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    Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

    Date: October 9, 2013, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    October is Diversity Awareness month! The Diversity Discipline deals with the qualities, experiences and work styles that make individuals unique- age, race, religion, disabilities, ethnicity, etc. – as well as how organizations can leverage those qualities in support of business objectives. It also includes matters that focus on diversity-related careers, communications, legal and regulatory issues, technology, metrics and outsourcing, as well as effective diversity practices and global diversity issues. Studies show that teams or organizations made up of individuals with a more diverse mix of qualities, experiences and work styles tend to have available a richer set of ideas, perspectives and approaches to a business issue.

    Come enjoy an engaging presentation on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, presented by Jason Kanov, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University and Nick Sanchez, Employment Inclusion Manager, Western Washington University. They will provide you with an overview of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, as well as give you specific action steps for creating an inclusive workplace.

    Key Topics:

    • The business case for diversity
    • The ethical/moral case for diversity
    • Three levels of diversity management
    • What is inclusion in the workplace?
    • Building an inclusive work place

    Presented By: Jason Kanov, PhD, & Nick Sanchez from Western Washington University

    Jason Kanov, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University

    Jason Kanov has a PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and he is currently an associate professor with Western's College of Business and Economics. Dr. Kanov's research focuses on relationships and interpersonal processes in work and organizational settings. One stream of research has to do with interpersonal work—the effortful handling of interpersonal interactions and relationships. A primary interest has to do with examining how moments of emotional disconnection within work relationships impact both the work of maintaining those relationships and the accomplishment of task-oriented organizational objectives. His second research stream examines the nature and impact of suffering at work and organizational compassion. He has published research in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, American Behavioral Scientist, and Journal of Business Ethics as well as in several edited books. Dr. Kanov teaches courses on a variety of topics related to organizational behavior and people management including motivation, teamwork, negotiation and conflict management, power and influence, diversity, and leadership. He is also in the process of completing a mediation certification. He is happily married and is the proud papa of two wonderful little kiddos.

    Nick Sanchez. Employment Inclusion Manager, Western Washington University

    Nick Sanchez works as the Employment Inclusion Manager at Western Washington University where his diversity enhancement proposal: Six Steps to Cultural Inclusion received presidential funding as pilot program in 2012-13 and was recently permanently funded in 2013-14.  Nick got his start at Western investigating harassment and discrimination claims, and training to help prevent such claims. He is a Marine Corps veteran, holds a Baccalaureate degree in Journalism from Humboldt State University and received his Juris Doctor Santa Clara University. He believes that cultural inclusion begins with outreach but retention is dependent on mentoring, training of supervisors and peers, and strong signaling from corporate leadership. A native of California, Nick has lived in Washington for 6 years.

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    SHRM Foundation Raffle

    Each year, the Mt Baker Chapter of SHRM hosts a raffle to raise money for the SHRM Foundation.  The SHRM Foundation funds HR research grants and produces publications and educational resources to advance the HR profession.  All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the SHRM Foundation.  Tickets will be available at the time of check-in for the October luncheon for $1 per ticket or 12 tickets for $10.

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    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

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    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, we accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card and must be paid at the time of check-in at the event. See cancellation policy below.

    This program is pre-approved for 1 HRCI recertification credit.

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

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