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Calling HR Professionals: Step Up as Strategic Partners in DEI Change Efforts

3 - 90 minutes Series Class

Facilitators: Effenus Henderson & Barbara Deane

Why this workshop?  

The overall goal of this session is to help HR leaders understand their role in driving DEI change. HR leaders must step up to be strategic partners for system-wide change (i.e., talent management, strategic outreach, employee engagement). Participants in this session will be introduced to emerging best practices and tools to strengthen their competency in advancing DEI efforts.


As active partners in the development and the delivery of the organization’s diversity, inclusion and equity efforts, HR leaders must learn to:


1) Understand personal diversity characteristics, both one’s own and others’, and how they affect viewpoints and behaviors.


2) Use best practices and tools to assess systemic inequities in HR policies and practices and how to mitigate major gaps.


3) Facilitate dialogue with leaders, managers and employees about their ideas for building and sustaining an inclusive culture for people with a broad range of differences and identities,


4) Address disrespectful and inappropriate behavior on the part of leaders, managers and employees, and customers.

Who should attend:

HR directors, managers and generalists that manage this functional area for a business or major unit.


What participants learn:

  • How to influence senior leaders as to why Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) are important to business strategy

  • How to think more inclusively and holistically, and to re-establish the importance of DEI

  • How HR can shape DEI strategy as change agents and as key resources

  • How to identify and improve institutional systems and practices are creating inequities and how to address them

  • How to guide organizational leaders regarding equity, social justice, racial justice, being an anti-racist organization

Class size:

Minimum: 10 people

Maximum: 30 people

Learn more and sign up!

We would be happy to discuss this class with you in more detail, explain pricing and answer any questions. Contact us today!


About the facilitators:

Effenus Henderson

Effenus has more than 40 years experience in a variety of human resources roles and responsibilities. He served as Chief Diversity Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Washington until his retirement in December 2013.  In this role he advised the CEO and senior management team on diversity, inclusion and affirmative action related matters.

He is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader and has been invited by numerous companies and organizations to share his expertise. His background includes development of diversity and inclusion change agendas, formation and oversight of employee resource groups, and training and skill building workshops. Effenus is a member of the United States Technical Committee 260 (human resource standards) for the International Standards Organization (ISO) and has supported the development of global diversity and inclusion standards (anticipated release, First Quarter 2021). Effenus is currently President and CEO of HenderWorks, Inc. ( and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion.


Barbara Deane

Barbara has been a small business owner for more than 30 years hiring, supervising and developing employees. As vice-president of The GilDeane Group, Inc., a Hispanic and woman-owned firm in Seattle, Washington, she has provided consulting and training services on diversity, inclusion and intercultural effectiveness, domestic and international, to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. She is the cofounder of the NW Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative venture on the part of progressive companies and organizations to build a world-class diversity education resource in the Greater Seattle Area. Currently, Barbara is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion.

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