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2018 OHRM, OCR and OGC Joint Conference

2018 OHRM, OCR and OGC Joint Conference logo

On May 2 and 3, 2018, the Office of Human Resources Management, the Office of Civil Rights, and the Office of General Council will hold our first joint conference at the U.S. Census Bureau (directions below). The theme for this conference is Connecting Commerce Services Through Collaborative, Customer Focused Solutions. This event will enable these three communities, which have cross-cutting, shared responsibilities for developing, implementing, overseeing, and/or ensuring compliance with policies, practices, and procedures that foster a diverse and inclusive workforce, to come together to strengthen competencies; address shared challenges; and improve communication.


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Breakout sessions

Developing Your Career: Connecting the Dots

Speaker: LaJuan Bryan-Beveridge

Your career is all about making the connections! Connecting your work to your passion, your passion to your gifts, and building the roadmap to your future. This begins with asking yourselves a few questions, thinking about the past, evaluating the present, and looking for patterns to build on. Looking down the path will help you to set the navigation for your next stop. This workshop will provide you with some tools on finding your path, defining success, and leveraging your “BE” while making those awesome connections.

Diversity Councils and Affinity Groups

Speaker: Stephanie Studstill: Engaging Stakeholders

Diversity Councils and employee led Affinity Groups are crucial to the development of an inclusive, high performing, diverse workforce that encourages collaboration, flexibility, fairness, and transparency. Such stakeholders have a vested interest in assisting Human Resources, Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Offices in supporting the development and implementation of organizational strategies that address compliance issues; reinforce inclusive behaviors; and, leadership development needs. Additionally, stakeholders can provide feedback regarding policies, practices and procedures regarding the organizational systems that impact our people and our mission; and, facilitate communication to improve and promote awareness about various agency and federal priorities. This session will cover how, when, and why you should consider collaborating with your Diversity Council and Affinity Groups; as well as, the roles that they each typically play; and, how you may be able to best leverage the strengths, knowledge and talents of the various employees who volunteer to serve in a stakeholder capacity.

Micro Triggers

Speaker: Janet Crenshaw Smith

Come learn about MicroTriggers-- subtle behaviors, annoying phrases, and micro-inequities that cause us to disengage – the factors that influence their intensity, and the skills to drive individual and group performance. Workshop Objectives:

  • Define inclusion, what it is, and why it matters
  • Understand the impact of MicroTriggers, both personal and those of others, that impact individual, team and business performance; and how cultural differences impact the sender, receiver and observer of the MicroTrigger
  • Recognize each individual’s responsibility associated with creating an inclusive environment
  • Identify strategies to develop and maintain an inclusive environment

EEO Case Law Updates: Did they Get it Right or Wrong?

Speaker: Kathy Anderson

Come hear summaries of recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decisions and federal court cases, as they affect Federal government employees. Summaries will include cases involving Sexual Harassment, Equal Pay, Reasonable Accommodation, Retaliation for EEO Activity, and Contractors (is the agency a joint employer?). You will learn what actions were or were not considered a violation of anti-discrimination laws.

"A Practical Guide to Workforce Planning"

Speaker: Joshua Keller, Roger Mason, Darryl Thomas

"What is workforce planning and what does it mean for me? What types of workforce planning activities are going on around the Department of Commerce? How can I use workforce planning to help with my day-today challenges? These are some of the questions that this session can help to answer. Join some of your Department of Commerce colleagues as we take you through a quick journey that provides an overview of the theories and methods used in workforce planning today, we demonstrate some of the tools that are being developed and provide you with some useful takeaways to bring back to your office.

NFC – Insight Reporting

Speaker: Anh Lewellen, NFC Program Analyst

The National Finance Center presents Insight – a new business intelligence solution that provides integrated data and flexible analytics to drive strategic business decisions. Insight is a comprehensive, enterprise-wide reporting data warehouse with advanced reporting and business intelligence capabilities. Insight is accurate, reliable, and agile – providing customers with an integrated system of data, easy-to-use dashboards, and analytics. This advanced reporting solution enables customers to make data-driven strategic decisions. Insight is a cutting-edge solution that addresses the full range of user needs, from operational reporting to executive dashboards and predictive analytics. Presentation includes running reports from the Insight Common Reports Library as well as creating ad-hoc reports, scheduling reports, changing analytic views, and using the dashboard drill down functionality.


Darryl Thomas retired from the U.S. Navy in June 2016. Currently he works at NOAA WFMO in the Human Capital Strategy Division, Workforce Strategy Branch, as the Workforce Program Manager, for last 2 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in World Lit, MSCIS Management, MBA-Organizational Psychology and Development, Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belts, Workforce Development Professional Certification and HCI- Workforce Planning Certification.

LaJuan Bryan-Beveridge currently serves as an Assistant Division Chief over the Policy, Development & Performance area as well as the Chief Learning Officer for the US Census Bureau. She brings passion, creativity and vision to the role. Mrs. Bryan-Beveridge began her federal career with the Department of Navy. With over 28 years of federal service, 23 of those years have been within the employee development arena. Through her work within several Federal organizations, Mrs. Bryan-Beveridge has helped hundreds of employees in achieving their career goals.

Stefanie L. Studstill serves as the Census Bureau's Chief of Diversity & Inclusion. In this role, she focuses on developing and implementing strategic approaches to improve the Bureau as it pertains to diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Bureau, Stefanie served as the Director for the Office of Employee Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration. She began her career in the federal government with the United States Department of Agriculture in 2008 as a federal career intern. She is a highly regarded civil rights/diversity& inclusion practitioner. She works diligently to lead transformational change, and empower employees to support the mission of the organization. Stefanie’s educational background includes currently being a Ph.D. Candidate with Antioch University’s Ph.D. in Leadership and Change Program. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Organizational Change, a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Prevention, and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

Joshua Keller started at Census in June of 2015 as the Program Manager of the Strategic Workforce Planning Office. In March of 2018, I became the ADC of a new area at Census, the Strategic Human Capital Planning and Accountability team. Before coming to Census, I spent the previous 10 years at SRA Int’l and PricewaterhouseCoopers helping clients with various human capital and management consulting challenges. My love for surveys, data, and human capital was born at my first job at the US Chamber of Commerce where I spent time in their Statistics and Research Center and the Institute for Organization Management. I am graduate of Finance from Michigan State University, '01 and I received my MBA from George Mason University in 2010. I'm married to my wife Lynn with two boys, Jacob and Ethan. I enjoy following around my son's baseball adventures and also enjoy being the den leader in Jacob's cub scout pack.

Roger Mason currently serves as NOAA’s WFMO Director, Human Capital Strategy Division. Prior to his current assignment, he had served as the Director, Workforce Systems Division; Director, Policy, Oversight, and Accountability Division; and Director, Client Services Division. His first assignment at NOAA was as the Deputy Director, NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center. He is a retired Coast Guard officer and in his last Coast Guard assignment, he served as the Assistant Director, Military Policy and Standards Division, Director of Personnel Management’s Resource Manager, Chaired the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources’ Workforce Management Team and was the program manager for the CG Recruiting Command and the CG Personnel Command. He served on a Coast Guard Icebreaker and has been to Antarctica (twice) and the Artic. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.

Janet Crenshaw Smith is President of Ivy Planning Group LLC, a leading consulting and training firm that specializes in diversity, strategy and leadership. Ivy’s clients include MetLife, Nike, Deloitte Consulting, Hyatt Hotels, Lockheed Martin, L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Progress Energy, Target, UBS, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Social Security Administration and countless others. Smith has been honored by Black Enterprise and Working Woman magazines; named one of “47 Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal and one of “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business by Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc. Smith is author of The Diversity Action Book: 143 Things To Go Do! and is frequently quoted in national publications on the topics of diversity, change management, and leadership. Smith is a native of Chicago’s south side, graduated from Harvard University, and started her professional career at IBM Corporation. Entrepreneur, strategist, executive coach, and motivator, Smith speaks to audiences large and small. Her message is compelling and pragmatic. Ms. Smith lives in Maryland with her husband and business partner, Gary A. Smith Sr. They have three sons.

Jeanne Goldberg is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. She advises the Commission on the interpretation and application of the statutes it enforces, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She also assists in drafting regulations and policy guidance, and provides technical assistance to stakeholders. She has delivered hundreds of training presentations throughout the country for private and public sector attorneys, managers, employees, and human resources staff on a wide range of EEO issues, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences. She served as the 2010-11 Public Co-Chair of the National Programs Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, and served as a government fellow on the Section’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee from 2007-09. Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Goldberg was in private law practice from 1990-99, specializing in civil rights litigation, and argued EEO cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and D.C. Circuits. She also served as an adjunct law professor at the College of William and Mary from 1996-98. Before entering private practice, she worked as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1988-90. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from George Washington University.

Tyler Hosford is an Executive Advisor in Gartner’s North America HR Practice, working specifically with public sector clients. As an advisor, he partners directly with senior human resources leaders to tailor Gartner’s insights and recommendations to their unique organizational context, helps leaders benchmark their performance against best-in-class peers, and serves as a trusted thought partner to leaders seeking to take action on their mission-critical talent and functional priorities. Prior to joining Gartner, Tyler worked for the U.S. Federal Government at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, NASA, and Department of Transportation. Tyler holds a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of William & Mary. He is based in Washington D.C., and enjoys travelling to new and obscure places around the world. He will sit down and watch almost any sporting event, no matter who is playing, and is always in search of the next great meal.
Todd Morris has been a Human Resources Business Partner with the NOAA Workforce Management Office, Consulting Services Division since August 2016, he consults the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Ocean Service. Prior to that, he served with the Department of the Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command as their Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development. He retired from the United States Army in 2010 after 23 years of service. Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University, College Park, Kansas.

Dr. Bill Brantley is the manager of the Supervisor Certificate Program for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a trainer, facilitator, and course developer for the Enterprise Training Division at the USPTO. Dr. Brantley is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, a Certified Professional in Training Management, a certified Project Management Professional. Dr. Brantley also teaches part-time for the University of Maryland and the University of Louisville (Kentucky).

Kim Bauhs became the NOAA Human Capital Officer effective March 2015. Ms. Bauhs is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 30 years of service in the public sector. As the HCO, she is responsible for a broad range of human capital functions and activities, including those necessary to attract, develop, and retain a mission-capable workforce. Ms. Bauhs has been a member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2007. She previously served in executive roles at the Department of Homeland Security as the DHS Chief Learning Officer and as the Human Capital Officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Ms. Bauhs served as the assistant director for federal recruitment and hiring and led a government-wide effort to transform USAJOBS in support of the federal hiring reform. Ms. Bauhs began her career as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program where she taught mathematics and physics. She later worked for the Virginia Employment Commission as the agency human resources director and at the National Institutes of Health in training and strategic management planning. Ms. Bauhs has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, and a Master of Science degree in organizational development and human resources from Johns Hopkins University. She is an alumnus of the Virginia Executive Institute and the Federal Executive Institute.

John Taylor currently serves as a Director, Office of Human Resources Accountability for the U.S. Department of Commerce. He manages the Department’s HR accountability reviews to include the Human Capital Framework and Delegated Examining. Mr. Taylor is working closely with OPM on implementing the Evaluation System defined in the new Human Capital Framework. He is also implementing the results from the OPM Excepted Service Hiring Study along with other special projects across the human resources area. Mr. Taylor is also leading the development of the department’s Human Capital Operating Plan. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce John was the Director of Human Capital Management for the Environmental Protection Agency for 6 years. He has also served as the HR Policy Director for 3 years, and senior HR advisor to the EPA Chief Human Capital Officer.

Melanie Wallace currently serves as Lead Evaluator within the Office of Human Resources Accountability for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Melanie works closely with the audit team to ensure annual Delegated Examining (DE) audits are conducted timely; while also working with DE units to resolve complex or unique audit findings. Prior to joining the Office of Accountability, Melanie was a Branch Chief within Employment and Compensation at the U.S. Census Bureau. She has also served as an Lead Evaluator with the Office of Personnel Management conducting evaluations of various federal agencies. Melanie has Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.


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