Virtual Learning: Getting to Work on DEI: Best Practices Panel
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When: 10/22/2020
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Virtual Learning: Getting to Work on DEI: Best Practices Panel

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Event Overview:
DEI work is more important than ever. This is year has many companies asking: how do we engage remotely? how can we do more to advocate for social justice? The time is now to create a workplace for all to thrive. By valuing different perspectives and viewpoints, companies are better equipped for innovation and long-term success. Companies that embrace diversity, better serve their diverse customers and communities. Join CSHRM on October 22nd to hear from our panel of DEI Experts to talk about best practices on DEI education, strategy and programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn best practices to attract top talent and expertise on recruitment best practices.
  • Hear ways to advance inclusion and support employees being their authentic self.
  • How to create effective organizational change and lead DEI educational initiatives.
  • Identify how to demonstrate equity in policies, procedures and programs

Employer Panel:

Nitra Rucker, DE&I Engagement Manager, KeyBank

Tonya Shelton, Diversity & Inclusion Professional, FirstEnergy
Monica Jackson, Vice President Global Inclusion and Diversity, Eaton
Lindsay DesJardins, Vice President of Human Resources, National Safety Apparel

This program has been submitted for SHRM and HRCI recertification credit hour.

Event Information:
October 22, 2020
Program 12:00-1:00 PM

Virtual Event- webinar link is provided in registration confirmation email

Members: Free
Nonmembers: $25

Speaker Information:

Nitra Rucker, KeyBank’s DE&I Engagement Manager
Joined Key in 1998 and currently works in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion managing workforce engagement initiatives which include leading the employee resource groups, consulting with the Lines of Business, partnering with Human Resources and engaging with the community. Prior to her current role, Nitra worked in the Corporate Bank managing the Analyst, Intern and Associate Programs. Nitra also helped established several other developmental programs including the Finance Analyst Program and the Retail Management Associate Program.  Nitra is also responsible for founding the Key Young Professionals Business Networking Group. Prior to managing Programs, Nitra worked in Procurement and was responsible for reinvigorating and driving the supplier diversity sourcing strategy. Nitra is a certified Senior Professional in Human Recourses (SPHR).  She earned an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University and a B.B.A. degree from Kent State University. Nitra is an active contributor to charitable and civic causes.  She is the Chair of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and is a founding member of New Level Sports Foundation. She also volunteered with the Cleveland Bridge Builders Advisory Committee and the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation. She has been honored with a Women of Professional Excellence award from the YWCA of Cleveland as well as the KeyBank’s Chairman’s Award and Diversity Champion Award.

Tonya Shelton, FirstEnergy Diversity & Inclusion Professional
Tonya Shelton is a Diversity & Inclusion professional who has worked in the human resources field for over twenty-five years. Tonya has 15 years of collective management experience to include roles such as Call Center Manager, Communications Manager and Training Manager. Most of her career in human resources has been spent as an HR generalist, designing and facilitating leadership development curriculum and creating, implementing and supporting diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. Tonya has a BA in Communications from The University of Akron and possesses a certification for image consulting from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She spent several years offering professional image and styling services to individuals and corporations through her business, Tonya Woods Image Consulting. An Akron native, she has been active in the community; recently graduating from Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board program, serving as a board member for several local non-profit organizations and volunteering at her high school alma mater. She has an 9-year old daughter named Sarai and loves to cook, eat, travel, learn, meet people and make things beautiful. She is passionate about working to bring positive change in the space of inclusion and equity, being of service to others and helping people be their absolute best. 

Monica Jackson, Eaton Vice President Global Inclusion and Diversity
Monica Jackson has been named Vice President, Global Inclusion and Diversity at Eaton Corporation in 2020. Monica started her HR career at Procter & Gamble and held roles of increasing responsibility including University Recruitment, Plant HR Leader and Senior HR Manager.  She joined GE Aviation as an HR Business Partner in the Military business.  Soon after, she became the HR Business Partner for Aviation Finance and Legal functions before being promoted to HR Vice President at NBC Universal in Los Angeles, California.  Monica joined Nielsen Holdings in Covington, KY as HR Vice President supporting the North American Retail business.  In addition, she was responsible for developing and leading the accelerated leadership development program and improving talent acquisition and diversity efforts. Most recently, Monica served as the global diversity and inclusion leader for GE Aviation and provided oversight for Aviation US University Recruitment.  During her time in the role, Aviation experienced a notable increase in the representation of women (global) and people of color (US) in both the professional and intern populations while simultaneously advancing a culture of inclusion. Monica is a native of Dallas, TX.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance at Clark Atlanta University and an MBA in Human Resources from Indiana University.

Lindsay DesJardins, National Safety Apparel, Vice President of Human Resources
indsay DesJardins is a dynamic HR executive with more than 20 years’ experience in organizational effectiveness, succession and workforce planning, and employee engagement. She has a passion for aligning and directing human capital management strategies, supporting business goals by developing high-caliber and inclusive workforces, and utilizes technology to provide HR solutions within manufacturing organizations, both in the public and private sector. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and has an Undergraduate Degree in Communications with emphasis in Public Relations from University of South Florida. Lindsay spent nearly 10 years of her career in a variety of leadership positions across the US with The Sherwin-Williams Company and currently leads the HR function at National Safety Apparel (NSA) as the Vice President of Human Resources, where she leads the operational and strategic HR efforts for their locations throughout the Midwest. NSA proudly employs individuals from nearly 30 nationalities and their organization is comprised of more than 65% women.  A Florida native, Lindsay and her husband of almost 24 years, Adrian, moved to the Cleveland area with their daughter, Elaina in 2014. She and her family enjoy attending live music venues throughout the area and support local theater groups in the Cleveland area.  Lindsay is an active member of several industry HR panels, a member of Cleveland’s Manufacturing Works Workforce Development Committee, and works with College Now, where she spends her time mentoring first generation college students.


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