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Engagement and Inclusion in a Bold New World
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
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September Program: Engagement and Inclusion in a Bold New World

Presented by: Dr. Daryll C. Dykes, Ph.D., MD, JD, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Davine Bey, Director of Talent Management, Syracuse University, and Tracy Brower, Ph.D., MM, MCRw, Sociologist, Author, Executive Advisor,


The Central New York Chapter of the Society for HR Management (CNYSHRM) is offering a virtual program for our members on September 30, 2021, tentatively titled “Engagement and Inclusion in a Bold New World.”

This session will include a panel discussion on strategies designed to actively engage a diverse workforce, whether in-person or remote, creating a work environment that is both inclusive and welcoming, where employees of diverse backgrounds and groups can truly feel comfortable being themselves. Session participants will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of three experts in the Syracuse, NY community. Each panel member will spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes to share a little about themselves in addition to the following: 

  1. Their definition of engagement and inclusion.
  2. Current employee engagement and inclusion practices within their organization.
  3. Successes and challenges they’ve experienced in implementing engagement and inclusion programs.
  4. At least one engagement or inclusion strategy that session participants could take back and implement within their organizations in the next 30-60 days. 


September 30, 2021

Program: 8:30 am - 10 am

Location: Zoom


About Our Presenters: 

Dr. Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD

Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Dr. Daryll C. Dykes is an internationally recognized leader in adult and pediatric spine surgery and currently services as the Chief Diversity Officer at Upstate University Hospital Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In his role as Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Dykes is responsible for the overall strategic coordination of diversity initiatives, including hiring and retention of staff, as well as assisting in overseeing student diversity initiatives, campus climate assessment, and providing opportunities for engagement on diversity issues. Dr. Dykes joined the Upstate faculty in August 2018 as a professor of orthopedics. He previously served as president and CEO of Medical and Surgical Spine Consultants of Minnesota and served as a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Davine Bey

Director of Talent Management, Syracuse University

As Syracuse University’s Director of Talent Management, Davine serves as the workforce recruitment subject matter expert and advisor to university leadership, deans, and central human resource partners. He designs quantifiable and sustainable strategies that support the attraction and retention of high-performing talent to Syracuse University. As an entrepreneur, Davine co-founded Global i365 LLC, a boutique management consulting and search firm, and he successfully launched the Central New York Inclusion Conference in 2010. Throughout his career, he has held leadership and consulting roles with world-class organizations such as Proskauer Rose LLP, Corning Inc., Cablevision, and American Red Cross.

Tracy Brower, Ph.D., MM, MCRw

Sociologist, Author, Executive Advisor,

Tracy is an award-winning speaker and has over 25 years of experience working with global clients to achieve business results. Tracy is an executive advisor to Like|Minded, to Coda Societies, and to the MSU Master Industrial Mathematics Program. Recently, Tracy is the recipient of the Constellation Award for top global executives leading business transformation. Tracy holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Master of Management in Organizational Culture, and a Master of Corporate Real Estate with a workplace specialization.

Tracy’s work has been featured in TEDx, The Wall Street Journal, Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century (book), Globe and Mail (Canada), InsideHR (Australia), HR Director (UK), T3N (Germany), Real Estate Review Journal,, Inc. Magazine, as well as additional speaking venues and publications and interviews. You can see her amateur photography on Unsplash and follow her on LinkedInTwitterInstagram, or here on Tracy studies how people and companies can create fulfillment, meaning, and vitality in their work. She reflects this research in her writing in and Fast Company as well as in her personal blog, Fruition, and in her professional blog.


This program is pending approval for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs)
through SHRM & HRCI 


Member = $25
Non-Member = $35



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