CSHRM D&I-Advancing Workplace Inclusion by Building LGBTQ Cultural Competency
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When: 10/23/2018
3:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Music Box Supper Club
1148 Main Ave
Cleveland, Ohio  44113
United States
Contact: Pam Smith

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Cleveland SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Presents:

Session Title: 
  Advancing Workplace Inclusion by Building LGBTQ Cultural Competency

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Location:  Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Session Description:

Although LGBTQ people are now more accepted and visible in the workplace than in the past, significant barriers still lie behind societal progression with regard to LGBTQ employment opportunities and workplace satisfaction.  By attending the workshop, HR leaders and business owners will gain enhanced skills in order to build a safe and inclusive work environment for their employees. The workshop will cover:

  • Legal landscape and status of non-discrimination laws: local, state, and national
  • Importance of diversity in the workforce: talent impact, stats/research results, productivity and being out at work
  • Common language and terminology of orientation, expression, LGBTQIA, etc.
  • Becoming an ally
  • Small group breakout sessions with discussion

This workshop will provide a safe space and unique opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide discussion points. Be prepared with questions and your unique perspective you may have to share with the group during the session. 

About Our Presenters:

Thomas Hawn is a founding board member of Plexus, the LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce. He spent the majority of his professional career in a variety of leadership and executive roles at Progressive Insurance and KeyBank, including founding their LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups. Since leaving KeyBank, Thomas provides consulting to organizations in achieving their strategic goals and assisting them in creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces.

Alana Jochum
is an attorney and Executive Director of Equality Ohio who has been passionately engaged in the fight for LGBTQ equality at the local, state, national, and international level for more than a decade. Prior to her current position,she worked at the United Way of Greater Cleveland and was an Associate at Squire Patton Boggs, LLP focused on complex civil litigation, international law, product liability disputes and other commercial litigation. She left Squire in 2014 to work full time with Equality Ohio.

Michelle Tomallo is the President and CoFounder of FIT Technologies, a managed IT services firm headquartered in downtown Cleveland. She has been involved with Plexus for a decade advocating for LGBTQ businesses and professionals, and workplace inclusion. She currently serves as the Board President and speaks locally and nationally on economic equity, supplier diversity and leadership. She’s actively involved in the neighborhoods where she lives and works through civic engagement projects.

Renita Jefferson had a twenty year history with the American Greetings Corporation. During her tenure she held leadership roles in the Information Services Division and Human Resources, culminating in her role as the Director of Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition.  Renita is a sought after keynote speaker, executive coach, panelist and expert practitioner in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Culture and Organizational Development.  She has worked with numerous organizations and universities to provide consultative services in her areas of expertise, resulting in her various appointments, honors and community engagement activities.

Bill Spence is a 25 year employee of KeyBank where he is currently in the role of Senior Human Resources Business Partner. Throughout his career Bill has been very involved in the LGBT community through leadership roles in Key’s Diversity and Inclusion Employee Resources Groups and actively volunteering for LGBT community service organizations. He has also been instrumental in helping Key foster a LGBT friendly and supportive environment which has earned them the distinctive honor of achieving ten perfect scores on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Cortney Marchetti is the Director of Talent Management at OverDrive, Inc., leading the recruitment, engagement, and learning & development functions within OverDrive’s Human Resources team.  Cortney is dedicated to building progressive, inclusive, and engaging cultures deeply rooted in companies’ missions, visions, and values.  Cortney is originally from San Francisco, CA.  She was the Director of People Operations at Lyft, helping to scale People Programs and Culture for an organization that grew from 500 employees to 2000 in just over a year. She also led People teams at Shutterfly, working through Programs, Communications, and HR Business Partner teams to drive employee engagement.

This program has been pre-approved for 2.5 recertification credits through HRCI and SHRM.


Presentation/Panel Workshop:  3:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Happy Hour/Networking/Live Music: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (hors d'oeuvres & cash bar)


Cleveland SHRM Member $35
Non Member $40
Networking Only $20 (Advanced Registration Required)

Valet Parking and Self Park options are available at surrounding lots.

Thanks to our Program Partner



Cleveland SHRM is committed to the full inclusion of all its members. As part of this commitment starting January 2017, CSHRM will make every attempt to ensure that all members with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate to the highest degree possible in all CSHRM activities. Accommodations will be provided to CSHRM members through collaborative efforts with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, local non-profits, and other community organizations to acquire accommodations that are being provided to CSHRM members.

Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator’s (RAC) role is to help identify and coordinate any accommodation that might be needed to participate in any CSHRM activity. Individuals who need an accommodation should contact one of the Diversity and Inclusion committee members below to start the process.

Katti Sorboro Email: katti.sorboro@va.gov Phone: 330.576.5502

Jared Daly Email: daly.jared@cuyahogabdd.org Phone: 216-538-1927