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May 01, 2015


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Annual Conference, Mentoring Program and Thought Leader Forum

Would you like financial assistance to attend the ASHHRA 51st Annual Conference & Exposition, September 19–22, 2015, in Orlando, Florida?

ASHHRA has generous partners offering financial assistance to attend the ASHHRA Annual Conference. Deadlines are fast approaching, but you still have time to apply! We hope you take advantage of these great opportunities:

MetLife Conference Scholarship - Nine recipients will receive $1,500 each
HealthcareSource New-to-the-Profession Conference Grant - Three recipients will receive $1,500 each
Gary Wills Leadership Award - Two recipients will receive $2,500 each

Don't forget: Annual conference registration includes one year of ASHHRA membership for non-members!

2015 Mentoring Program

The 2015 Mentoring Program is accepting registrations from practitioner members. If you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program, complete and submit the requested information in the following link: ASHHRA Mentoring Registration. Click here for a brief video of mentor and HR leader Maureen O'Keeffe talking about the vital role of mentorship.

Thought Leader Forum: Managing Multiple Generations in Your Workforce
The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), in collaboration with TIAA-CREF, a financial services company and longstanding partner of ASHHRA, held its eleventh Thought Leader Forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for our free whitepaper containing the results of our Thought Leader Forum on Managing Multiple Generations in Your Workforce.

IFD Webinar and Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

May Diversity Dialogue: Video Interpretation and American Sign Language
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Victor Collazo, American Sign Language operations manager, CyraCom Language Solutions
Price: Institute for Diversity Members: FREE; Non-Institute for Diversity Members: $99 Join the Institute, and the webinar is free. Click here for more information regarding membership. If paying by check, please contact Pamela Janniere at 312-422-2691 or

This webinar will discuss common questions and misperceptions relative to the deaf and hard of hearing community, American Sign Language, working with an interpreter and best practices for effective communications. To register for this webinar, please click here.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Registration is open for the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Institute's 10-week summer immersive internship program for academically-strong minority graduate students. This program provides hospitals the opportunity to increase diversity in health care management by offering minority graduate students full-time work experience in some of the nation's top health care facilities. Institute members enjoy a $500 reduction in administration fees. Intern matching began in January 2015; internships will run June – August 2015. For more information, please click here or contact Chris Biddle, membership & education specialist, at

5 different ways to think about diversity at work
What got us to this point is not likely enough to take us forward. It’s time to hit the reset button on some of the mindsets and practices we apply to this work. Whether you are just getting started, trying to breathe new life into a stalled out effort or chasing greater impact, here are some potential “next practices” for your team, department or organization.
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The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress
Modern Healthcare
For women who aspire to health care's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and health care management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles. That's part of a broader lack of diversity in corporate leadership by gender, race and socio-economic status, experts say.
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LGBT-competent doctors few and far between
U.S. academic faculty practices lack lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-competent physicians, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study also showed an interest among academic faculty practices in developing policies, programs and procedures to improve access to LGBT-competent physicians and training.
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Don't judge employees by their covers
Diversity Executive
Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center started Project SEARCH, a training program for students with disabilities that has produced astonishing results and taught participating businesses the value of inclusion.
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  Make Your Hospital's Benefit Plan Work for You

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Why executives should talk about racial bias at work
Harvard Business Review
For the past several months, it seemed that everywhere I turned, people were talking about events in Ferguson, Staten Island and North Charleston — in living rooms, classrooms, anchor rooms — everywhere but in most corporate conference rooms. In fact, I have not heard one corporate leader make the link between what happened in these places and what goes on inside their organizations.
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How token 'diversity hires' can actually work against gender equality
Women account for less than 5 percent of S&P 500 CEOs, and less than 10 percent of top earning executives. Researchers with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and Columbia Business School wanted to look into why so few women are represented among leadership roles, and the results of that study seem to further complicate the question of how to increase gender diversity in business.
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  Make a Strong Statement with a Few Letters

More than 135,000 HR professionals around the world make a statement with just three or four letters—their HRCI credentials. HRCI credentials speak volumes of commitment, credibility and capabilities in HR. Turn 2015 into a banner year of success. Get HRCI certified.

The 10 global companies that get diversity
Here is the City
This year has already included Silicon Valley's highest-profile gender discrimination lawsuit and the uproar in Indiana over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Inclusion in the corporate world is a priority today, and corporations try to avoid issues of diversity at their own peril. But do companies really embrace it, even when they claim to make it a part of company culture and business operations? One way to judge is by external measures. The annual ranking of the 50 most diverse global corporations from DiversityInc is out, and across the companies that made the top 10 are some common themes.
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Navigating pregnancy-discrimination issues
Human Resource Executive Online
While the Supreme Court decided not to rely on an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2014 guidance in rendering its recent Young v. UPS case, it still provides crucial insight on how the agency looks at issues related to pregnancy and how HR can properly train managers supervising pregnant workers.
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