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Workforce Development Series

Sponsored by OnShift

Creating an Award-Winning Culture of Equity and Inclusion

Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 1-2 PM ET

Our society is grappling with a legacy of discrimination and unequal opportunity. The Black Lives Matter movement has resonated within senior living providers, especially as our frontline workforce generally includes a high percentage of immigrants and people of color. Many owners and operators have seized the moment to hold listening sessions, explore biases, and examine diversity and inclusion at every level of their organizations. COVID-19 has brought even greater poignancy to this topic, with a sudden focus on flexible schedules, access to transportation and childcare, leave policies, safe working environments, and more.

This is a watershed moment in our history and our industry. Argentum rebroadcasts one of its highest-rated sessions from the 2020 Senior Living Executive Virtual Conference: “Crucial Conversation: Equity, Inclusion, and the Future of Work in a Post-Pandemic World.” This panel of thought leaders talk about this national awakening and what it means for our industry, now and for the future. Embracing the priorities of equity and inclusion will make us stronger.

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Who You’ll Hear From


George Brooks, Global Deputy, People Advisory Services, EY
George is the deputy global leader of people advisory services for Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and leads a world class team of over 10,000 professionals serving clients across the world. With over 32 years of international consulting experience, George has earned a reputation as one of the foremost innovators and thought leaders in the human resources service sector. Driven by his distinctive vision, tireless work ethic and deep commitment to people, George led the transformation of EY’s People Advisory Services business model into a vastly modernized, more robust and technologically savvy advisory services practice. 



Deke Cateau, CEO, A.G. Rhodes
Deke Cateau is the CEO at A.G. Rhodes, a $40 million, 500 employee nonprofit organization providing therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care at three metro Atlanta locations accommodating 400 residents. Deke has 20+ years of experience in long-term care, becoming the CEO of A.G. Rhodes after serving in various roles such as COO, chief of strategic implementation, and administrator for seven years at the organization’s flagship location in Grant Park. Prior, Deke worked at Five Star Quality Care, Inc., a national senior living communities and services provider.



Karyne Jones, President and CEO, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. and Chair Elect of the American Society on Aging
Karyne Jones is president and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA), the oldest minority aging organization in the country focused on African American seniors and other low income older populations of color. Based in Washington , DC, NCBA provides programs in training and employment opportunities, health and wellness, affordable senior housing and a strong advocate on policy and legislative issues affecting the quality of life of older Americans. Kayne is a former elected member of the Texas House of Representatives and the East Central Independent School District. She currently serves on the national boards of the Alzheimer’s Association, LeadingAge, Generations United, and as immediate past Chair of the Board for the American Society on Aging.



Mark Woodka, CEO, OnShift
Mark Woodka is the CEO of OnShift, a leader in human capital management software for post-acute care and senior living. In this role, he works closely with providers on strategic staffing initiatives to increase efficiencies and control labor costs while improving resident care. Mark has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software executive management, sales and marketing, having worked for start-up organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies. Mark has been a frequent speaker on staffing strategies for operational, financial, and quality improvements and has authored articles on long-term care trends and issues.



Moderator: Ovell Barbee, MLR/HR, SVP Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, Spectrum Health
Ovell Barbee is SVP, human resources, and diversity officer of Spectrum Health, a $6 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. Ovell is responsible for leading Spectrum Health’s talent acquisition, diversity, equity and inclusion and employee relations teams and is the lead human resources business partner for the Spectrum Health Continuing Care space. Previously, Ovell has served in human resources leadership positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, OnStar, General Motors, and Canadian National Railway. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by The HR Certification Institute and holds the Society of HR Managers’ Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP) certification.


Registration Fees

Argentum Members and Senior Living Works Ambassadors: FREE
Nonmembers: FREE

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