Sept 10 or 11 - Small Wins Make a Big Difference for Diversity and Inclusion (3 Locations)

with Jon Shafran, Ph.D.
8:00-10:00 a.m. 
Reed Smith, 101 2nd Street #1800, San Francisco, CA 94105

with Jon Shafran, Ph.D.
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Valley Transportation Authority, 3331 N 1st Street, Building B, San Jose, CA 95134

with Dr. Michael Soon Lee

8:00-10:00 a.m. 
ThinkHR, 4637 Chabot Drive, Suite 200, Pleasanton, CA 94583

Gone are the days when hosting affinity groups and compliance training is enough for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Companies looking to make significant impact take a small wins approach to transform their recruiting process, such as assessing the point at which the company is losing candidates and creating an interview protocol to mitigate the loss of particular groups going forward. We now have the capability to integrate scientifically validated small modifications to important people processes, like recruiting, hiring, and performance reviews. And of course, track progress with data. Make enough of these small wins and what you’ve done is change the organization. This session will reveal the science behind the small wins approach and show case studies that demonstrate how it works with hiring, recruiting and D&I initiatives.

1. A grounding in the latest science of D&I
2. Learn what innovative companies are doing to propel D&I
3. Learn how to use data to identify areas of challenge and opportunities to transform your recruiting process

1.5 hours
Nonmember: $60
Breakfast or lunch provided.


Jon Shafran, Ph.D., believes that people are an organization's most important asset, and organizations that cultivate a diverse workforce create the most innovative and profitable solutions. As a Diversity and Inclusion Science Consultant, he partners with organizations to build strategies that are easy to execute and have a positive impact on both their members and their external communities. Jon has over 7 years of experience working with start-ups, small to mid-sized companies, and nonprofits on strategy, process improvement, customer success and talent development.

Jon also specializes in helping clients understand how their business systems and the cultures they foster can create subtle barriers to the advancement of women and other underrepresented groups. Using qualitative methods and insights from the social sciences, Jon partners with clients to create evidence-based strategies that treat employees equitably and foster inclusive workplaces where everyone experiences a sense of belonging. This approach, validated by research, ensures that clients have a leg up on their competition for attracting, promoting, and retaining the very best talent in their industry. Jon earned his PhD in sociology from the University of California San Diego and resides in San Francisco.


Dr. Michael Soon Lee has spoken and consulted about diversity and inclusion for over two decades. He has spoken over 1000 times around the world to companies like: Coca-Cola, Chevron, Boeing, and General Motors. He is the author of nine books including, "Cross-Cultural Selling for Dummies", "Black Belt Negotiating" and the upcoming book, "Men in the Minefield: Avoiding unwarranted harassment claims while supporting woment at work". He holds a doctorate degree in Business from Golden Gate University and a Certificate in HR Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. 

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Wendy Fong
(650) 378-1328