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Diversity & Inclusion Lunch and Learn

November 15, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Goodwill Lifsey Center
937 Herman Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Religion, Sex, and Politics, Oh My! - How to Handle Tough Situations While Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion

Presented by Anne T. McKnight, Member, Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC, Beverly Watts, Executive Director, Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Markeisha K. Savage, General Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

McKnight Watts

Today's workplace is a melting pot of different cultures, religions, sexual orientations, and political beliefs.  Such diversity brings both opportunities and challenges.  Come spend some time learning about the to do's and don'ts of navigating your way through an assortment of real-life scenarios that may cause you to think twice about how you should respond.  This interactive seminar will provide a roadmap for avoiding harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and help you gain the skills and confidence to tackle even the most challenging issues.

Learning objectives include:

  • Study recent EEO cases and identify applicable legal standards and takeaways for your organization
  • Understand EEO liability as it applies to supervisors and managers in your organization
  • Develop helpful insights about how to appropriately address employee concerns and disputes in a way that encourages a diverse and inclusive workplace


  • Members: $18 by end of business Monday, November 13, $24 afterward*
  • Future Members: $29.00 by end of business Monday, November 13, $35 afterwards* (See below)**
  • MT|SHRM Student: $9 by end of business Monday, November 13, $12 afterwards*

A boxed lunch will be provided, and registration is required for this event.

*On-line registration will close by end of business 2 days prior to the event. Our ability to accommodate walk-in registrations will be based on space availability.

Schedule: Registration and boxed lunch from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, presentation from noon to 1:00 pm.

This program has been awarded 1 hour of General HR recertification credit."MT|SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC's) for the SHRM-CP and SHRM SCP. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit."

Anne T. McKnight is a Member in the Nashville, Tennessee office of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC, which she joined in October 2009.  Anne's practice includes an emphasis in employment law, workers' compensation, insurance defense, and general civil defense litigation.  She handles employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters at both the administrative level and in federal and state court litigation.  Anne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Kentucky in 2007.  Anne is a member of the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, the Mid-South Workers' Compensation Association, and the Nashville Bar Association.

Beverly Watts, a Nashville native, was appointed the Executive Director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission in July 2007.  Prior to her current appointment she served as Special Advisor to the Chair at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission responsible for state and local relations.  She has more than 30 years of experience in civil rights enforcement and education in the public and private sector.  She served as the first Executive Director of the National Fair Housing Training Academy in Washington, D.C.  She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Southern Illinois University, and has completed Executive leadership programs at Duke University and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Markeisha Savage is a trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since joining the EEOC in 2010, Ms. Savage has litigated cases under every workplace law enforced by the EEOC. Although Ms. Savage works out of the EEOC’s Memphis District office, she litigates employment discrimination cases in every federal court district in the states of Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Mississippi. Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Savage was a trial attorney at Memphis Area Legal Services. Ms. Savage earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Louis University and a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Savage obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis.

**Up to $45 of any Guest registration may be applied towards a new 1 year MT|SHRM Membership within 60 days of the event attended.  Please call Shannan at (615) 499-5150 to take advantage.


$24.00 MT|SHRM Member
$18.00 Earlybird rate before November 13

$12.00 MT|SHRM Student Member
$9.00 Earlybird rate before November 13

$32.00 Future Member/ Guest
$24.00 Earlybird rate before November 13

$0.00 Presenter