Conference Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am - Breakfast and Networking

9:00-9:10 a.m.

9:10-9:30 a.m.

Welcome: Joy Goodner and Rhonda Chillus, NOHRA Diversity Co-Chairs

Introduction: Rhonda Sewell - Director of Community Engagement & Belonging at Toledo Museum of Art

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Tool to Achieve Organizational Priorities - Jennifer McCary, CDP, CAAP - Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer at Bowling Green State University

Description: Diversity, equity and inclusion as a tool to achieve organizational priorities

In this session:

Speaker: Jennifer McCary

Jennifer McCary is the Chief Diversity and Belonging officer at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where she oversees the Division of Diversity and Belonging. McCary earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art education/stone sculpture, a Master of Arts degree in college student personnel, a graduate certificate in instructional design, and is currently working on a Doctorate in organization development and change, all from BGSU. McCary serves on multiple local steering committees and holds elected positions within the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She is a two-time TEDx speaker, an exhibiting artist, received a 20 Under 40 award from the City of Toledo in 2019, and was named an Ohio Top Diversity Officer in 2021. McCary has made it her professional goal to help reduce violence and improve the climate as it relates to inclusion in as many spaces as possible.

Jennifer McCrary
Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer
Bowling Green State University
10:15-10:20 a.m.
Sponsor Introduction: Brown & Brown Insurance
10:20-10:50 a.m.
How to Launch an Employee Resource Group - From Dream to Reality - Meredith Campbell - PRISM/PRISMA LGBTQ+ Associate Resource Group Founder and Chair and Manager of Pricing Analytics at Libbey

Description:Learn insights from one women's journey in building her company's first ever associate resource group with the launch of PRISM for the LGBTQ+ community and allies at Libbey Glass.

In this session:

Speaker: Meredith Campbell

Meredith Campbell has been a Maker at Libbey Glass since 2016 and is currently Manager of Pricing Analytics in addition to being the founder and chair of Libbey's PRISM Associate Resource Group. PRISM is an acronym for Proudly Respecting Identity and Sexuality as Makers, and includes a chapter in Mexico, PRISMA. Meredith is a graduate of the University of Toledo and has worked at a variety of companies in the Northwest Ohio area in Accounting and IT roles. Meredith has volunteered with Equality Toledo since 2019 and currently serves as the Board of Directors Vice Chair. She provides Ally Training on behalf of the organization and represents Equality Toledo on the Human Relations Commission Social Justice Committee as well as the Northwest Ohio LGBTQ+ Business Alliance. After the LGBTQ+ ERG seed was planted in her brain, Meredith returned to school to receive her master's degree in Organizational Psychology in 2021. The topic of her 40+ page research thesis was "LGBTQ+ Resources Groups, why they matter and how to start one!""

Meredith identifies as bisexual and shares this because representation matters. She plays for the Toledo Celtics Womens Rugby team and resides in Toledo with her husband of 15 years and three dogs.

Meredith Campbell
10:50-11:00 a.m.
11:00-11:45 a.m.
5 Steps to Promoting Allyship in Workplace

Description: An Ally is someone who is not a member of a marginalized group but takes action to support the group. Unfortunately, marginalized voices - especially BIPOC, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community - experience cultures of exclusion characterized by microaggressions and workplace inequities. These marginalized identities need allies in the workplace who are willing to use their power, position, or privilege to amplify their voices and support them as an advocate, champion, mentor, or sponsor. In this session, you will the ins and outs of allyship and best practices for promoting allyship in the workplace.

In this session:

Speaker: Sheila Eason

Speaker Bio:

Sheila Eason is founder and CEO of Elevate People Solutions, LLC, a leadership and personal development consultancy. She provides workshops and training in the areas of leadership and personal development, and diversity and inclusion. Her areas of expertise include developing and implementing HR and D&I strategies, training and development, strategic planning, executive coaching, and leadership development. Her clients include small businesses and nonprofits, government agencies, universities and healthcare organizations.

Sheila is a thoughtful, creative Human Resources and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) leader with more than 25 years of successful experience in helping organizations leverage its human capital to its maximum potential and foster an environment where all employees feel valued and included.

Throughout her career, Sheila has enhanced her skills as an HR professional and DE&I leader through roles of progressive responsibility held in industries such as healthcare, market research, retail, consulting, and higher education. Prior to founding Elevate People Solutions, LLC, she held several HR Executive Leadership positions.

She is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with the John Maxwell Team. As a speaker and trainer, Sheila consistently delivers interactive and educational experiences to her audiences in order to Elevate their thinking and skills and develop transformational leaders. As a coach, she is aimed at creating awareness, generating action, and facilitating learning and growth in her clients.

Sheila holds a master's degree in Organization Development and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. She possesses SHRM-SCP certification through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and maintains SPHR certification through Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Sheila is a member of the Board of Trustees for Lourdes University. She is a 20-year member of the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association (NOHRA) where she served as President, Vice President, Diversity Chair, and Diversity Conference Chair. She also volunteers for several other organizations in her local community.
Sheila Eason
11:45-11:50 a.m.
Sponsor Introduction: Tiffin University
11:50 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
Lunch and Networking
12:35 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Adam Levine - President, Director, and CEO at Toledo Museum of Art
12:45-1:15 p.m.
DEI In Action - Case Study on How a Company Implemented DEI Strategy - Abha Bhandair - Director of Total Rewards, Compensation, and Benefits at Brown & Brown Insurance

Description: In this presentation, the presenter will share details of how they formed a DEI taskforce at their organization and the efforts they have put in place since the launch of the taskforce. The presenter will also talk about few examples of hands-on grass roots efforts and ideas that can be leveraged by others in advancement of their DEI strategy.

In this session:

Speaker: Abha Bhandair
Abha Bhandair is the Director of Team Resources - Total Rewards, Compensation & Benefits at Brown & Brown, Inc. based in Daytona Beach, FL. She joined Brown & Brown in 2015 and she has responsibility encompassing employee benefits, executive compensation, equity plan management, retirement plans and general compensation, including the strategy, design and implementation of total rewards and financial wellness initiatives. Ms. Bhandair also leads the Brown & Brown Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging taskforce.

Before joining the Brown & Brown team, she managed the accounting consulting practice at the Newport Group, one of the leading retirement service companies in the US. Prior to that she held the position of Accounting Manager at an industrial firm.

In 2021, Ms. Bhandair was named as an Influential Woman in Business honoree by the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Ms. Bhandair is a CPA, licensed in the State of Iowa and a Certified Equity Professional (CEP). She earned her MBA from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. She holds a Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors from Delhi University in India. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, WorldAtWork, the Morgan Stanley at Work Client Advisory Board and the Charles Schwab Retirement Plan Services Client Advisory Board.
Abha Bhandair
1:15-1:20 p.m.
Sponsor Introduction: Harbor Behavioral Health
1:20-2:20 p.m.
The Inclusive Leader: Dealing with Change Inside and Out - John Jones - President and CEO at HOPE Toledo

Description: Our current landscape is experiencing significant levels of change. The events precipitating this change create varying levels of strain and stress on both personal and professional interactions. Are you concerned about how to effectively deal with the effects of change internally? Do you need to hone your skills of personal and professional interaction in the workplace? Are you seeking to become a more competent and engaged leader within your team? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will not want to miss this session. You will leave with a renewed desire to command and increase your own leadership capacity through proven inclusive practices.

In this session:

Speaker: John Jones

Speaker Bio:

John C. Jones is a proven leader with expertise in diversity, inclusion, board governance, strategic community building and leadership development. HOPE Toledo is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the premise that strengthening education will increase opportunity for all of Toledo's children and youth, grow prosperity for its residents, and improve the future of our families and neighborhoods. John leads HOPE Toledo's focus to advocate, support and ensure equitable access to high-quality education for Toledo children and youth via two strategies. 1) Expand high quality early childhood education (preschool) for Toledo four-year-olds. 2) Expand the opportunity for every Toledo high school graduate to have a scholarship to a college, career-technical, or post-secondary trade school.

Prior to HOPE Toledo, John served in various roles for ProMedica over 16 years, with the last assignment being with the social determinants of health team. John previously served the community as the President and CEO of the Greater Toledo Urban League from 2008 - 2012. He is a certified diversity practitioner, which he received from American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. He has a MBA from the University of Toledo (2013) and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Central State University (1996).

John serves the community in various capacities through organizations, boards and other volunteer opportunities. His greatest calling is being an ordained minister. He serves as an Associate Minister at the Christian Temple Baptist Church under the leadership and pastorate of his father, Rev. Charles E. Jones. Preaching and ministering for 20 years, John clearly defines who he is through this service and it is the guiding principle for what he does in his professional life. John resides in Toledo with his wife Charity. His most significant blessings are his four beautiful children, Alexa Renee, Naomi Elise, Cathryn Elisabeth and John Michael.
John Jones
2:20-2:30 p.m.
Wrap up and Thank Yous