Why are companies struggling to recruit and retain talent? One reason is that age stereotypes and bias limit the way organizations manage talent–from recruitment and hiring to training and retention. And, while diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) seeks to increase a sense of employee belonging, age is almost always left out of the equation.
This 4-hour age equity forum explains how age bias manifests in the workplace across the age spectrum and why it is imperative that companies proactively create diverse, age-inclusive employee bases.
Join us as we address the topic head on with science, psychology, and benchmarks from some of the leading influences in this space.
Who Should Attend
Progressive employers, business leaders, HR and Diversity leaders and practitioners, ERG/BRG leaders and senior managers, business students who:
- want access to human and social capital across all ages
- want lower turnover and create an advantage in attracting the best available talent to grow their organizations
- want to build positive employee cultures, sustain relevance, and stimulate innovation
- want to increase business continuity through age diversity
What You Will Learn
- The importance of age diversity in business sustainability and talent management.
- Recognition for the myriad of ways age bias manifests in the workplace, across the age spectrum, and what to do about it.
- Best next steps for making “age equity” a part of the corporate culture.
- Age inclusive communication essentials for internal and external audiences (because language and images matter.)
- How to create a true culture of belonging by avoiding an ‘us vs them’ age mentality.
- Why age inclusion is so important for younger workers.
- How age-focused BRG/ERGs can increase employee belonging and engagement across the ages.
- Inspiration & motivation to be a part of the change!
Schedule–Pacific Standard Time
9:10: Keynote: Why Eradicating Ageism is Important to All Ages, Vania de la Fuente-Núñez, MD, MA, Technical Officer, World Health Organization
9:30: Training Deep-Dive: Age Inclusion and the Power of Belonging, Sheila Callaham, Executive Director, Age Equity Alliance.
9:55: Training Deep-Dive: Critical Perspectives on Implicit Age Bias: A Case Study, Daniel Jolles, Research Assistant for the Inclusion Initiative at the London School of Economics.
10:20: Discussion on Youthism: The Tech Exec: When People Confuse Leadership with Youth, an interview with Nishant of Microsoft.
10:50: Keynote: Intentional Strategies for Attracting Talent: Why The Diverse, Age-Inclusive Company Wins, Elizabeth White, Author, Ted Speaker, Age Activist.
11:15: Panel Discussion: The Value of an Age-Focused Employee Resource Groups, Steven Frampton with 3M, Barbara Smart with BAE Systems, and John Walter with Moody’s. Facilitated by Megan Dean, Member of the Board of Directors, Age Equity Alliance and Founder HireUp and hrEdge consultant.
11:50: Training Deep-Dive: Age + Gender + Race = A Perpetually Dangerous Intersection For Black and Brown Women, Dr. Nicole Washington, Board Certified Psychiatrist, Founder and President Dr. Nicole Psyche.
12:15: Training Deep-Dive: Must-Do Actions to Create an Age-Equitable Workplace, Lisa Balser, Founder, Certified Diversity Executive, Creative Director.
12:30: Keynote: Want Age Equity? Ditch the G-Word!, Ashton Applewhite, Author, Ted Speaker, Age Activist.
12:50: Q&A and Closing
Register through 17 October: $179
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely at venues that have ranged from the United Nations to the TED mainstage, has written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? The author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.
Lisa Balser is an award-winning Creative Director and a Certified Diversity Executive whose passion is purpose-driven, cause-related, needle-moving, glass-shattering work that impacts business and the people in it.
Lisa’s experience includes two decades as an advertising agency creative in New York and Atlanta, where she fostered DEI efforts by developing DEI Committees and engaging clients in the conversation.
Her lived experiences around DEI and allyship drove her to launch New & Improved, a diverse collective on a mission to modernize business culture with a brand new approach to DEIBA+.
Since 2019, New & Improved has helped thousands identify and actualize their DEI Call To Action™ and move their journey forward via empathy-based, impactful experiences critical to the progress forward-thinking companies so desperately need.
In addition to her work as a change agent, Lisa is a featured awards show judge, podcast guest, speaker, panelist, moderator, and the former Director of SheSays ATL. She teaches and creates diversity programming at The Creative Circus, and has served as a mentor for numerous organizations.
Sheila Callaham is the Executive Director and Board Chair for Age Equity Alliance (AEA), a 501(c)(3) partnering with businesses, organizations, government entities, and communities to create workplace age equity across the age spectrum. AEA accomplishes this through training, education, age equity audits, and consultation. AEA serves as a knowledge partner on a collaborative project with AARP, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Economic Forum. The international program “Living, Learning, and Earning Longer” examines the policies and practices needed to support a multigenerational workforce.
With a MA in International Studies, Sheila is a longtime communications and DEI subject matter expert with experience across private and public sectors in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Sheila has published more than 100 articles to Forbes’ DEI channel, covering workplace age and aging. She believes employers who proactively build diverse, multigenerational teams are in the best position to succeed in the future of work.
Megan Dean is a dynamic and motivated Senior HR professional with more than 24 years of experience in HR, in a variety of settings including Higher Ed, Healthcare, and Financial Services.
She is focused on aligning business strategies with best-in-class human capital strategies, such as Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Organization Development, Performance Management, Benefits/Compensation and Leave of Absence Administration. Megan is a genuine influencer who believes in taking care of those that take care of our customers, by building collaborative partnerships throughout the organization.
Megan thrives in challenging environments and can translate vision, ideas and strategies into forward thinking and actionable deliverables.
Steven Frampton founded the Age Diversity Group at 3M. This employee group was planned in 2021, launched in 2022, and is global with members from 15 countries. Steven believes diversity, equity, and inclusion is a foundation to business success and is a member of all 9 3M Employee Resource Networks (ERNs): 3M PRIDE, Women’s Leadership Forum, A3CTION (3M Asian employee affinity group), 3M Black Leadership Advancement Coalition, Diverse Ability Network, Latino Resource Network, Military Support Network, Native American Network, and New Employee Opportunity Network. Steven posts regularly on the topics of pro-ageing, age discrimination, and ageism in LinkedIn, and he invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn!
Steven has worked at 3M for 38 years and is a recognized ethics and compliance leader for 3M’s Transportation Safety Division (TSD). His experience includes privacy, antitrust, anti-bribery, conflict of interest, FDA computer system validation, US Export Control Technology, Sarbanes-Oxley, and security. He currently holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Daniel Jolles is a Research Assistant in Behavioural Science at The Inclusion Initiative (TII) at London School of Economics, researching how diverse teams can work better together. Daniel is currently completing his PhD in Psychology at University of Essex and has specific research interests in decision-making in the hiring of older workers and older worker attitudes towards work and retirement. He also holds an MSc and MSD in Psychology and has worked as a Behavioural Scientist in the private sector.
Prior to studying psychology, Daniel spent more than 10 years working as a project management consultant, delivering business change projects for large organisations in Australia, the UK and France. He volunteers as an Academic Advisor and co-facilitator for Age Equity Alliance.
Nishant Nishant is the Managing Director of Customer Success at Microsoft. He leads executive-level engagements for some of Microsoft’s most strategic customers, where he is entrusted with hundreds of million in investment to realize customer success, by bringing the best of Microsoft technologies and talent across the globe.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Nishant was a Client Partner at Salesforce, where he led global sales and marketing transformation engagements at Randstad, GEICO, Apple, and Amazon.
Nishant’s move to tech companies was inspired by his work at Avnet as the Chief Digital Officer, where he led the transformation of a 100-year-old $20B+ organization’s traditional business into a world-class technology solutions company.
Nishant is an alumnus of Accenture Strategy and has previously co-founded a technology start-up in the UK.
Nishant holds an Executive MBA from the University of Leeds, UK and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Derby, UK. Nishant holds a coveted AI patent with the USPTO.
Nishant prides himself in being a global citizen having lived in India, UK and now the USA. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two sons.
Vania de la Fuente-Núñez
Originally from Spain, Dr Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez manages the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism at the World Health Organization and is a lead author of the first UN Global report on ageism. Vânia also drives capacity building efforts on ageing in countries and regions. In this capacity, she has led the creation and is responsible for the ongoing delivery of the first ever leaders programme on Healthy Ageing. Vânia is a physician who first joined WHO in 2014 and who has worked with different NGOs and research institutes in both high and low-income countries, including Switzerland, Spain, Senegal, and the Gambia.
Vânia holds an MD from the University of Santiago de Compostela; an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health from University College London; and is completing a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Barb joined BAE Systems as a hardware design engineer for flight and engine controls in 1993. She worked at the Johnson City facility for eight years and held a variety of positions that included project engineering and business development for the hybrid electric product line.
In 2000, she left BAE Systems to take a position with IBM as a program manager in their digital video products group. She returned to BAE Systems working in the communications function and eventually became the Director for Federal Installations for Energy. After leaving in 2010 Barb worked as a program manager and global account manager for Emerson Network Power and Anixter. She returned to BAE Systems in 2017 and since then has worked as the Information Technology Business Partner for US Controls, the Director of Business Systems for the ES Sector, Director of IT Assets for BAE Systems Inc, and most recently as the Director of Modernization for BAE Systems. She also serves as the President of the BAE Systems GENerations Employee Resource Group which is focused on building bridges across generations and strengthening our community by providing a network and open forum that promotes collaboration. She has been involved in the ERGs since her return to BAE Systems in 2017.
Barb holds a bachelor degree in aerospace engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and lives in Endicott, NY with her husband, parents and two children.
Senior Director, Product Strategy, Moody’s Analytics.
Former co-chair for EMEA Generational Business Resource Group. Promoted, and advocated for, age equity in the workplace across Moody’s UK and continental European offices.
Dr. Nicole Washington
Dr. Nicole Washington is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in caring for and being an advocate for those who are not typically consumers of mental health services, namely underserved communities, those with severe mental illness and high performing professionals. Through her private practice, podcast, speaking and writing, she seeks to provide education in efforts to decrease the stigma associated with psychiatric illness.
Elizabeth White, author of 55, Underemployed and Faking Normal (Simon and Schuster), is an age solutions advocate for older adults facing uncertain work and financial insecurity. When she could not find a book that met her needs during her own bout of long-term unemployment, she wrote it herself. She wrote it as a 62-year-old woman who has lived the stories she describes, and as a Harvard MBA, former retail entrepreneur, and C-suite executive who never expected to land here.
Ms. White is a frequent guest blogger, and speaker at conferences and workshops, and has been named one of the top 50 influencers on aging in the country. Her essays and work have appeared in publications like Barron’s, Forbes, The Huffington Post, MarketWatch, Next Avenue, and The Washington Post. She has been featured prominently in three segments on the PBS NewsHour. And her TEDx Talk has been elevated to the main TED stage where it has garnered over 2 million views. Ms. White has been featured on the TED Radio Hour. She is Board Member of the International Federation on Ageing and was recently invited to testify before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In March 2022, Ms. White joined the Ideas42 Venture Studio as an entrepreneur.
Age Equity Alliance (AEA) works with progressive employers and business leaders to create a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining all-aged talent to grow their organizations, build positive work cultures, sustain business relevance, and stimulate innovation. Studies have demonstrated that diverse, all-aged teams increase creativity, smart problem-solving, and breakthrough innovation.
Unlike other organizations in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space, AEA partners directly with employers and collaborators, using research and an empathy-based storytelling approach to cultivate age-inclusive behavior and establish age equity as a core value across all ages.
AEA has collaborated with the National Council on Aging and the International Longevity Center-UK, as well as age-friendly communities and companies. Our clients have spanned the U.S. and Europe and are focused primarily in the tech and healthcare industries.
AEA is a knowledge partner on a global collaborative project with AARP, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Economic Forum to examine the policies and practices needed to support an all-aged workforce.