This year’s Industry Liaison Group National Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was another success. Biddle Consulting Group, Inc. is a proud sponsor and supporter of this annual event. We are involved at every level – as planning committee members, speakers, and exhibitors – in an effort to nurture the relationships and advance the fine art and technology involved with industry compliance. This is Biddle’s 45th year in business and we were excited to celebrate our success at the NILG.
On April 4th and 5th BCGi hosted its fourth annual Summit in San Francisco. This year’s theme was, “Striving for Diversity,” and focused on the challenges and rewards of pursuing “big D” diversity beyond the baseline legal requirements. Attendees were treated to a wide range of presentations by leaders in the Diversity & Inclusion field.
Day one kicked off with Christy Kiely, a practicing attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth, who helped attendees distinguish between “diversity” and “inclusion,” explained their interplay, and provided practical suggestions for institutionalizing their philosophies. Following a short break, Marc Brenman, Managing Partner at IDARE, entertained and informed attendees regarding the numerous ways that organizations can measure diversity and its effects beyond employee demographics. After lunch, Karen Elkins Cohen and Adrienne Kimball of Rubicon Programs regaled attendees with their story about how their entire organization was literally transformed by and through diversity and inclusion philosophy. Finally, Sheridan Walker, Founder and CEO of HirePotential, took much of the “mystery” out of identifying and eliminating artificial barriers for individuals with disabilities and enlightened attendees on how making the world more accessible benefits everyone.
After such a jam-packed first day, attendees unwound a bit at the Biddle and AJE-sponsored cocktail hour held in the common area at the Prologis offices, a newly and beautifully renovated space that managed to bring the outdoors inside and feel both expansive and intimate at the same time. It was the perfect space to digest the day’s offerings, network, and follow-up with Biddle staff and Summit presenters.
Day two saw Biddle staff members Dan Kuang and Michel Pati breaking down the promises and actual capabilities of today’s artificial intelligence. The Summit wrapped with Candee Chambers, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association, and John Fox, President and partner of the law firm of Fox, Wang & Morgan, waxing on whether and to what extent employers can make lawful gender and race/ethnicity considerations when making employment decisions in either the compliance or diversity contexts.
Those who were lucky enough to attend the pre-conference session with Dan Kuang got an in-depth look into the California Fair Pay Act—how it was conceived and how it is supposed to work—compared with other equal pay legislation. Pre-con attendees also received an easy-to-use compensation analysis tool and received hands-on training from the genius who developed it!
According to early feedback, the 2019 BCGi Summit was a smashing success. Executive Vice President, Patrick Nooren delivered his characteristically passionate opening and closing remarks and introduced BCGi’s new Director, Matt Nusbaum. Matt is already full of ideas for next year’s Summit, but he also wants to hear directly from the BCGi family regarding what you would like to see and hear at future events. Don’t be shy! Matt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who participated and presented at the 2019 BCGi Summit, making it such a success. And no small thanks goes out to Prologis for generously hosting the Summit at their innovative office space.
Industry thought leaders and subject matter experts will be presenting at the BCGi Summit: Striving for Diversity: Sure It’s Required…But It’s The Right Thing To Do! We’d like to introduce you to our speakers.
Session Title: Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction for HR Compliance, Diversity, and Inclusion
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly embedding itself in our lives and will be a seamless part of our future. For example, AI is the underlying technology behind facial recognition, self-driving cars, resume reviews, and employment interviews, etc. While it holds tremendous opportunity for federal contractors, it is often misunderstood.
The goal of this presentation is three-folds:
- Provide an explanation of what AI is.
- Discuss the breadth and depth of some the applications that AI offers and promises.
- Provide a sobering view of AI’s implication on compliance as it relates to diversity, legal risk exposure, and discrimination.
First, this presentation will primarily focus on the basic AI technological framework that participants need to understand to be informed consumers of this technology. Contractors need to understand its true ability and limitations. Second, this presentation will detail some of the most important applications of AI for federal contractors, e.g., recruitment, employment selection, talent management. The possibilities are endless, and the potential reward makes AI irresistible to federal contractors. Third, in practice, AI can have tremendous influence on workforce diversity, utilization, and compliance.
The enthusiasm for AI has largely ignored its potential down-side:
- AI methods tend to result in discrimination outcomes,
- AI methods tend to stall, if not lower, diversity, and
- AI methods are nearly impossible to defend in a legal action.
As one of the nation’s top compensation experts, each year Dr. Dan Kuang analyzes millions of job titles and oversees compensation projects for hundreds of organizations. Dan is known for his relaxed, friendly style and his ability to explain even the most complicated statistical outcomes. He has years of experience developing and validating tests for personnel selection and performance assessment, as well as evaluating and challenging employment practices, procedures, and tests for litigation support. His expertise in applied statistics is firmly grounded by years of high-stakes educational testing and medical health research. Dan’s primary responsibility at Biddle is to apply his expertise in Title VII class action litigation matters and proactive/reactive investigations, ensure compliance with Federal regulations, and respond to external legal challenges. Dan currently serves on the California Equal Pay Taskforce Technical advisory committee member to California governor and senate on implementation and enforcement of SB-358 (CA Fair-Pay Act).
Prior to joining Biddle, Dan taught at both Portland State University and Marymount University. Dan stays close to academia with continued contributions to advancing the science of adverse impact through research papers and presentations.
Michael Pati has over 20 years of experience as an AA/EEO Consultant. As Practice Manager of the Silicon Valley location of Biddle Consulting Group, he has supported hundreds of clients with the development of AAPs, including several current public and private higher educational institutions annually, OFCCP Compliance Reviews, and training for management and human resources staff. He has facilitated webinar presentations and onsite training sessions, has been a previous AAAED presenter, and is a former Co-Chair of the Silicon Valley Industry Liaison Group.
What’s Included (beyond the regular sessions):
- Meals: Breakfast (April 4 & 5, 2019) and lunch (April 4 only)
- Bonus #1: SPACE IS LIMITED. Schedule a 30-minute one-on-one session with experts in Affirmative Action Planning, Compensation Analysis, Testing & Validation, or Diversity Strategies. Meetings will be the day prior to the conference (April 3, 2019).
- Bonus #2: Free registration for the pre-conference Foundations of AAP Development webinar to be held the week prior.
- Thursday Night Social Event Sponsored by Biddle
- Pre-conference: Wednesday, April 3
- Conference: Thursday, April 4 & Friday, April 5, 2019
- Where: Pier 1, Bay 1, San Francisco, CA 94111
- Registration Fee:
- $695 – Conference
- $245 – California Fair Pay Act Session (Pre-conference)
For more information visit, www.bcginstitute.org/event/summit2019