VBSR Equitable Recruiting and Retention Webinar Series

September 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join VBSR and Kadijah Means for a two-part virtual workshop series exploring all aspects of equitable recruiting and retention. In the Equitable Recruiting and Retention series, we will interrogate misconceptions about the talent pipeline, determine which actions push equity-based recruitment efforts forward, and how to extend kindness and care to employees to boost retention. This workshop series is a great fit for any HR professional, manager, or business leader who is looking to center equity and inclusion in their hiring and retention strategies.

Register for one or both of the workshops in this series:

Equitable Recruiting & Retention – Part 1

Thursday, September 16th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


In the first Equitable Recruiting and Retention virtual workshop, we will learn to upgrade standard recruiting practices to neutralize inequities in the workplace. Through a combination of small group discussions and skill-building activities, we write compelling job descriptions to attract top and emerging talent and how to ensure they reach them. This 2-hour workshop will provide critical insights into the how-tos of equitable hiring practices.

Equitable Recruiting & Retention – Part 2

Thursday, September 30th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


In the second Equitable Recruiting and Retention virtual workshop, attendees will identify areas of opportunity for building and maintaining an equitable workplace. We will review strategies to retain a diverse workforce, including Nonviolent Communication, internal mentorship, pay equity, and other active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.

About the Trainer

Kadijah Means – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist, Kadijah Means Strategy & Consulting

Kadijah Means is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist and serves on the Board of Directors for Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz. She integrates the principles of nonviolent communication and harm-reduction into anti-oppression education. Kadijah has worked with organizations in the private and public sectors to facilitate conversations around gender, sexuality, race, and other topics of systemic oppression.

Through her work, she invites us, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,” into a space the poet Rumi imagined could transform conflict into connection. By integrating introspection, empathy, and critical theory, Kadijah adopts a holistic approach to anti-oppression learning.

She is featured on various podcasts, most notably NPR’s This American Life, where she discussed racial identity development in children. For more information on fostering community, nonviolent communication, and anti-racism philosophy, read her chapter, “How To Address Racism In Schools,” in Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom (2019). Visit her website for other offerings.