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    January 31, 2017

    Learn inclusion in the workplace

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    People with disabilities and their inclusion in the workplace are no longer absent from the business agenda. Disability inclusion is now featured in many policies and is gaining momentum in business strategies. Including people with disabilities and accommodating their disability-related needs are important moves for companies in terms of talent, resourcing and social responsibility as well as compliance legislation. Managers are well aware of the importance of disability inclusion for their business success, but might still have questions on how initiatives can be implemented successfully. How do they get started effectively? How can initiatives be improved? What structure do they take? This session will help us answer some of these questions and discuss strategies on how to move forward to create more inclusive environments in our workplaces and communities.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The Business Case - the why, value to our business/community
    • The How - attracting, retaining, engaging, accommodation, costs, etc.
    • Challenges

    February 9, 2017
    11 a.m. - Registration & Networking
    11:25-11:55 a.m. - Lunch
    11:55 a.m. - Announcements & Program
    1 p.m. - Adjourn

    Clarion Hotel - Cincinnati North
    3855 Hauck Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

    GCHRA Members - $25.00
    Non-Members - $35.00
    Students - $15.00
    Approved for: 1 SHRM Certification Credit, 1 General HRCI Credit

    Register now
    PrePayment is required to attend. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted. No refunds will be provided after February 6, 2017. RSVP by: February 8, 2017


    ayers, karaDr. Kara Ayers
    Dr. Ayers earned her master's degree and PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Prior to becoming Assistant Professor and Associate Director of UC UCEDD, effective January 1, 2016, Ayers was the Advocacy and Dissemination Coordinator for UC UCEDD for the last three years. In this role, she worked with self-advocacy groups on a number of policy initiatives and launched communication strategies to increase the reach of UC UCEDD.

    Cook, TarahTarah Cook, M.S., SPHR
    Tarah Cook is the Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. She leads all aspects of human capital, talent optimization, organizational design and development for the Cincinnati Chamber, as well as HR Shared Services for 12 affiliated organizations. With 15 years' experience in diverse and evolving industries, Tarah is an expert resource in transformational HR, organizational effectiveness and change.

    Her entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative, consultative servant leadership approach supports her passion for creating organizational cultures that are inclusive, empowering and driven by purpose, wellness and values. Tarah's positive problem solving and visionary strengths provide the ability to develop strategy and guide it through execution. Her collaborative leadership efforts resulted in attainment of Healthiest Employer of Greater Cincinnati Award for 2016.

    She earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University. Tarah serves on GCHRA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and GCHRA's Strategic Planning Committee. Her philanthropic pursuits include United Way WINGS, Dress for Success, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, and the Greyhound Association of Greater Cincinnati.

    Tarah lives in Miami Township with her husband, Matt, and two dogs, Mac and Bella. In her spare time she renovates houses, enjoys global travel, wine tasting, and adventures in the outdoors.

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