Stretch & Connect to Engage Untapped Talent Forces

2020 Talent Virtual Experience

Join the SHRM Foundation to discuss best practices to engage with talent forces that are often overlooked and under supported, including: individuals with disabilities, workers with a criminal background and members of our military community such as veterans, military spouses and caregivers. These are some of the questions we’ll explore together (we hope you will bring your questions too!):

  • What is your biggest talent acquisition challenge, and how are you using untapped talent forces - such as individuals with disabilities, workers with a criminal background and veterans - to overcome it?
    • Research from SHRM and Workplace Initiative revealed only 13% of workplaces have disability-specific inclusion initiatives. What advice do you have for organizations seeking to hire and support individuals with disabilities?
    • How can hiring individuals with a criminal background help your organization?
    • What’s the best way for a company to proactively brand itself as an employer that recognizes the value of hiring and supporting untapped talent forces?
    • What tools and resources do you recommend for starting or strengthening a diversity hiring program?
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Ashlee Smith


As a Manager of Foundation Programs, Ashlee Droscher Smith drives the development and engagement of inclusion initiatives to mobilize the power of HR to lead positive social change impacting work, workers and the workplace. Specifically, Ashlee manages programs, projects and relationships associated with the SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work, Employing Abilities @Work and Getting Talent Back to Work initiatives. Ashlee joined the SHRM Foundation in 2014 as the Foundation’s development director for the SHRM Foundation, and prior to joining the SHRM Foundation, Ashlee served as a staff member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for 10 years.

Session Type: 
Meal Times & Breaks
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