April LHRMA Program + Workshop: Creating an Organizational Environment for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

April 12, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
SCC Jack J Huck Continuing Education Center
301 S 68th St Pl
NE 68510

April Program + Workshop
April 12th
Location: SCC Jack J Huck Continuing Education Center
301 S 68th St Pl, Lincoln, NE 68510

This program will be hosted both in-person in Lincoln and also virtually via video. Anyone who registers for the virtual option below will be sent a link to join prior to the program beginning. It is recommended virtual attendees login at 11:50am for any pre-program announcements.

Registration/Check-In: 11:30am
Lunch/Networking: 11:30am-12:00pm
Program: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Workshop: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Program Title:
Creating an Organizational Environment for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

Research and demonstrated success of some organizations tell us that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matter. Organizational performance is better, work environments are more welcoming, and employees experience more professional and personal wellbeing when workplaces are diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Successful DEI outcomes require a systems approach that moves DEI from mere compliance to center stage of organizational strategy and practice. Effectiveness in this area requires the enduring engagement of the entire organization to positively change systems and practices. In this session, we will present what are considered best practices and strategies for, and recognized challenges to engendering environmental shifts where all organizational members, including underrepresented and marginalized members, can experience belonging and have enjoyed opportunities to thrive.


Following the lunch program, Dr. Combs will lead a follow-up and a more extended in-depth discussion of concepts presented at the luncheon plus more.

Dr. Gwendolyn Combs

Dr. Combs

Gwendolyn Marizett Combs serves the University in both faculty and administrative roles. Academically, she is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business. Administratively, she is the Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and Coordinates the work of the three UNL Chancellor’s Diversity Commissions (Commissions on the Status of People of Color, the Status of Women, and on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities).

Her scholarship has focused on the dynamics of human resource management, diversity, and inclusion practices on organizational outcomes and employee behaviors, and well-being.

Combs received her BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Washington University (MO), and her doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Combs holds leadership roles in professional and service organizations including the Executive Board of the Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee of the Academy of Management, Chair of the UNL African and African American Caucus, and member of the Institutional Research Committee of the National Board of Directors for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Registration Cost:

  • Free for Current LHRMA Members
  • Program: $25 for non-LHRMA Members
  • Program + Workshop: $50 for non-LHRMA Members

Registration Deadline:
Please register by Monday, April 11th.