CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH AAAED: 

SPEAKER SERIES

To celebrate this golden year of AAAED, we are hosting a year-long webinar series with dynamic speakers touching on today's most engaging topics. Every month for the year of 2024, we will host a FREE one-hour webinar. All you have to do is register for each session and tune in! Check in every month to stay informed on the exciting lineup of speakers and topics!

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WHOSE CULTURE IS WORK CULTURE?

January 10, 2024 - 1:00 pm EST

SPEAKER: May Beauburn, BCBA, Brett DiNovi & Associates  

 

Join us for an eye-opening session that delves deep into the mysterious world of work culture. Discover the hidden forces that shape our professional norms, expectations, and standards – everything from dress codes and behavior to email etiquette and language – and uncover who benefits from them. But it doesn't stop there! We'll also explore ways to level the playing field, such as by mitigating these power imbalances and addressing their negative impact marginalized communities. This electrifying session is your chance to revolutionize your understanding of work culture and pave the way for a more inclusive future!

 

ABOUT SPEAKER:

May Beauburn, BCBA, Brett DiNovi & Associates

 

May Chriseline Beaubrun has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for over 10 years. She has worked with children and adults with various cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities in a variety of settings (i.e., clinic, hospital, home, school, etc.). May has presented at the Autism New Jersey convention, Association for Behavior Analysis International conference, and the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis conference. May was also an adjunct professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She contributed a chapter to the text A Scientific Framework for Compassion and Social Justice on behavior analysis and urban planning. She has a wide variety of experiences within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.


HARD CONVERSATIONS WITH A HARD DRIVE

February 14, 2024 - 1:00 pm EST

SPEAKER: Nathan Perry, J.D., Vanderbilt University

 

As the usage of AI continues to grow, it presents significant opportunities for organizations to empower their employees, particularly those with neurodiversity, to better navigate HR processes and address challenging conversations. By harnessing the capabilities of AI, companies can create a more inclusive and supportive work environment while reducing the risk of escalated conflict and complaints. Join us for this informative webinar to discover how AI can enhance accessibility, revolutionize HR practices, facilitate productive interactions, and improve the employee experience.

 

ABOUT SPEAKER:

Nathan Perry, J.D., Vanderbilt University

 

In his role as the Supportive Measures/Informal Resolution Manager, Nathan’s work is independent of the Title IX investigative process, and he can consult with any party to a Title IX matter to develop and implement individualized plans to support both academic and non-academic needs. Nathan also serves as a neutral facilitator of voluntary informal resolutions between parties as appropriate for their specific circumstances. Nathan graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in English and earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Prior to law school, Nathan trained and worked as a wilderness first responder. Nathan currently researches and presents nationally on the uses (and misuses) of emerging technology to both engage in and mitigate discriminatory harassment.


PAY EQUITY 2.0: ADVANCED STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING COMPENSATION ISSUES

March 13, 2024 - 1:00 pm EST

SPEAKER: Matthew Camardella, J.D., Jackson Lewis

 

In light of the momentum around pay equity and increased transparency around compensation, many employers have undertaken pay equity analyses.  While valuable tools for identifying issues, such analyses represent only the starting point on the pay equity journey. Figuring out how to address those issues and, perhaps even more importantly, identifying why those issues arose in the first place represent the next level of ensuring pay equity.  This webinar will cover how to (1) use your pay equity analysis to identify root causes of pay inequities, (2) remediate such inequities, and (3) provide strategies for making systemic changes to compensation policies and practices to avoid such issues from recurring.

 

ABOUT SPEAKER:

Matthew Camardella, J.D., Jackson Lewis

 

Matthew Camardella is a principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the co-leader of the Affirmative Action, OFCCP and Government Contract Compliance practice group. Matt directs the preparation of thousands of AAPs each year and has defended hundreds of OFCCP audits for a broad range of employers across the country. He also serves as the practice group lead on responding to OFCCP allegations of class-based discrimination and has litigated against the Agency before the Office of Administrative Law Judges. He regularly counsels clients about the design and implementation of company-wide AAP structures, applicant flow tracking systems, and other complex “real world” compliance issues. Matt spends significant time advising clients on their compensation practices and directing pay equity analyses. He frequently counsels clients on diversity, equity and inclusion programs and the use of data analytics to support such programs. In addition, Matt assists employers with analyzing reductions-in-force for adverse impact and assessing the applicability of federal affirmative action laws in the contexts of mergers and acquisitions.

 


 

CAUGHT IN THE BULLSEYE: THE PLOT TO DISMANTLE DEI PROGRAMS AND WHAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON TO SAVE THEM

April 10, 2024 - 1:00 pm EST

SPEAKER: Dr. Christopher J. Metzler

 

DEI has been the target of some lawmakers lately with some states swarming with anti-DEI legislation.  From his book entitled, "Rethinking DEI", the esteemed Dr. Metzler will provide insight into the legal landscape of DEI and discuss the effects of the Supreme Court decision striking down  Affirmative Action.  He will also help us dissect some of the disinformation as pertains to the Supreme Court decision.  During the hour, we will receive an analysis of of some of the legislation, and leave with some advice and strategies to counter this recent attempt to block progress.

 

 

ABOUT SPEAKER:

SPEAKER: Dr. Christopher J. Metzler

 

A seasoned leader with nearly 30 years of experience as a university professor, academic and administrative leader, Dr. Christopher Metzler most recently served as a Senior Fellow at The Thomas Jefferson University, where he pioneered work in health care disparities. Prior to Thomas Jefferson, he was Senior Dean at Georgetown University where he created Georgetown’s seven (7) master’s Degrees including: Human Capital, Sports Management, Technology, Systems Engineering, Real Estate, Emergency and Disaster Relief and Urban and Regional Planning.

 

Throughout his career, Dr. Metzler has been actively engaged in national and regional volunteer leadership, having served on the boards of the LEAD Fund, The ARC, The Refsum Foundation and The American Red Cross and Herzing University. He also is a founder and investor of Community X, a digital social justice platform. A scholar of Law and International Human Rights, Dr. Metzler holds degrees in Law and Human Rights from Oxford University in The U.K.  and Columbia University in New York. His Doctorate is from Aberdeen.


  

BATTLE AT THE BALLOT BOX AND THE BREAKROOM: WHY POLITICS AND VOTING RIGHTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF DEIA IN THE WORKPLACE

May 8, 2024 - 1:00 pm EST

SPEAKER: Chris Walton

 

We are taught to leave politics out of the office; however, now more than ever there are great things at stake which will affect the landscape of employment.  No matter what your party affiliation, voters must tap into the conversation and learn what the issues are and how they will be affected.  In this energizing session, we will dig into the history of voter suppression, discuss how politics are already at play in the workplace, and discuss some of the various issues that directly impact employment.  We will learn the importance of having meaningful dialogue EVERYWHERE, including the office, and participants will walk away with a better understanding of ways employers and employees can better support one of our most sacred, hard-fought for rights – voting!

 

 

ABOUT SPEAKER:

SPEAKER: Chris Walton

 

 Chris Walton is the Respect My Vote! Campaigns Assistant Director for Hip Hop Caucus. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chirs Walton previously served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County breaking barriers as the youngest County Party Chair in COunty history, the only serving African American county chair in Wisconsin and first openly gay county chair in Milwaukee history. Under his leadership, the Milwaukee County Chair became a playmaker in Wisconsin politics and was pivotal in helping clinch victories for President Joe Biden, Governor Tony Evers, and a host of Democratic candidates in and around the local community. During his tenure Milwaukee was selected to serve as the host of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

 

Chris has over a decade of experience ranging from local, state, and federal election campaigns including his own in 2020. CHris also has significant media and public speaking experience having spoken to crowds of thousands and been featured in numerous publications to include the New York Times, The Washington Post, De Spiegel (German), and local news outlets. Additionally, Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, and regional affiliates. Additionally, Chris has gained extensive knowledge on foreign affairs having liaised with the Japanese, Danish, Australian, and British diplomatic corps in his capacity as Chair. Chris also has a background in policy, having worked in the Office of Mayor of the City of Milwaukee and as the Policy and Organizing Manager for the Black AIDS Institute.

 

 

BEYOND RAINBOWS AND SAFE SPACE STICKERS: ACHIEVING AUTHENTIC INCLUSION FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITIES

June 12, 2024 - 1:00 pm EST

SPEAKER: Dr. Basel Touchan

 

Just in time for Pride celebrations, join us for a critical examination of workplace environments and traditional inclusivity programs. We will confront the subtle yet pervasive pressures of heteronormativity in professional settings and challenge the often symbolic responses they elicit. Moving beyond superficial displays of support—such as rainbows and safe space stickers—we aim to explore substantive, systemic changes that are essential for fostering genuine inclusivity for LGBTQ individuals. This session will critically evaluate the effectiveness of current practices and introduce robust, actionable strategies that institutions can implement to ensure every individual can thrive as their authentic self.

ABOUT SPEAKER:

SPEAKER: Dr. Basel Touchan

 

Dr. Basel Touchan is a Syrian-American DEIB professional with a medical background. He currently serves as the Multilingual, Migrant, and Refugee Lead in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office of the second largest school district in Kentucky, supporting over 50,000 employees and students. With over a decade of global strategic and programmatic experience in education, public health, nonprofit, and government sectors, Dr. Touchan has played a key role in supporting resettlement efforts and launching various programs for immigrant communities in Kentucky. As a Learning & Development consultant with History UnErased, he supports the expansion of the U.S.’s first LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 curriculum, now implemented in 3,000 schools across 16 states, and provides training for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and community health centers.