Shifting Your Organization to Inclusion and Preparing for Workforce 2020 and Beyond

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Learn how to move beyond diversity-focused initiatives and to transform your organization’s approach to be more inclusive and to prepare for the workforce of 2020 and beyond.

In this two-part session, you will first hear a case study and personal experience with transitioning to human-focused strategy and then hear how you can also plan for the future, beyond just inclusion.

Truly investing in inclusion goes beyond a buzzword-filled mission statement or a one-time diversity training. In this session, you'll learn how providing a comprehensive approach to access and equity—tailored to employees' needs—leads to effective corporate human strategy. We'll equip you with actionable steps to begin your corporate inclusion journey—moving beyond a “check the box” mindset—and help you begin planning your own organization's approach to inclusion as a human strategy function, rooted in the psychology of what drives people.

To take it a step further, leading trends and practices will be shared to help you transform your organization's culture for the realities of the workforce of 2020 and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify your organization's end goal(s) with your corporate inclusion journey.
  • Identify possible corresponding benchmarks along the way.
  • Learn how to begin your corporate inclusion journey with actionable steps received in this session.
  • Learn how to ready your organization's culture for the realities you'll face with the workforce of the future.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 10:15am to 11:45am

Jessica Acosta


People Strategy leader focused on developing and implementing initiatives and strategies across the organization to attract, hire, develop, and engage top talent. Strong background in talent acquisition and employer branding, coupled with a passion for data analytics and leveraging technology to fuel business strategy and leadership decisions. 

Experienced in hyper-growth organizations both in-house, as well as consulting, working with a goal of creating scalable processes that lead to reaching overall business objectives related to people operations and human strategy.  Jessica has just completed her Certificate in the Foundations of Neuroleadership.

Robin Strup


25 years of experience as a practitioner of communications, inclusion and diversity strategies. Passionate about shaping organizations into inclusive spaces for people from all backgrounds and minimizing the barriers to career entry, advancement, and retention. Strong background in neuroscience research on inclusion and diversity strategies in the workspace, with an emphasis on mitigating the subtle and insidious forms of bias that negatively impact business decisions and perpetuate barriers to building high-performing teams and nurturing positive interpersonal relationships. Robin is a graduate of Georgetown University’s acclaimed Executive Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management leadership program and has developed an expertise in using behavioral science interventions to improve business outcomes.

As head of global communications at TaskUs, a Santa Monica, CA-based, tech-enabled business services company delivering customer support, AI operations, and content security to the world’s most innovative companies, Robin creates and steers the vision and strategy for internal and external communications through an inclusive lens; oversees the communication and engagement strategy for senior leadership across the business; guides global PR; partners cross-functionally to support talent acquisition, employee engagement and client acquisition; and manages team partnerships with external consultants and agencies.


Shirley Davis, SHRM-SCP


Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, President of SDS Global Enterprises, a global workforce solutions firm, is an award-winning Human Resources expert, with over 30 years of business experience in a variety of senior executive roles for several Fortune 100 companies, as well as her last role of Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion for the Society for Human Resource Management. She’s also a best-selling author of 5 books, serves on the National Speakers Association and the NSA Foundation Boards, and the Make A Wish Foundation Board. She is a popular facilitator for eight LinkedIn Learning leadership courses.



Salon ABC (Third Floor)
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Leadership & Navigation
Intended Audience: 
Advanced (Elevating DEI)
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