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Human capital lessons from COVID-19 and social justice movements

Both the government market and much of the country was first rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic and then by the killing of George Floyd.

COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented shift to remote work and the ripple effects for companies and how they operate, interact with customers and hire and retain employees.

With the death of George Floyd, many government contractors have taken a stand to express their support for social justice and an end to systemic racism. For most, it is unfamiliar territory but also has far reaching impact on how they do business and support employees.

We’ll take a look at what both of these events mean to government contractors and how they will have a long-term impact on the market at Friday’s virtual WT Power Breakfast.

The online event kicks off at 8 a.m. and should wrap up shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Our first panel will feature Janet Hanofee, chief human resources officer for SOS International; Rebecca Kenawell, vice president of human capital for Maximus; and Debbie Rhodes, vice president of human resources at CGI Federal. These executives will share how their companies responded to the pandemic, how they have operated to date and what is on the horizon.

Many aspects of the COVID-19 response are temporary and companies are formulating plans for a return to the office. But many changes will likely remain as part of doing business after the pandemic has passed. That’s what we’ll discuss during our panel sessions. Audience questions are encouraged.

Our second panel will focus on hownewly-energized social justice movements iare having an impact on government contractors.

Our panelists will be Viraj Gandhi, CEO of Paradyme Management; Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of CNSI; and Charlene Wheeless, CEO of Charlene Wheeless LLC.

Each will bring a different perspective to the discussion and we’ll focus on why social justice is important to government contractors, what companies can do now and what they should be doing moving forward.

We’ll also discuss the risks and potential mistakes companies need to be aware of. Again, audience questions are encouraged.

This is a great opportunity to hear from the front lines on how two historic events are impacting our market and to learn what you and your company can be doing.

Click here for more information on the event and to register.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jul 15, 2020 at 9:40 AM

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