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121 The Promises & Perils of Remote Work: Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM PT
Monday, November 15

Does remote work present an opportunity to address fundamental challenges with respect to equity, equality, and inclusion? Or does it present new challenges and barriers while exacerbating existing challenges? This panel offers a multi-disciplinary conversation about what the movement toward remote work arrangements is teaching us and how we can be leverage it to achieve more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workforces. Engage with panelists in a discussion of how principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility must translate into new designs of remote learning and work systems, worker recruitment practices, and business operations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why remote work is the preferred choice for some workers, creating retention problems for businesses that demand that workers return to their offices
  • How remote work is blurring the lines of labor markets and could drive unequal competition for and among talent
  • Methods for perceiving and resolving barriers embedded in remote work systems and environments

Peter Creticos

President and Executive Director

Institute for Work and the Economy

Peter Creticos is president, executive director, and founder (in 2000) of the Institute for Work and the Economy, a Chicago-based collaborative advancing policy solutions that achieve greater equity, equality, diversity, and inclusivity in workforce and economic development. Dr. Creticos earned his PhD for his research on job matching at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He has a master of management from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a master of arts in political science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Stephanie Farfan

Leadership Council for Women in National Security

Spring Fellow

Stephanie Farfan is a foreign policy and international disability policy professional and advocate. She was previously the Spring Fellow for LCWINS, where she created multiple trackers that assess whether or not the Biden administration fulfilled their promise to nominate an equal number of men and women to senior positions. Before joining LCWINS, Stephanie was the policy, practices and Latinx outreach associate at RespectAbility, a nonprofit that advocates for people with disabilities in the United States. There, she worked on employment policy as well as led the creation of a Spanish-language toolkit for immigrants with disabled children; her work was featured on CNN en EspaÒol. She was also previously an intern for Win Without War, where she focused on the intersection between immigration and militarization. Stephanie has an MA in international peace and conflict resolution from American University, where her final project was analyzing disability policy in Ecuador. In this project, she had the opportunity to interview lawmakers in Ecuador. She also holds a BA from Juniata College in peace and conflict studies.

Mary Wright

Manager, Apprenticeship

SHRM Foundation

Mary Wright, manager, apprenticeship at the SHRM Foundation, is responsible for implementing the US DOL-funded HR Registered Apprenticeship Program. Mary has many years of experience connecting the public and private sectors in municipal finance, government affairs, and workforce development as a project leader, facilitator and subject matter expert. Previously, she was a director at Jobs for the Future (JFF), where she designed and supervised the completion of foundation, government, and employer-funded projects. Prior to joining JFF, she served as director at The Conference Board in New York City, driving its work in workforce readiness, business, and education partnerships. Mary has co-authored or acted as project director on several key Conference Board reports regarding workforce readiness skills, including Are They Really Ready to Work? and The Ill-Prepared Workforce.