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Micro Learning Webcast

Have you considered how your organization’s culture could be helping or hindering your DE&I efforts?

Establishing and integrating a holistic DE&I strategy within a company can be a challenging endeavor for HR and business leaders. The most successful strategies are implemented over time to create sustainable change throughout all levels of the organization and engrains DE&I within the culture. During this webinar we’ll discuss the different types of organizational cultures and questions to consider when thinking how you approach your DE&I strategy. We’ll keep a focus on influencing through culture change and how keeping that in mind will enhance your DE&I efforts.

Meet Our Speaker:

Kaela Blanks, M.S., SHRM-SCP (pronouns she/her or they/them)

Kaela’s core belief is to make an impact by empowering people to thrive. Kaela is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Assured Partners (AP), where she can put that core belief into action every day. She ensures people feel Seen & Heard, Included & Involved, while Connected & Supported through her work leading the DE&I function. She uses a culture and change management forward approach to supporting the organization’s overall business strategy and goals for a more equitable and inclusive workplace. This includes empowering AP’s employee-led resource groups, advancing equitable opportunities for employees, and amplifying the impact AP can have through fostering meaningful relationships internally and externally. She passionately cares about people and is grateful to be able to channel that passion through her work.

Prior to AP, Kaela drove the DE&I strategy at large organizations like Wawa and Aramark as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist and as the Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, respectively. Kaela also has a background in various HR functions, including talent management, organizational development, HR systems and analytics, communications, and employee engagement.

Kaela holds her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resources from Northeastern University and is an alum from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She’s holds her Senior Certified Professional certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Kaela serves on the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of SHRM and the IDEAL Board Sub-Committee for the Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences.

She was nominated as an HR Rising Star in 2020 by the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards and named Philadelphia’s Top 40 Connectors and Keepers by Leadership Philadelphia in their class 2021. True to her passion, Kaela loves to travel to new cities and explore new foodie dishes to learn more about the cultures of others. She also geeks out on sci-fi and space travel and can easily get lost in a good book, movie, or tv show. Feel free to get connected with her on LinkedIn.