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Conference Agenda

Day 1
OFCCP Enforcement
& Policy Updates


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Day 1
Recruiting & Hiring Best Practice for Compliance


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Day 1
Preparing for the New OFCCP Compensation Directive


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Day 1
Recruiting Individuals
with Disabilities


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Day 1
2018 Federal Law


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Day 1
LGBT & Hiring


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Day 1
Leveraging Veteran


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Day 2
and Maintaining ERGs


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Day 2
What Now? How to build a Culturally Intelligent Organization


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Keynote Speaker

Dr. J. Goosby Smith
Dr. J. Goosby Smith Asst. Provost Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, The Citadel

In 2015, Dr. J. Goosby Smith relocated from Southern California to Charleston, SC where she became a faculty member in The Citadel’s Baker School of Business and the Department of Leadership Studies.  Since July of 2018, she has served as Assistant Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a role in which she collaborates with campus leadership to support The Citadel’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Driven by the call to “increase human thriving in the workplace,” Dr. J specializes in workplace inclusion, with emphases on teams, higher education, veterans, and workplace spirituality and religion.  Her research is published in the book (Beyond Inclusion, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and several other chapters, journal articles, and research reports.   Smith is presently editing a book on spirituality and religion in the workplace (Blessed are Those Who Ask the Questions, est. 2019, Information Age Publishing). Starting as an Information Technology consultant 28 years ago, Smith later transitioned into the field of diversity and inclusion, engaging with organizations including, but not limited to:  Boeing Corporation Talent Management, Naval Base Ventura County (Point Mugu), Sherwin-Williams, CHEF, The Cleveland Clinic, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, University at Albany, Chapman University, KeyBank, First Federal Lakewood, and The Cleveland Indians.  One of her career-changing highlights was being awarded an Office of Naval Research Faculty Summer Fellowship to research barriers to inclusion for Latina and Latino service members.

Smith holds Ph.D. and M.B.A. degrees in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and American Mensa. A native of Gary, IN, Dr. J lives in Charleston with her daughter Aiah and her yellow lab, Cassius Clay.

Meet some of your class presenters:

Cheryl Behymer
Cheryl BehymerPartner, Fisher Phillips

Cheryl Behymer is a Partner in the Fisher Phillips’ Columbia, SC office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, as well as the Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group.

Cheryl assists employers with compliance and defends employers who are responding to administrative charges, actively involved in litigation, or are participating in compliance reviews conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.  She also coordinates employer compensation audits to proactively identify potential pay disparity risks.

Cheryl is a frequent presenter on pay equity, compensation, affirmative action, and harassment legal issues, including issues involving the LGBTQ community. She is also past chair and current committee member of the South Carolina Diversity Council, a committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce; a Diversity Fellow with the Diversity Leaders Initiative with the Riley Institute at Furman University; an Ambassador for the SC Diversity Recruitment Consortium; as well as a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the firm’s Women in Leadership Council’s steering committee where she coordinates the Ambassador program.

Kristine Foss
Kristine FossManaging Director, Disability Solutions

Kris leads the Disability Solutions team drawing from a combined 20 years of strategic leadership experience in human resources, workforce development, and project and change management. Kris focuses on connecting corporate clients’ business goals with a strategic approach to attracting, hiring and promoting talent with disabilities. Kris and her team work nationally and globally with Fortune 500 clients including PepsiCo, Synchrony Financial, American Express, Aon, and Aramark.  During her career Kris has developed workforce development strategies aligned with business goals and objectives.  Kris has also served as an adjunct instructor for Post University teaching a course on lifetime learning to equip adult learners and veterans with tools and strategies to successfully navigate their degree programs.

Kris holds a Master’s Degree from Sacred Heart University and a BA degree from Salve Regina University.  She has earned a SHRM-SCP from SHRM, a SPHR from HRCI, and serves on several voluntary Boards including Board Chair for The Bridge to Independence and Career Options (TBICO), Past Vice President for the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), and the Elsevier College of Direct Support Advisory Board.  Kris and her family reside in Connecticut.

Valissa Armstead
Valissa Armstead Manager of Inclusion and Diversity, Spectrum Health

Valissa Armstead is the Manager of Inclusion and Diversity for Spectrum Health. Valissa leads the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategically aimed at eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and promoting workforce diversity and Cultural Intelligence (CQ)in the workplace. She successfully launched three inclusion resource groups at Spectrum Health.

In addition to her work at Spectrum Health, Valissa serves on the board of Kingdom Life Ministries Community Development Corporation and STARS, Sisters Taking Action Reversing Statistics. She is a Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator and Adjunct Professor at Grace Bible College where she develops, designs, and facilitates courses on Cultural Intelligence. Valissa received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Business Administration from Central State University, her Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and is completing her Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership at University of Phoenix where she researches the impact of cultural intelligence on cross cultural relationships.

Kristin Ekkens
Kristin EkkensDirector of Corporate Partnerships, Cultural Intelligence Center

Kristin Ekkens, MA, CDE (Certified Diversity Executive) is a cultural strategist, consultant, and global speaker. Her passion and area of expertise is helping organizations drive culturally intelligent innovation. Prior to joining the Cultural Intelligence Center as Director of Corporate Partnerships, Kristin led system­wide inclusion and diversity efforts at an integrated healthcare organization of over 25,000 employees. She worked closely with various stakeholders to integrate cultural intelligence into the organization’s DNA, creating a more inclusive and equitable culture that produced business results. Kristin also led initiatives to attract, retain, promote, and leverage diverse talent.

Her career experience also includes TEDx speaker (2014), business owner, Cultural Intelligence Certified Facilitator, corporate intercultural trainer, executive director of a national non-profit, and workplace language and literacy program director. Kristin has been recognized as a “cultural entrepreneur” and was recognized in 2017 as a Top Women-Owned Business finalist by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In 2016 she was awarded a Building Bridges award from the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the 40 under forty Business Leader award from the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Passionate about language and culture, Kristin earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Michigan State University and bachelor degrees in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kristin’s international experience includes living in Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica, and traveling extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe, and New Zealand.

Kristin’s life motto comes from an African principle – Ubuntu – we are who we are because of others. Her two boys and husband remind her of that every day.

Shawn Spann Edwards
Shawn Spann EdwardsChief Diversity Officer, The Citadel

Shawn Spann Edwards is a diversity and inclusion, human resources and management professional and professor.  She is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and is responsible for the diversity, inclusion and equity efforts and programs for the institution. Additionally, Shawn serves as adjunct faculty at The Citadel, Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston.

Shawn earned an MBA with a Human Resource Management concentration and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning from Walden University.  She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Webster University, an Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Bauder College.  Currently, Ms. Edwards is a second year doctoral student at Temple University.

Shawn serves as a board member for the YWCA of Greater Charleston and Palmetto Warrior Connection. She is also a member of the Diversity Council for the SC Chamber of Commerce and an Honorary Commander for Joint Base Charleston.  She is a former board member of the SC Society for Human Resource Management (SC SHRM) and Palmetto SHRM (formerly Tri-County Human Resource Mgt. Association).  She holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  Ms. Edwards is a mentor to many and has served as a volunteer for several organizations in the Charleston area speaking at various schools, career fairs and organizations on a variety of topics.

Shawn was awarded the Innovator Under 35 Award by the Bethune-Leonard Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. and was Webster University Charleston Campus 2009 Student of the Year and the 2010 Young Alumni of the Year.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society for Business Schools Delta Mu Delta (DMD) and served as the inaugural Vice President of the Charleston Chapter on Webster University’s campus.  Shawn is a certified trainer with certifications in Polarity Thinking, BRIDGES to Success and DISC.  Shawn is a facilitator for the Charleston Illumination Project, a 2013 fellow of Furman University’s Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative, was recognized as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2015 Forty Under 40, is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Charleston, a 2016 graduate of Leadership South Carolina and the recipient of the Fall 2017 Spirit of the Citadel Presidential Award.

Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Shawn resides in Charleston, SC. with her husband Derrick J. Edwards they have five children and one grandchild.

Todd A. Bromberg
Todd A. BrombergPartner, Wiley Rein

Todd has more than 25 years of experience litigating a wide range of business-related disputes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. His areas of emphasis include disputes related to trade secrets and unfair competition, employment, and public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as a wide range of

government contracting issues. Todd works closely with the firm’s Government Contracts Practice – one of the nation’s largest and most reputable practices – in representing government contractors in all aspects of labor and employment compliance, enforcement, and investigations matters in response to internal complaints and in connection with governmental investigations, audits, and inquiries. Todd has represented clients before multiple federal and state agencies that regulate labor and employment in the United States, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Further, his extensive litigation and arbitration experience – including both jury and bench trials – allows him to provide strategic and effective insights when counseling clients.

A Special Thank You to

The Citadel Gospel Choir


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