurement managers

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Featured Speakers

Topic: Implicit Bias Recruitment Solutions– “Is it the Same Across Organizations?"
Celeste Chatman, M.A. CDR
Director, Talent Acquisition & Planning
The Urban Institute

Celeste Chatman is the director of talent acquisition & planning for The Urban Institute. She has overall responsibility for driving strategic direction of the recruitment team to build a talented pipeline of diverse talent. She brings more than 16 years’ experience from a variety of companies including higher education, banking and financial services, pharmaceutical and technology industries.

Celeste previously worked at Actavis Inc. where she successfully led the talent acquisition, university recruitment and diversity inclusion function. It was there that she was awarded the CEO’s “Operational and Process Excellence Award.”  She was the driving force in the implementation of a strong diversity initiative that placed Covance in the “Top 50 Employers with Workforce Diversity" magazine” and the “Diversity Employers Top 100.” 

She is a native of northern New Jersey where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Upsala College and a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology from Kean University. 

Topic: I will NOT Check a Box
Dia Harris
University Relations & Recruiting Manager
Northrop Grumman

Dia Harris currently works at Northrup Grumman as manager, university relations & recruiting, technology services. 

Before joining NG, Dia worked at Boeing as a senior diversity recruitment strategist/consultant and university relations specialist. He previously worked for Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies as a senior university relations specialist, where he provided strategic direction and account management for a selected group of schools and provided market research, tools, and consulting services for internal recruitment partners to enhance and enable their university recruitment objectives. 

Before joining J&J, Dia worked at KPMG, as a diversity recruiting manager, where he led the overall planning, implementation, and evaluation of the campus recruitment program while developing and executing recruiting efforts focused on diversity recruiting initiatives.

Dia was the assistant director of admissions at American University in Washington D.C. and associate dean of admissions at Bates College in Maine. Dia did graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in education and earned his undergraduate degree in communications from Pennsylvania State University.

Topic: Fit Gone Wild: How Hiring for Cultural Fit Inhibits Diversity
Lauren Rivera
Associate Professor, Management & Organizations
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University

Lauren Rivera is an associate professor of management & organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is an expert on workplace evaluations and has written extensively on hiring and promotion practices in elite professional service firms.

Her award-winning book, "Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs" (Princeton University Press, 2015), investigates class, gender, and racial biases in hiring decisions for top-tier investment banks, consulting firms, and law firms. Her research has been featured in the Atlantic, Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

In recognition of her work, Professor Rivera received the American Sociological Association's William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. She has been named one of the top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets & Quants and a rising management star by Thinkers50. She received her B.A. in sociology and psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.

Topic: Moving Diversity Forward to Inclusion
Tonie Snell, CMS, CDR, DMC
Founder and CEO
360HR - Diversity Forward™ Talent Solutions Firm

At the helm of 360HR, with over 15 years' experience in the Staffing/Recruiting industry, Tonie is a Social-Impact Entrepreneur and Chief Diversity JobMingler.

During her own search for employment where she could bring her “entire self” to work, 360HR was founded. Her element is educating clients in understanding that diversity is ONLY the first step; inclusion is the goal. Tonie believes in a high-touch candidate experience, and her realm of expertise lies in diversity sourcing/recruiting candidates in tech, healthcare and oil/gas industries.

She has worked with Microsoft, Mozilla, Cisco, and BASF, among others.

Topic: Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking Brilliance
Petar Vujosevic
COO and Co-founder

Petar Vujosevic is co-founder of GapJumpers, a leading talent analytics and assessment company. GapJumpers helps unleash the full potential of your hiring process through proven solutions grounded in behavioral economics organizational psychology and machine learning.

Petar launched GapJumpers in 2013 with the first platform to offer 'blind hiring' solutions in talent selection. Since the start, Petar and GapJumpers have championed 'blind hiring,' helping it become a mainstream hiring practice, adopted by companies, nonprofits and countries such as South Korea and Canada.

Afternoon breakout sessions

Industry experts will lead these sessions that will take a deeper dive into your organization’s recruiting, interviewing, and selection process.

Can Talent Acquisition Make the Unconscious Conscious? - Celeste Chatman

The research community can sometimes be the most difficult of talent acquisition customers. In this session, Celeste Chatman, the director of talent acquisition at The Urban Institute, shares insights and best practices on helping researchers “live” their unconscious bias to work towards identifying more diverse talent pipelines.

“We are trying to elevate our recruitment outreach beyond ethnicity and gender. And, we can only do that if we talk about the unconscious biases we ALL have by acknowledging the pink elephant with purple polka dots NOT sitting in the room”.

Building Transformational Inclusion - Tonie Snell

Although there is no single approach, there are starting points in creating and fostering an inclusive aspirational culture.  A growth mindset, inclusive culture and a workplace of belonging are not only possible but critical to attracting, recruiting and retaining talent.

Are You Leaving Talent on the Table? De-Biasing Personnel Decisions - Lauren Rivera

This session introduces common gender, race, and social class biases that can corrupt effective decision-making in hiring and promotion decisions. The session uses interactive exercises alongside cutting-edge social science research to provide concrete strategies to neutralize these biases and successfully increase the diversity of teams and organizations.


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If you have questions or need more information, please contact Scott Harrington at or 216.592.2213.

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