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Creating highly engaging safe space conversation during racially tense times with Chief Diversity Officer at Sentara Healthcare, Dana Beckton

Uncategorized Jul 30, 2020

Today we share the career journey of Dana Beckton, Chief Diversity Officer of Sentara Healthcare and how she went from city bus driver to a Chief Diversity Officer of one of the largest healthcare networks in the country.

Whether you're just starting this journey or need a reset in DIEB, you'll want to hear her story and recommendations.

She shared with us the three legged stool in diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and how to build authentic relationships of trust to drive change without having all the answers.

Finally, you'll hear how she created safe space conversation sessions that had over 90% engagement at leadership & executive levels and two books you will find very helpful in this journey.

If you don't have time to watch the vlog post, here is the machine generated transcript.

Enjoy! Cindy Lu

ps. Dana will be joining us at the BigHR event so make sure you say hello during the open networking time in the afternoon. If you...

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Diversity Recruiting with Eric Mraz, R3 Strategic Search

Uncategorized Jul 22, 2020

Does it seem like it's impossible to find a diverse slate for your hiring leaders?

Talent acquisition teams are typically stretched super thin and then the added challenge to ensure you have a diverse slate can feel nearly impossible especially at the senior levels and when it's so challenging to get passive candidates to move.

In this interview, you will hear from Eric  Mraz on what the single most important activity is to getting a diverse slate and how Eric Mraz and team at R3S2 Strategic Search has produced results of 65% diverse hires for their clients just as a regular course of their search methodology. Enjoy!

Finally, here is the list of DIEB resources we've carefully curated for you. 

Cindy Lu

Ps.  If you haven't already signed up for the 2020 BigHR event on Diversity, Inclusion, Equality & Belonging, click below to learn more:






If you don't have time to watch this video, here is the...

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2019 Big HR Event Highlights

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2020
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Wine & Wisdom Meaningful Alignment Talk and Summary

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2020

In the video 12 minute video above you will hear Susan Steinbrecher share how to handled emotionally challenging interactions with 4 simple techniques. This 12 minute video will save you hours of frustration and I know there is plenty of that going on these days.

We were having so much fun learning about wine and chatting, the two hours flew by before we had a chance to say goodbye. So, I asked Susan Madonia to give is a one minute recap of our first virtual Wine & Wisdom event.  Find out her her definition of TLC!

Thank you again to ECC for making it possible for all of us to get together and 'network' virtually at Wine and Wisdom.

If you haven't connected with Susan on LinkedIn, please take a minute to connect and thank her for sponsoring this fun event!

Until next time!

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Closing the Opportunity Divide with

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2020

Check out this short VLOG post with Ashton Jeffries, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at Year to learn about the opportunity divide and how is helping young adults prepare for the jobs that are needed in corporate America today. His student success stories & average retention rates blew me away!


With 12 million jobs requiring post secondary education that will go unfilled in the next decade and 5 million young adults disconnected from stable career pathways, there needs to be a way to make the connection.  That's where Year Up comes in.

To learn how you & your organization can help close the opportunity divide while getting important roles filled contact Ashton at [email protected]


No time to watch the video? Read transcript HERE.


"At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've's about who you've made better. It's about what you've given back."

Denzel Washington



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"Fact or Fiction" COVID-19 Testing: Jon Alexis & Dr. Nick Karr, Founders, SafeWork Health

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2020

With states opening up more and employers beginning to bring their employees back to work, HR has a new set of COVID-19 obstacles to overcome:



  • Testing employees before they can return to the office 



  • Where employees can be tested 



  • What companies should look for in a service provider



Join me in watching this month's blog with Jon Alexis and Dr. Nick Karr

( the founders of SafeWork Health, a company that provides on-site testing for COVID-19. They both knew that testing would be critical as companies began to emerge from quarantine.




In this one-hour interview you will hear their combined insights from Jon's experience of event logistics and Dr. Karr's medical & urgent care background...



The testing industry is only eight-weeks old, but could provide HR with an additional wellness solution to continue to provide their...

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HR Benchmark Survey 2020 Results

Uncategorized May 25, 2020

After continuously hearing that HR struggles to find time for strategic work, we wanted to gather data that would help HR leaders build a business case for more resources and “by George I think we’ve done it!”

We took a different approach to the traditional benchmark surveys that only analyze the current state data. We think that approach is flawed when the entire HR profession seems so understaffed. So, we also asked HR leaders to provide self-analysis through two key questions:


      1. Are you adequately staffed in HR?


     2. If not, how many more HR FTEs do you need to be adequately staffed.

 The results showed that the understaffed HR leaders have a very good idea of the resources they need in order to have more time to be strategic:


  • Those who felt they are “not adequately staffed” stated on average they needed 15% more staff and as much as 49% more for small companies.


  • No surprise...
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Career Pathing Success Story on a Budget that Decreased Turnover: Eric Mraz, Founder, R3 Strategic Search

Uncategorized May 17, 2020

Now more than ever it is critical to keep your top people. There is so much uncertainty yet top talent is always looking for advancement.

Join me in a walk down memory lane when I interview my past Director of HR Eric Mraz (culture creator) on how we took our turnover from 50%+ to less than 10% and gross profits from 37% to 43%!

To download career pathing road map enter your info here:


Machine generated transcript below:


Hi there. This is Cindy Lu with CHRO partners and HR mastermind groups. And I'm here with Erik Mraz today and we're gonna talk about career path things. So there's been a lot of interest in some of our groups about career path thing, and, um, the importance of putting ah clear vision together for your employees. And so, Eric, you want to introduce your current role as well as your pastoral when we used to work together? Sure. Cindy, Thanks for having me today. My current role is as co founder of our three...

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How to Get On Boards: Summary of WOB2020 Workshop by Lisa Keglovitz, CHRO Gamestop

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Now more than ever, HR leaders are needed on corporate boards. But, to get on a board, you can't wait for the search firms to call.  There are three critical things you need to do to prepare.

Please watch this 15 minute summary by Lisa Keglovitz, CHRO of GameStop on actionable tips to position yourself for corporate board seats. 

Lisa won this WOB2020  workshop at our last BigHR event and does a great job summarizing it for us. Don't miss it!

No time to watch? See machine generated transcript below.

 Book referenced in the interview:


Machine generated transcript below:

 Hi there. This is Cindy Lu of CHRO partners and I'm here with Lisa Keglovitz, that's a GameStop and Lisa is the chief HR officer. And today we're going to talk about, um, how to get on corporate boards. Lisa just, uh, attended a corporate board workshop. Um, you actually won this class right from there....
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Comprehensive HR priorities list and matrix

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2020

Have you ever been super excited about an HR initiative just to have the business leader de-prioritize it?  If so, you aren't alone.

Before the pandemic, many of you told us you were looking for a way to prioritize HR initiatives.  Now that things have settled down a bit, many are starting to think about getting back to strategic HR initiatives.

We hope this is the right time to share this prioritization tool.   This tool will...

...give you a comprehensive list of Human Capital activities and tasks you and your business unit leaders prioritize initiatives based on impact educate non-HR leaders on the best sequencing of projects


This crowd sourced Google Sheet is a "work in progress" and will continue to be updated and improved as we receive your feedback.


The above video will walk you through how to use the HR Initiatives prioritization tool.

You can also read the instructions and download the document here


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