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H is for Hidden Barriers: Workplace Success Through Inclusion

Event Type: SWFLN Webinar
Date: 7/21/2017
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM
 Libraries recognize that to effectively serve their increasingly diverse communities, they need to add diversity to their staffs. But as with other types of organizations, the focus on diversity is often limited to recruitment and hiring -- which is only part of the equation. Engaging, developing, and retaining diverse talent means taking an honest look at the organization’s culture and its people management processes and practices. Is the workplace welcoming and inclusive of different backgrounds and worldviews? Are there subtle biases in the way that staff are evaluated, developed, and promoted? And what efforts are being made to tap into the knowledge and insights of all employees? This webinar will examine the potential barriers that may keep some staff members from fully contributing and provide some practical ideas for how to address them in your organization.
Academic Library staff
Academic Library staff will find this webinar of particular relevance based on the frequency with which they engage the diverse students from their campuses as library staff -- and as they hire, and attempt to retain, greater diversity in their experienced librarians and other staff members.
Public Library staff
Public libraries are finding that one of the best ways to be responsive to their diverse communities is to tap into the ideas and cultures of their staff members, so they will want to attend this webinar to learn how unintended barriers in the workplace may make it difficult to engage and retain this invaluable resource.
School Librarians and Media Specialists
As schools try to better match their staff resources to the diversity of their student bodies, they need to think about how welcoming they may be to staff members who bring the diversity they are seeking. This webinar will point out possible unintended barriers to inclusion.

Special Library staff
International professionals are a growing part of many of the more technical professions in the U.S. – and especially in Florida. To best serve these audiences, Special Libraries will want to consciously augment their staffs with those who have diverse backgrounds. And, as with all organizations, the trick will be in making their practices, policies and culture truly inclusive.

Location: Web Based Training
Other Information:
 About the Presenter: Mary L. Martinéz, President of InclusionFocus, LLC, has more than 25 years of experience as an HR leader and consultant in diversity and inclusion, talent and organization development, and employee engagement. She has held corporate roles for CIGNA, Honeywell, Sanofi, and Alcatel-Lucent, and has been a senior consultant and practice leader for ORC/Mercer and APTMetrics. Mary has implemented a wide range of diversity and talent initiatives in business, not-for-profit and government organizations, helping them to develop measurable diversity and inclusion strategies based on their vision for inclusion and particular organization goals. A frequent contributor to D&I publications and conferences, Mary is currently the Education Co-Chair for the South Florida Diversity Council and Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Greater Miami Society for Human Resources Management. She holds an M.B.A in Organization Behavior from Bernard M. Baruch College -- The City University of NY.
Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Mary Martinez
Status: Closed

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