LIVE ONLY - Understanding the Journey to Equity & Inclusion: What the Data Tell Us

2021 Volunteer Leaders' Business Meeting

The United States is going through significant changes as a result of numerous social injustice events over the last 18 months. Employers and counsels are starved for information regarding the business community and what others are doing to support equity and inclusion for all. This session, hosted by Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SHRM's chief knowledge officer, will provide insights into perceptions and employer data around inclusive practices and how they have evolved in the current climate. Alonso will share data from general counsels, HR leaders and the American workforce regarding their perspectives on the true meaning of inclusive practices and how organizations have responded to current events. Finally, he will share insights for organizations tackling inclusion and equity with novel approaches. 

Attendee volunteer leaders will be able to identify new programming options from Dr. Alonso's insights, as well as devise new inclusion-based initiatives for their Chapters and State Councils. 

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 2:20pm to 3:10pm

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Data & Insights Officer leading operations for SHRM's Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications, research functions, and the SHRM Knowledge Advisor service. He is responsible for all research activities, including the development of the SHRM Competency Model and SHRM credentials.

During his career, he has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses. He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care).

Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. His works have been recognized for their contribution to real-world issues. They include being recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS; being awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine; and receiving the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award.

Throughout his career, he has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, People and Strategy, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. He has also authored several chapters on community-based change initiatives in workforce readiness, as well as co-authoring Defining HR Success: A Guide to the SHRM Competency Model in Practice.

Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist analyzing major trends in the workforce for The Industrial Psychologist and HR Magazine. In addition, he has served on several professional society boards including the SIOP and the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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