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

with Lauren Aguilar, PhD
8:00-10:00 a.m. 
Reed Smith, 101 2nd Street #1800, San Francisco, CA 94105

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

with Jon Shafran, PhD

8:00-10:00 a.m. 
Bishop Ranch / Round House Conference Center, 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583

Gone are the days when hosting affinity groups and compliance trainings 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.


Lauren Aguilar, PhD is a leading expert on diversity and inclusion. Lauren specializes in translating the science of diversity into actionable strategies that organizations and teams can use to foster more diverse and inclusive workplaces. She partners with innovative companies like Airbnb, Clif Bar, and eBay.

Lauren’s superpower is using a data-driven—yet human centered—approach to diversity and inclusion. Her research on diversity, team dynamics, belonging, and communication has been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Physics Today, Gender News, Symmetry Magazine, the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, and the Journal of Personality.

As a thought leader, she has been featured in Fast Company, Yahoo, HRCI, Top Employer, ZDnet, Popsugar, the Women in Science Forum. She was named a “40 Under 40” by San Francisco Business Times, “Top Diversity Influencer” by Culture Amp and a “Distinguished Emerging Global Leader” by Womensphere.

Lauren has presented her research at many conferences around the world, and has taught courses on diversity at Stanford University and Columbia University. Prior to Forshay, she was a partner at a boutique diversity consulting firm, a research scientist and co-director of a diversity fellowship/mentorship program at Stanford University.

Lauren earned her PhD in social psychology at Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.

Jon Shafran, PhD, 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.

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Wendy Fong
(650) 378-1328