September 2021 NOARK Membership

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership: an Ethical Imperative

Categories: Membership Meeting

NOARK is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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This event has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.

This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE (Ethics) by the Arkansas CLE Board. For more information about Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation, please visit the Arkansas Bar Association website at

Workshop Description: There is strength in unity, however there is strength in diversity which fosters innovation and enhances performance. Inclusion, in a nutshell, is the sense of belonging. As a leader who promotes Diversity and Inclusion, I know it is important to help team members feel like they are a part of the organization. I know that it is my ethical responsibility to ensure diversity in all HR practice, while ensuring equity and inclusive throughout the organization. Inclusive leaders do not bury their heads in the sand when they need to speak-up regarding inequities. Inclusive leaders make diversity and inclusion a priority and hold others accountable - in the recruitment process, onboarding, mentoring, and advancing team members to ensure the fair treatment of team members.

This workshop will provide tools and best practices for leaders to develop and promote a more diverse and inclusion-created work environment.


At the end of this session, participants will be ready to:

  •  Create a work environment where team members have safe spaces to be their authentic selves without feeling excluded.
  •  Reevaluate your organizational systems and develop strategies that drive change for inclusion.
  •  Lead by example by actively being engaged in diversity and inclusion initiatives.

 SPEAKER: Tina Gilbert, Chief People Strategist

Tina Gilbert, founder of Next Level Training Solutions Group, LLC —has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of training
and organizational development, leadership, and customer service. Her consulting company has worked with local and state government agencies, corporate entities, faith-based and community groups. Tina’s mission is to add value to the lives of others, to help them grow, and develop so they can accomplish their goals. 

Tina is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Management Leadership from Webster University. She has an extensive background and multiple certifications in the adult learning process. Tina has worked as an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell team and is a certified facilitator with Franklin Covey, Development Dimensions International, Achieve Global, and Diversity and Inclusion certificate from eCornell University. She is the author of a book and journal titled Next Level Thinking 90 Days to Inspire your Best Life.

She is a certified Minority Business Vendor with the State of Arkansas, and is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise National
Council, and serves on the Tea Rose Foundation board, as the VicePresident. She loves spending time with her family and

The following quote by John C. Maxwell is a guiding purpose for Tina: “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach yourmaximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

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