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Felicia Washington at ElevateHR Summit
Felicia Washington, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, was a facilitator and speaker at the 2019 ElevateHR Summit.

On Wednesday, March 27, the UNC-Chapel Hill Human Resources community gathered at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education to network, set goals, and focus on how to improve HR functions and services across campus. In attendance were 275 UNC HR staff members representing all of Carolina’s schools and divisions, as well as staff from the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement.

“The ElevateHR Summit provided the opportunity for HR professionals from around an University to come together and learn best practices from each other in areas such as overcoming implicit bias, preparing for courageous conversations and meeting the needs of our clients, customers and partners,” said Mark Haapala, Director of Organization and Professional Development.

Attendees heard from a panel of their peers from both campus and central HR, discussed in small groups how to handle courageous conversations, and viewed videos of their peers discussing best practices. They learned about new tools and techniques for preparing for courageous conversations, heard from UNC Diversity & Inclusion experts on implicit bias, and received a sneak peek into upcoming plans for future HR development opportunities.

HR Professionals from across campus
Human Resources Professionals from across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus had the opportunity to engage in-person with peers with whom they usually only communicate with via phone or email.

The event also provided HR professionals with an opportunity to network and build relationships with other HR professionals from around campus and central HR.

“The event was a great opportunity to network in person with others we only communicate with via phone and email,” said Haapala. “Quite a few people mentioned after the event that they were finally able to meet people face-to-face for the first time after talking with them for years!”


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