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    Working with Privilege - Speaker: Sharon Johnson

    Date: March 19, 2024, 8:00am – 9:00am
    SHRM of Olympia
    SHRM Member $10 Non-Member $15
    Event Type:
    Chapter Meeting
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    Working with Privilege - Speaker: Sharon Johnson


    Through stories, data, and thought-provoking discussions we'll investigate the ways that privilege and oppression manifest in the workplace and explore methods for identifying and correcting policies that perpetuate these systems. 


    Sharon is the Senior HR and Equity Consultant with the Washington State House of Representatives. She has worked in HR for the last eight years, with a dual focus on equity and on adult learning. Her passion for equity and inclusion led her to seek education and accreditation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice from the University of Southern Florida. She has created and delivered equity-focused curricula for multiple state agencies and is passionate about creating safe spaces for dialogue to happen.

    Sharon resides in Steilacoom, WA, with her husband Patrick and their long-haired Chihuahua, Chewbacca. 


    Program Information:

    Workplaces tend to be designed with an “standard” worker in mind. But not everyone is the “standard” worker! And what was the standard in times past, may not be anymore. To create a welcoming and truly inclusive workplace we must address the needs of our actual, real-life employees, not an oversimplified, default abstract of a “standard” employee.

    In this one-hour presentation we will identify who these default categories benefit and who they have harmed along the way. Then we’ll examine the process for resolving some of the discrepancy, so that we can create inclusive workplaces supported by equitable policies and expectations.

    • Identify default populations and their associated privileges

    • Identify ways that members of the default population experience privileges

    • Identify characteristics of an exclusive or problematic policy

    • Begin the process of correcting problematic policies

    1.0 General HRCI Credit - PENDING!

    1.0 SHRM Credit - PENDING!