31st Annual Governor's EEO Conference

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The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training is excited to invite all senior management, EEO & ADA Coordinators, EEO Counselors, and HR practitioners and attorneys to the 31st Annual Governor’s Equal Employment Opportunity Conference to be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017. This year, the conference will be held at The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky (details below).

The Personnel Cabinet continues to realize the important role the conference plays within state government by providing some of the necessary training for HR management teams in the areas of EEO and Diversity. We intend to continue our mission of providing EEO and Diversity Initiatives within our government enterprise.

 

 

Early Bird Registration ($85) will be open September 15 – September 30

Regular Registration ($100) will be open October 1 – October 30  

Click here to register

 

Please note: we are seeking approval for continuing legal education (CLE) credit for each of the sessions offered.

Below you’ll find brief descriptions of all workshop sessions for this year’s conference, as well as registration information. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training at 502.564.8000.

 

Opening General Session:  Implicit Bias: You Can’t Help It, but You Can Change It

Everyone has biases; It is part of being human. It is important for us to recognize this as a fact. What we call unconscious or implicit bias is rooted in the recognition that the human brain evolved to help us survive. In this session, we will explore the brain science underlying why we all have biases, how this can impact how decisions are made in the workplace and how we can take steps to move toward decision making and behavior without the negative aspects of implicit bias.

Presenters: Jeff Sherr and Patti Heying, Department of Public Advocacy

 

Morning Workshop Options

The following workshops will be offered during the morning breakout session. When registering, please make your selection for the workshop of your choice. As workshops reach capacity, they will be removed as options on the online registration form.

 

A. Implicit Bias: You Can’t Help It, but You Can Change It, Part II
This session will be a continuation from the Morning General Session. This will allow for more in-depth discussion and engagement.

Presenters: Jeff Sherr and Patti Heying, Department of Public Advocacy

 

B.  Oh No… Please Tell Me You Didn’t
Following a brief explanation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its role in preventing discrimination in the workplace and an overview of compliance concerns and issues from the perspective of the employer, the workshop participants will be presented with three virtually unscripted vignettes of several of the EEOC's "hot topics". These vignettes will feature employees, Human Resources professionals, Supervisors/Managers and/or EEOC Investigators. Each will include a lively discussion of the pros and cons of the scene related to the proper way the topic might be handled. Laws, regulations and practical applications will conclude each vignette.

Presenters: Toni Ahl, EEO Advantage and Lynn Ingmire

  

C.  ADA Accommodations/ Discrimination Based on Mental Disabilities
Introduction to understanding Mental Illness by exploring myths and groupings to help participants understand differences in mental health and illness. Strategies for effective communication are presented along with dos and don’ts of effective resolution to common communication issues.

Presenter:  Kelley Gannon, Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone

  

D.  It’s Time to Investigate! …. What do I do now?!
Conducting a thorough investigation can be a daunting task. In addition to the 5 H’s, effective investigations, particularly those that occur in the context of state government regulations and statues, require a set of basic knowledge and skills that even the most seasoned investigator hasn’t always mastered. The panelists, each with varying levels of experience and areas of investigative expertise, will guide you through their recommendations for best practices, including critical do’s and don’ts that could make or break your case. You will also have an opportunity to engage the panelists in a thoughtful discussion. Bring your burning questions or comments!

Presenters:
LaDonna Koebel, Personnel Cabinet
Lesley Bilby, Personnel Cabinet
Tiffany Yeast, GAPS
Katie Gabhart, Executive Branch Ethics Commission
Yvette Smith, Finance and Administration Cabinet

 

Governor's EEO Luncheon

The annual Governor's EEO Luncheon is a time to celebrate the achievements of the past and look towards the challenges of the future. Each year at the Governor's EEO Luncheon, the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet awards the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award. Anderson Laureates are champions for equality and diversity and have demonstrated through their careers or volunteerism a commitment to ensuring equal opportunity. You can learn more about the Anderson Laureate Award, including a list of past recipients on the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award page.

 

John Tilley This year's Keynote Speaker is Secretary John C. Tilley.

John Tilley was appointed Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by Governor Matthew G. Bevin. A native of Hopkinsville, Tilley is a former prosecutor who is nationally recognized for his work in the arenas of criminal justice reform and drug control policy. Secretary Tilley served five terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives and chaired the House Judiciary Committee from 2009 until his appointment.

During his legislative tenure, he co-chaired several joint bipartisan House/Senate task forces on criminal justice. He sponsored key pieces of legislation including the landmark criminal justice reform bill House Bill 463, which triggered a national model for change. The legislation is heralded for protecting public safety while holding offenders accountable, controlling corrections costs and increasing drug treatment. Secretary Tilley also led efforts to combat synthetic and prescription drugs. He has traveled internationally to speak on criminal justice reform and drug control policy and has received numerous awards and national recognition.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky and Chase College of Law, Secretary Tilley is a board member for the Council of State Government's Justice Center and a former co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Law and Criminal Justice Committee. He brings a high level of passion and innovation to the Justice Cabinet’s top post. His vision for the Cabinet is to protect citizens, restore victims and reform wrongdoers; all in a focused environment where everything is measured for accountability and performance.  

 

Afternoon Workshop Options

The following workshops will be offered during the afternoon breakout session. When registering, please make your selection for the workshop of your choice. As workshops reach capacity, they will be removed as options on the online registration form.

 

A. Social Media in the Workplace: Examining Implications and Managing Risk
We will begin by identifying the dangers in relying on social media contents to make employment-related decisions. We will then discuss how various government agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, have scrutinized employers for their social media policies and practices. Last, we will talk through best practices that will help you minimize the risks of claims and litigation.

Presenter: Alina Klimkina, Dinsmore and Shohl, LLP

 

B.  EEOC/Legal Updates: Recent Developments with the EEOC and in EEO Law
Attendees will hear from the EEOC’s Louisville Area Office Director and EEOC Senior Trial Attorney about key issues and developments within the EEOC, and emerging decisions from the courts.

Presenters: Richard Burgamy and Kenneth Brown, U.S. EEOC, Louisville Office

  

C.  ADA Accommodations/ Discrimination Based on Mental Disabilities
Introduction to understanding Mental Illness by exploring myths and groupings to help participants understand differences in mental health and illness. Strategies for effective communication are presented along with dos and don’ts of effective resolution to common communication issues.

Presenter:  Kelley Gannon,  Centerstone

  

D.  Oh No… Please Tell Me You Didn’t
Following a brief explanation of the EEOC and its role in preventing discrimination in the workplace and an overview of compliance concerns and issues from the perspective of the employer, the workshop participants will be presented with three virtually unscripted vignettes of several of EEOC's "hot topics".  These vignettes will feature employees, Human Resources professionals, Supervisors/Managers and/or EEOC Investigators.  Each will include a lively discussion of the pros and cons of the scene related to the proper way the topic might be handles.  Laws, regulations and practical applications will conclude each vignette.

Presenters:   Toni Ahl, EEO Advantage and Lynn Ingmire

 

Closing General Session: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace: Identifying Diversity Initiatives that Work

How do you recognize and celebrate diversity? What does that mean in the context of state government hiring and retention initiatives? What kinds of considerations are involved as agencies and organizations prioritize organizational diversity? What steps can be taken that will positively affect diversity and inclusion efforts within your sphere of influence? The panelists-all of whom, in some way, have direct responsibility for addressing and promoting the principles of diversity and inclusion within their organizations will discuss all of this and more. Be prepared to engage and ask direct questions of this group of leaders.

Presenters:
Asa Swan, Chief of Staff, Transportation Cabinet
John Tilley, Secretary, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Derrick Ramsey, Secretary, Labor Cabinet
Greg Thomas, Secretary, Transportation Cabinet
Kelly Watson, Chief Equity Officer, Louisville Metro Government
John D. Minton, Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court

  

​Complimentary Exhibit Tours

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The Centers museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. This is your opportunity to learn more about the Muhammad Ali and the Center that bears his name. Your admission into the exhibits is covered in your registration, so take full advantage of this time.

 

​Conference Details

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Check-In begins at 7:45 AM

Location: The Muhammad Ali Center

Address:  144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville, Ky 40202

Parking will be available in both the garage attached to the Ali Center and the Riverfront garage adjacent to the facility. A limited number of validated tickets will be provided, so we encourage carpooling wherever possible.

For session times please review the 31st Annual Governor's EEO Conference Schedule.   Conference Presenters

 

New This Year: The Governor’s EEO Conference Mobile App

This year, we are excited to introduce the Governor’s EEO Conference mobile app! In addition to keeping you up to date with all the necessary conference information and announcements, this app will include scheduling information, speaker bios, and maps of the Ali Center. Plus, it’s interactive! You’ll be able to share pictures and messages related to conference experience. The mobile app will be the best way to ensure you have up to the minute details before, during and even after the conference. It will be compatible with both Apple and Android phones. After you register to attend, we’ll send you additional information to ensure you successfully download the app.

 

Cost (includes continental breakfast, lunch and museum tour):

Early Bird Registration: $85 (September 15 - September 30)

Regular Registration: $100 (October 1 - October 30)

   

NOTE:  All conference registration must be completed online by October 30.  There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATIONS.

 

Payment:

EMARS:  Please include your EMARS billing information in your registration.  Your billing information will be processed by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.

Check:  Please make the check payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.  Please include "EEO Conference" and the registrant's name in the check's memo line.  

Checks should be sent to: 

Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training 
Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
501 High Street, 1st Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601 

 

Registration

Registration is now open! Upon completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email which will include conference details and your workshop selections.

REGISTER EARLY! Space is limited and there will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATIONS.

Once capacity is reached, a limited number of registrations that do not include admission to the conference luncheon MAY be accepted.  Again, we encourage you to REGISTER EARLY.

 

Registration Cancellations/Substitutions:

Registration cancellations or substitutions must be requested prior to 1 PM (EST), Friday, November 3.  The full conference fee will be assessed to all registrants after that time.  

 

More information:

If you have any additional questions regarding the 31st Annual Governor's EEO Conference, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training at 502.564.8000.  You can also email Colene Elridge at ColeneH.Elridge@ky.gov or Singer Buchanan at Singer.Buchanan@ky.gov.