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Creating an Accessible Workplace for Neurodiverse Talent
Presented by: Kellyn Gorman, Microsoft Corporation

Over the past several years, organizations prioritized two strategies underpinning the employee experience: adjusting to remo
... te work and creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all. As workplaces increasingly move to a hybrid environment, designing them to meet the needs of everyone—including neurodiverse talent—is key. How should we reimagine ways of working from an accessibility standpoint by designing intentional workspaces that encourage productivity and inclusion.See More
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Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion for Technologists
Presented by: Reza Rahman, Microsoft Corporation

In an increasingly interconnected world, we have a shared responsibility to ensure technology is a force that works to benefi
... t everyone—countering structural sources of inequity, where needed. As a result, enhancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in every aspect of technology is essential, and everyone should be part of the conversation. We cover unconscious bias, privilege, equity, allyship, covering, and microaggressions. Come jump-start your personal D&I journey as we explain the basics in simple terms with examples relevant for technologists.See More

Happy Hour: LGBTQIA+ in Tech
Presented by: Quest Oracle Community, Quest Oracle Community

It's cocktail time! The LGBTQIA+ community and allies are invited to mix and mingle over drinks and nibbles. Make new frien
... ds, build your network and have some fun! All welcome.See More
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Happy Hour: People of Color in Tech
Presented by: Quest Oracle Community, Quest Oracle Community

Interested in connecting with other POC in tech? Now's your chance to make connections and meet new friends in the tech comm
... unity. Grab a drink and join us for Happy Hour! All are welcome.See More
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Happy Hour: Women in Technology
Presented by: Quest Oracle Community, Quest Oracle Community

Interested in building your network? Now's your chance to make connections with other successful, interesting and diverse wom
... en in the tech community. Grab a drink and join us for Happy Hour! All are welcome.See More
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Implementing Gender Identity and Expression: Considerations, Impacts and More
Presented by: Rahul Nori, State of Minnesota

The ability for an employee to identify and express themselves is a basic expectation, especially when it comes to a social c
... onstruct like gender. To on-board and retain an inclusive and diverse group of employees, there is a pressing need to add nonbinary gender option for employees in Self Service since it fosters a positive, welcoming and supportive environment. PeopleSoft HCM team delivered Gender Identity and Expression options with PUM Image 41. This presentation is a discussion of these features and our implementation experiences. We will talk about what there is to know and consider, how to analyze impacts to existing policies and procedures and finally implementing a solution to meet the needs for your organization that supports employee diversity and inclusion strategy. Learning Objective #1 Understand the need and impacts of Gender Identity and Expression. Learning Objective #2 Review what Oracle/PeopleSoft delivered in HCM PUM 41 Learning Objective #3 Considerations in implementing the features. See More
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IT Talent Trends: Re-evaluate Your Employee Experience from the Bottom Up
Presented by: Rob Meikle, Info-Tech Research Group

Over the past two years, organizations have ventured into unprecedented ways of working and supporting their employees. Busin
... ess models and employee expectations have both shifted dramatically, and the effects of those changes will continue to be seen long after we settle into the “next normal.” In this session, Info-Tech Research Group's Rob Meikle will share what business and IT leaders must do to build and keep successful teams in today’s environment: • Optimize recruiting and retention practices in the face of a competitive labor market • Build or maintain a culture of DEI • Manage the monumental shift to the new normal of remote work • Determine if the Great Resignation is impacting you and strategic steps to retain talent • Correctly assess development areas for their teams • Justify investing in IT talent Rob Meikle is an Executive Advisor, Keynote Speaker and Board Advisor to several emerging technology organizations. Rob is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for City of Toronto and the City of Brampton where he created high performance teams to deliver innovative and transformational solutions. His leadership experience spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He is actively involved in his local community to foster sustainable inter-generational social impact. Rob became the first and only Canadian municipal CIO to be named on the prestigious global CIO 100 honoree list, receive the Global Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leadership Award and the National Government (GTEC) Next Generation Leadership Awards. He was twice featured on the cover of the Canadian CIO Magazine.See More
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PeopleSoft HCM's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capabilities
Presented by: Julie Alonso, Oracle America, Inc

Diversity and inclusion can be catalysts for your organization’s innovation and economic prosperity and having employees feel
... like they are valued members in the workplace.  This session will show how PeopleSoft HCM can assist your organization in the area of capturing employee and applicant diversity information.  You will see a demo of the gender identity feature and preferred names along with other key diversity features like identification for disability, veteran status and ethnicity. See More

Unconscious Bias
Presented by: Madhuri Jha, Honeywell, IT Division

Unconscious bias, also known as implicit bias, is an assumption, belief or attitude that we aren't necessarily aware of. Eve
... ryone has these biases and uses them as mental shortcuts for faster information-processing. While bias is a normal part of brain function, it can often reinforce stereotypes. Join the Quest DEI Committee in this discussion aimed at combating unconscious bias, identifying different types of biases, how they might surface at work, and how to avoid them so you can build a more inclusive and diverse workplace.See More

Women in Technology Luncheon: Taking Women's Leadership to New Heights
Presented by: Valerie Davis, Dallas Fort Worth Alliance of Technology and Women

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the WIT lunch. Walk-ups registrations will be accommodated as space allows. While the ratio
... of women in technology has grown in recent years, there is significant room for improvement when it comes to the number of women in leadership positions in technology. In 2022, women only held about 25% of the leadership positions in technology and only 14% of the software engineering positions. Join us for a candid panel discussion on taking women in leadership to new heights. Our panel will offer diverse perspectives about employee engagement, career development, and empowering women to leadership positions. They’ve also seen the challenges that arise in this space. Come hear about what you can do to build up women in leadership in technology, learn best practices and lessons learned from a variety of approaches taken, and discuss the challenges and opportunities to empower women into leadership positions in your organization.See More
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