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    Webinar: NON-COVID Conversations: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Employers

    Date: May 21, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
    Zoom Webinar
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    Event Description:

    Attention Business, HR & Talent Development Leaders: 
    No doubt COVID-19 has altered many of our operations, but perhaps you are ready to focus on other important topics to help your organization and to bring back some normalcy to what you do every day.  The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, in partnership with Genworth, invite you to RISE: Regional Inclusion Strategies for Employers, where we’ll cover important and relevant topics related to helping your organization excel at diversity, equity and inclusion.  

    What we’ll cover:

    • Best practices in Inclusivity and the Genworth Story:  Melvin Smith, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Genworth
    • The Four DEI Quadrants
    • Interactive break out group discussion on DEI
    • Q&A time

    Biography of presenter:  Mel Smith Jr. serves as Director or Diversity and Inclusion at Genworth. As Genworth’s chief diversity officer, Mel leads and coordinates efforts to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Genworth employees including consultants, suppliers and customers. Mel’s goal is to make diversity & inclusion Genworth’s way of doing business. His vision is to advance our culture of belonging where open hearts and minds combine to unleash the potential of the brilliant mix of people, in every corner of Genworth.

    Since beginning this role, he has launched a major “Respect in the Workplace” initiative aimed to arm every employee with the proper tool and information to become a diverse and inclusive community. He has partnered with organizations who are in the forefront of D&I. Reaching out to the major strategic development companies to ensure a comprehensive D&I environment.

    Mel has made recruitment, which was once a dotted line, a major component of his strategy. Enlisting resources that have proven success in creating a diverse workforce. His overall goal is strategy is to bake D&I into everything they do at Genworth.

    The Alliance is proud to partner with Lynchburg Regional SHRM on this event. 


    Pre-Approved for SHRM Credit (1.00 "General HR" Credit Hour)

    Pre-Approved for HRCI Credit (1.00 PDC Credit Hour)

    Lynchburg Regional SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 1 PDC. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


    Lynchburg Regional SHRM is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute ® preapproved this program for 1 HR (General) credit towards aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, and SPHRi™ recertification.


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