Workplace Equity in the New Era

2021 Workplace Policy Conference

Equity continues to be a critical workplace issue as SHRM and HR professionals have long been committed to building diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

In August 2020, SHRM launched Together Forward @Work—a call to action for the business community and HR professionals to drive racial inequity and social injustice from the workplace. Additionally, SHRM formed a Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity, which convened HR and workplace experts, including SHRM Volunteer Leaders, chief human resource officers, researchers, academics and other business executives, who have consistently—and committedly—worked to identify long-term solutions to creating inclusive workplaces.

During this session we’ll hear directly from a member of SHRM’s Blue Ribbon Commission, business and public policy leaders on how HR professionals can play an instrumental role in driving workplace equity.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will:

  1. Learn about the SHRM Blue Ribbon Commission, the role HR professionals play in driving workplace equity, and the proposals on the horizon from Congress and the agencies.
  2. Gain an understanding about the framework and language to engage with policymakers on pay equity, harassment and the importance of workplace culture.
  3. Understand how to assess your own organization on the equity continuum, and craft solution-based methods of increasing equity in your organization. 
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:50pm

Rosanna Durruthy


Rosanna Durruthy is LinkedIn’s Vice President of global diversity, inclusion and belonging. She brings broad, cross functional, human resources leadership experience in attracting and developing high performing talent as the diversity leader at companies like Cigna, Vivendi Universal (Seagram) and Merrill Lynch. At LinkedIn, Rosanna’s focus is on empowering all employees, members and customers to realize their full potential. With Rosanna’s leadership, LinkedIn aims to continue to build on our strong culture that values diversity, inclusion and creating a sense of belonging, for all of our employees.

In addition to her role at LinkedIn, Rosanna is an angel investor and advisor to startups that include Viridis Learning, Encantos Media, and Strive. She is also a former member of the HRC Business Advisory Council and served on the Board of Lambda Legal. She has been recognized as one of the country’s leading professional Hispanic women and an influential mind in the diversity and inclusion space.

Kemba Hendrix


Kemba Hendrix serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Kemba is working to cultivate an inclusive environment in the House, with a workforce that reflects the diversity of the country they serve.

Kemba boasts an accomplished background, having dedicated her career to education, conflict resolution, and the implementation of equal employment opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds. She has worked in several capacities and across multiple agencies to foster diverse, inclusive workplace environments.

Prior to her appointment by Speaker Pelosi as the inaugural Director of the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Kemba served as the Director of the House Democratic Diversity Initiative, where she focused on increasing House Democratic workforce diversity and expanding opportunities for diversity candidates at all House staff levels.

Kemba holds a Bachelor degree from Xavier University and Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Since completing her education, she has worked within several organizations prior to joining the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, including: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of State as a legal advisor to the Chief Diversity Officer and Office of Civil Rights, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as an adviser regarding performance management, Civilian Senior Executive Service policy and procedures.

Damon D. Jones

Damon D.

Damon Jones leads efforts to ensure the world’s leading CPG company is force for good and a force for growth. Leveraging P&G’s significant industry influence and convening power, he drives a broad portfolio of communications and advocacy efforts aimed at achieving equality for women, people of color, members of the LGBT+ community and other under-represented groups.

 He leads a team responsible for P&G’s corporate communications, digital and social media, stakeholder engagement and crisis management.  Beyond his advocacy leadership at the world’s largest advertiser, Jones drives collaboration on topics on equity and inclusion across the Fortune 500 through efforts such as CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, Take on Race and the Executive Leadership Council’s Gamechanger Initiative.

 Over the last 20 years at P&G, Jones has had responsibility for a diverse set of geographic, organizational and product portfolios – with assignments in Boston, Geneva, London and Singapore – with efforts broadly recognized as some of the industry’s best with Silver Anvil’s, Cannes Lions and a Primetime Commercial Emmy.



Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer. He was promoted from Vice President for Research and served as the head of examination development and operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications. He was responsible for all research activities including the development of the SHRM Competency Model. He oversaw the teams responsible for research products like SHRM Employee Engagement Survey tools, SHRM Benchmarking Services, and the Workplace and Employment Trends Center. 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). He possesses experience in projects dealing with organizational assessments and workforce analysis drawing on interdisciplinary advanced training, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as multicultural and foreign language skills.  Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. Dr. Alonso was part of the team 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.  In addition, Dr. Alonso was 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. He is also the recipient of the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award. He has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist reviewing international practice topics for The Industrial Psychologist from 2011-2014. He has also served as the Chairperson for the SIOP International Affairs Committee, a member of the SIOP Professional Practice, Awards, and Program Committees, and the 2014 president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.  He currently serves as the SIOP Executive Board Communications Portfolio Officer. 

Dr. Alonso is the author of The Price of Pettiness: Bad Behavior in the Workplace and How to Stomp It Out.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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