All diversity and inclusion practitioners from any industry sector are invited to join in this series of virtual roundtables to share best practices and discuss challenges.

Most businesses understand that diversity creates value in the workplace, builds stronger, more innovative teams, and will be critical to addressing future workforce shortfalls. However, implementation often falls to the wayside as the day-to-day objectives of running a business take priority. You are invited to join others in the diversity and inclusion space to create a network that helps scale solutions across the U.S.

Hosted by the MTWC, this initiative will be facilitated by Tremaine Maebry, a Chicago-based lawyer and diversity and inclusion advocate.

Through this initiative, MTWC hopes to provide an information exchange platform that makes space for diversity practitioners, advocates and champions from various industry backgrounds to have a dialogue on diversity and inclusion initiatives. Through a series of interactive, multi-layered discussions, the community will explore best practices, questions, resources, information, concerns, suggestions, recommendations and challenges of making a diverse and inclusive workplace with the intent of transforming that information into sustainable, workable, initiatives.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Maria Hart at maria.hart@wisc.edu.

Summer Series

Earning a Seat at the Table

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time

How can Diversity and Inclusion Managers earn a seat at the table?  This conversation will focus on how we can rebrand ourselves and refine our message so that our ideas will be heard and implemented. We’ll discuss learning to speak the CEO lingo and how D&I fits into the big picture for organizations.

We ask that everyone comes to the table ready and willing to contribute to the conversation. Please bring your burning questions and your D&I challenges along with any ideas, resources, or best practices that you may have to share.

Each roundtable discussion is limited to 50 participants. Participation is free. Registration is required. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Maria Hart at maria.hart@wisc.edu.

Speakers

Tremaine Maebry, MBA, JD

Tremaine Maebry, MBA, JD

(Facilitator)

Tremaine is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and has served the last 10 years as a labor and employment attorney holding a number of senior legal consultant positions in both the public and private sectors. Tremaine holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts and is admitted to practice law before the states of Illinois and Maryland. He currently holds the position of Manager in the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights with Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation (“Metra”) in downtown Chicago.

George W. Watts, PhD

George W. Watts, PhD

Chairman, Top Line Talent

Dr. George Watts is a nationally recognized author and behavioral scientist. His passion is inspiring people to unlock their highest potential. His message is simple and timeless — for optimum success, discover your natural strengths and find the right platform to leverage them. For years, he was on Chicago radio with his show, “The Business Doctor.” George has been a CEO of a mid-cap publicly traded company, and EVP of two, large service companies. He received his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the College of William and Mary.

George and Laurie are authors of "Becoming a Strategic Leader," which introduces an innovative, science-based model for exploiting your natural personality to strategically transform your career.

Laurie Blazek, MBA

Laurie Blazek, MBA

President and CEO, Top Line Talent

Laurie Blazek is the co-creator of Top Line Talent, a program that combines intimate consulting with scalable on-line training in consultative selling skills. Laurie and Dr. George Watts have traveled globally to deliver leadership development and sales training workshops. Laurie has over 25 years of consultative selling experience in a wide variety of markets. She has held Managing and Executive Director positions for several large multinational banks including JP Morgan, Citigroup and Bank of America. Laurie received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.

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