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Diversity & Inclusion Lunch and Learn

October 24, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Goodwill Lifsey Center
937 Herman Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Diversity Within the Workplace
Presented by Chris Simmons, Diversity Consultant with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

In this session, Chris Simmons, one of the esteemed Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion, will discusses why the business case for Diversity isn’t being heard by many listeners, how to strengthen chances for success with Women and Minorities in the workplace, and the best practices for Diversity and Inclusion in your organization.

Specific Topic Areas Include:

  • How to get Leadership and organizations on board with Diversity.
  • Ideas on how to talk less and accomplish more
  • Examples of how to structure ERGs
  • Unique issues to consider when populating the Diversity Council or choosing Diversity initiative leaders
  • Frequent mistakes in Diversity communication strategies and programs
  • The Seven Realities that make Diversity success very difficult


  • Members: $18 by end of business Friday, October 19, $28 afterward*
  • Future Members: $29 by end of business Friday, October 19, $39 afterwards* (See below)**
  • MT|SHRM Student: $9 by end of business Friday, October 19, $15 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."

Biography: Chris Simmons, a native of Tennessee, rose to the highest levels of leadership at PwC, or PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest consulting, accounting and tax firms in the world.  What  stands out is that his career involved several distinctly different leadership and management functions. He was the head of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions department; for 7 years, he was the partner-in-charge of the Washington DC region, where he led over 3,000 people and was responsible for a $600 million revenue budget; and he was the U.S. Chief Diversity Officer, for three years. As the head of diversity, Chris won numerous first-time ever awards for PwC including Top 10 US Companies for Diversity; HRC 100 Points for GLBT Advancement; and the prestigious Catalyst award for Women’s Advancement in Leadership. Chris initiated the first focus on Asian and GLBT inclusion at PwC, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Tennessean, and Diversity, Inc magazine as a thought leader. Chris has pushed the diversity agenda for over 30 years- as an achieving minority professional, head of diversity, senior executive implementing diversity in a large business unit, board member and advisor to women, minorities and companies.

Chris is the only African-American since the merger creating PwC to be elected by national vote of his fellow 2,000 plus partners to the firm’s national governing board, and for four years, he was the head of the US firm’s Partner Admissions Committee. Chris also served on both the Human Resources Leadership Team and the governing board’s Human Resources and Succession Planning committees. As a result of these varied client-facing management, HR and governance experiences, Chris is a valued speaker, consultant, and executive coach in the areas of diversity strategy and overall business strategy for companies, and in the area of success tactics for individuals striving to rise to the top of their organizations. 

Chris is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied economics, and Harvard Business School, where he obtained an MBA. Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Executive Leadership Council (highest ranking corporate blacks in US), Association of Latino Professionals, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Historymakers  and the Economic Club of Washington DC. He is a frequent speaker at Asian and Latino conferences, part of his commitment to reaching across to communities other than the black community. He is the father of three wonderful adult sons, and knows a few things about work-life balance tactics as well

**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.


$15.00 MT|SHRM Student Member
$9.00 Earlybird rate before October 19

$39.00 Future Member/ Guest
$29.00 Earlybird rate before October 19

$28.00 MT|SHRM Member
$18.00 Earlybird rate before October 19