Virtual Learning: How to Address Race at Work
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When: 7/8/2020
9:00 AM- 10:00 AM
Where: Virtual Learning Event
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Virtual Learning: How to Address Race at Work


Event Overview:

The topic of Race is at the forefront of many conversations in the workforce and has taken center stage in the national consciousness. Many organizations are trying to gauge what role they should place in overall conversation about Race; there are many facets that organizations should consider when understanding how they will address the subject. What types of forums and programing should happen for employees? What external actions should an organizations take such as website messaging, and the involvement of the organization’s leadership in external diversity and inclusion efforts? How do we examine internal processes that may negatively impact employees based on their Race?

Diana Starks and George Sample of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will engage in a 1:1 discussion intended to help organizations craft an approach for how they address Race in the workplace.

Our learning objectives for the event will be:

Discuss internal actions to address Race with your workforce.
Discuss external actions to convey your organizations stance on Race.
Examine if internal processes have negative impacts on employees based on Race.

Event Information:
July 8, 2020
Program 9:00-10:00 AM

Virtual Event- webinar link is provided in registration confirmation email

Free to everyone

Speaker Information:

Diana Starks
Diana C. Starks is vice president of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. There, Ms. Starks leads the Bank’s workforce diversity initiatives; diversity and inclusion education, learning, and development; strategic collaboration with colleagues to develop a nationally recognized supplier diversity program; and efforts to deepen the Bank’s community presence through the provision of financial education and literacy programs for students living in socioeconomically distressed neighborhoods. In addition, she serves as the Bank’s deputy Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

Ms. Starks has held various operations, management, and leadership positions, including assistant secretary to the Federal Reserve System’s Conference of First Vice Presidents in 2008 and 2009. She served on the board of the Intergenerational Schools, one of the leading public charter schools in the US, serving those in kindergarten through grade 8, until she became chair of the Human Resource and Diversity Committee for Breakthrough Schools.

Ms. Starks holds a BBA from Hiram College, an MA in psychology with a certification in diversity management from Cleveland State University, and an MA in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She has also done graduate work in Christian ministries at Malone College and is a graduate of both the United Way Leadership Development Program and the Bank Administration Institute's operations and technology program.


George Sample
George Sample is a Cleveland native who graduated from John Hay High School. George proceeded to John Carroll University, where graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He later returned to John Carroll to earn his MBA.


George is the Human Resources Business Partner Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Prior to his current role, George served as  the Director of Human Resources for the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Before that, George served in Human Resources Manager roles at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and The Lubrizol Corporation.


George is President-Elect of the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management. George is a member of the Board of Directors for John Carroll University. George also serves on the steering committee for John Carroll University’s athletic booster club.


George resides in Strongsville with his wife Tanya, and his daughters Jordan and AJ. George regularly plays paintball.





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