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    • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mesa Country Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 RD, Grand Junction, CO 81504


     The Trouble with Diversity

    The world of work is evolving alongside a changing wider world – moving perhaps more rapidly than at any recent time in our recent memory. We continue to be impacted by global health challenges, economic anxiety, environmental concerns, and the expectations of an increasingly diverse workforce. As human resource professionals and business managers, you are keenly aware of these employment challenges. You also know that a one-size-fits-all approach to managing a diverse workforce rarely delivers the intended benefit – that’s The Trouble with Diversity.

    During this session, Carlene Goldthwaite will provide practical tools to help your organization determine an approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that fits for you. In addition to exploring DEIB at this strategic level, we’ll cover the most-requested  topics in a recent survey* of WCHRA members and friends:

    • Characteristics of a dynamic workforce (multi-cultural, -generational, etc.)
    • Culture change at the top: advocating for a more inclusive culture
    • The business case for inclusion (financial, community, individual) and DEIB metrics
    • Managing potential barriers to success
    • Uncover and address hidden biases

    We hope you can join us in October as we continue learning together to realize “Better Workplaces for a Better World.”  (tagline of Society for Human Resource Management)

     *If you have a specific question or topic you’d like Carlene to address, please send an email to

    Presented by

    Carlene Goldthwaite

    Wednesday October 19, 2022

    11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Mesa Country Workforce Center

    512 29 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81504

    About the presenter:

    Carlene Goldthwaite (she/they) acquired much of their HR experience in the hospitality and health insurance industries. Their career has encompassed many aspects of organizational development like vision-mission development, board management, strategic planning, and process improvement. Carlene’s experience in the talent management/HR realm ranges from recruiting/selection to training/development, risk management, and employee relations. As principal of Create Real Growth, Carlene specializes in working with organizational leaders to continually improve organizational and workforce performance – whether workers are volunteers or paid staff. Most recently, Carlene’s focus has been learning how to help leaders build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations – succinctly captured in the Society for Human Resource Management’s tagline “Better Workplaces. Better World.” A self-proclaimed volunteer junkie, Carlene has served as President of the WCHRA and Director of the Colorado SHRM State Council. Currently, she is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion with WCHRA and is the Vice President of the Grand Valley Interfaith Network. They live in Fruita Colorado on the ancestral lands of the Weeminuche Ute people, and enjoy being outdoors in this amazing place. Holding a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from Colorado Mesa University, Carlene may also be seen treading the boards in local theatrical productions.


October 26 from 11:30am-12:30pm 

Workforce Roundtable Discussion: Now That You Got Them in the Door, How Do You Retain Your Employees?

Colorado SHRM, in conjunction with the Colorado local chapters, invites you to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion on October 26 from 11:30am-12:30pm to discuss the following topics: 

  • Salaries (i.e., companies have had to increase salaries to get folks in the door – how sustainable is this and what inequities is it causing?)
  • Onboarding (i.e., first impressions and making connections)
  • Idea Sharing (i.e., what does your company do to set themselves apart in retaining staff




Atendees will be placed in moderated, small-group breakout rooms to encourage engaged and relevant discussions on these timely topics. This is sure to be a valuable opportunity to connect with peers to discuss the best practices and challenges we are all facing in today’s labor market.


There is no cost to attend. Pending approval for 1 SHRM/HRCI recertification credit






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