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Friday Seminar 3 – The Intersection of Diversity and Defensibility

Friday, April 28, 2017
11:30am – 2:30pm
Northern Hemisphere A1


Toni Locklear, APTMetrics
Keith Caver, APTMetrics


Brent Lyons, Simon Fraser University


The demographic and cultural shifts reshaping our workforce have ushered in new challenges for employers seeking to embrace inclusivity while concurrently mitigating risk in talent management and reward practices. This session will help participants understand how legal defensibility goals can align with and even advance diversity and inclusion goals.

Full Description:

Amid the myriad of demographic and cultural shifts reshaping our workforce, the definition and goals associated with diversity and inclusion efforts continue to evolve, ushering in new challenges for employers seeking to embrace inclusivity while concurrently mitigating risk and ensuring the legal defensibility of talent management and reward practices. This seminar will be of interest to practitioners and researchers who are seeking to (a) update their knowledge of the legal landscape, (b) better understand matters of diversity and perceived inequity in the workplace, and (c) design and implement best-in-class talent management and reward practices that support both defensibility and diversity.   

Intended Audience:

The session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the general demographic trends and other factors and forces which contribute to increased complexity and potential litigation for US-based employers.
  • Explain current research and practice in the area of diversity and inclusion as it relates to potential inequities in talent management and reward practices.
  • Assess the impact of recent employment litigation and the initiatives of regulatory agencies on talent management and reward practices.
  • Identify opportunities to apply best-practices which advance employer and employee diversity agendas while reinforcing legal defensibility.

Presenter Biographies

Toni S. Locklear, Ph.D. is the Vice President of APTMetrics Southern Region and the firm’s Litigation Practice Leader. Toni is an industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologist with almost 25 years of experience in the field of human resources management, having held positions in both industry and consulting. As the firm’s Litigation Practice Leader, Toni serves as an expert witness, settlement expert, and consultant to counsel in employment discrimination, harassment and wage-hour cases for both defendants and plaintiffs. Toni also consults with organizations to design and implement fair, valid, and legally defensible HR processes. As part of her consultant role, Toni works with organizations in a proactive capacity to help them avoid litigation, conducting HR process audits to identify gaps between a client’s current practices and industry best practices. She provides consultation in the areas of job analysis, test validation, employee selection procedures, performance management, 360-degree feedback, compensation, and HR policies/procedures to clients ranging from Fortune® 100 companies to public sector employers and nonprofit organizations across a broad range of industries.

Prior to joining APTMetrics, Toni was a manager in The Boeing Company's assessment services group where she was responsible for the development, validation and implementation of pre-employment tests and the management assessment center, as well as other assessment tools. In this capacity, she led the development and implementation of a 360-degree assessment process for all Boeing managers. Toni received her doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Auburn University. Toni has published in the areas of assessment, performance management, job analysis, wage and hour, and criminal background checks. She also recently co-authored a book chapter on the proactive monitoring of employment disparities for the soon to be published text, Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics and Risk.

Keith Caver, M.S., leads APTMetrics’ executive assessment practice. With more than 15 years of experience as a practitioner and senior operational leader, Keith’s consulting expertise spans the continuum of human capital activities and includes talent management strategy; succession management; leadership assessment and development; diversity and inclusion management; change leadership; organizational transformation; and employee engagement. Keith’s global human capital consulting and coaching experience spans multiple industries, including energy, financial services and insurance, health and life sciences, retail, manufacturing, and technology organizations. Additionally, he has provided consulting support for multiple US and international governmental agencies—up to and including the US Congress.

Prior to joining APTMetrics and after a career as a USAF officer, Keith held key executive roles with the Center for Creative Leadership, Development Dimensions International, Right Management and Towers Watson. In these roles he complemented his consulting responsibilities by concurrently leading core talent management practices through significant growth and transformation and contributing to seminal research in each of these organizations. He is a globally recognized thought leader and sought-after speaker on a variety of human capital topics for senior-executive and HR audiences. Keith holds a B.S. from Park University and an M.S. from the US Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s Senior Executive Program and has completed post-graduate work through the University of Alabama. He is a former faculty member of the University of Maryland, College Park (European Division) and North Carolina A&T State University. Keith is an ICF globally certified executive coach and an instructional systems designer. Additionally, he is the author, co-author or contributor to numerous publications, including Leading in Black in White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America, The Handbook for Leadership Development and works in the Harvard Business Review.

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