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Building Inclusive Cultures through Talent Acquisition

November 28, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST

Seismic shifts in the global landscape are transforming the way we work, interact, and learn. Economic forces, changing talent needs, evolving demographic trends, increased competition, and demand for services are radically impacting the way organizations behave in virtually every industry all over the world.

  • By 2020, five generations will be working side-by-side in organizations
  • By 2025, Millennials and Generation X will comprise approximately 64% of the U.S. workforce
  • By 2025, it is projected that less than 60% is likely to self-identify as “white, non-Hispanic”

As the workforce continues to evolve as it reflects global integration, so too must organizations’ approach to talent acquisition. In creating an inclusively diverse workforce, organizations can be on the cutting edge in delivering products, services, and solutions in a culturally intelligent manner.

This workshop will cover:

  • Understanding the difference between hiring and talent acquisition
  • Learning leading practices for active recruitment and sourcing
  • Embedding inclusiveness and bias mindfulness in the selection process

Presenter: Scott Ayotte, Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Grand Valley State University
Cost: Free!

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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*** Deadline to register is 8 a.m. on November 28. ***

Photo: Scott Ayotte

Scott Ayotte, J.D. joined the Division of Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2017 as the Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. In this role, Scott partners with university leadership to foster an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. He oversees the university’s affirmative action program, consults with university leadership on inclusive talent acquisition and retention, and provides leadership and oversight of the Inclusion Advocates Program.

Scott is also a part-time faculty member in the Seidman College of Business and Legal Studies Program where he teaches courses focusing on business law, commercial law, labor & employment law, leadership development, and global strategic management. Scott serves on the boards of directors for the Grand Rapids Women’s Resource Center and the Disability Advocates of Kent County, and was also selected as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40 Business Leaders.” In recognition of his contributions to his community focusing on inclusion and equity, he was appointed to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission in 2015 by Governor Rick Snyder.

Before joining GVSU, Scott focused extensively on corporate inclusion and diversity counseling in the health care sector for a West Michigan health system included in “Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals.” Scott has worked with organizations in the healthcare, non-profit, and municipal sectors. He has presented extensively to private and nonprofit organizations on topics relating to innovative talent acquisition, generational diversity and succession planning, leadership development, and healthcare HR management.


November 28, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


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Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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