Equitable Recruiting and Retention

VBSR Virtual Workshop Series: Equitable Recruiting and Retention

Event Details:
When: September 16, 2021 1:00 pm – September 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Virtual Workshop Series

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $60 per workshop
VBSR Members – $40 per workshop

Registration is open

Event hosted by: VBSR

Join VBSR and Kadijah Means for a two-part virtual workshop series exploring all aspects of equitable recruiting and retention. In the Equitable Recruiting and Retention series, we will interrogate misconceptions about the talent pipeline, determine which actions push equity-based recruitment efforts forward, and how to extend kindness and care to employees to boost retention. This workshop series is a great fit for any HR professional, manager, or business leader who is looking to center equity and inclusion in their hiring and retention strategies.


Join us for one or both of the workshops in this series:


Equitable Recruiting & Retention – Part 1

Thursday, September 16th

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


In the first Equitable Recruiting and Retention virtual workshop, we will learn to upgrade standard recruiting practices to neutralize inequities in the workplace. Through a combination of small group discussions and skill-building activities, we write compelling job descriptions to attract top and emerging talent and how to ensure they reach them. This 2-hour workshop will provide critical insights into the how-tos of equitable hiring practices.


Equitable Recruiting & Retention – Part 2

Thursday, September 30th

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


In the second Equitable Recruiting and Retention virtual workshop, attendees will identify areas of opportunity for building and maintaining an equitable workplace. We will review strategies to retain a diverse workforce, including Nonviolent Communication, internal mentorship, pay equity, and other active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.



These workshops will take place virtually, and the details to join each workshop will be sent via email to all who register, in advance of the event. Closed captioning via live transcription will be available during both of these workshops. Both workshops will be recorded and the recordings will be shared with all who register.


SHRM-certified individuals who participate in these workshops are eligible to receive 2 PD SHRM credits for each workshop, as VBSR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



Meet Our Workshop Presenter:


Kadijah Means


Kadijah Means

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist, Kadijah Means Strategy & Consulting

Kadijah Means is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist and serves on the Board of Directors for Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz. She integrates the principles of nonviolent communication and harm-reduction into anti-oppression education. Kadijah has worked with organizations in the private and public sectors to facilitate conversations around gender, sexuality, race, and other topics of systemic oppression.

Through her work, she invites us, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,” into a space the poet Rumi imagined could transform conflict into connection. By integrating introspection, empathy, and critical theory, Kadijah adopts a holistic approach to anti-oppression learning.

She is featured on various podcasts, most notably NPR’s This American Life, where she discussed racial identity development in children. For more information on fostering community, nonviolent communication, and anti-racism philosophy, read her chapter, “How To Address Racism In Schools,” in Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom (2019). Visit her website for other offerings.



Thank You to Our JEDI Learning Community Sponsors:



White + Burke

Strengthening communities for more than 30 years. White + Burke creates healthy, productive, and profitable spaces for Vermonters to live, play, and work. Whether consulting on a new commercial development project, providing strategic analysis of a real estate portfolio, structuring a public-private partnership, or seeking a new location, we provide in-depth, objective, strategic advice and action to businesses, property owners, institutions, and municipalities. We are an outsourced real estate department – here when you need us and costing nothing when you don’t.




For over 20 years, Dealer.com has been committed to creating cutting-edge solutions for our clients while investing in our people and our local communities. From volunteerism to environmentalism, we are continuously building connections with our team members, our clients, and our neighbors.



Mascoma Bank

Mascoma Bank was founded in 1899 by community members seeking ways to establish a healthy local economy. For over 120 years, Mascoma Bank’s foundation of mutuality has continued to be a force for positive change supporting communities to reach thriving sustainability. As a Certified B Corporation® we continue on our mission to be Best for the World®, a company where we don’t answer to stockholders, but respond to the needs of our communities, where we also live, work, and play.



King Arthur Baking Company


Baking with joy since 1790.
We’re an employee-owned company, every one of us bakers at heart. And for generations, we’ve been there with you as you bake. Our mission is to be the ultimate resource and inspiration in the kitchen, to inspire connections and community through baking, and to use our business as a force for good.





Vermont Gas


Safe, clean, affordable and reliable energy choices.

We are northwest Vermont’s integrated energy services company. We offer customers clean, affordable and reliable thermal energy service, award-winning energy efficiency programs, home and business energy equipment service and maintenance, and a first-in-the-nation renewable option for families and businesses.



City Market

City Market/Onion River Co-Op is Burlington’s community-owned grocery store with over 12,000 members and locations Downtown and in the South End. Guided by their Global Ends and the Co-op Principles of “strengthening the local food system” and “concern for community”, City Market seeks to ensure that consumers have local access to progressive environmental, social, and healthful choices at affordable prices.