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Thursday, July 30, 2009

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6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Registration/Hospitality Desk

6:30 am to 8:00 am

8:00 am to 9:00 am
General Session- Diversity Roundtable
Moderator: Naomi Earp, EEOC Commissioner
Panelists: Clyde Jones, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer – ADP; Loretta Young Walker, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer – Turner; Julian Lewis, Director of Diversity – Lockheed
A panel of prestigious senior executives from industry will discuss their view of diversity from the executive suite. They will share how diversity is valued in their companies, integrated into their management systems, and tied to the business bottom line. They will discuss best practices and offer great insight into developing effective Diversity Strategy. If you are contemplating the start-up of an office of Diversity, you do not want to miss this discussion.

9:00 am to 9:15 am

9:15 am to 10:15 am Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Session 1: E-Verify
  Vonnie Johnson - DHS
Full description coming soon
Concurrent Session 2: Steps Analysis – Successfully Hiring Talent One Step at a Time
Lisa D. Grant Harpe, Ph.D, Peopleclick

Is there adverse impact in your organization? Can you prove there is no discrimination? Are you protecting your organization from litigation related to hiring, promoting and terminating employees?

The Uniform Guidelines on Employment Selection Procedures (UGESP, 1978) requires employers to regularly evaluate their hiring processes for evidence of adverse impact against members of a protected class (i.e. females, males, minorities, non-minorities). Used in the enforcement of anti-discrimination regulations by several federal agencies, the UGESP requires employers to examine each component of the hiring process where there is evidence that the hiring process as a whole has an adverse impact by gender or race.

Dr. Harpe will discuss measures of adverse impact, steps analysis, the data requirements to conduct a steps analysis and the analysis process. The presentation includes actual demonstrations for setting up a database that contains the information required to conduct a steps analysis, options for conducting the statistical analyses and a set of recommendations for employers.

Concurrent Session 3: Hiring the Veteran a win-win situation for employers, families and communities
Jolene Jefferies from DirectEmployers Association
Chad Sowash from DirectEmployers Association
Chief Warrant Officer 5, Russell (Rusty) Rice, United States Army Reserve
  This session combines the expertise of the following:
  • United States Army Reserve Drill Sergeant transitioned from military to corporate America and back.
  • United States Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer in charge of the Employer Partnership Initiative
  • The former Director of Employment for Union Pacific Railroad. Under Jolene’s leadership, UP won the GI Jobs #1 most military-friendly employer award for two consecutive years.
Learn more about public private partnerships that provide access to veterans, a loyal but underutilized workforce of transitioning military, reserves and veterans. The Military can become a human capital strategy for companies.

Highly skilled and capable Soldiers can meet the demands of the civilian workplace. Collaboration on industry shortfalls, government interface on issues that affect an employer’s ability to hire a Soldier and/or Veteran, and open discussion about the challenges employers and communities face. This session describes how to build a bridge of understanding and communication between Employers and the Military.
Concurrent Session 4: One Goal: Two Departments: How to Win the Compliance Match-up
  Beth Ronnenburg from Berkshire Associates Inc.
Most companies have two distinct departments: Affirmative Action and Recruiting. However, during an audit, the AA department will be the one defending their position with the OFCCP. This is why it’s important for the AA Officer to work with the Recruiting Department to ensure compliance requirements, such as the Internet Applicant definition, are met.

This lively session will share workplace examples of fellow federal contractors, describing how they maintained and reviewed the proper data to comply with staffing and AA needs. In addition, we will review how your AAP data can be used to verify the process defined on paper is the same as what is actually occurring. Attendees will leave with real life solutions to many of the issues surrounding compliance with the Internet Applicant definition.

10:15 am to 10:30 am

10:30 pm to 12:30pm
General Session-OFCCP Regional Directors
Joan Ford - Southwest & Rocky Mountain, Michele Hodge - Northeast (Deputy) & Mid Atlantic (Acting),
William Smitherman - Pacific, Evelyn Teague – Southeast, Sandra Zeigler – Midwest
Don’t miss this informative dialogue with the OFCCP Regional Directors on hot topics including questions
and answers of emerging interest to the contractor and stakeholder community.

12:30 pm to 2:00pm
Keynote - Living Our Legacy
Consuela Castillo Kickbusch - Keynote Speaker
We usually think of the word "legacy" as something a person leaves after they die, but what if you were living your legacy now? What if your vision for the future was part of everything you do now? It can happen. In this presentation, diversity speaker Lt Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch inspires and challenges the participants to become living legends in their personal and professional lives. Using a humorous, heart-warming style, she encourages leaders to be authentic, passionate, ethical and to lead with the soul.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Session 1: G-5/VEVERAA/Veterans
Terry Hankerson; William Glisson; Stephen Dewey - DOL
This session is devoted to informing the audience of the updates on the affirmative action laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination of veterans; our Nations’ heroes. Topics covered will be:
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA)
  • Good-Faith Initiative for Veterans Employment (G-FIVE)
“A veteran is someone who at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is HONOR!”
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Concurrent Session 2: Legal & Practical Issues in Applicant Tracking
Valerie Hoffman from Seyfarth Shaw
Since the OFCCP’s definition of an internet applicant became effective, applicant tracking issues have proliferated and present critical risk. What are the key technical, compliance and legal applicant tracking issues that many contractors don't become aware of until too late? How do you deal with over counting of "applicants" resulting from use of most tracking systems? Or are you undercounting? Are you tracking internal applicants and do you include them in your adverse impact analyses? How do you self-audit your disposition coding to defend your screening? What steps do you need to take to begin to correct issues? This session will drill into the legal and practical implications of managing applicant flow data in today’s environment and provide you with a deeper understanding and alternative solutions for these critical issues.
Concurrent Session 3: The Perils and Pitfalls of Email
Bennet Alsher from Ford & Harrison LLP
  Although convenient and easy to use, e-mail can be problematic for employers.    Issues to be explored include the following:  Are employees entitled to be paid while working off the clock using their Blackberrys?  What obligations do employers have to preserve e-mails?   What rights does an employer have to monitor employees’ e-mail traffic?  How is e-mail being used in litigation, both as a sword and as a shield?  What should an employer consider when implementing an e-mail usage, text, or blogging policy?  How is e-mail used during litigation?  What is spoliation?  How can an employer avoid the risk of a spoliation claim? 
Concurrent Session 4: AAP/EEO Quiz Bowl
  David Israel, Chairman, Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services L.L.C.
This fun and informative session will pit two teams, each represented by multiple federal contractors, in competition to see which team can be the fastest to accurately answer questions regarding the latest AAP/EEO issues and developments. At the conclusion of the competition, there will be an open Q&A incorporating questions posed by the audience. The AAP/EEO Quiz Bowl will be moderated by David Israel, Chairman of Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services and a partner with the law firm of Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel.

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Break & Exhibits

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Session 1: Solicitor's Compensation and Access Update
Stanley Keen, Regional Solicitor
Channah S. Broyde, Counsel for MSHA and Discrimination Law
Beverly Dankowitz, Counsel for Litigation and Regional Coordination
The Solicitor’s Office provides legal advice to and litigates on behalf of OFCCP.  This session will provide an update on the current state of the law with regard to compensation discrimination, focusing on systemic cases.  Additionally, the speakers will discuss the Agency’s approach to contractors’ denial of access.
Concurrent Session 2: Understanding Misunderstandings: Making Generational Diversity Work
Panel (Susan Woods from Henderson Woods and Lynette Chappell-Williams from Cornell University
Generational diversity is emerging as a significant dimension of people diversity in the workplace today. The challenge is getting people to understand one another by exploring differences in expectations, assumptions and language use.  Bridging the age gap to build respectful working relationships can mean the difference between a work environment that clicks and one that clashes. 

This interactive workshop allows members of the four generations to explore similarities and differences, identify potential areas of misunderstanding and think together about ways to work together effectively.  This workshop will help to break down stereotypes and communication barriers across the generations, and will provide best practices and recommendations for creating effective multi-generational work environments. 

This session will enable participants to:
  1. Explore generational diversity in the workplace today
  2. Engage in an interactive generational training exercise designed to get people talking and listening
  3. Learn to recognize patterns that influence workplace attitudes and expectations
  4. Gain insight to understand and resolve generational misunderstanding in the workplace and avoid conflict
Concurrent Session 3: Concurrent Session 3: A Review of OFCCP’s FY 2007 Enforcement Statistics: Lessons Learned for Federal Contractors
Panel (David Cohen and Eric Dunleavy from The Center for Corporate Equality and Ken Coles from Bayer (former chair /CCE))
  OFCCP’s enforcement efforts in fiscal year 2007 resulted in a record $51,680,950 for 22,251 workers subjected to discrimination. The Center for Corporate Equality has analyzed the conciliation agreements and consent decrees behind these enforcement results, and they will discuss their in-depth findings in this panel session. The Center for Corporate Equality’s analysis provides a rare glimpse inside OFCCP’s operations, particularly the agency's region-by-region enforcement practices. This panel will discuss these findings in detail, and provide federal contractors with important insights regarding future OFCCP enforcement practices.
Concurrent Session 4: G-Five
  Moderator: Dorie Tuggle, Former Senior Manager, Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Programs - Lockheed Martin

Panelists: Laura Harlos, Manager, EEO & QA – Alaska Airlines; Lea Hanson, Director, Employee Relations – Alaska Airlines; Melinda Bolen, Dispute Resolution & Compliance Office of the General Manager – WSI Corporation
A panel of prestigious corporations that have gone above beyond the call of duty to recruit and retain veterans within their organizations will discuss what they did to receive the first round of Good Faith Initiative for Veterans Employment (G-FIVE) awards. They will share how veterans are valued in their companies and why they pursued the G-FIVE award. They will share best practices and offer great insight into developing strategies to attract and retain veterans. If you have ever contemplated enhancing your veteran outreach this is a session you don’t want to miss.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Vendor Reception Exhibit Hall

6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
GALA World of Coca-Cola
Dress to be resort or business casual
Subject to change

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