Emerging HR Professionals: Foundations of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Workplace
This session will cover the foundational elements of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the workplace. It will include DEI definitions, barriers and challenges, proven practices and everyday inclusive actions that everyone can take at work. Participants will leave the session with a solid understanding of the DEI concepts, how to advance DEI at their workplaces and what they can do everyday to be more inclusive at work.
Principal, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group
Su Joun (she/her/hers) is the Principal of Diversity@WorkplaceConsulting Group LLC (http://www.diversityatworkplace.com) that specializes in innovative, implementation-focused,no-frills Diversity & Inclusion training and consultation. Su is alsoan adjunct professor at Suffolk University where she teaches Global HumanResources Management, Organizational Behavior and Career LAUNCH classes.
She was the Vice President of Talent, Diversityand Inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) where she ledthe enterprise diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, performance managementand leadership development, and associate engagement teams. In addition to expertise in Diversity &Inclusion and talent management, she has held leadership roles in IT & operations,marketing, sales and call centers in various organizations and industries. Su hasalso founded and operated a publishing company. This breadth of experiencesenables her to fully understand and “speak the language” of the variousbusiness areas and leaders allowing for true partnership to champion Diversity& Inclusion goals and programs.
Su received her MBA from Suffolk University andher MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.
Her thought-leadership on Diversity &Inclusion and talent overall has been showcased in the Skillsoft video libraryand on the Urban Update. She has presented to various audiences suchas the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, NAAAP, CFO Roundtable, UMASS Centerfor Collaborative Leadership, NEHRA, HUBweek, General Assembly, Skillsoft Conference,Design Museum Boston Workplace Innovation Summit, Northeastern University Open Classroomand the Boston Bar Association.
Consultant, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group
Stefanie A. Smith is a consultant with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group leveraging her previous experience and extensive background as DEI Subject Matter Expert. Stefanie has partnered with clients, government entities, media agencies, corporate partners and brands to develop quality initiatives and programs maximizing diverse representation, tangible metrics, and effective action.
As a certified diversity practitioner, speaker, and moderator some of her biggest professional accomplishments include her work alongside diversity leaders such as Dennis Kennedy of the National Diversity Council and Glenn Singleton of the Pacific Education Group/Courageous Conversations About Race. Stefanie is a proud advocate for multicultural diversity spaces and bases her work in the needed research and policy suggestions on those cultures.
Stefanie leans on her natural abilities to empathetically read the state of corporate culture to inform effective long-term strategy and implementation plan development. Notably she developed DEI framework, programming and educational learning paths for consulting change management giant Kotter International. Her imprint and previously seeded works are still being replicated today due to her natural ability to meticulously elevate diversity across all business lines and employee levels including c-suite and boards.
Stefanie acquired her bachelor’s degree from Salem State University and obtained her first masters at UMass Boston and second masters at Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs via National Urban Fellows accelerated MPA program.
Although originally born in Atlanta, Georgia Stefanie calls Boston and the Northeast her forever home. Mostly you will find her joking along with friends, family and spending her spare time somewhere warm and fun.