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Press Release 06-22-2017

EEOC Holds Conversation With Society of Human Resource Management Foundation VP Tina Sung

AARP CEO Also Conducts Age Bias Dialogue With EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic 

 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Tina Sung from the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation (SHRM) will join with EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic in a "fireside chat" to discuss employment and age diversity issues at the EEOC's 20th annual Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) training conference in Chicago, June 27-29. 

Tina Sung, SHRM Foundation board member and vice president of the Partnership for Public Service, and EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic will discuss the aging of the workforce and the importance of including age in diversity and inclusion programs. Prior to joining the Partnership, Ms. Sung founded and served as president of Synergy Works LLC, which provides strategy and performance improvement consulting services to the federal government, state and local governments, NGOs and Fortune 500 companies. She also founded a second company, Experience Matters: The Executive Transition Experts, helping senior executives facing reorganization, a new job, or retirement to make a smooth transition to the next stage of their lives.

"EXCEL is the EEOC's premier annual training event," said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. "EXCEL attendees will receive cutting-edge information and the latest updates on EEO law and policy issues. This conference is a key tool for promoting best practices in the workplace."

The conference theme this year is Embracing the Future: People, Purpose, Passion. EXCEL provides the employer community, in both federal and private sector with tools and strategies to address emerging issues in equal employment opportunity (EEO) and foster model work­places nationwide. EXCEL includes individual agendas for the federal and private sectors, to include state and local governments. The comp­rehensive training workshops and events are geared toward EEO managers, supervisors, practi­tioners, HR professionals, attorneys, ADR specialists and other interested stakeholders.

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the EEOC is also pleased that Jo Ann Jenkins, chief executive officer (CEO) of AARP, will address EXCEL as well as join Chair Lipnic for a candid conversation about age and the value of older workers. Ms. Jenkins has been described as a visionary "thought leader" and a catalyst for break­through results at the nation's largest social welfare organization with nearly 38 million members.

Other speakers include:

  • Kathleen McGettigan, acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), who has an extensive understanding of both the private and public sectors. She has spent over 25 years in federal service at OPM and 20 years in private sector financial management.
  • Steve Pemberton, senior executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise in the world. He is a subject matter expert on diversity, inclu­sion and related issues.
  • Haben Girma, a civil rights attorney and leader in global inclusion efforts. She is the first deaf and blind graduate of Harvard Law School.
  • Shelton Goode, director of diversity and inclusion for Oshkosh Corporation, a global company that is the leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty vehicles.

Additionally, EXCEL 2017 offers three plenary sessions, two specialty tracks and over 50 open workshops. The sessions and workshops provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to address emerging issues in EEO, enhance workers performance and meet the evolving demands of today's workplace - from harassment and retaliation to disability and accommodation.

EXCEL takes place June 27-29 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60605. Additional information about the conference -- including the agenda, pricing information and online registration -- is available online at Follow EXCEL 2017 on twitter at @EEOC_EXCEL.

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