Emerging HR Professionals: Considerations in DEI

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Scarlett Abraham Clarke

Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Commonwealth Financial Network

Scarlett Clarke joined Commonwealth Financial in October of 2020. She was previously at Bright Horizons. Scarlett’s passion for HR began after she graduated college and worked for a staffing agency. In her current role, Scarlett is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management. She serves as a consultant and strategic partner to leaders and collaborates with department managers to help fairly implement our policies and to assist them with coaching employees and supporting their development.

 Scarlett is passionate about retaining good talent and often facilitates trainings geared towards employee development. In addition to the support that employees receive from their direct supervisor or local leadership team, she assists employees with successfully resolving questions and concerns that may arise.

One area of focus for Scarlett is partnering with the business to focus on the company culture and develop Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives that grow and strengthen the overall organization. She acts as an employee champion and change agent and is committed to providing an overall positive employee experience.

Scarlett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Suffolk University. She and her family live in Hyde Park, MA.

Tracy Burns



Tracy Burns has served as NEHRA’s Chief Executive Officer since November of 2010. Prior to this role, she spent nearly 20 years working in corporate HR, holding leadership positions across various industries, including financial services, higher education/healthcare, publishing and food/beverage.

Tracy is the author of,Before and After Resumes: How to Turn a Good Resume Into A Great One. In 2016 she received SmartCEO’s Brava Award as one of 40 female leaders in Greater Boston. In 2017, she was featured in Boston Business Journal’s series “Women of Influence”. A sought after expert in “all things HR”, Tracy is often quoted in local and national media outlets and has been featured on various industry related podcasts, including The Hennessy Report and HR Rebooted.

In 2017, Tracy and business partner Mim Minichiello developed and launched Hytched (www.hytched.co), an on-line platform connecting companies who need interim HR expertise with experienced HR professionals. Currently in its second iteration, Hytched has seen early success as a growing “gig” resource and landed Tracy on the “Top 300 Women to Watch in HR Tech”.

Tracy is actively involved in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), as well as the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE). She sits on the HR Management Advisory Board at Bryant University and the Work Without Limits Business Advisory Council at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA.

Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in business/human resources from California State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Lesley University. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Tracy has called the Boston “home” since 1996. She is passionate about advancing female leaders, raising two fabulous boys and her bulldog Moose.


Emerging HR Professionals: Considerations in DEI
10/29/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/29/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join NEHRA's Emerging HR Professionals Group for a virtual discussion around DEI with Scarlett Abraham Clarke. Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Commonwealth Financial Network and Tracy Burns, CEO at NEHRA. Work through important considerations around diversity, equity and inclusion such as identifying the state of the current environment, analyzing accountability and funding, and building skills and capabilities. Plus, review some essential connections with mental health and psychological safety. Discussion will end with live audience Q&A. Video engagement is encouraged.
Survey - Considerations in DEI
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6 Questions A quick survey to evaluate the effectiveness of this NEHRA session (1-2 minutes)
SHRM & HRCI Credit Info and Certificate
1.00 SHRM & HRCI credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 SHRM & HRCI credit  |  Certificate available