VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING: Let’s Talk About Race At Work
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VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING: Let’s Talk About Race At Work

 Export to Your Calendar 9/24/2020
When: Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Online
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

Online registration is available until: 9/24/2020
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September Virtual Chapter Meeting: Let’s Talk About Race At Work


SHRM-Atlanta invites you to expand your thinking about a key topic of our time – Race at Work. Conversations about Race are essential to drive actions and solutions that will positively affect the workplace experience. Join your fellow HR and Business experts to learn how to create or continue these conversations and how to engage your leaders and employees.
“Let’s Talk About Race At Work”, our September virtual event will offer the opportunity for us to delve into such topics as:

  • The Illusion of Equality
  • The Value Proposition of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the workplace and in our communities
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives: key learning from the past and key hopes for the future
  • Sustainability of DEI Initiatives: What is being done to make DEI efforts continuous vs. ‘flavor of the month’?

Our esteemed panel includes:
  • Moderator: Teela Jackson, VP HR Search at Talent Connections, LLC
  • Mandell Jackson, VP of Commercial Neurology Advanced Diagnostics at Quest Diagnostics
  • JoAnn Lynen, Executive Vice President, Global Talent Management at Bain & Company
  • Vincent Brown, President & CEO of V. Randolph Brown Consulting
  • Jim Morris, VP of Client Services and Senior Consultant, WMFDP (White Men as Full Diversity Partners)

See your old friends and make new connections during our networking time!

It wouldn't be a SHRM-Atlanta event without conversation and networking! We know that connecting with others is important, so just like at our in-person programs, we've set aside dedicated time for you to network with your HR peers.

Login at 11:30 am to visit Networking Breakout Room where you'll be able to video chat and have open discussion with other attendees. Members of our Ambassador Team will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about SHRM-Atlanta.

You'll also be able to join a Zoom Room after the event to Continue the Conversation and chat with our speakers and other attendees!



11:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Virtual Networking
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM      Opening Remarks / Program / Q&A
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM        "Continue the Conversation" Zoom Room sponsored by Kaiser Permanente


Continuing Education Credit


Credit codes will be provided in our presentation at the conclusion of the program and in our post-event survey (on the Thank You page - allow pop-ups to view).



***The comments and opinions expressed by the panelists are solely theirs and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position, or opinions of SHRM-Atlanta.***


Teela Jackson, VP HR Search at Talent Connections, LLC

Teela Jackson is Vice President, HR Search with Talent Connections. Teela has been with the firm since 2005 and leads the HR Search Practice. In her over 18 years of HR Search experience, Teela has built a reputation as a trusted talent acquisition and execute search partner and leader supporting organizational Human Resources & Talent Acquisition transformations, mergers, acquisitions & divestitures as well as confidential search needs. Teela effectively partners with senior leadership teams to evaluate and identify key talent to activate people, talent and culture initiatives. With many repeat clients, she has a passion for top talent including established leaders, rising leaders and hard to find talent. Prior to joining Talent Connections, Teela provided Recruitment expertise for Georgia-Pacific, Turner Broadcasting and CIGNA. Teela serves on the SHRM Georgia board and she’s active in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP) and SHRM-Atlanta. She was the first African-American female President of SHRM-Atlanta and served as Board Member for the Brian Jordan Foundation (retired Braves & Falcons player), she’s an alumni honoree of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 (2013) and has volunteered with numerous non-profits. Teela has been featured in various news and media outlets including the AJC, Atlanta Business Chronicle and 11Alive News. Teela earned an MBA from Mercer University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Human Resources from The University of Tennessee - Martin. Teela has called Atlanta home since 2000, she is originally from Nashville, TN.


Vincent Brown, President & CEO of V. Randolph Brown Consulting

Vincent Randolph Brown, President & CEO of V. Randolph Brown Consulting, a boutique global, management consulting consortium, is a dynamic business leader with a passion for effecting organizational change. He was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Global Novations, a full-service human capital and talent optimization firm which counted Goldman Sachs as an investor. The firm was subsequently acquired by Korn/Ferry International in September 2012.  Throughout his career, Vincent has partnered with premier organizations to develop and implement diversity strategies, optimize talent, and build high-performing leadership teams who thrive in diverse and inclusive environments. His notable clients have included Limited Brands, Macy’s (formerly Federated Department Stores), Bon Secours Mercy Health, Carolinas Health Care System, Yale New Haven Health, Procter & Gamble, the NCAA, the NBA, Johnson & Johnson, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, KeyBank and many others. He co-authored a bestselling book with Janet Butler Reid, Ph.D. that helped shape the thinking in modern corporate culture about Diversity & Inclusion, entitled “The Phoenix Principles: Leveraging Inclusion to Transform Your Company”. Their second book on the intersectionality of diversity, inclusion, neuroscience and bias, “Intrinsic Inclusion™: Rebooting Your Biased Brain” will be released in the second half of 2020. Recently, VRBC entered into a strategic partnership with Rali, a change experience platform that activates group performance. This partnership will enable them to design and deploy scalable and sustainable DEI learning experiences and education solutions.  He is a certified HBDI® facilitator and serves on Herrmann International’s Board of Advisors. Vincent is the proud father of three sons – Steven, Michael, and Adam and grandfather of Kayson and Kylan. He enjoys serving as a role model for minority entrepreneurs and is engaged in causes that reach out to disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities.


Mandell Jackson, VP of Commercial Neurology Advanced Diagnostics at Quest Diagnostics

Mandell Jackson is the Vice President of Commercial Neurology. While at Quest Diagnostics he has also held the following roles; Executive Director of Commercial Learning, Southeast Region Executive Sales Director and North Florida Business unit Sales Director. Mandell holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He served in the Army Reserves in field artillery for 4 years while pursuing his college degree. He was then commissioned as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer and served an additional 5 years. He participated in Operation Desert Storm and led hundreds of military service men and women ashore and at sea from 1991 through 1995. Following his military career and prior to joining Quest, he spent 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry. While there he worked in a number of capacities and was credited with successfully leading a variety of commercial and operations teams across the U.S. to include: Cardio/Primary Care, Infectious Disease, Neurology and Health Plans. Mandell currently resides in Cumming, GA and is a proud father of 2 daughters, Taya Michele, a freshman at the University of Kentucky and Ryan Amanda a high school senior. He serves as Vice President on the board of Aggie-Gentz LLC and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.


JoAnn Lynen, Executive Vice President, Global Talent Management at Bain & Company

JoAnn Lynen is the Executive Vice President, Global Talent Management for Bain & Company. She is responsible for Human Capital strategy and key processes that create a world class experience for Bain & Company’s global general management consulting, expert client delivery and global business function populations. She serves as an advisor to senior leaders and the HR function on a wide range of talent issues including professional and career development, performance appraisal, organizational design, talent programs and policy. She leads the HR business partners that provide HR support to more than 2000 employees in the firm’s global and regional services functions. Her team also seeks to reinforce Bain & Company’s unique corporate culture and be recognized externally as an employer of choice. She previously led the firm’s employee engagement and people analytics function.  JoAnn first joined Bain & Company as a summer associate in 2001. She joined the firm full time in 2002 as a consultant and was promoted to manager in 2005. She served clients in a broad range of industries, focusing primarily on growth strategy, new product development and performance improvement. She was also heavily involved in several of Bain Atlanta’s pro bono initiatives.  In 2007, she joined Bain’s Global Human Capital and Recruiting leadership team, initially leading Experienced Professional and Advanced Degree recruiting efforts for Bain’s North American region. She joined the firm’s Global Talent Management team in 2009.  JoAnn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in 1991, with a BA in Religious Studies. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent numerous years in the non-profit and small business sectors in the US and Central America.  JoAnn received her MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2002, where she was a Woodruff Scholar and was the recipient of multiple academic awards, including the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award. She was also actively involved in extracurricular and leadership activities, including serving as President of the Graduate Women in Business chapter.  JoAnn is the mother of two, a senior in college and a sophomore at Chamblee High School. She enjoys yoga, hiking and gardening.


Jim Morris, VP of Client Experience, WMFDP (White Men as Full Diversity Partners)

Jim has 30 years of experience working and leading in purpose-driven consulting organizations. At WMFDP, he directs and supports our team of consultants and facilitators, as they deliver one-of-a-kind world-class services to WMFDP clients, globally. He’s also responsible for the integrity and excellence of program delivery, curriculum development and innovation and instructional design of WMFDP’s programs. Jim began his journey with WMFDP in 2000 when he attended his first White Men’s Caucus, and began working with WMFDP in addition to leadership development and coaching practice. The Caucus had a profound impact on Jim, and he began looking for ways to blend his work with WMFDP’s experiential approach to engaging white men in developing their own courageous leadership practices. He’s been an adjunct faculty at Duke Leadership and Training Associates, Virginia Tech, The Executive Forum and The American Leadership Forum. He is the author of “The Five Insights of Enduring Leaders,” a book that teaches how to develop leadership traits, uncover and enhance them in others and inspire others to change the world.




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Non-Member $60
Student $20

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