GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

September 17, 2019
Alliant Energy Center


Session 1:  Facing Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process


Session 2:  Building an Inclusive Workplace

Presented By:   
Tania Ibarra, Board Chair, Latino Professionals Association
Amy Kesling, Business Development Manager, Amanda White Consulting

  Presented by:  Heidi Duss, Manager-Diversity & Inclusion, Wellness and Community Engagement at Summit Credit Union

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Session 1

Before we can start stepping up to make our workplace inclusive for all demographics, we need to step inside. Understanding how we think and perceive the world is an important first step in appreciating diversity and creating inclusive workplaces. Through interactive activities and conversations, participants will explore how inner biases in the workplace can affect the hiring process, from recruiting to interviewing to on-boarding. We’ll work together in this workshop to identify biases in job descriptions and interview questions and processes.

Participants will learn:
  • Understand how biases are formed
  • Discover how biases affect decisions at multiple points in the talent management cycle
  • Practice reframing biases to create a more inclusive workplace

Session 2

In this session, you’ll get tangible takeaways and resources you can adapt and implement in your workplace. Heidi will share insights and experience on:
  • Inclusivity is part of wellness.
  • What diversity and inclusion mean at Summit Credit Union.
  • The impacts of an inclusive workplace.
  • Planning and gaining buy in to build an inclusive workplace with a focus of employee wellness.
  • Practical elements of building inclusive spaces – partnerships, empowerment, and workplace design.
  • Engaging your staff in building an inclusive workplace, including incentives and benefits.
Tania Ibarra
Amy Kesling
Tania and Amy are cofounders of Step Up: Equity Matters, an initiative of the Latino Professionals Association that provides workshops and trainings for businesses and organizations that want to build a more inclusive and equitable culture.

Through the lens of unconscious bias, Step Up dives into all aspects of the talent management cycle, from recruiting and hiring to mentoring and promotion.  

Heidi is an idea-generating, project-tackling, culture-changing force! She is the Manager-Diversity & Inclusion, Wellness and Community Engagement at Summit Credit Union. Summit has more than 600 employees across southern Wisconsin.

With over a decade of human resources experience, she holds a BA in English and a Human Resources Certification, both from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Leadership Certification from Madison College.  Heidi believes that we can all bring our best to a workplace that champions the idea that different makes us better.
  • Registration
7:30am to 11:00am
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:15am to 12:15pm

Registration will open closer to the event date.
  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.

  • Guest / Nonmember
$35 each session   -   $70 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

Not a member yet?

GMA SHRM has a limited number of Professional Grants available for potential members to attend one Professional Development Summit at no cost. 

If you are considering joining GMA SHRM, have a bona fide connection to Human Resources and would like to apply for one of these Professional Grants, please complete the contact information on the form at this link.  We would love to have you join us! 





Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

Click here for direction information.


For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2820 Walton Commons    Suite 103
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.