Emerging Stronger, Celebrating Resilience, Renewal and Return
November 22, 2021
Agenda for the Day
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Keynote Presentation: Recruiting and Engaging Gen Z and Millennials In a Post-Covid Landscape (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
Carl & Emily Thompson Conference Center, Corron Community Development Center, Middletown Campus
Scott Zimmer, Generational Expert and BridgeWorks’ Director of Keynotes and Training
On the cusp of their professional lives, many Millennials and Gen Zers were looking forward to starting college and joining the workforce. Enter COVID-19—and all of that changed. Virtual learning and hybrid work became a necessity for many and “business as usual” became anything but usual.
But a global pandemic was not the first time either of these generations faced societal challenges. Global terror, school shootings, and a debilitating recession have led many students to adjust their career plans and expectations to better align with the job market. Both generations are taking a second look at their assumptions about the world of school and work. Tapping into each of these generations’ values and expectations have become more important, and strategic, than ever.
This fun and interactive presentation will offer compelling insights and actionable strategies to better understand the wants and needs of the newest generation of students and staff!
A proud Gen Xer, Scott has been one of BridgeWorks’ generational keynote speakers for the past eight years. His presentations illustrate the common clashes and misunderstandings between generations, and provide straightforward solutions to help organizations bridge generational gaps around communication and collaboration, recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion, and most recently, hybrid work. Scott believes customization is the key to a successful session, so he works hard to understand each of his client’s specific needs.
Scott grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota where he mastered the art of bailing hay and milking cows. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2000 with a BA in communications.
Scott has developed a uniquely personable style and uses insight, humor, and data to foster an environment where every generation feels valued and understood.
Boxed To-Go Lunches Generously Sponsored by Old Dominion University.
Virtual Session: Engage 2027 (1 – 2 p.m.)
An introduction to the College’s next strategic plan, the One Virginia Plan, and the VCCS Opportunity 2027 Strategic Plan
Chris Coutts, LFCC Vice President of Communications and Planning
Virtual Session: Becoming Laurel Ridge (2 – 3 p.m.)
Becoming Laurel Ridge
An overview of the Laurel Ridge Community College brand launch and timeline of name transition
Brandy H. Boies, LFCC Director of Public Relations; Craig Short, LFCC Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services
Virtual Session: LGBTQIA+ Inclusion – Identifying Your Blind Spots and Creating a Better Campus Culture (3 – 4 p.m.)
Identifying Your Blind Spots and Creating a Better Campus Culture
Zaylore Stout, LGBT Advocate, Author and Attorney
Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) is often defined as prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair. These biases may be held by an individual, group or institution and can have negative or positive consequences. It is important to note that biases, either conscious or unconscious, aren’t limited to ethnicity and race.
We are all aware that racial bias and discrimination are very well documented, however, biases also extend toward and from many other social groups. An individual’s gender, age, gender identity, physical abilities, gender expression, weight, religion, sexual orientation, and many other characteristics are also subject to bias. This session is intended to challenge your sense of bias as it relates to the LGBTQIA+ community. Even the most liberal and open-minded person will be challenged by this presentation. We as individuals and a society still have a long way to go toward full acceptance and inclusion, so recognizing our own blind spots related to our own LGBTQIA+ biases is an important step toward this goal.
According to Witeck Communications, the combined buying power of the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adult population for 2015 has been estimated at $917 billion. The 2015 estimate reflects roughly 6–7% of the adult U.S. population (or 16 million-plus adults, 18 years of age and older) as willing to self-identify as LGBT. Getting LGBTQIA+ inclusion right could help open your campus organization or your career to this $900 billion-plus marketplace but getting it wrong could turn roughly 16 million consumers and their family and friends against you. Learn how to get it right!
- Realize everyone has implicit/unconscious bias relating to the LGBTQIA+ community
- Identify your own LGBTQIA+ bias/blind spots; develop a conscious awareness
- Develop skills necessary to overcome bias and combat its impact
Zaylore Stout serves as a fierce advocate and attorney on LGBT issues. He launched Zaylore Stout & Associates in 2012 representing both aggrieved employees and and proactive employers who are looking to make their workplaces more welcoming. He serves on the boards of both Quorum, the Twin Cities LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce, and FairVote Minnesota. He championed the passage of a Gender Inclusion Policy to protect transgender and gender non-conforming youth in St. Louis Park public schools when he ran for city county. His firm was an inaugural recipient of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Business of Pride award. In 2020 he published his first book Our Gay History in Fifty States, which has already won a several awards. Finally, for the second summer in a row Zaylore is hosting a panel at the Lavender Law Conference highlighting the importance of LGBT-specific school curricula alongside other advocacy efforts.
Please complete all fields of this form by Wednesday, November 17 to register for All College Day 2021. Seating for the in-person keynote presentation and the quantity of boxed lunches provided will be dependent on the total number of individuals who register. Thank you!