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Join us in this three-hour session to learn how to conduct a D&I analysis of your organization’s HR function. You’ll walk away with an approach that is proven to help you demonstrate to your HR leaders that you are aware of the linkages of D&I and HR, as well as being able to ask the tough questions of HR leaders that will get them thinking about the interrelationship of both functions as well as the linkage of D&I and HR to business success. 3 SHRM PDCs will be offered at the completion of the program.
The Greatest Partnership of All. Hmmm… what really does this mean and why should D&I and HR work to create such a partnership in the first place? Well, to get started, Diversity and Inclusion practitioners must be able to demonstrate how their work (that of D&I) is relevant to an organization’s and its Human Resources mission. And, in order to do so, D&I practitioners must be well versed in the organization’s strategy, business plan, and have a full understanding of HR’s approach to ensuring that all its functions are designed to be as inclusive as possible. How do you do this? That is what this program is all about!
Join us in this three-hour session to learn how to conduct a D&I analysis of your organization’s HR function. You’ll walk away with an approach that is proven to help you demonstrate to your HR leaders that you are aware of the linkages of D&I and HR, as well as being able to ask the tough questions of HR leaders that will get them thinking about the interrelationship of both functions as well as the linkage of D&I and HR to business success.
3 SHRM PDCs will be offered at the completion of the program.
Who Should Enroll
This session is designed for HR practitioners and Diversity & Inclusion practitioners.
“So much to learn on this topic. Fantastic presentation and kudos for CCSU to have such an authority on the topic to present on this.” Elaine, Fall 2019
“I really enjoyed the wealth of knowledge that Richard had in Diversity & Inclusion. He was able to make the workshop fun and interactive. I walked away with practical knowledge that I could bring back to my organization to further improve how we incorporate Diversity & Inclusion into the business.” Chelsea, Fall 2019
“Richard S. did a wonderful job! Looking forward to the next session!” Nasreen, Fall 2019
“It was great meeting folks from all over CT in the HR field, from different companies and different industries.” Alex, Fall 2019
“Thank you so much. It was really a fantastic opportunity!” Anita, Fall 2019
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06053
Schedule, Costs & Contact
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1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3 SHRM PDCs will be offered at the completion of the program.
Contact: Christa Sterling; 860-832-2277; email@example.com
Mr. Richard Spada
For more than 25 years, Richard Spada has helped global organizations and their people realize their greatest potential. He brings passion, purpose, and inspiration to his work with clients, who operate in some of the most complex, highly regulated industries in the world including biopharma, health care, government, finance, and retail.
As principal consultant of Aspire International, LLC, a global diversity, inclusion and leadership consulting firm based in Boston, Richard offers his unique blend of skills and empathetic approach to help others with training and performance management. He has particular expertise in executive coaching and improving diversity and inclusion among global multinational corporations. He is deeply versed in helping organizations discover their corporate competencies and with guiding professionals to recognize and overcome their unconscious biases.
His experience includes nearly 15 years at Novartis, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. He most recently served as Global Executive Director at the Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence for Novartis International, AG, based in Basel, Switzerland. In that role, he supported and enhanced an inclusive and productive culture for the organization, which has 120,000 employees working across 120 countries. While with Novartis, Richard developed tools and training to provide a consistent, ethical framework that allowed employees to achieve professional and personal success.
Richard is an expert facilitator and successful coach who has worked with more than 1,500 individuals at all levels, from front-line workers to C-Suite executives. His areas of specialty include leadership development coaching, transition coaching, peer coaching, and life coaching.
He is a sought-after lecturer and public speaker and has served as a faculty member at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley. His recent speaking engagements include the ICON Global Inclusion Seminar 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland, Forum for Workplace Inclusion 2018 in Minneapolis, and Central Connecticut State University’s 2nd Annual Diversity Conference. He is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of The Conference Board.
Prior to joining Novartis, Richard led a successful consulting practice specializing in training, facilitation, and leadership development. He has also worked for Kaiser Permanente, a leading U.S. healthcare provider, as an internal learning and development consultant, and headed up their corporate training consulting practice.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Connecticut State University (1982) and a master’s degree in adult education and office systems administration from The College of New Jersey (1984). He is certified as a professional and executive coach by the International Coach Federation.
Among his honors Richard has been awarded a distinguished alumni award from Central Connecticut State University for his work to advance LGBT inclusion. In 2014, Richard received the Diversity and Inclusion Humanitarian of the Year Award from Novartis Pharmaceuticals for his work to foster a more safe and inclusive environment for Novartis associates, worldwide.
Richard makes his home in Massachusetts and travels the globe to manage remote teams, conduct trainings, and provide coaching expertise.