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Lessons Learned from Workplaces Making Headlines: From 'What Not To Do' To Diversity

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Produced on March 06, 2018

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Ethics

Course Description

In 2017 our national conversation about workplace cultures was shaped by myriad allegations of harassment against household name personalities. While the salacious details have kept social media buzzing, the allegations and responses have also been the impetus for workplace change that goes well beyond a tightening of anti-harassment and discrimination policies. Rather, employer prevention efforts are now being coupled with diversity and inclusion initiatives to create workplaces that are hospitable and nurturing to all employees.

This course, taught by Kelly Ann Bird, a Director in the Employment & Labor Law Department of Gibbons P.C., considers what diversity and inclusion is, examines how our federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity and related laws can provide support for workplace diversity and inclusion practices, and provides practical ideas on fostering diversity and inclusion in workplaces of all sizes and industries.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the impact of the national conversation on harassment to workplace culture and change
  2. Identify the difference between anti-harassment and discrimination mandates and diversity and inclusion
  3. Grasp the necessity for a workplace culture that has zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment and fosters diversity and inclusion
  4. Discuss how Equal Employment Opportunity and related laws on the federal and state level help mold our diversity and inclusion practices
  5. Foster diversity and inclusion in your workplace

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Kelly Ann Bird

Gibbons PC

Ms. Bird counsels employers on employment and human resources issues, and litigates as necessary in these areas. Her clients range from small, family-owned businesses to regional based companies with thousands of employees. Her experience involves proceedings in federal and state courts, and state and federal civil rights agencies, as well as arbitrations and mediations.


In the past year, Ms. Bird has worked with clients ranging from small start-up businesses to well-established medical device companies, to craft and implement policies that comply with federal and state laws, including the NLRB's recent decisions concerning protected activity. She has conducted multiple investigations into allegations of improper and unlawful workplace conduct.


Ms. Bird's experience is enhanced by her work on the State of New Jersey Committee on Character, in which she evaluates candidates for the New Jersey State Bar and was recently appointed a Statewide Part Chair. She actively works to support the growth of women in the legal profession, by serving as co-chair of the Gibbons Women's Initiative Events Committee and in her work for two terms as Chair of committees for New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. 



  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment
  • Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Employment & Labor
  • Top 50 Female Attorney in New Jersey
  • Chair, Part VI of the State of New Jersey, Committee on Character, Appointment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, July 2014
  • State of New Jersey, Committee on Character, Appointment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, July 2006-July 2014
  • Tribute to Women and Industry, "TWIN" Award, April 2004



Jonathan Z.

Excellent technology

Van N.

Excellent course and loved the real world new examples.

Ola M.

Good cle

Weston W.

Kelly Ann Bird offers a helpful, employer/hr/counsel-focused presentation on diversity and inclusion. The slides covered many controversies. She also mentioned examples of baselines and a few best practices that helped specific employers.

Ursula Kelley B.

Thorough content, and I appreciated the written text in support of the lecturer's words.

Alice M.

This was an excellent program. The speaker was an excellent presenter. Thank you.

Steven K.

Excellent presentation.

Sheila R.

A very timely topic. Well presented

Jessica M.

Excellent speaker

Palanda B.

This was a FANTASTIC presentation. The speaker did a wonderful job covering a very timely topic in a way that was engaging and informative. Might be odd to enjoy a CLE, but I immensely enjoyed this one!

Denise E.

Good - but more specific application of law or policies and procedures to current situations would probably be helpful.

Richard R.

Good way to start the diversity training. Well done.

Claire C.

Relevant and interesting!

Thomas E.

Presenter transcript was very handy. Presentation was effective.

Angela C.

Engaging examples and slides

Mario M.

Great CLE!!!

Jeanne C.

She was excellent.

Gregory C.

Excellent presentation.

Susan M.

Great examples. Interesting.

Cynthia Coulter M.

Lively and engaging presentation, thank you.

Perry L.

very current

G. Christine P.

She was FABULOUS! And what an interesting topic! "Ripped from the headlines" stuff is always more engaging, but I know we need the basics reinforced, too. Thank you. She was great!

Shaun J.

Fantastic course!

Dennis G.

I enjoyed this course. Very helpful and relevant for our times.

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