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Highly Engaged HR Professionals at NAAAHR 2016 National Conference

Posted by Conni Todd on Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Earlier this month, Clearwater Consulting Group had the honor of presenting at the 2016 National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Conference held in Atlanta, GA.  In attendance were over 400 HR business professionals, from emerging leaders to CHROs, all seeking to share knowledge and networking opportunities with colleagues from across the country. 

NAAAHR_attending.jpgLeft to right: Dr. Shelton Goode (Director of Diversity and Inclusion - OshKosh Corp.); NAAAHR member; Tia Buckham-White (Clearwater Consulting Group); and Nat Alston (one of the NAAAHR Founders). 

NAAAHR is clearly committed to providing senior and emerging HR leaders relevant programming that will positively impact their ability to thrive in their roles with special consideration to the innate impact of race regarding their road to success and their responsibility for influencing successful outcomes within their organizations. In this age of Glassdoor reviews, six degrees of LinkedIn separation, and at times, the lack of a level playing field, NAAAHR is committed to preparing these leaders to address the challenges of today and exceed expectations in business. We were honored to be a part of the conference. 

The topic of our interactive session at NAAAHR was “The HR Business Partner Imperative: Becoming a Trusted Advisor” and the session was co-presented by myself and one of our valued clients, Crystal Williams, CHRO & SVP Global Human Resources at FLEETCOR. Those attending the session were highly engaged as Crystal candidly shared her journey to become a trusted advisor for her CEO.

During our session we had interesting discussions regarding the current state of HR at various organizations and strategy tips to transition HR teams into a trusted advisor role. The discussions covered these important factors: 

  • 4 levels of internal or external client relationships
  • Progression of these relationships
  • Understanding relationship capital
  • How to put the "trust quotient" into action

Although I would love to take credit for facilitating a great experience, I found it fascinating that this high level of engagement not only existed in our session, but throughout the NAAAHR conference which had a variety of break-out sessions with timely subject matter. If you are an African American in HR, we highly recommend NAAAHR for your consideration. Take a look at www.naaahr.org.


Are you committed to transitioning your HR team to the role of trusted advisor?  

Contact us for information about a strategy session to help your team accomplish it. Sessions include:

  • An outside perspective – from an experienced team of highly skilled executives who have worked in industries and companies just like yours
  • A Safe Zone – no politics or judgment or emotion!
  • Best practice tips - ideas focused on assessing and unpacking the particular challenges within your organization

Tags: action planning, organizational change, HR Strategy