Session Five: The Demographic Explosion: Building Relationships Amidst Shifting Power and Preferences

Dramatic disruptions continue to shape the future for workers, the workplace and the work. Research suggests that by 2030 workers will be older and younger at the same time, more ethnically and culturally diverse, more educated and less skilled, more hyper-connected through new technologies, and more vulnerable to automation, to name a few. With such demographic and technological explosions, how will individuals form the relationships necessary to get the work done so that they and their organizations are successful?

In this session participants will examine the new relational landscape where power, privilege and preferences of the past are being redefined or even scuttled. Participants will identify the new leadership and collaborative models necessary for leaders, managers, and employees to better navigate these differences and cultivate relationships effectively. 

Dr. Shirley Davis, SHRM-SCP, CSP, a recognized authority on the global workforce, a thought leader in Diversity & Inclusion, a leadership coach, and a certified Senior HR executive, will guide us in exploring these issues through engaging and provocative group discussions and skill-building activities.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key demographic and technological disruptors expected for the global workforce by 2030

  • Identify significant ways increasing diversity is changing power, preferences and privilege in workplace relationships

  • Increase knowledge of one’s own personal power, privilege and preferences

  • Apply selected skills for collaborative leadership and inclusive team functioning

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Time:  8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (continental breakfast served at 7:45 am)


Location:  Nordstrom Flagship Store, Seattle

                  1617 6th Avenue

                  5th Floor, J.W. Nordstrom Meeting Room


Dr. Shirley Davis, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSP, is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce and talent management expert, an international speaker, a master certified trainer, leadership strategist, executive coach, and author. She has been described by her clients as very knowledgeable, engaging, practical, and high energy. She has consulted, coached, and presented to leaders at all levels of the organization, including in all business sectors, and across a number of industries. She has also worked in more than 12 countries around the world and worked with more than 10 government agencies. Her programs are interactive, informative, and relevant, and her audiences and clients include all ages, races, genders, backgrounds, and stages in their careers.

Dr. Davis’ educational accomplishments include: a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law with a minor in Communications; completed a certificate in Organizational Change from the Darden School of Business Executive Education Program; Harvard School of Business Management Development courses; a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management; and a Ph.D. in Business & Organization Management. She is certified as a Senior HR Professional through the Human Resources Certification Institute and The Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, she is a Certified Speaking Professional earned through the National Speaker’s Association.

She also possesses an accomplished history as an executive with Fortune 500 and 50 companies and the world’s largest HR membership association. These positions include: Society for Human Resource Management as Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies; Constellation Energy Group (an Exelon Company) as Head of Diversity; Capital One Services, Inc. as Senior Manager for Global Diversity and HR Initiatives, Senior Change Leadership Consultant, Site Training Director and Senior Human Resources Consultant; Circuit City Stores, Inc. as Senior Management Acceleration Program, Sr. HR Analyst, and Management Development Training Manager; and with Bank IV Oklahoma (now Bank of America) as Corporate Training Coordinator and Community Reinvestment Act Representative.

She has been named one of the Top 100 Corporate Executives in America by Uptown Professional Magazine four consecutive years (2011-2014). In 2011, she was named as a 2012 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal and she received the “Strategic Star” Award by Diversity Woman Magazine in Dec. 2012.

Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert and quoted on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal,, Smart Meeting Magazine, Uptown Professional, Diversity Woman, to name a few. She is the author of the new book, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and will be a featured expert and co-author of another new book, “Leadership: Helping Others to Succeed,” being released this summer.

Upcoming Sessions in 2016:


Session 6:  Shakeup of traditional networks:  Realizing the innovative power of employee groups, business groups and councils.  Thursday, November 3