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Orange County, CA 2021 The Year of DE&I Workplace Transformation (Session 1 of 4) Assessing Culture and Organizational Readiness for Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Initiatives

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is now a central focus for organizations and Human Resources leaders are now tasked with developing the framework and strategy for this important work. This webinar series was developed by the NHRA’s DEI Council to help HR practitioners begin the process of assembling a strategy. In session 1, we’ll explore the institutional measures HR practitioners should explore prior to launching any DEI initiatives and how this exploration helps create a roadmap for future success of your DEI initiative.

  • Qualitative and Quantitative measures you should gather prior to launching any DEI Initiatives.
  • Critical conversations an HR practitioner needs to have prior to taking any DEI action.
  • Why DEI work is broader than just an HR initiative and how to engage the whole business.
  • Develop a holistic overview of the organization’s current DEI state using existing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Using assessment to align on key DEI measures and outcomes.
  • Developing a common vocabulary for engaging in DEI work throughout the organization.


Presenter Bio’s

Dr. Anita Polite-Wilson is someone who helps anyone collaborate with everyone. How? Through relevant experiential solutions and in-the-moment reflection that makes learning “stick” with participants and changes behaviors long after a workshop ends. She achieves consistent results for her clients by linking workshop lessons to workplace life.

Partnering with leaders and teams for more than 20 years, Dr. Anita has been successful at shifting the paradigm of change management from “check-the-box-initiatives” having little impact, to “change-the-culture-behaviors” that will noticeably improve collaborations.

Her own research has proven that authentic, inclusive behavior is critical to collaboration in a global workforce that consists of more diverse individuals, spanning five generations, and requiring dynamic teams to constantly evolve.

Dr. Anita has studied workforce trends for over ten years and creates programs that increase employee engagement, retention and productivity for corporate, government, and non-profit entities of all sizes across various industries.

Barbara Francis is responsible for the company’s corporate communications, executive services, human relations, and organizational training & development. Since joining SC Fuels in 2000, Barb has become an agent of continuous transformation, shaping processes and culture that together improve the organization’s capacity for growth. She manages the HR and Payroll functions for all SC Fuels offices. Barb is proud to mention that SC Fuels has been recognized two consecutive years by Orange Counties Business Journal—Best Places to Work in the large employer category. In addition, Barb was named HR Executive of the Year 2014, through the National Human Resources Association. She began her human resources career with Pepsi-Cola followed by Fluor Daniel. She served on the National Human Resources Association Board for five years, and in 2009-10 she served as President of the Orange County Affiliate. Barb also served on the Board of Directors for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), with a mission to be an advocate on the emotional struggles of this disease. Barb earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.
Jerry Gonzalers II is responsible for the complete provision of Abode Communities’ people strategy from recruitment to ongoing professional development. Key to this role is oversight over Abode Communities’ commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work as a non-profit, social justice enterprise.

Prior to Abode, Jerry was an HR and Operations executive with some wide-ranging non-profits and institutions of higher education that include: the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Leadership for Educational Equity, The Broad Center, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jerry holds credentials as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a certified mediator through the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College.


Paul Martin, recognized for his vision, leadership and strategic planning for the design and implementation of institutional-wide platforms to ensure diversity, collaboration and cultural awareness, Paul is building on his more than 20 years of success in multinational organizations to advance global talent at all levels behind the scenes, as well as in front of the cameras to drive and sustain SPE’s strategic business objectives.

Recent honors include three-time recipient of Sony Corporation’s HR Compass Award, two time recipient of the Multicultural Leadership Award for excellence in the field given by the California Diversity Council, an affiliate of the National Diversity Council and also recipient of NAMIC’s (National Association of Minorities in Communication) Leadership in Mentoring. Recognized by Variety and Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top diversity executives in the country, Paul also sits on the boards of several non-profits geared towards young people in under-serviced communities and providing guidance around education, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.


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