The Heldrich Center’s eighth annual State of Workforce Diversity Forum, held on October 12, featured panel presentations on age discrimination in hiring and the role of chief diversity officers in business and higher education. Opening remarks that framed the discussion were delivered by Dr. Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Heldrich Center, and Dr. Ronald Quincy, Professor of Practice at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Senior Fellow for Diversity Studies at the Heldrich Center.
During the first panel discussion, entitled Age Discrimination in Hiring: Breaking Down Barriers and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) @ 50 and moderated by Dr. Van Horn, attendees heard presentations by panelists:
- Maria Heidkamp, Director, New Start Career Network and Senior Researcher, Heldrich Center, who discussed research on older workers and long-term unemployment, and how the New Start Career Network is helping older job seekers in New Jersey;
- Dan Kohrman, Senior Attorney, AARP Foundation, who talked about the aging workforce and age bias in hiring; and
- Claudia Reis, Partner, Lenzo & Reis, LLC, who discussed older workers, age discrimination laws, employers’ complaints about older workers, and the benefits of older workers.
The second panel discussion, The Complex Role of Chief Diversity Officers in Today’s Workplace, was moderated by Dr. Quincy and featured the following panelists:
- Dr. Jorge Reina Schement, Vice Chancellor, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Chair for the Chief Diversity Officers of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, who discussed demographics in New Jersey as well as student and faculty diversity at Rutgers University;
- Dr. Patricia David, Senior Diversity Officer, JPMorgan Chase, who discussed JPMorgan Chase’s initiatives for improving and enhancing diversity and inclusion within the company; and
- Dr. Lisa M. Coleman, Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, New York University, who talked about the history of diversity and inclusion in the United States as well as the benefits and return on investment of workplace diversity and inclusion.
View photos from the event.