September Education Event
Wednesday, September 15, 2021  |  9:30 AM - 1:00 PM or 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM & 12:00-1:00 PM

Event Detail

Event Venue

Collin Higher Education Center
3452 TX-399 Spur
McKinney, TX 75069

Event Sponsor

Registration Options

Members and Future Members can register for this event. Registration closes promptly at 12 PM on Friday, September 10th.

Registration Pricing

In Person Advance Registration
Members: $55.00
Future Members: $70.00

In Person Onsite Registration
Members: $70.00
Future Members: $85.00
* Limited onsite tickets are available based on a first come, first serve basis.

Virtual Registration
Members: $44.00
Future Members: $53.00

Please Note: Advanced registration is required in order to obtain a link for the event.  Mobile devices may not function properly or allow you to engage in the full features of this event.


Schedule of Event

In Person:
9:30-10:00     AM    Registration and Networking
10:00-11:00   AM    Session #1
11:00-11:30   AM    Networking
11:30-12:00   PM    Lunch Service
12:00-1:00     PM    Session #2

10:00-11:00   AM    Session #1
12:00-1:00     PM    Session #2
*Zoom link will be provided one day before event

Recertification Credit Information

2 HRCI HRS (General) Recertification Credit Hours

This program is approved for 2 HRS (General) HRCI recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

DallasHR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information, visit the SHRM certification website at

*Attendance is required to receive recertification credit certificates for attending this educational event.

It's Not All Black and White: Real Perspectives from DE&I Practitioners

Session #1: Developing Innovative Approaches to DE&I
Presented by: Latrice Torres

In this 60 minute session, we discuss the evolution of DE&I, what we have learned (good, bad, and ugly), and why it is time to get get innovative about our approach to this work. This interactive session includes audience participation and time for Q&A to help participants connect the presentation to their workplace challenges and opportunities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define the difference between diversity, inclusion, and equity in a clear and concise manner
  • Recognize common mistakes in implementing DE&I
  • Name at least 3 ways to connect DE&I to an overall talent strategy

Session #2: Panel Discussion
Moderated by: PJ Dunn; Panelists: Kelvin Goss, Leann Day, & Halima McWilliams

Our panel of DE&I practitioners from a wide range of industries will share their insights in how their companies have developed DE&I initiatives.  Come learn how these practitioners have earned buy-in from their top leadership on down through the employee ranks as they've built up a more inclusive culture and workforce.  The panel will provide some useful takeaways on how companies can start the discussion regarding DE&I and ensure actual results.  It's not good enough to just talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must implement and bring change. 

Learning Objectives:

1. How to start the DE&I discussion
2. How to measure DE&I and the success of initiatives
3. How to get buy-in from leadership and employees on DE&I

About the Speakers

 Latrice Torres

Latrice Torres, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a globally recognized HR and DEI professional with over 20 years of people development experience. She launched LeaderKeys Consulting, LLC in June of 2020 with two focuses: 1) building inclusive and equitable leaders and 2) coaching professionals through career changes. Her mantra of #makingpeopleawesome, is her guiding principle and drives her to provide a level of partnership and service that results in measurable success. Latrice’s approach to all interactions is to be a partner first, a consultant second, and then a cheerleader/supporter, while her clients focus on execution. Latrice is a highly skilled in-person and virtual trainer and presenter and has trained thousands of leaders across the United States and internationally in Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, to name a few. She has developed enterprise-wide programming in the areas of workplace ethics, diversity, equity & inclusion, talent development, performance management, organizational effectiveness, live and virtual onboarding, mentoring programs, employee engagement, and identifying & enhancing organizational culture.

Halima McWilliams

Halima K. McWilliams is an Associate Principal at Corgan, an architecture and design firm in downtown Dallas.   She has led the People Operations and Culture team since May 2018. Halima is an enthusiastic culture strategist, speaker and a passionate employee experience advocate.  She leverages her knowledge and expertise of over 24 years of experience in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) as well as strategic HR to aid organizations in crafting customized, practical and realistic solutions that work.  Halima is a nationally certified HR & Diversity Executive.  She also is a certified Enterprise Design Thinking practitioner via IBM. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Capella University. Halima has worked in leadership roles in Fortune 500 organizations such as Raytheon and First Data. Before joining Corgan, she was a Principal Consultant with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Kelvin Goss
serves as Sr. Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Delek US Holdings. He is an influencer, an innovative thought leader, and an agent of change. He has had the privilege to lead Human Resources in approximately 22 states for the world's largest retailer! Kelvin
 designed and developed the unique card game to enhance the knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion of people of all ages while having fun. “You played the race card”.  Kelvin's primary objective is to leverage this tool to educate individuals and organizations to see value through gamification to embrace all cultures, races, and people.

PJ Dunn
PJ is described as a “critical thinker with a heart for human flourishing.” For the past ten years, PJ has inspired executives and transitioning professionals on how to polish their natural strengths while managing limitations. As a Strengths Champion certified coach and certified coach practitioner through the Certified Coaching Federation, PJ has over 3,800 coaching hours and has delivered 510 presentations to-date and continues to be an advocate for those who advocate. PJ coaches in house counsels, lawyers, from the associate level to the partner level, solo law firms to mid-size firms, C-level executive boards, sales teams, business owners and financial services industry executives who need traction when processing specific goals. PJ is one of only a handful of non-lawyers chosen to advise the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers board of directors (2005). The DAYL has for the last ten years invited PJ to present at the DAYL’s annual leadership retreat.

Leann Day
Leann has over 15 years of experience in global Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up companies as an HR leader with a business mindset that creates employee engagement, drives positive employee culture and leads a motivated and energetic HR department. Her advanced knowledge and understanding of HR practices, talent development, talent acquisition, operations, strategic HR planning; along with strong knowledge of employer legal requirements and responsibilities are foundational to her success across all industries. Leann's reputation is established in seeking HR positions in diverse industries, such as financial & professional services, retail, and restaurant, in public, privately held, and start-up organizations.

Payment & Registration Notes

IMPORTANT: Advance registration is required.  To receive cancellation credit, your written request must be received at DallasHR by 12:00 noon, no later than the Monday before the meeting.

Payment is due with registration. No POs or requests for invoicing can be honored. Checks should be made payable and mailed (to be received no later than the Monday before the meeting) to the DallasHR Office.

Important Notices:

Chapter members and guests are not allowed to bring and/or distribute marketing collateral or material other than business cards to any chapter event except paid, sponsoring businesses. Violation of this policy will result in dismissal from the meeting and confiscation of materials. Opportunities to promote products and services are available. For information, please contact [email protected].