Igniting Intentionally Inclusive Cultures: Hiring Second-Chance Workers

HR Reimagined: SHRM Northern California Annual Conference 2020

Leaders are talking about diversity and inclusion in the wake of nearly 130,000 deaths from COVID-19, with infections heavily weighted toward people of color. At the same time, the world collectively gasped at seeing firsthand the devastating impact of violence and systemic over-policing in the United States, primarily targeted at people of color. Black and brown people are disproportionately represented at every step in the criminal justice system.

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans have a criminal background—that’s 70 million American adults with a criminal record. Shutting these workers out of employment opportunities costs the U.S. economy $80 billion every year, while the damage to families and communities is immeasurable.


  • Learn why the best hire I ever made was a Second Chance Worker
  • Understand why Second Chance hiring isn’t charity?
  • How to make a measurable and meaningful impact in your organization and in the community
  • Discover statistics showing big benefits from Second Chance hiring strategies
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Bernadette Jones, SHRM-SCP


Bernadette Jones is a respected and engaging trainer who has developed and presented nationwide workshops and seminars since 2012. Course titles include "Culture-Reset"; “Igniting Intentionally Inclusive Culture™,” which focuses on harassment prevention; and “Respect in the Workplace Starts With Me™,” her signature training.

As a certified human resource professional with over 20 years of HR, leadership and business experience, she has an appreciation for the impact "culture-first" HR initiatives have on an organization’s results as well as the need for simplicity and cost-effectiveness to ensure positive results.

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Concurrent Session
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All Levels
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