Recruitment for Diversity

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with Laura Branca and Kirby Edmonds
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee $70, includes refreshments

This workshop is offered in conjunction with Managing a Diverse Workforce, also led by Laura Branca and Kirby
Edmonds. Participants who register for both workshops will receive a 10% discount on both sessions.
Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library


This half-day workshop is for professionals who are responsible for recruitment and hiring in their organizations, and who
are familiar with the basics of cultural competency and the value of workforce diversity and inclusive practices. This session
will help you explore which kinds of diversity you are seeking, reasons why organizations seek to increase diversity yet often
fail at diversity efforts, the power of relationships and networking, and practical strategies to attract and keep good

Even the most genuine organizational and personal commitments to recruit a qualified pool of candidates offering an array
of cultural backgrounds and identity differences can be undermined and thwarted by the influence of unconscious bias. The
good news is that we can retrain our brains, develop greater self-awareness, rigor and integrity in our hiring practices and
decisions, and ensure that good candidates are not excluded.

Attendees will:

  • Increase your understanding of how implicit bias can affect efforts for inclusive hiring
  • Develop practical strategies for recruitment and hiring for diversity
  • Develop practical strategies to foster the retention and success of new hires through onboarding, orientation, clear
    expectations, training and support
  • Learn strategies to cultivate relationships and expand your reach through networking

We recommend that if at all possible, at least two people come from each organization to increase the likelihood that the
strategies will be implemented at work.

About the Presenters:
Laura Branca is a managing partner at Training for Change (TFC) Associates, founded in Ithaca in 1982. She leads
interactive trainings, designs courses and materials on organizational change, planning, leadership development, team
building, communication, decision-making, handling conflict, diversity inclusion, equity, and building culturally competent
agencies and coalitions. TFC Associates assists organizations and leaders through consulting, strategic planning, and
coaching, and are skilled facilitators with special expertise in facilitating intra-group and cross-group dialogues on racism
and intersecting forms of exclusion and oppression.

Laura is Board President and a co-owner of Moosewood, Inc. She is a Senior Fellow with the Dorothy Cotton Institute
whose focus is human rights education and civic participation in non-violent social change. Laura has more than 30 years of
experience teaching conflict management, helping people resolve interpersonal, multi-party, organizational, and community
conflicts, and mediating for the Community Dispute Resolution Center.

Kirby Edmonds, a managing partner at Training for Change (TFC) Associates, has designed and delivered numerous
workshops for counselors in the areas of basic counseling, group counseling and developing cultural competency. He has
designed training workshops, written manuals, and provided consulting services for a wide variety of organizations and
networks including UNICEF, NTEU, Corning, Inc., Pennsylvania Department of Health, AFL/CIO, Solidarity Center, and
others. Kirby is expert at organizing and facilitating complex community planning processes and building managed networks
based on shared values.

Kirby is a trained mediator with over 30 years’ experience managing and resolving interpersonal, multi-party, interorganizational
and community conflicts. He also teaches courses in conflict management and cooperative conflict

Registration and Payment
Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607.273.8686 or

Cancellation Policy
All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed
sessions. At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the
cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you
plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.

Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To
request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.

Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg
Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs
Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.
For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance free. We appreciate your cooperation.

Parking and Directions

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