Topic: The Low Cost and High Impact of Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace
Doneisha Posey is currently the Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Ms. Posey serves as the chief legal officer of the agency and oversees its team of staff attorneys responsible for all aspects of civil rights enforcement around the state. In addition, she manages the daily operations of the state agency. Ms. Posey received her Juris Doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she has since returned as an Adjunct Professor teaching Housing Discrimination and Segregation.
Learn more about the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and your rights and responsibilities under the Indiana Civil Rights Laws, Title VII, and the ADA. Posey will focus on reasonable accommodations in the workplace and who pays for them. The law requires many employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. But did you know that approximately 60% of all job accommodations cost absolutely nothing? Additionally, the process for providing reasonable accommodations and best practices in finding a resolution will be discussed.
Further, the presentation will delve into the high impact of workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities and moving towards more diversity & inclusivity in the workplace.
Topic: Inclusive Practices for LGBTQ+ Professionals in the Workplace
Join us during Pride Month for his panel focused on creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ professionals in our workplaces.
Chris Handberg, Executive Director of Indy Pride, will lead this diverse panel through topics ranging from discrimination policies, healthcare needs and benefits packages, visibility in
leadership, community engagement activation, and even small but powerful ideas like utilizing pronouns in our email signatures. Hear stories about challenges that our panelists and our peers may have faced, as well as great examples of inclusion.
Moderator: Chris (Warren) Handberg (he/him/his)
Christopher (Warren) Handberg grew up in Fortville, Indiana and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature and Christian Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001. Upon graduation, he began work as a youth minister at the Anderson Church of the Brethren. After several years of service, he left to pursue opportunities in the field of social service and became an IMPD Advocate with The Julian Center. As a first-responder to victims of domestic and sexual violence, he began his career in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, Handberg began teaching at Carmel High School concurrent with his role at The Julian Center. While working as an advocate and teacher, he earned a teaching license and Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2014, he accepted the role of Director of Programs at the Domestic Violence Network where he engaged the community, built collaborative relationships, and built strategic partnerships to improve the response and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in Central Indiana. Beginning in June 2017, Handberg currently serves as the Executive Director of Indy Pride, Inc.
Panelist: Larry Stribling (he/him/his)
Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Larry received his Masters of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He currently works for Cummins Inc. supporting the business as a HR business partner. Apart from his day to day work load, he enjoys working out, singing traveling and providing leadership to Indy Pride Board Directors as the elected President.
Panelist: Kristen Matha (she/her/hers)
Kristen Matha is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Ice Miller, LLP and is responsible for operationalizing the Firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy and also leads the day-to-day operations for attorney professional development. Prior to joining Ice Miller, Kristen was an administrator with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) where her work focused on regulatory compliance, internal operations and diversity and inclusion initiatives for the national office staff and NCAA membership. While at the NCAA, she served as the inaugural chair for the national office’s LGBTQ employee resource group.
Panelist: Lane Banister (they/them/theirs)
Lane Banister is an Indianapolis based Educator and Organizer. They have been working for the local LGBTQ+ community for over 4 years, and recently branched out with their own endeavor called Affirm/ED! to bring LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings to schools, businesses, doctors, nursing homes, and other organizations. Find out more about all their projects at jlanebanister.com
Nneka Thompson - Associate Director, Jobs for the Future
Topic: Apprenticeships: Preparing Individuals for Work and Building a More Diverse Workforce
Nneka Thompson is an associate director for Jobs For the future, or JFF, a national nonprofit that works to ensure that all students and workers have access to the education and training needed to gain credentials and skills that employers require. Nneka is a seasoned workforce development professional working on behalf of the growing number of nontraditional students and the hardest-to-employ youth and adults. Her background in the nonprofit and public sectors also includes grant-making, program design, and direct service at Commonwealth Corporation, More than Words Bookstore, and Dress for Success Boston.
Nneka brings her unique background to the world of apprenticeship and is working to drive success at the intersection of preparing individuals for work and building a more diverse workforce.
Employers need a strong workforce and must engage individuals from all walks of life to fill their open positions. Apprenticeship is a highly effective tool for building your own workforce. It can be used both to upskill your incumbent workers and bringing inexperienced worker onto your team and developing them into strong contributors.
You should leave this session understanding:
An accurate description of a modern day apprenticeship program
The difference between today’s apprenticeship opportunities and other types of work-based learning
Jobs For the Future’s efforts to expand apprenticeship
The usefulness of apprenticeships in building a more diverse workforce
How you can get started with an apprenticeship program and resources available to support you