The Central Iowa chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (CISHRM) will provide a panel of experts in human resources on the topics of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT): The Legal Landscape and the Impact on Your Business, June 14th, from 3:15pm to 5pm at DeWaay Capital Management, 13001 University Avenue, Clive, IA 50325. Free to members and $10 for guests.
The purpose of the June 14th, general meeting is to utilize a Business & HR Leader panel to educate the business community on how to promote and position a diversity and inclusion initiative strategy within their organization, in manner that reflects the diverse clientele they serve and enables the organization to more rapidly achieve its business goals. For this discussion we would like to focus specifically on the LGBT community.
Community Business and HR Leaders will participate as panelists. Each panelist will have 5 – 7 uninterrupted minutes to share how they have implemented their key point into their organization. After each panel member has made formal remarks, relating to their “point” on the agenda, the floor with then be opened for the panel to engage in Q & A. We expect the total time of this workshop to last 60 minutes.
The Four Points of Communication for Panel Leaders:
The Law: Jonathan Wilson, Attorney and Shareholder, Davis Brown Law, will provide an overall update on the law, and compliance around the current law. He will address what businesses, small and large, should know about the legal landscape of Iowa today in regards to same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships.
The Value Proposition: Joyce McDaniel, VP Human Resources and Education, Iowa Health, Des Moines, will share her perspective on a diversity and inclusion "value proposition" that has been implemented in her organization. She will address the results and benefits seen from this value proposition and how the overall demographic of employee-base become reflective of your customer-base; specifically, how has it advanced the
customer focus and the business.
The Role & Responsibility of the HR Business Partner: Tammy Blackburn, SVP HR , Well Fargo, will outline her perspective on the roles and responsibilities of HR and specifically the HR Business Partner in the execution of the diversity and inclusion strategy. She will address how HR managers can support the business leaders and teams within organizations as they utilize a diversity and inclusion strategy as a key lever to improve business outcomes.
The Impact on Benefits: Christopher Powers, Director of HR – Benefits, Principal Financial Group, will address both small and large businesses, how the same-sex marriage law in Iowa may shift, or has shifted, organization’s benefits package. He will speak as an employer that has implemented diversity and inclusion strategy, and the impact this strategy has had on benefits. He will share what they have learned from it, and what options central Iowa employers have, for both small and large businesses, regarding a benefit package that is inclusive of the diverse workforce created.