About The Conference
According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), a professional human resource organization, one of the biggest challenges organizations face today is a shortage of qualified workers. The inability to staff a business significantly impacts the bottom line, much less the ability to manage day-to-day operations. These issues impact companies in our own back yard, as organizations large and small located in Dodge County and surrounding areas struggle to find competent employees.
Today’s successful hiring practices embed issues associated with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into recruitment and retention practices. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts extend beyond hiring someone based on race. DEI initiatives also include factors such as gender, physical abilities, national origin, or sexual orientation, as well as diversity of opinions and perspectives.
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Andres Gonzalez is the Vice President of Human Resources at Mercury Marine, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Mercury Marine, a division of the Brunswick Corporation, is the world’s leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, and marine parts and accessories.
Andres joined Mercury Marine in 2017 as vice president of Human Resources and is responsible for all human resources activities covering the Company’s more than 7,000 global employees.
Prior to joining Mercury Marine, Andres spent 20+ years in a variety of roles with General Electric. He has extensive manufacturing and international experience, serving in a series of assignments of increasing responsibility among several diverse businesses while at GE, including the company’s lighting, healthcare and insurance operations. His final posting with GE was as senior human resources leader for GE Capital’s Sponsor Finance business in Norwalk, Conn., prior to that division being sold to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
Andres earned both his baccalaureate degree as well as his MBA from the University of Denver in Colorado.
Jen Fry runs JenFryTalks, LLC, which is a social justice education firm that uses conversation to educate and empower those within athletics through an anti-racist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity. We facilitate dialogue with small and large groups, athletic departments, athletic teams, staff, administrations, schools, affinity groups, identity groups, and much more. We use our anti-racist lens to advise on best practices that will create equitable searches, hiring, onboarding practices, methods of retaining staff, retaining student-athletes, supporting student-athletes, staff and coaches, and community building.
Jen Fry is a veteran coach with over 15 years of experience at the collegiate level with coaching stints at Elon University, University of Illinois – 2011 National Runner-up, Washington State University, and Norfolk State University. She has spoken, consulted, or facilitated sessions/workshops with Harvard University, Dartmouth College, UCLA, Syracuse University, Colgate, Dartmouth, Florida State University, Northwestern University, the University of South Florida, NCAA, NCAA Inclusion Forum, American Volleyball Coaches Association, Gilman School, Lonestar Conference, Black Student-Athlete Summit, Women Leaders in College Sports, Western Michigan University, East Carolina University, Notre Dame of Maryland, American University, Grinnell College, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Old Dominion Athletic Conference and more. Jen completed her first TedxDuke talk titled “Radical Social Justice Education Through High Fives.” Lastly, she is working on her Ph.D. in Geography at Michigan State University. Go Green.
Nicole is an award-winning social entrepreneur and gender equity advocate. As a 2018 People’s Liberty Haile Fellow, she founded Queen City Certified, the nation’s first data-informed employer certification and cohort-based leadership program for intersectional gender equity in the US workplace. The 14-week program includes engaging learning experiences and networking opportunities for visionary leaders from diverse sectors, a rigorous equity-centered policy assessment, and comprehensive survey methodology. Queen City Certified received a 2019 CLIMB Award for Advancing Gender Equity from the Cincinnati Business Courier and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. She is a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2020.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts from Suffolk University. For over a decade she developed and implemented design and brand strategy for mission-driven organizations around the globe. Prior to founding Queen City Certified, she co-created innovative approaches to social challenges alongside marginalized communities as a Social Innovation Specialist.
Each attendant chooses 2 breakout sessions from 8 available options. CEU credits are available.
Continental Breakfast Will Be Served
8:00-9:00 Opening Keynote: Andres Gonzales
9:20-10:20 Breakout Session
10:40-11:40 Breakout Session
11:40-12:30 Lunch Included
12:30-1:30 Closing Keynote: Jen Fry
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