NEHRA’s 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

Date & Time
12.05.2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA

Join YW Boston staff and LeadBoston alumni for NEHRA’s 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium. LeadBoston alumna, Deborah Washington, will participate on the event’s opening panel. Kemarah Sika, YW Boston’s Vice President of Programs, and Sheera Bornstein, Senior Manager of Partnerships, will facilitate a two-part workshop titled Intersectionality: The Interconnected Nature of Social Categorizations.

Other participating LeadBoston alumni include Sean Driscoll and True-See Allah (Workshop: Re-Thinking Re-Entry; It’s Part of Some People’s Diversity Wheel!) and Su Joun, Principal at Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group (Ask D&I Expert a Question).


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NEHRA’s 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium
Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA
NEHRA Members: $399
Non-Members: $549


Opening Panel: Intentional Ally-ship

IBIS Consulting Group kicks off the day with a panel that focuses on actions we all can take to create a sense of belonging for marginalized groups through intentional allyship. The panelists will share personal stories, struggles, and successes that inspired them to build relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability which aim to work in solidarity with marginalized individuals and groups. Attendees will hear from leaders across a variety of sectors as they share thoughts and actions that address systemic barriers to level the playing field. The intent of the conversation is to push boundaries on the level of dialogue we need to have in all of our organizations in order to ensure greater strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Shilpa Pherwani, Principal & CEO, IBIS Consulting Group

Deborah Washington
Director of Diversity for Nursing & Patient Care Services, Massachusetts General Hospital

Chris Miller
Corporate Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry’s

Randy Martinez
Director, Strategic Diversity Management Retail and Minute Clinic Operations, CVS Health
9:45 – 11:15am

Breakout Sessions

(choice of 5):
Intersectionality: The Interconnected Nature of Social Categorizations (Part I and II)

Intersectionality, a term coined by scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, describes the study of overlapping identities and the interaction between different power structures. In this workshop, participants will be provided with a safe space to reflect on intersecting identities such as race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, and many others. By applying an intersectional framework, participants will be better equipped at identifying the impact of overarching power structures and comprehensively address inequities in the workplace.

In Part I of II, Facilitators will lay the foundation for the workshop. They will introduce frameworks and definitions to create a shared understanding for deeper analysis. Using the frameworks and definitions from Part I of this session, during Part II participates will explore how intersecting identities can impact an individual’s experience in the workplace.

Kemarah Sika, Vice President of Programs, YW Boston
Sheera Bornstein, Senior Manager of Partnerships, YW Boston


Re-Thinking Re-Entry; It’s Part of Some People’s Diversity Wheel!

This thought provoking session will position Re-Entry (people with criminal record background identity) as part of diversity. With respect to the diversity concept of each of us carrying our own unique diversity wheels, which contain multiple identities across a wide spectrum of diversity, we will discuss how and why re-entry exists within peoples’ identity wheels. We will explore the dynamics of how we’ve become patterned as a society in how we view and deal with returning citizens. This will include discussing companies’ natural inclinations to exclude re-entry from their diversity commitments, as well as the organic gaps and chasms that exist in companies’ hiring consideration patterns and processes.

This session will help attendees evolve their own thinking on how to think about re-entry into the future, and around how to broach inclusion possibilities relative to re-entry’s natural linkage to diversity. We’ll aim to plant seeds that will help attendees become more empowered in cultivating conversations about re-entry diversity, within their own communities and networks. This session will be co-lead by two presenters who bring uniquely diverse perspectives to the topic through the lenses of multiple work, community and life experiences.

Sean Driscoll, Principal and Founder, BBsquared
True-See Allah, Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department


Ask D&I Expert a Question

Whether you have extensive or little knowledge about advancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the workplace, this session will give attendees the opportunity and safe space to ask questions to fill any knowledge gaps. You can ask questions about recruiting diverse candidates, how to create D&I strategy, business cases for D&I, how to fully leverage employee resource groups, the use of pronouns, accountability, and more! Join us and have your D&I questions answered while simultaneously learning from other participants’ questions.

Su Joun, Principal, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group
Gwendolyn McCoy, Sr. Consultant, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group
11:30am – 12:00pm