AAAA PDTI Program for Experienced Practitioners

Washington, District of Columbia
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

AAAA PDTI Program for Experienced Practitioners
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
United States

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You have entered the registration site for the June 13, 2012 training on Program for Experienced Practitioners offered by the AAAA Professional Development and Training Institute.  


 Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
 999 Ninth Street NW
 Washington, DC 20001
(202) 974-3180

June 13, 2012 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Regular and Onsite Registration Tuition:

Registration: $395 for the 8 hour course  
 (Lunch is included) 

Onsite Registration accepted if space remains available

Course Eligibility:

The requisite experience for participation in the Senior CAAP training includes ten years of equal employment opportunity (EEO) experience in affirmative action planning, complaint investigations, EEO law enforcement including service at the OFCCP, Department of Justice and/or EEOC, or state and local agency EEO human resources or compliance activity. Also accepted is work as university or agency counsel where EEO issues were more than twenty percent of the workload, or practice as a labor and employment lawyer, affirmative action plan consultant, civil rights and other nonprofit organization professional where EEO was more than 20 percent of the workload.  Employment as diversity managers, federal EEO investigators, disability employment coordinators or human resources professionals where EEO issues were more than twenty percent of the workload is also accepted. The ten years of experience should be recent or within the last 15 years.

After registration, participants are required to email their resumes or curriculum vitae to: within 48 hours of registration. Individuals will be advised if their experience does not meet the requisite criteria. If registration occurs onsite, participants must bring their resumes. Certifications will be issued at the end of the training or within thirty days after the training once resumes or curricula vitae are reviewed.  

Questions?   Please contact the AAAA national office toll-free at 800-252-8952 for more information.  

Experienced practitioners (those with 10 years or more relevant experience) will receive the new "Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional" certification, which certification shall be valid for three years.  The Sr. CAAP certification is subject to continuing education requirements described in the PDTI Catalogue.

AAAA has applied for Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) credit.

Completion of the course counts towards the Senior CAAP elective requirement (8 hours).


I.   Opening Remarks:  “Implementing the Principles of EEO/Affirmative Action”  
Introductions and overview of the EEO regulatory landscape.

Presenter:  Jo Bennett, Esq., Shareholder, Stevens & Lee; PDTI Chair 

II. Contemporary Issues Facing Affirmative Action and /or Diversity Officers in the Workplace

Presenter: Marjorie Powell, J.D., Associate Vice President for Human Resource Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore

In some organizations (higher education, private sector, government) Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (EO) officers either report to the CEO (Presidents, Chancellors), Human Resources (HR) Provosts or Vice Presidents. There is a perception that unless you report to the CEO or President, AA officers are less effective. So, if that is a perception, is it true? Or does it matter? What are some effective strategies, including getting buy-in? Who is responsible for the implementation of the AAP? During this session, participants will explore establishing accountability for those responsible for implementing the affirmative action program no matter the reporting structure.

Implementing the Principles of EEO/Affirmative Action
Leveraging Qualitative and Quantitative Data to Enhance Diversity and Equity Initiatives

Presenter: Inderdeep Chatrath, Ph.D., Office for Institutional Diversity, Duke University

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Diversity officers continue to struggle with developing a sound rationale for diversity, to promote equity and to identify matrices to evaluate progress.  In this era of information technology, accountability and changing national landscape, institutional data and a plethora of external information resources are not fully leveraged in making the business case for diversity.

During this session, participants will explore strategies to use qualitative and quantitative data to move beyond the typical compliance framework and to build an inclusive and diverse organizational culture.  Insights and practical strategies will be offered for utilizing existing data and institutional documents to augment best practices in areas of recruitment, retention and in moving towards a more equitable work climate.

IV.                Casting a Wider Net:  Achieving a Thriving Culture through Diversity and inclusion Strategies

Presenter: Yvette A. Hyater-Adams, Diversity Consultant

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will scan their institutions’ readiness to leverage their EEO/AA program into a culture change process for diversity and inclusion (D&I).  Learn how to use your influence to help cultivate the best conditions to build a successful strategy that meets your organization’s goals.

Participants will:

·         Identify similarities and differences between their organizations’ culture and best practices for building diversity and inclusion strategies

·         Analyze EEO/AA plans next to their organizations’ mission, vision and strategic plans

·         Examine self-limiting beliefs that may block their ability to influence culture change

·         Illustrate what transformational change for D&I could be possible for their organization 

·         Differentiate between effective, more effective and most effective ways to shift the language mindset of EEO/AA goals alongside a D&I culture change strategy

·         Determine next steps through a personal change plan that launches this workshop’s content as soon as the next week!

Participants should be prepared!  To get the most out of this workshop, have available on your computer, jump drive or (gulp) binder a copy of your organization’s EEO/AAP overall goals/strategies and your institution’s mission, vision and strategic goals.  Having this information available will customize your learning experience. 


Jo Bennett

Jo is a lawyer and consultant to management on equal employment opportunity and other workplace matters. Her clients include employers in higher education, life sciences, financial services, technology, transportation and manufacturing.     A significant portion of Jo’s practice consists of advising federal contractors in these and other industries across the U.S. on federal equal employment opportunity and affirmative action compliance issues. She assists clients with the preparation of affirmative action plans and provides risk-management analysis of hiring, promotion and compensation practices. Jo also advises employers on diversity initiatives and succession planning issues and educates hiring managers and human resources professionals on equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. She has substantial experience defending clients in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance investigations. 

In addition, Jo maintains an active litigation defense practice, having won victories on age, race and disability discrimination claims before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also represents clients in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in connection with claims arising under individual employee contracts, collective bargaining agreements and ERISA.

A frequent presenter and writer, Jo has spoken before a variety of organizations on labor and employment matters. She also publishes a regular newsletter on developments in affirmative action and diversity law.

Inderdeep Chatrath

Dr. Chatrath is currently Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs for Duke University and the Duke University Health System. In this role, she is responsible for designing studies, compiling, and reporting institutional data pursuant to federal regulations, and coordinating research and evaluation studies setting forth progress and adverse trends in the areas of affirmative action and equal opportunity. During her tenure at Duke, Dr. Chatrath has been responsible for institutional research functions, and managed harassment prevention, diversity, and disability management programs.

Dr. Chatrath comes to this field with a strong background in institutional research and with special interest and expertise in program evaluation. She has received several federal and state grants to undertake evaluation and assessment of community initiatives, such as the Durham Partners Against Crime Initiative, Smart Start Program Evaluation for Durham’s Partnership for Children, Family Planning and Preservation Program, and Program for Court-Involved Youth. Dr. Chatrath is currently conducting an evaluation study for HOPE VI, a $35 million revitalization project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Chatrath received a Doctorate degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yvette A. Hyater-Adams

Yvette A. Hyater-Adams writes about and provides strategic coaching for leaders on transformational change with individuals, teams, and organizations. Her clients engage her for strategic coaching when designing culture change plans for diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and human capital changes associated with mergers, acquisitions, divestures and start-ups.  She creatively uses narratives, dialogue, and mindful communicative language as tools to influence culture change.  Yvette blends tried and true organization development models along with the latest thinking on ways to design culture change initiatives.  

Yvette's background includes leadership positions in employee relations, EEO/AA, diversity, and change management, where she led successful culture change processes .  Her roles expanded across several sectors, including government, retail, financial services and nonprofit. In her role as President and Board Director of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, Yvette provided strategic direction and infrastructure design to support the 65 year old social justice and laboratory training educational institutions transformational change process. She remains in a board director role to support the continued change.

In leading her consulting-coaching firm for over 15 years, she works with top executives in establishing a diverse and inclusive workforce and customer base.  Yvette also works closely with developing capabilities of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers, Human Resources leaders, and managers leading culture change work.

Yvette has a MA in Transformative Language Arts, specializing in narratives for personal and social change work, and a BS in Education and Workforce Training.  She is an adjunct professor teaching cultural diversity and organization development for online, distance learning, and at local colleges.

Marjorie L. Powell, J.D.

Marjorie L. Powell, J.D. is the Associate Vice President for Human Resource Services for the University of Maryland (UM) in Baltimore, a state public university composed of a medical center, professional and graduate schools, and research institutions.  As the chief human resource officer for the university, Ms. Powell leads the creation of progams and opportunities to sustain a high caliber workforce in support of the university's instructional, research and public service missions.  Ms. Powell is key to advancing the institution's commitment to diversity and plays an integral role to ensure the success of UM's highly interactive strategic planning process.  The strategic process at UM engages faculty, staff, students, partners and communities to fulfill its goals as leaders in higher education, research, service and community engagement.

Before joining the University of Maryland, Ms. Powell fulfilled the role of Director of Affirmative Action Programs in the Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   Prior to her work at Georgetown, Ms. Powell served for nine years as the Director for Equal Opportunity, Policy Development and Analysis at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Marjorie has a BA in Sociology from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.









































































































































































































































































































































































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