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The topic of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) has been an area of focus for several years. However, in many organizations, little progress has been made in terms of truly leveraging the value of D&I to create true inclusive environments. In general, industries encounter specific challenges that may limit opportunities to move the needle regarding D&I and may disrupt efforts to service members of the community. Attend this session to:

  • Define D&I: Develop a common language. Ensure that there is clarity around the definition of the terms diversity and inclusion for the organization and those that have responsibility to the organization.
  • Explore the dimension of diversity: Create an awareness that there are several dimensions of diversity that have an impact on the way that we, as humans, interact with each other - which ultimately has an impact our work relationships.
  • Better understand unconscious bias: Examine how unconscious bias develops and the purpose it serves, how it impacts our decisions and behaviors, and what we can do to influence our organization in a positive way.  
  • Gain tips for success: Participants will be provided with reinforcement tips to ensure practical and consistent application of concepts shared throughout the training.

MEET THE SPEAKER

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    Delphia Howze

    Founder and CEO
    D. Howze Solutions, LLC

    Delphia Howze is the founder and CEO of D. Howze Solutions, LLC, a D&I consultancy. She is a forward-thinking Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader with more than 20 years of successful experience in helping organizations leverage human capital and diversity to create and strengthen inclusive environments. Her areas of expertise include developing and implementing HR and D&I strategies, training and development, mentoring and coaching, and leadership development. As a speaker and trainer, Howze consistently leaves audiences energized and prepared to take on next level opportunities to move the needle towards greater inclusion.

    As the Executive Director of Equity and Diversity for the University of Tennessee System, Howze consults and partners with UT’s campuses and institutes to advance efforts to identify and remove social, financial and health disparities that impede diversity, equity, and inclusion. In collaboration with university leadership, Howze works to prioritize diversity and inclusion initiatives. She also serves as a resource to campuses and as a statewide advocate.

    An HR leader in higher education, Howze has been responsible for working in partnership with senior leaders and key stakeholders to shape, develop and deliver strategic HR plans aligned with university priorities.

    Throughout her career, Howze has enhanced her skills as an HR professional and D&I leader through roles of increasing responsibility held in industries such as retail, banking, energy, trucking and logistics, consulting, and higher education. She serves a Diversity & Inclusion Expertise Panel Member for SHRM as well as the President and D&I Chair for SHRM of Tompkins County. She consistently demonstrates her commitment to HR and D&I by serving as a board and trustee member to a variety of organizations. She also works closely with college students as an Adjunct Professor teaching HR, D&I, and Business principles.

    Howze holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Point Park University, and Project Management Certification from Villanova University. She maintains PHR certification through HRCI and holds SHRM-CP certification through the Society of Human Resources Management.