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ATDBR/GRSHRM: Stepping Into the Unconscious Mind: Breaking Down Sterotypes and Biases with Regards to Disabilites

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Boudreaux's; 2647 Government St. Baton Rouge, LA 70806


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 Program Details


We all have biases.  It does not mean that we are bad people.  It means that we are human.  However, it’s the biases that are in the unconscious mind that we should understand in order to help us take steps to decrease the likelihood of these hidden biases impacting negatively how we interact with others.  If you have a decision-making role in the organization, biases can also influence whether or not your hire, promote, mentor, or terminate someone.  It can also influence whether or not you listen actively to someone’s comments or even empathize with them when they are going through a touch situation.  Research shows that more people have negative biases against people with disabilities than against people of different races.  The biases increase when those disabilities are mental disabilities.  This workshop will help identify why people have biases, uncover what some of your hidden biases might be, and learn some steps to help reduce biases.





Speaker Details


Julia Méndez, SHRM-CP, PHR, CAAP, CDP, CELS, is Principal Business Consultant for the Workforce Compliance and Diversity Solutions division and a team member of the Peoplefluent Research Institute. She is based out of the New Orleans office.  Ms. Méndez’s current duties include overseeing the training programs for customers as well as creating content and delivering training in areas such as equal employment opportunity (EEO), affirmative action (AA) compliance, and diversity.  She also has over 20 years of experience in assisting clients through OFCCP compliance reviews, and offering technical assistance both to clients and internal customers. She has also been invited to speak at national, regional and local conferences on topics such as recruiter compliance with AAPs, regulatory requirements for veterans, and individuals with disabilities, updates on EEO laws and settlements, as well as recognizing unconscious bias and other diversity topics.

Ms. Méndez is a graduate of University of New Orleans where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration.  She also has a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University where she graduated with distinction. Ms. Mendez was appointed in 2016 by the governor of Louisiana to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights. She holds a Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute, is a Society of Human Resources Professional Certified Professional, is a Certified Employment Law Specialist from Columbia Southern University, is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity as well as is a Certified Diversity Professional through the Institute for Diversity Certification.

Memberships in professional organizations include the Louisiana Liaison Group (LLG) where she served in 2007 and 2008 as President and continues to serve on the board; Society for Human Resource Management; New Orleans SHRM where she served as Diversity Chairperson from 2007-2011; Society for Diversity, and is a member and past Personnel Committee Chair for the American Association for Access, Equality, and Diversity for which she contributed monthly to their EEO Tips section of their email publication.  She also serves on the editorial board for INSIGHT into Diversity and is active with the Inclusion Allies Coalition.




 Competency Alignment

ATD Competency Model

         ATD Baton Rouge strives to align our programming to the ATD Competency Model. This month's program aligns with   the Change Management area of expertise. Click the image to view the competency model.                                   

Meeting Schedule
 Check-in Begins
  11:30 AM
 Announcements Begin
  11:45 AM
 Program Begins
  12:00 PM

Pre-registration required.  No walk-ins.
 Cancellation Policy

As soon as you complete the registration process, you will be guaranteed a seat at this event.  The completed registration process initiates an invoice from your ATD Baton Rouge Chapter to you that may be paid online, by mail, or on the day of the event.

Event Cancellations received within 48 hours prior to an event may be eligible to receive a full refund.  Cancellations will be accepted via e-mail and should be sent to the VP of Hospitality at vphospitality@atdbatonrouge.org.  All refund requests must made by the member or credit card holder.  Refunds will be credited back to the original method of payment within 30 days from the date the payment was received.  Requests for cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

ATD Baton Rouge Chapter

Your ATD Baton Rouge Chapter may have to pay for your meal and other fees if you register and then cannot attend.  Please help us protect your chapter’s finances.  You can submit cancellations at least 48 hours before the event; otherwise, we will have to invoice you to cover these costs.  If that should happen, we will be happy to accept your registration for future events as soon as you have settled your outstanding balance.

What happens if I register and then cannot attend an event?

If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event, you will not be charged.  If you’ve already made payment, we will be happy to issue you a refund.  If you cannot cancel before 48 hours, please feel free to send someone else in your place.  Kindly send an email to vphospitality@atdbatonrouge.org so we can have materials prepared for that individual.  Our goal is to make sure that person feels as welcomed as possible.  :)

How do I cancel my registration?

To cancel, please send an email to our VP of Hospitality at vphospitality@atdbatonrouge.org.

Thank you for adhering to this policy.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Pre-registration required.  No walk-ins.
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