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OCTOBER 21-24 / New Orleans, LA
HR
GUMBO
Experience a vibrant conference centered around how HR, AAP, DEI, and Pay Equity intersect to create a beautifully balanced work culture.
What is
HR Gumbo?
Who We Are
HR Gumbo is an annual conference where attendees are inspired to stretch their imaginations and go beyond compliance. And like a good bowl of gumbo, the right ingredients result in a bold and amazing experience.
Main Stage
Keynote and Super Session Speakers
Elizabeth McCormick, U.S. Army Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot USA (Ret.)
LT. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret) Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina
Kathlyn Perez, Perez Law LLC
Craig Leen, Partner, K&L Gates
Stefan Youngblood, Founder Black A.I. Think Tank
John C. Fox Esq., Partner, Fox Wang & Morgan

EARLY BIRD

$595/pp

Deadline for early bird is May 31, 2024

REGULAR

$895/pp

Fee after May 1, 2024
AGENDA
Interactive and Engaging Sessions
8:00AM→12:00PM
Exhibitor Set Up
Setup
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
12:00PM → 7:30PM
Registration Desk Open
Event
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL

Welcome to HR Gumbo! Take this time to check into the conference and get acquainted with the beautiful Higgins Hotel. 

HR Gumbo
2:00PM → 4:00PM
Exhibitor Move-In
Setup
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
6:00PM → 7:30PM
Welcome Reception
Event
Arcadia Terrace | Exhibit Hall

Kick off HR Gumbo 2024 in style at our Welcome Reception! We invite you to join us and our exhibitors and sponsors for an unforgettable evening that encapsulates the spirit of New Orleans, setting the tone for an inspiring conference.

HR Gumbo
7:00AM→12:00PM
Registration Desk Open
Event
Arcadia Terrace | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
7:30AM→8:30AM
Breakfast
Food
Arcadia Terrace | Exhibit Hall
HR Gumbo
8:30AM → 9:00AM
Opening Jamboree
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom

The Opening Jamboree sets the stage for the days ahead with an explosion of local flavor and flair. As you step into what HR Gumbo is about, you'll learn why we chose New Orleans as the perfect backdrop to discuss how HR, AAP, Pay Equity, and DEI are the ingredients for a high performing work culture. 

Jeremy Mancheski
Founder & President, OutSolve
9:00AM → 10:00AM
Headwinds and Tailwinds: Learn What's Influencing Change
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom

In the ever-evolving landscape of human resources, this Super Session is designed to equip attendees with the insights needed to navigate the complex interplay of factors impacting affirmative action, pay equity, and workplace culture. As we stand at the crossroads of societal shifts, the election, and regulatory changes, understanding these 'headwinds' and 'tailwinds' is more important than ever.

Stefan Youngblood
Founder, HireBlack
Victoria Person
Director DEI, OutSolve
Soria Svay
Director, EEO & AA Program Strategy, ABM
Kathlyn Perez
Perez Law LLC
10:00AM→10:30AM
Exhibit Hall Break
Food & Beverage
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
10:30AM→11:30AM
The Future of DEI in Government Contractor Workplaces
Standard Session
Casablanca

Government contractors have a legal obligation to engage in affirmative action in addition to ensuring equal opportunity in all facets of employment decision making, including hiring, promoting, terminating, and compensating. If we are committed to equity and inclusion, where do we go from here?

Alissa A. Horvitz
Managing Partner, Roffman Horvitz PLC
10:30am → 11:30am
The Roux: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Session
Chartwell & American Red Cross

Step into the kitchen of OutSolve’s flavorful session, “The Roux: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.” Just as a well-prepared roux is essential for crafting the perfect gumbo, a carefully developed DEI strategy provides the foundational flavor and structure for a thriving organizational culture. This session invites attendees to explore the essential elements of DEI, much like the careful selection of ingredients and techniques in gumbo-making.

Miriam Lewis
Chief Inclusion Officer, Principal Financial Group
11:30AM→12:30PM
Driving Success: The Three A's of Solo HR
Activation Lab
Casablanca

In the unique and challenging world of solo HR, navigating the road alone requires not just a map, but the skills to drive through ever-changing terrain. This session is your opportunity to get behind the wheel and steer your organization towards success with precision and confidence. This session is tailored for those who operate as an HR department of one, or for those who find themselves managing HR responsibilities solo. Join us as we explore the critical 'Three A's'—Assessment, Action, and Attitude—that every solo HR practitioner must adeptly navigate to fuel their journey towards operational excellence.

Heather Martin
Director of Human Resources, ICEV
11:30AM→12:30PM
Performing Diagnostics: How to Run Health Checks on Compensation Systems
Session
Chartwell & Am Red Cross

This session will guide participants through the process of conducting comprehensive annual pay equity audits, identifying disparities, and implementing corrective measures to ensure compliance with legal standards and best practices.

Joshua Roffman
Managing Attorney, Roffman Horvitz, PLC
Nick Jones
Compensation Specialist, OutSolve
Sarah Ladut
Compensation Specialist, OutSolve
12:30PM→2:15PM
YOU. In the HR Pilot's Seat
Keynote Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom

Learn to FLY in this altitude-raising presentation by former Army Black Hawk Pilot Elizabeth McCormick, as she simplifies leadership principles into an immediately implementable business strategy. She teaches from her professional life, sharing stories about her time as a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot and Chief Warrant Officer 2 for the US Army. She will help you elevate your workplace with a mission of excellence.

Elizabeth McCormick
Former US Army Black Hawk Pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 (RET)
2:15PM→3:15PM
Foundations in Pay Equity: Developing Consistent Practices for Sustained Success
Masterclass
Chartwell & American Red Cross

Through real world case studies and interactive workshopping this session will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and actionable steps to establish consistent pay practices that promote fairness, attract top talent, and boost your company's bottom line. 1) Grasp the core principles of pay equity and its importance in the workplace. 2) Identify common pay disparities and potential biases in compensation practices. 3) Gain practical guidance on developing and implementing sustainable pay equity practices.

Neil Dickinson
VP, Compensation Services, OutSolve
Michelle Johnson
Director, Total Rewards, MAG Aerospace
Stefanie Legge
Sales Consultant- Compensation & DEI, OutSolve
2:15PM→3:15PM
Strategic Synergy: Aligning AAP with Standard Business Operations
Activation Lab
Casablanca

Achieving strategic synergy between Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) and standard business operations is crucial for enhanced audit preparedness. This session explores the essential question, “What happens after the affirmative action plan is completed?” by delving into real-world scenarios that highlight the complexities of weaving compliance seamlessly into the daily fabric of business activities. Attendees will leave equipped with a toolkit of actions to enhance your audit preparedness and streamline the Affirmative Action Program (AAP) process from year to year. Led by experts, this session promises an engaging platform for learning and discussion. The presenters bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, offering insights into best practices and overcoming common AAP challenges.

Courtney Heth
Sr. Consultant, OutSolve
Kaleigh Ferraro
Sr. Consultant, OutSolve
3:15PM→3:45PM
Exhibit Hall Break
Food & Beverage
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
3:45PM→4:45PM
Decanting Compliance: Uncorking the Future of OFCCP Compliance
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom C&B

Join John Fox, a seasoned connoisseur of employment law and OFCCP compliance, along with a select panel of legal professionals and HR sommeliers, for a cozy panel discussion. Attendees will enjoy a tasting menu of curated local wines as we pour through the nuances of regulations, sifting the sediment from the sublime, to reveal a clear, matured understanding of the future landscape. Our experts will uncork the complexities of OFCCP compliance, providing attendees with a refined understanding of how to navigate these changes effectively.

John C. Fox
Partner, Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.
4:45PM
Sessions Closed
HR Gumbo
5:00PM→6:30PM
Rosie's on the Roof Happy Hour
Special Event
Rosie's on the Roof - Top Floor Higgins Hotel

Cap off a day of insights and inspiration at Rosie's on the Roof, a favorite bar atop the roof of the Higgins Hotel. Enjoy food, cocktails and networking with your fellow attendees while enjoying breathtaking views of New Orleans.

HR Gumbo
7:00AM→8:00AM
Breakfast
Food
Arcadia Terrace | Exhibit Hall
HR Gumbo
8:00AM→9:00AM
Decoding AI in Talent Acquisition: Advantages, Pitfalls, and Ethical Considerations
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom

Join Stefan Youngblood, a seasoned expert in leveraging technology for business enhancement, as he delves into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in talent acquisition. This session will explore the transformative potential of AI to revolutionize hiring processes, alongside critical discussions on its limitations, inherent biases, and the ethical dilemmas unsupervised AI systems pose.

Stefan Youngblood
Founder & CEO, Hire Black
9:00AM→10:00AM
The AI Black Box: Creating Better Opportunities for PWD Inclusion Through Inclusive Data Sets
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom

Unlock the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to foster a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities (PWD) at the HR Gumbo conference. Join us for "The AI Black Box," a pivotal session that explores how inclusive data sets can revolutionize AI applications in HR, breaking down barriers and opening up new opportunities for PWD inclusion

Julie Sowash
Executive Director, Disability Solutions
10:00AM→10:30AM
Exhibit Hall Break
Food
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
10:30AM→11:30AM
Handling Hot Audits Under the New Scheduling Letter
Activation Lab
Chartwell & American Red Cross

This spicy session is directly related to the demands of the new OFCCP scheduling letter. Attendees will learn how to put their best ingredients forward without getting into hot water. This lab serves up recipes for making compliance gumbo that delivers without giving the auditor and you indigestion.

Becky Crowder
Senior Consultant
Janilyn Daub
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
10:30AM→11:30AM
HR Data Lab: DEI Key Performance Indicators for Making Meaningful Progress
Lab
Casablanca

Unlock the power of data in driving your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives forward. Join us for an immersive activation lab, where HR professionals will learn to identify, track, and analyze the right metrics to ensure their DEI efforts are not just meaningful but measurably impactful. This hands-on session is designed to transform your approach to DEI from aspirational to actionable, using data as your guide.

Victoria Person
Director, DEI, OutSolve
Maria Filosa
Director, Data Team, OutSolve
11:30AM→12:30PM
Flow Beyond Compliance
Activation Lab
Chartwell & American Red Cross

Flow Beyond Compliance with your Applicant Tracking for Talent Acquisition team members. Applicant flow log best practices, common pitfalls & mitigating risk. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their applicant tracking struggles and wins.

Renee Arazie
Sr. Consultant, OutSolve
11:30AM→12:30PM
The Importance of Belonging in the Workplace
Session
Casablanca

Fostering a sense of belonging in the workplace is critical to building a culture of inclusion, especially given the challenges of the current tight talent market. Yet research on belonging at work shows that underrepresented populations have a significantly lower feeling of belonging.

Perry Sholes, SPHR
President, Progressive HR Strategies
12:30PM→2:15PM
A Preparedness Mindset: Creating Take Charge Leaders
Keynote Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom

The go-to expert for networks including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CBS on emergency and disaster preparedness, hurricanes, supply chain and crisis management, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré helps organizations develop a culture of preparedness and initiates a mindset of problem-solving using strategies that create take-charge leaders.

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré
US (Ret.)
2:15PM→3:15PM
Audit Preparation: Applicant and Compliance Integration
Masterclass
Chartwell & American Red Cross

In a two-part conference session, part one includes presenters walking attendees through applicant tracking requirements and common pitfalls. Part two entails practical advice on how contractors can integrate their OFCCP compliance through a focus on record retention; combined with systematic evaluations of contractor equal employment opportunity efforts.

Bryan Ishmael, aPHR
Senior Consultant, OutSolve
Paul McTaggart
Consultant, OutSolve
2:15PM→3:15PM
Closing the Gap: Pay Equity Trivia Session
Activation Lab
Casablanca

Join us for an interactive and informative session aimed at shedding light on the complexities of pay equity through an engaging trivia format.

Neil Dickinson
VP Compensation, OutSolve
Stefanie Legge
Sales Consultant, OutSolve
Desiree Throckmorton
Sr. Consultant, OutSolve
3:15PM→3:45PM
Exhibit Hall Break
Food & Beverage
ARCADIA TERRACE | EXHIBIT HALL
HR Gumbo
3:45PM→4:45PM
Gumbo of Law: Mixing the Right Ingredients for Legal Compliance and Conflict Resolution
Masterclass
Arcadia Ballroom

Just as crafting the perfect gumbo requires a delicate balance of ingredients and timing, navigating the complexities of employment law demands a similar blend of precision and skill. Join Kathlyn Perez, founder of Perez Law LLC, as she stirs up a rich mix of legal insights and strategies in this unique session designed to help you avoid the common pitfalls of federal, state, and local employment laws and effectively handle workplace complaints. With a seasoned palate for legal intricacies and a flair for engaging delivery, Kathlyn will guide you through the essential components of building a compliant workplace. This session will simmer through the layers of employment law, offering you the recipes for blending statutory requirements with best practices to create a harmonious work environment.

Kathlyn Perez
Perez Law LLC
4:45pm
Sessions Close
6:00PM→9:00PM
WWII Museum Event
Event
WWII Museum

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the prestigious WWII Museum in New Orleans, proudly presented as a highlight of OutSolve’s HR Gumbo Conference. This exclusive event, dedicated to "Celebrating Veterans in the Workplace," promises an enriching experience that combines networking, entertainment, and heartfelt tributes to our veterans. Highlighting the night will be a special performance by the Victory Belles, bringing nostalgic tunes from the 1940s. This event is a unique opportunity to honor the contributions of veterans in our workplaces and communities.

HR Gumbo
7:00AM → 8:00AM
Breakfast
Food
Arcadia Terrace | Exhibit Hall
HR Gumbo
8:00AM → 9:00AM
Compliance Insights
Super Session
ARCADIA Ballroom C&B

HR Compliance Insights from Industry Experts- More details to come

 

HR Gumbo
9:00AM → 10:00AM
Inclusive Workplaces and the Gumbo of Ability
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom C&B

Join K&L Gates partner and former OFCCP Director Craig Leen for an engaging and wide-ranging discussion on how to build inclusive workplaces that are welcoming to employees of all backgrounds, and that adhere to fundamental principles of disability inclusion and accessibility.

Craig Leen
Partner, K&L Gates
10:00AM → 11:00AM
Putting It All Together: From AAPs to Recruitment and Everything in Between
Super Session
Arcadia Ballroom C&B

This session provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from companies that have successfully navigated the challenges of creating and implementing comprehensive OFCCP compliance, pay equity, and DEI efforts. Featuring leaders from healthcare, engineering, and manufacturing sectors, each panelist will share their journey—from the initial recognition of need, through the development and implementation to the sustainable management of these initiatives, and at times, on a global scale.

 
Momolu Cooper
Director Operations, Team Lead, OutSolve
11:00
Event Conclusion
Event
Arcadia Ballroom C&B
Welcome to HR Gumbo

Why You Should Attend

For too long, we've cycled through conferences that have failed to evolve with the times—especially when it comes to the political, social, and legal challenges facing affirmative action, DEI, and pay equity. HR Gumbo is set to change that narrative.

You can expect to step into a space where progress is not just discussed, but actively pursued.

$254 Room Rate

Remarkable Location

HR Gumbo takes place at one of New Orleans’ most memorable venues. The Higgins New Orleans is the 4-star, official hotel of the acclaimed National WWII Museum. OutSolve has secured a discounted room rate for attendees.

HR Gumbo is what happens when forward-thinking people and innovative topics come together.

FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the 2024 HR Gumbo Conference?

OutSolve’s 2024 HR Gumbo Conference takes place October 21-24, 2024 at the Higgins Hotel New Orleans. 

How can I book my hotel room for the conference?

The HR Gumbo Conference takes place at the Higgins Hotel New Orleans, 1000 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130. OutSolve has secured a discounted room rate for attendees at https://group.curiocollection.com/6cl1pr 

What can I expect at HR Gumbo?

HR Gumbo is a vibrant event where affirmative action, diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and pay equity blend to inspire and go beyond compliance. You can expect more than just lecture; expect an immersive experience that encourages attendees to stretch their imaginations and think beyond boundaries of compliance. 

Who should attend HR Gumbo?

OutSolve clients and those who are not clients can attend HR Gumbo. This event is centered around the following roles, however, we encourage other roles to attend as well:

  • HR Managers, Directors, VPs, and CHROs 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Professionals
  • AA/EEO Practitioners
  • Pay Equity & Compensation Professionals
What is the registration fee for HR Gumbo?

The Early Bird registration fee for HR Gumbo is $595 per attendee, and the Late Bird registration fee is $895 after April 30. 

What is the HR Gumbo registration policy?

Full Refund Deadline: You are eligible for a full refund of your registration fee if you cancel by June 28, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET.

No Refunds After: Please note that we cannot issue refunds for any cancellations made after July 1, 2024. Cancellations made post this deadline will lead to a forfeiture of the registration fee. This also applies to attendees who fail to attend the conference (no-shows) without prior cancellation.

Please contact hrgumbo@outsolve.com for requests to cancel. You can view the full policy here

How can my company become an HR Gumbo sponsor?

Organizations interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at HR Gumbo can find more information here. 

Is there an opportunity to present at HR Gumbo?

If you believe that your expertise and insights could make a significant contribution to our innovative lineup of session formats, please take this opportunity to apply to speak. Find more information here. 

 

Session

Formats
Unlike other conferences, HR Gumbo has a variety of exciting sessions. 
Each focused on—not just talk—but actions.
Activation Labs
Attend engaging sessions focused on activating and amplifying your efforts for AAP, DEI, or Pay Equity.
Masterclasses
Join our OutSolve experts for masterclasses aimed at providing attendees with advanced instruction and insights.
Fireside Chats
Gain knowledge by listening to conversational discussions on trends and movements that impact AAP, DEI, or Pay Equity.
Super Sessions
Get inspired! Participate in high-profile sessions with impactful speakers focused on bringing you unique insights.
Sponsors & Partners
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Federal Wage and Labor Law Institute
Disability Solutions
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Stefan Youngblood

Looking to Sponsor or Exhibit to Build Awareness?

HR Gumbo provides focused promotional opportunities that give your brand visibility through deep brand integrations. Contact us for more information.

Want to Present and Elevate Your Visibility?

If you're passionate about transforming the affirmative action compliance landscape and can inspire others to stretch beyond compliance, present at HR Gumbo!
Sponsor HR Gumbo
Contact Us.

HR Gumbo Event Location

The Higgins Hotel
1000 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Hotel Reservation Link:
 

Email: info@outsolve.com

Phone: 888.414.2410