CANCELLED: A Day in the Life of a Job Candidate Recently Released from Incarceration*

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Experience a day in the life of a job candidate recently released from incarceration and gain a new perspective of this talent pool.

*This session has limited space. To secure your spot, please complete this form. Please note:This session is 2.5 hours. There will be a 15 minute break from 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Watch this video to better understand the format and why you should attend this untraditional session!

This re-entry simulation will require you to work through the formidable challenges that confront the 650,000 Americans who are released from incarceration every year as they attempt to return to society and rebuild their lives. You will navigate the processes of procuring housing, identification, transportation, child care, health care, employment and numerous other resources, all while meeting the conditions of probation and avoiding a return to prison. This immersive, perspective-shifting experience is appropriate for audiences from all backgrounds and has been called enlightening, infuriating, heartbreaking and truly transformative.

Learning Objectives:

  • Reframe your understanding of the challenges facing job candidates with criminal records.
  • Learn how your organization can thoughtfully and efficiently approach the criminal-background-check process and how this process impacts your candidates.
  • Gain new insight about how your company may be limiting or discouraging talented job seekers from applying and how you can correct it.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:15pm

Genevieve Martin


As the Executive Director of the Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation, Genevieve drives creation and growth of national efforts to expand employment opportunities for people with criminal backgrounds. On a given day you’ll find her sharing expertise with a group of hiring professionals, meeting with government agencies to advocate for hiring people with criminal backgrounds or collaborating with Second Chance Employers around the country to recruit more businesses into the fold. In addition to producing multiple Second Chance Summits around the country, she’s participated in the Center for American Progress and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives task forces, presented at the Inc 5000, SXSW Interactive Festiva, Sustainable Brands,  International Corrections & Prisons Association, partnered with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) to launch the Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit, and joined hundreds of other companies across America on the Fair Chance Business Pledge and at the White House in 2016 and 2019.

Rehana Lerandeau


Rehana works cross-departmentally to implement and support the successful hiring, onboarding, and retainment of Fair Chance Talent at Checkr. Checkr has over 5% full-time engagement of Fair Chance Talent with an 85% retention and 34% promotion rate throughout the organization. Rehana works one-on-one with Checkr's Fair Chance Talent to support their personal and career growth and to develop leadership.

Ashley DiRuggiero

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Intended Audience: 
Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
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