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Micro Learning Webcast

Join us for a transformative Philly SHRM Fireside Chat as we delve deep into the essence of belonging in the workplace. Featuring the insights of Shakema T. Appleton, one of the masterminds behind Cozen O’Connor’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives, and the ever-inspiring Kelly Meerbott, an award-winning leadership coach, celebrated author, and TEDx speaker. Dive into thought-provoking conversations and discover actionable strategies to foster inclusivity and belonging in your organization. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the city’s foremost voices in leadership and diversity!

Meet the Speakers:

Kelly Meerbott
Kelly Meerbott is a sought-after keynote, TEDx speaker, author, podcast host, and an award-winning leadership expert. Thanks to her father, professional  golfer on the PGA Tour with 80 top 10 finishes George Burns III, she learned early on how powerful a great coach can be. Kelly has worked with executives, the C-suite, and senior military officers. Her unique trauma-informed approach and PTSD training inform her strategies from personal coaching to DEIA to organizational transformation — with 90% of clients achieving their goals. Kelly graduated from the College of Holy Cross, and is the author of From Burnout To Bliss.

Shakema Appleton
Shakema Appleton is a mission-driven individual who is passionate about organizational effectiveness, development, change management, collaboration and organizational behavior. Serving as the Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Cozen O’Connor, Shakema is a highly effective, results-oriented strategic visionary that inspires a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond compliance and onto skill and competence.