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The DE Talk monthly podcast features honest and open dialogue between powerhouse industry experts on a variety of HR topics ranging from OFCCP compliance advice to emerging recruitment marketing trends, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and insightful solutions that help infuse new life into your HR strategies.

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DE Talk | Shifting from the Great Resignation to the Great Retention

Season 3 • Episode 8

The Great Resignation continues to affect employers large and small as they grapple with how to address this ongoing talent concern. Tune in as entrepreneur, author, and podcaster, Lorraine Ball, discusses how focusing on culture-building, connection, and proactive recruitment can prevent the churn of employee turnover and create a place where people want to work.

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DE Talk | From Public Service to Corporate America: Lived Experiences of an LGBTQ Employee in the Workplace

Season 3 • Episode 7

Courageous conversations begin when you’re willing to share vulnerabilities, stand in those insecurities, and become relatable to those around you. For the internationally awarded public speaker, author, first responder, and LGBTQIA+ activist Samantha Smith, that began when she recited her powerful speech, Last Call. Tune in to this episode as Samantha shares her experience first as a police officer in the field and then as an out employee in corporate America. From guidance on supporting LGBTQ employees to the power a simple EEO statement offers, Samantha shares how being an ally is not a choice but a must for workplace diversity and inclusion.

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DE Talk | OFCCP in 2022: Lean Staff, Big Goals & New Changes Afoot

Season 3 • Episode 6

The federal contractor community has taken note of the quiet demeanor of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) since the Biden Administration took office. However, amongst the quiet comes big changes ahead – many of which might cause a stir for the federal contractor and subcontractor community. Tune in as DirectEmployers Executive Director Candee Chambers and employment law expert John C. Fox of Fox, Wang & Morgan discuss the undoing of all things Trump, the OFCCP’s upcoming priorities, and the new AAP verification program coming in February of 2022.

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DE Talk | Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Workforce – Cultivating At-Risk Talent

Season 3 • Episode 5

There’s no denying that today’s youth are tomorrow’s future, and sometimes, they just need a second chance and some guidance to set them on the track to success. In this episode of the DE Talk podcast, we sat down with Denny Armington, President of Youth Opportunity Foundation (YOF), to discuss how they work with disadvantaged and post-adjudicated youth to mentor, educate, and train them as they prepare for a stable and rewarding future in the workforce.

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DE Talk | Combatting the “She-cession”: Creating Equitable Opportunity for Women

Season 3 • Episode 4

The pandemic changed the U.S. workforce virtually overnight. More than a year later, its impact lingers on, continuing to drive more women out of the workforce. Decades worth of slow progress made by women to catch up to men evaporated in just one year – and the question remains, how many women will return to work? And how does this threaten our economic recovery? Tune in as gender economist Katica Roy, CEO and Founder of Pipeline, shares the setbacks women’s labor force participation has experienced and how equitable skilling and opportunity in the workforce can aid in providing a way for the 2.6 million women to return to the workforce.

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DE Talk | Reality Check: The Role of Employers In Employee Mental Health

Season 3 • Episode 3

For years, employers have recognized the need for mental health support. Now, thanks to the pandemic pause in 2020, employers are looking to break the stigma of mental health care, assess how to make positive strides forward, and create an open dialogue in their workplaces. How can employers create a work culture that supports mental and emotional well-being? Tune in as psychiatrist Dr. Chris Bojrab unpacks the importance of mental health, how it affects the workplace, and steps needed to prioritize mental health and well-being as a business imperative.

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DE Talk | Navigating COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: Employer vs Employee Rights

Season 3 • Episode 2

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers around the globe will soon face new challenges: will they require employees to be vaccinated? To get down to the legal nitty gritty, we sat down with employment law expert Jay Wang of Fox, Wang, & Morgan to provide guidance on vaccine mandates, the recent FDA approval, and what this means for employers and employees around the nation.

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DE Talk | Redefining Work: Breaking the 8-to-5 Culture with Remote Work & Future Hiring

Season 3 • Episode 1

There’s no question that the pandemic has changed our outlook on remote work, and redefined many things in our daily lives, including our relationship with work and the future of the workplace itself. For many, this was swift and transformed the way we in human resources recruit, hire, onboard, train, and engage. With employers having to adapt to the profound change, two questions bear consideration — how do employees feel about remote work, and what impact does that have on employers? Dive into this podcast, as Scott Sendelweck of Community Health Network shares insights into tech, remote work, and the future of work as we know it.

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DE Talk | Improving Disability Employment Outcomes

Season 2 • Episode 7

Gaps in employment continue to exist for individuals with disabilities. The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has dedicated its existence to moving the workforce inclusion needle forward by creating resources like the Disability Employment Tracker, Corporate Leadership Council, and the Disability Inclusion Executive Briefing for employers to utilize. NOD President Carol Glazer joined the DE Talk podcast to discuss the organization’s history and how we can improve disability employment outcomes as a community of employers. Tune in to discover how far the disability employment landscape has come in the last five years and how employers have moved through the maturity curve past basic compliance to competency, creating inclusive workforces that attract all skills and abilities.

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DE Talk | Pushing Creative Limits: Using Vibrant Photos & Video to Showcase Your Employer Brand

Season 2 • Episode 6

Over the last year, we have all had to adapt our ways of doing, and creativity has quickly become a lifeline for standing out — especially in today’s competitive workforce. That’s why representing your unique company culture on your website and social media platforms is more critical than ever. In this episode, Drew Palmer and Jordan Hartman of the Recruit Rooster Creative Services team sit down to chat about all things creative in the HR space, and how it can positively impact your recruitment efforts. Listen in as they walk you through the creative process, how to take control of your employment branding, and ways to stay creative during the pandemic.

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