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Diversity Events/Awards

    The Chesapeake Human Resources Association

    Announces the 2009 James W. Rouse Diversity Award


    Nomination Deadline March 13, 2009!

    Has your organization developed some innovative practices to help increase and leverage diversity? Would you like to receive peer recognition for your diversity efforts and accomplishments?

    The James W. Rouse Diversity Award

    The CHRA Board of Directors established this Award in 1996 to honor the late James W. Rouse, whose vision of building a better way to live and work through diversity was embodied in the many urban redevelopment programs for which he is nationally known. This Award is presented annually to CHRA member organizations in recognition for their creative and innovative strategies that are in place to promote and advance the concept and spirit of diversity and inclusion.


    CHRA member organizations that demonstrate a commitment to promoting a diverse, healthy workplace are eligible for nomination for the award, so long as you have not received it within the last five years.


    There are three (3) categories in which companies may apply:

    • Small Companies=under 100 employees
    • Mid Size Companies=from 101 up to 500 employees
    • Large Companies=more than 500 employees

    Selection Criteria

    For purposes of the award selection process, diversity and inclusion initiatives are defined as organizational programs, activities and efforts designed to promote and support differences in people and society, that may include race and ethnic origin; gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, age, education, sexual orientation and/or other perceived differences.

    Applicants must address as many of the following areas as possible:

    • Any on-going diversity efforts or programs that promotes diversity and inclusiveness; or
    • A one-time effort or program that promotes diversity and inclusiveness;
    • Examples of senior management support;
    • An outline of defined goals, actions steps and accomplishments toward achieving a work environment that recognizes, promotes and encourages a diverse workforce at all levels throughout an organization

    For more information contact, Myneca Oja, Diversity Chair, CHRA at

    Howard County Human Resources Society

    Speaker: Dr. Shirley Davis, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

    Date: August 20, 2009

    The Business Case: Why diversity and inclusion are good for business (#36683)

    If HR and Diversity professionals want to get their organizations behind diversity and inclusion initiatives, they need to be skilled at making a strong business case for them. It’s not enough to use the typical response of, “it’s the right thing to do.” We must show how these efforts will drive organizational success, sustainability, profitability, and competitive advantage. In this presentation, learn how to leverage the internal processes, programs, policies, and practices within your organization as well as the external environment to build a solid Diversity and Inclusion business case. While highlighting four key steps, the presenter will outline how these steps fit into a more comprehensive model, called the SHRM Strategic Diversity Management Plan®, recently developed by SHRM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

    For more information about this event, contact Claudia Dail at

    Cumberland Valley SHRM Diversity Conference

    Thursday, May 21, 2009

    8:00 am—12:00 pm

    The Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center, Hagerstown Community College

    A Collaborative Program between the Cumberland Valley SHRM and Hagerstown Community College

    Presentation Topics

    Keynote Speaker

    Eric Peterson, MA

    Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, Society for Human Resource Management


    Tammie McNaughton, BS

    Director, Corporate Diversity & Work Life Highmark

    You Can Lead a Horse to Water But . . . . . .

    Pat Ricker, M.Div, CEAP, CCDC, LCPC

    Employee Assistance Program Counselor, Washington County Behavioral Health Services


    The Quest for Inclusion

    Deb Russell, Corporate Manager

    Walgreens Company

    Did I Hear You Say What I Think You Meant?

    Christine Walters, MAS, JD, SPHR

    Employment Law Consulting Services

    How to Start and Utilize Diversity Programs within Your Company? What are the Ramifications? Doing it Right!

    Discussion Panel: Pat Ricker, Deb Russell, Christine Walters, Ami Dwyer, JD

    and Stacy Kyle, PA Business Leadership Network.


    Presentation of the Diversity Champion Award


    Continuing Education Credits: Application has been made to HRCI for PHR/SPHR recertification credit approval is pending. Hagerstown Community College will also be awarding general continuing education credits.

    Conference Fee: $ 40.00

    Fee includes continental breakfast, continuing education credit, handout materials & certificate of completion.

    To register by phone, (have your credit card available) call 301-790-2800 ext 236

    For program information, call Penni Baker 717-597-7665, Course # PRD 736 A