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When: October 10th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand
Kansas City, Missouri 
United States
Contact: Lori Maher, Executive Director
(913) 948-8623

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Building an Inclusive Workforce

Nicole A. Christy, MS, SPHR, Nicole Christy Consulting, LLC

October 10, 2017 | 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Building an inclusive workforce is critical to business success. In order to do this, leaders must know how to fully leverage all talent, by respecting, valuing and leveraging individual differences. HR professionals are uniquely positioned to advise, support and advocate for inclusive workplace practices, especially as they relate to recruiting, retaining, developing, engaging and advancing diverse talent. Our success relies on our own ability to admit that we have unconscious biases, that often serve us well in our decision making; and that also, when left unchecked, undermine our own efforts to be inclusive.  By understanding unconscious bias, and how it impacts decisions we and our leaders make, we can put strategies in place to build a workforce that is more inclusive and innovative – we can hire diverse talent, leverage diverse perspectives and teams to drive more innovative solutions, support cross-sell opportunities, and be known in the marketplace for having the best talent.

The goal for this presentation is to:

  • Gain a shared understanding of how unconscious bias operates in our brains and how that plays out in the workplace
  • Recognize your own unconscious bias and reflect on these barriers to inclusion
  • Introduce a strategy for mitigating your unconscious bias so that you can move from being a “well-meaning” HR professional to “well-acting”, inclusion advocate.  

About the Speaker


Nicole is a dynamic, high-impact organizational and leadership development consultant, facilitator, and coach. She delivers results-oriented training and coaching that support and advance organizational strategic goals and initiatives. She motivates participants at all organizational levels to learn and successfully apply new behaviors, knowledge, and skills. Her diverse educational path and leadership journey enables her to develop the transformative leader in today’s global context.

Nicole holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art and Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. After grad school spent nearly a decade in non-profit leadership, with an emphasis on leading initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion. This is where her passion for inclusion was cemented. She then had the opportunity to move into corporate HR at a Class I Railroad where she wore dual hats of HR Business Partner to the Sales, Administration and Finance functions and led the Railroads Organization Development efforts. Alongside her team in the US, and in partnership with colleagues in Mexico to plan, the group developed a diverse array of talent management initiatives for both the U.S. and Mexico subsidiaries.

Nicole has provided organization and leadership development consulting and facilitation services across many industries, including transportation, insurance, construction, energy, local government, non-profit and manufacturing. She offers effective, real-world, client-focused solutions and programs that achieve results. Nicole is also privileged to be an adjunct faculty member of the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, where she is an executive coach for the Executive MBA program and instructor for the MBA and MAM programs.

Since launching N. Christy Consulting, LLC, in January 2015, Nicole has established associate relationships with Arseth Insights- Olathe, KS; Development Dimensions International (DDI), Pittsburgh, PA; Lynch Bryan Consulting, LLC- Kansas City, MO; and TransPorter Group, Inc- Chicago, IL.  It is to these wonderful leaders in HR and OD that she extends much gratitude and respect for her own developmental journey.  With special thanks to Dr. Jeanne Porter King, TransPorter Group, who, among other things, first gave her the opportunity to merge her love of the discussion around diversity with her equal love of helping company’s take care of their greatest competitive advantage…their people! 


This program has been submitted for 1.0 hour of PHR/SPHR recertification credit through the HR Certification Institute ( and SHRM CP/SCP professional development credit through SHRM (

Registration Fees

Members - $35

Non-Members - $50

Student Members - $10

Program Schedule

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - New Member Orientation

11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon & Program

A special thank you to our meeting sponsor


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