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Diversity in the Workplace: Managing the Diverse Workplace of Tomorrow

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Date(s) - 20/04/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Course Leader: Laura Williams and Susan Lill, Williams HR Consulting
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: $69.00

From organizations implementing policies encouraging the advancement of female leaders and promoting greater gender equality, to a focus on improved employee accommodation and engagement as workforces become increasingly mixed — by age, gender, race, religion and a host of other characteristics — diversity programs have become a key focus for many HR professionals, business owners and managers. More so because some large multinationals and many government agencies have incorporated supplier diversity mandates into their procurement requirements. Doing business now means building a workplace reflective of the wider Canadian population and the global marketplace.

Organizations must be prepared to strategically address both the challenges and opportunities that come with tapping the talents of an increasingly diverse group of employees. From recruitment and employee development programs, to workplace policies and ongoing employee feedback, well-established approaches to management must be re-evaluated and designed to address the operational demands of a workforce that has been widely transformed over the past decade.

Join Williams HR Consulting’s Laura Williams and Susan Lill for an interactive webinar that will answer some important questions:

• What is diversity and what does it mean to Canadian organizations?

• Why does diversity matter in a workplace setting?

• What benefits do diverse workforces deliver to employers?

• What are some important pitfalls that organizations should look to avoid when fostering workplace diversity?

• What practices help organizations best manage workplace diversity?


Laura Williams, Williams HR Consulting

Laura Williams has more than 15 years of experience providing strategic advice and representation to employers on a full range of labour and employment matters, including pre-termination advice and strategy, workplace safety and insurance, wrongful dismissal actions, union organizing and certification, grievance arbitration, human rights, privacy, employment standards, workplace policies, procedures and employment contracts. Laura is regularly engaged by organizations and firms as an investigator on various issues including workplace violence, harassment, sexual harassment, violence, employee discipline, fraud, health and safety, and disability management issues. She has also been featured in various industry magazines and human resources publications, providing expertise and insights on a wide range of employment law and employee engagement issues. Laura speaks frequently at HR law seminars and conferences, and regularly conducts workshops and training for human resources professionals and managers operating in a variety of sectors.

Susan Lill, Williams HR Consulting

Susan Lill brings more than 25 years of experience to Williams HR Consulting. Her past HR roles have included Chief HR Officer, Vice-President, Director and Manager. Susan started consulting in 2001 and has worked or supported clients in nearly every industry both in Canada and the United States. As a member of senior leadership teams, she has spearheaded the creation of business strategies, human resources strategies, organizational change initiatives, due diligence, organization design and process improvement initiatives. As a practitioner, Sue has experience in all aspects of human resources. She has added specialization in organizational assessment and design, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, knowledge management, employee sensing and diversity training. Sue is the past president of an HRPA chapter and has chaired various committees. She is a graduate of the Liberty Fellowship program which is based on the prestigious Henry Crowne Fellowship and has attended the Aspen Institute and the Center for Creative Leadership. Sue is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Human Resources Management program.

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