Upcoming events

    • 28 Mar 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 3 West Road, Cranston, RI 02920

    Diversity Cafe - Expanding Beyond the Headlines


    We invite you to join the Diversity Committee of Rhode Island SHRM for its Third "Diversity Cafe - Expanding beyond the Headlines." This will be an energizing morning of connections, conversations, and programming, focused on today's leading topics around diversity in the workplace. 

    During this program, participants will have the opportunity to choose from two of the following topics during this program:

    Expanding and Responding to DEI within Schools (ideal for college/university professionals) Speakers: Kevin K. Martins & Stef Nelson

    Expanding LGBTQIA+ competencies for community allies (ideal for Allies and those seeking to deepen awareness) Kevin Matta & Michael Campbell

    Expanding Anti-Racism in the workplace (ideal for those looking to go beyond DEI awareness and steps on how to address it in the workplace) Rachael Gavin

    Expanding Anti-Racism in my community (ideal for those looking to go beyond DEI awareness and steps on how to address it through community) Adama Brown and Alex Pastor

    Expanding trauma-informed safety (for those looking on how to address trauma in a safe way - prioritizing self-care)


    • 7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast, Networking, and Registration 
      8:30am - 8:45am - Welcoming Remarks (Lynn Corwin - State Chapter Director) 
      8:45am - 9:15am - Breakout session 1 
      9:15am - 9:20am - Transition to Breakout 2
      9:20am - 9:50am - Breakout 2 
      9:50am - 10:00am - Closing Remarks (Kilah Walters Clinton - Diversity Chairperson) 


    Executive Office of Health and Human Services

          3 West Road, Cranston, RI 02920

          Parking is available directly in front of the building.

    This program has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM credits.


    Kevin K. Martins (he/him/his)

    Dr. Kevin Keith Martins is an educator, activist, and thought leader dedicated to inclusion and justice. With over fifteen years as a higher education practitioner, he recently left Bryant University where he served as Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a new role as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Care New England.

    As a first-generation Cape-Verdean American, Dr. Martins grew up in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He currently serves on the Pawtucket Mayor’s Community Board working to bridge community engagement with city government. He is also co-founder and chair of the Shea Alumni Association, a group focused on supporting current high school students at his alma mater through programming and college scholarships. As an advocate for mentorship, Dr. Martins works closely with Brothers On a New Direction (B.O.N.D.), an organization for young men of color centered on the values of brotherhood, leadership, service, responsibility, and mentorship. And he also serves on the board of 617Peak, an organization that helps Boston area youth develop their creative abilities through writing and performances.

    Dr. Martins earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

    Above all else, Dr. Martins is a husband and a father of three.

    Stef Nelson, SHRM-CP (they/she)

    Stef is a dedicated advocate for workforce development, allyship, and lifelong learning who finds fulfillment in mentoring and coaching, facilitating understanding, and inspiring empathy. Throughout their career, whether leading teams in the fashion industry or launching new products and departments in the financial services industry, Stef has elevated employee engagement by facilitating a sense of community. In their previous roles, Stef has designed, implemented, and facilitated DEI trainings and workshops with a focus on implicit bias, gender diversity, and team building. Stef possesses a natural ability to forge trusting, collaborative relationships and instill enthusiasm through purpose-driven communication. Stef believes in the transformative power of intentional connection and authentic sharing, and the collective value of diverse experiences and perspectives.

    Stef has been working with the Schmidt Labor Research Center as a Graduate Teaching Assistant since August 2021, while pursuing their Master of Science in Labor Relations and HR (to be conferred this May). In their current role, Stef organizes the Center’s annual Labor Arbitration and Labor & Employment Law conferences, serves on the SLRC Advisory Committee, and manages marketing projects for URI’s graduate programs in Labor Relations and Human Resources. Stef has also proudly served URI’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management as the Chapter President nearly two years, and earned their SHRM-CP certification in January of 2023. Stef looks forward to taking on a volunteer leadership role supporting the Rhode Island SHRM chapter beginning in the summer of 2023.

    Currently, in their spare time, Stef is consulting with the National Academy of Arbitrators NE Region’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee to develop their first-ever educational curriculum on the subject of implicit bias. Stef’s wellspring of energy also feeds their love of karaoke, dancing, and volunteering to speak on the unique challenges and needs of other nontraditional and adult students. Stef hopes to continue their work aligning organizational strategies, engaging communities, and empowering individuals with a full-time role in learning & development or DEI following their graduation 

    Kevin Matta (he/him/his)

     Kevin Matta (he, him, his) brings an extensive understanding and focused attention to the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. Working closely across and in the community, Kevin listens deeply, with empathy, to fully understand their challenges and needs. Applying his insights and experiences, Kevin works in partnership to help shape the journey to raise awareness, expand connectedness, and strengthen inclusive practices. He also brings a sharp focus on client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections.

    A strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, Kevin brings both passion and experience to his role as Chief Human Resource & Diversity officer at Amos House. Bilingual in Spanish-English, he has worked in the non-profit, healthcare, financial services, small business, and within academia. He has a transformative effect on the numerous non-profit organizations he supports

    through his volunteer work including serving as President of the Board for DAIP (Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, Vice President and Director of Operations for Society for Humans Resources Management (SHRM) of Rhode Island, and serves on the board of Progreso Latino.

    Kevin is a native Rhode Islander and known for his kindness. You’ll find him happily walking his rescue dog, Chloe, in Providence.

    Michael Campbell (he/him/his)

    Michael J. N. Campbell, MA SHRM-CP is a human resources professional specializing in organizational development, talent acquisition, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), training and development, data analytics, compliance and strategic planning. He is currently employed as a Sr. Human Resources Consultant at PPL Corp, which is the parent company of Rhode Island Energy. Michael's background includes experiences working in multiple industries including higher education, public administration, healthcare, technology, and the non-profit sector. He holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from Rhode Island College and a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from William James College. Michael's passion for HR management stems from his belief in the power of HR to drive and reinforce culture change across our organizations and institutions in order to create a healthier, safer, freer and more equitable society.

    Rachael Gavin (she/hers)

    Rachael is a strategist, facilitator & consultant who specializes in equity-centered, diversity and inclusion solutions. She has 10 years of experience working within the social justice and education sectors across the U.S., U.K., and Europe. She has served as a member of The Day Newspaper’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition’s Board of Directors, where she sat on the governance committee.

    Rachael is an experienced researcher, facilitator, and educator and utilizes her unique insight as a global citizen and a Black-multiracial, queer woman to root her work in empathy and compassion, while amplifying the voices of folks facing marginalization. Rachael is a first-generation college graduate, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Connecticut and a Master's in Social Research from Goldsmiths, University of London; the United Kingdom’s leading college for radical approaches to the social sciences. Throughout her time living abroad, she developed cross-atlantic research examining best practices for equitable solutions in industries such as education, health and social sectors.

    Rachael is an empath, certified community herbalist, lover of nature, medicine maker and strong believer in holistic health and communal healing. She is dedicated to liberation by living out a life which prioritizes radical rest, rejuvenation and joy. In her free time, you can find her traveling, farming, meditating, savoring vegan goodies, tending to her collection of plant babies and spending time with loved ones.

    Adama Brown, Director, Research and Data Analytics, UWRI

    As Director of Research & Data Analytics at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI), Adama oversees UWRI’s research and data analytics activities, the learning, evaluation and impact of UWRI programs and investments, and works with academic and community research partners to identify and undertake research to inform UWRI’s community investment and policy strategies.  

    At United Way, she is particularly interested in the ways that data and narrative inform philanthropic work and can act as a catalyst for change. Adama and her team utilize quantitative and qualitative approaches to better understand and reimagine UWRI’s impact, examine UWRI primary data sources, as well as information and referral data that serve as an indicator of community needs in Rhode Island. Adama also plays a key role in UWRI’s justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work by curating UWRI’s annual Equity Challenge and as a member of UWRI’s culture, equity, and strengths committee.

    Adama is a sociologist by training and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in sociology from Iowa State University with an emphasis in mental health, research methods, statistics, and social policy. She also earned an MDiv from Iliff School of Theology with a specialization in pastoral counseling and spiritual care, currently serving as a clergyperson in the New England Annual Conference (NEAC) of the United Methodist Church.   

    Adama is also a sixth generation Texan who is passionate about genealogy, jazz, and intersectional justice. 

    Alex Pastor (she/her/hers) DEI Program Manager, IGT

    Alex is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager at International Gaming Technology (IGT). Alex is known for providing critical and timely support to the team and her community. She is known for her sense of calmness and confidence to her work, making others feel at ease.

    Prior to IGT, Alex worked with Advancing Workplace Excellence (AWE) as a Client Engagement and Program Manager. Alex also supports the RI Society for Human Resources Management as a Projects Administrator.

    Alex received a B.A. in Spanish and Global Communications and a minor in French from Roger Williams University. After graduating college, she followed her dual passions, where she first spent time teaching horseback riding, then spent a year in Barcelona teaching English. After returning to the US, she worked in non-profit, overseeing, managing, and cultivating donor relations, and then began working in the human resources field as a recruiter at a staffing agency before her work with AWE. She also works with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Youth Pride Inc. and volunteers with Amos House. Alex was recently appointed to the town of Barrington’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

    Alex is a native of Long Island, New York and currently resides in Barrington with her partner, Ben, and their family. Alex spends her free time practicing yoga, cross stitching, baking, cooking, and gardening.

    Keep the conversation going, join us at our upcoming programs.


    • 23 Apr 2023
    • 25 Apr 2023
    • Mohegan Sun / Uncasville, CT

    2023 Tri-State SHRM Annual Conference

    The Tri-State SHRM conference is known as one of New England’s best industry events for HR professionals.

    This hybrid event will focus on what really matters to you and your organization. Attendees will have the option to attend in person, or virtually. In person attendees will have the value of networking and attending in person sessions, but will also have full access to on-demand recorded sessions for 90 days! Virtual attendees will have access to fully livestreamed sessions as well as on-demand recorded sessions for 90 days. 

    Over 25 HR thought leaders will share their insights and expertise to help you address the realities of the future of work. Roles are changing, demands on the workforce are shifting, and HR will be leading the way. Put real questions to the speakers and gain strategies to prepare your company and employees for the challenges ahead. We’ll go behind the scenes with HR leaders to discuss strategy, talent acquisition, engagement, diversity/equity/inclusion/belonging, learning and development, and more!

    Join your peers for keynote speakers and concurrent sessions over three action packed days. What are you waiting for?

    Click Here to Register

    • 16 May 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Via Zoom

    Communicating Transparency for Pay Fairness, Trust & Motivation


    An organization that prioritizes fairness and transparency in compensation and opportunity is a workplace that not only inspires loyalty, excitement, and confidence from its employees but also positions itself for long-term success. Pay transparency is not a one-size-fits-all solution and there is much to be gained by fully assessing specific needs and goals of the organization to determine the most effective approach that enhances the workforce experience and leads to improved organizational outcomes. This session will engage in an exploration of the landscape of trends, implications, and actions surrounding pay transparency to set you on a forward-thinking pathway for you in your organization.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand how a culture of transparency supports objectives.
    • Discuss the barriers and accelerators in pay transparency.
    • Evaluate the role of regulatory and leadership in influencing change in transparency/practices.
    • Identify the stakeholders in transparency matters, and share strategies to fulfill their interests and influence potential.
    • Discuss transparency techniques that have a meaningful impact, regardless of compensation program / leadership readiness.


    • 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom

    This program has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM credits.


      Elissa O’Brien, CCP, GRP, SHRM-SCP

    Elissa O’Brien has over 25 years of Human Resources and Association Management experience.  As a former Chief HR Officer in several mid-cap organizations and former Chief Membership Officer of a global, association serving over 300K members, Ms. O’Brien brings a unique combination of global  expertise in HR and business development experience to the table.  

    With a reputation for using evidence-based data to make pragmatic, business decisions, Ms. O’Brien has been leading transformational HR practices that create superior organizational performance for most of her career, through synergistic human capital decisions and investments that span the employment life cycle.  Her passion is to bring her thought leadership in the field of HR and professional development to her current role with WorldatWork, as the Vice President of Membership, Affiliates and Customer Experience.

    Ms. O’Brien holds two Masters’ Degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in

    Managerial Technology from Johnson and Wales University and holds a Bachelor of Science

    Degree in Business Management from Salve Regina University.  She is an adjunct faculty member for Bryant University and has earned the following Certifications: Certified Compensational Professional (CCP) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), from WorldatWork, and was the first to hold SHRM-SCP certification from SHRM.

    Keep the conversation going, join us at our upcoming programs.


Past events

9 Mar 2023 National Wage and Hour Litigation Trends and Their Potential Impact
28 Feb 2023 DAIP Program: Reshaping Power Structures through Black Resistance (Virtual)
9 Feb 2023 Empower your Employees: A look into Financial Wellness Benefits
26 Jan 2023 Winter Social 2023
13 Dec 2022 DAIP’s Unfiltered Coffee Chat
29 Nov 2022 Retirement Plan Seminar
18 Nov 2022 DAIP’s Annual Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards
10 Nov 2022 Understanding the Costs of Student Loan Borrowing
27 Oct 2022 2022 Employment Law Summit
13 Oct 2022 Combining Empathy and Accountability
12 Oct 2022 Charting Your Professional Journey
4 Oct 2022 AIM, Applied Improvisation
29 Sep 2022 Understanding the 2023 Health Insurer Rate Approvals
30 Aug 2022 Summer Social
25 Aug 2022 Maximize Your Impact with SHRM Certification
21 Jul 2022 Roe v. Wade Overturned: Individual, Workforce, and Societal Impacts
12 Jul 2022 The Ecology of Diversity
16 Jun 2022 Pay Equity Update & Panel Discussion
13 Jun 2022 What comes after Roe v. Wade for the workplace?
9 Jun 2022 RI SHRM “Welcome Back” Social
7 Jun 2022 Emerging Technologies/Platforms for HR Professionals
2 Jun 2022 Resilient Leadership for You and Your Organization
31 May 2022 Exploring Mental Health and Ways to Address and Support Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace
24 May 2022 Holding Space
12 May 2022 DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion/Belonging) Training - "Personal Empowerment - Holding the Key to Your Success"
24 Apr 2022 2022 Tri-State SHRM In-Person & Virtual Conference
31 Mar 2022 2-Part Lunch & Learn Series - Data Driven
8 Mar 2022 PLAY NICE in the Sandbox: Best Practices for Conflict Resolution
1 Mar 2022 A Practical Approach to Cybersecurity
10 Feb 2022 Joint Event - ATD and RI SHRM - Agility/Scrum Change Management
8 Feb 2022 RI SHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference - rescheduled
27 Jan 2022 Retaliation Update: Recent Trends, New Laws, and Practical Risk-Avoidance Strategies
11 Jan 2022 Women As Leaders – Women Only Event
8 Dec 2021 RI SHRM Annual Holiday Social
18 Nov 2021 An Overview of the OSHA ETS
16 Nov 2021 “Succession Planning – Creating a Succession Plan, with DEPTH in Mind”
2 Nov 2021 Coaching Tips, Tools, & Tactics for HR Professionals
26 Oct 2021 Challenges of COVID 19 in the Workplace: A Guide For Employers
21 Oct 2021 Excel Tips & Tricks for the HR professional
5 Oct 2021 Discover the Essentials of Design Thinking and Applications within HR
23 Sep 2021 JobEXPO
15 Sep 2021 2021 Fall Legislative Conference
9 Sep 2021 RI SHRM Annual Summer Social
2 Sep 2021 Understanding the Health Insurer Rate Approvals, an Interactive Program
12 Aug 2021 What's the RI SHRM Job Expo All About?
22 Jun 2021 Guide to Retirement
10 Jun 2021 Leading in a Virtual Environment
3 Jun 2021 The State of Employee Well-being 2021 and Beyond
20 May 2021 "Hey Guys" - Wait, did I leave someone out? Steps to Inclusive Workplace Language
6 May 2021 What every HR professional needs to understand now about labor law and unions.
28 Apr 2021 2021 Tri-State SHRM Virtual Conference
25 Mar 2021 Calling all Human Resources Leaders, “IT’S 2021. ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET?”
16 Mar 2021 COVID-19 Vaccines: What Employers Need to Know Now
10 Mar 2021 DLT Fraud & all things DLT: What employers should know
4 Mar 2021 Telemedicine in the Post COVID-19 World: What Employers Should Know
17 Feb 2021 The COVID-19 Workplace Playbook: What Employers Need to Know Now
21 Jan 2021 ADA Reasonable Accommodation Issues in the Age of COVID-19
12 Nov 2020 Restore, Rebuild, Reconvene
29 Oct 2020 Becoming SHRM Certified
21 Oct 2020 Strategic HR 2020
6 Oct 2020 NEHRA 2020, Annual Conference
10 Sep 2020 2020 Legislative Conference
3 Sep 2020 2020 Fall Diversity Conference
19 Aug 2020 RISHRM Annual Summer Social
14 Jul 2020 Defined Contribution Trends and Developments
30 Jun 2020 The Changing Role of HR in a Post-COVID-19 World
17 Jun 2020 Background and Drug Screening in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond
13 May 2020 SELF-CARE STRATEGIES “Having your Back”
15 Apr 2020 Spring Legislative Update
9 Apr 2020 COVID-19 "Guidance for HR Professionals
26 Mar 2020 COVID-19 "Guidance for HR Professionals"
10 Mar 2020 Diversity Cafe
27 Feb 2020 Workforce and Development 2020: RI’s Resources, Options and Ideas around ROI
14 Jan 2020 Leadership Development
16 Dec 2019 RI SHRM Winter Social
7 Nov 2019 Veteran’s Forum Event
27 Oct 2019 Strategic HR at Mt. Washington
24 Oct 2019 RI SHRM Fall Social at Massage Envy
2 Oct 2019 RI SHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference
5 Sep 2019 Fall Legislative Breakfast
20 Aug 2019 RI SHRM Summer Social (Online Registration Closed)
18 Jul 2019 Starting, Growing or Downsizing Your Business: Helpful Programs from the RI DLT
20 Jun 2019 Building a New Talent Pipeline: Getting Talent Back to Work
22 May 2019 Mastering Medicare: What the HR Professional Needs to Know
28 Mar 2019 20th Annual RI SHRM Conference: The Intersection of Legislation & Diversity in the Workplace
26 Feb 2019 RI SHRM Monthly Meeting - High Impact Employee Experience
23 Jan 2019 Leadership & Performance Coaching: A Core Leadership Competency for HR Professionals
12 Dec 2018 RISHRM Holiday Social
13 Nov 2018 Strategic HR Management
6 Nov 2018 2018 New England Fiduciary Summit presented by Xponential Growth Solutions.
28 Oct 2018 Strategic HR at Mt Washington
24 Sep 2018 DisruptHR
13 Sep 2018 RI SHRM Fall Legislative Breakfast
14 Aug 2018 RISHRM Annual Summer Social
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