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Date(s) - 03/30/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tip O’Neill Federal Building 10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA


An Affirmative Action Update

Best Practices for Today and a Look at the Future

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  • “Trump”eting in a New Era of Employment Deregulation: How the New Administration Will (and Will Not) Roll Back the Obama EEO Legacy – presented by Matt Camardella, Jackson Lewis.With a Trump presidency, many have predicted the downfall of Obama-era Executive actions designed to strengthen equal employment and civil rights. Such predictions may be premature. In addition to campaign promises to eliminate regulations burdening business, we have heard statements supportive of equal pay and paid family leave. This suggests certain initiatives (albeit in somewhat different form) may endure. Join us as we unpack the short- and long-term prospects for the Obama regulatory and enforcement initiatives. Moreover, we will discuss what to expect over the next few years and, importantly, where to focus their organization’s compliance efforts going forward.
  • A panel discussion centered around best/promising practices of Affirmative Action Plan development, managing outreach requirements with limited resources, and audit management. The panel will help contractors understand their obligations under the regulations. As part of this panel we have Matt Camardella, Jackson Lewis, as moderator, and the panelists include: Jerry D. Smith, General Services Administration; Paul McGovern, Verizon; Stella Chin, Harvard University; and Alan Klapman, America’s Job Exchange.


Matthew Camardella is a Principal in the Long I sland, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Chair of the Jackson Lewis Affirmative Action & OFCCP Defense Group. Mr. Camardella directs the preparation of more than 1,000 AAPs each year and has defended hundreds of OFCCP audits for a broad range of employers across the country. He also serves as the Practice Group lead on responding to OFCCP allegations of class-based discrimination. He regularly counsels clients about the design and implementation of company-wide AAP structures, applicant flow tracking systems, and other complex “real world compliance issues. He spends significant time advising clients on their compensation practices and directing pay equity analyses.

Stella Chin, Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and University Compliance Of icer, Harvard University, oversees, directs, monitors and manages the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Af irmative Action programs, policies and procedures to ensure Harvard’s compliance with EEO/AA obligations relating to faculty and staff employment, in partnership with staff and faculty leadership and administrators, by developing and implementing an institutional framework for University-wide execution of its EEO/AA program, and by developing a structured approach for monitoring and evaluating ef ectiveness at the University and unit/school levels. Stella received her B.A. from Columbia University and her M.B.A. from Boston University. Stella’s compliance background began with the I.R.S., followed by 5 years as a Compliance Of icer at OFCCP, 7 years as an EEO/AA consultant, and prior to arriving at Harvard in 2009, served as Associate Director for Institutional Diversity at Boston College.

Alan Klapman, Director of Accou nt Management for America’s Job Exchange (AJE), the leading diversity recruitment and OFCCP compliance solution provider. Alan is responsible for managing customer relationships and facilitating customer empowerment of their mandated workforce requirements and diversity recruitment initiatives, in addition to being the driving force behind AJE’s successful customer engagement program. Alan uses his 15+ years of industry experience, as a trusted advisor to support our customer’s questions and concerns regarding OFCCP requirements and recruitment strategies. Prior to America’s Job Exchange, Alan worked as an Internet Recruitment Consultant for Monster.com, where he focused on maintaining and expanding relationships with existing customers and helping them maximize Internet recruiting through Monster’s portfolio of products and services. Alan is a member of the NEILG Planning Committee.

Paul McGovern, Manager of Affirmative Action/EEO for Verizon, for the past ten years Paul has been Verizon Corporation’s Affirmative Action program leader, responding to over 200 OFCCP desk audits and working with HR, IT and company business leaders to design and implement compliant, “audit ready” business practices. Prior to moving into the world of contractor compliance, Paul had both private practice and in-house legal experience. In addition, for a number of years Paul lead Talent Acquisition and EEO/Employee Relations investigation, defense and dispute resolution teams for Verizon. Paul is a member of the NEILG Planning Committee and serves on the NILG Board as a representative for the Northeast Region.

Jerry D. Smith Sr. Director, GS A New England (NE) Region, Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU), manages GSA’s small business outreach and educational programs throughout the region. He is a former Air Force EEO Investigator/Counselor and the former GSA NE Regional EEO Of icer. He currently acts as an advocate for small socioeconomic disadvantaged businesses doing business, or interested in doing business, with GSA and other Federal agencies. He acts as the GSA Regional Liaison to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the New England States’ Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), and the New England Congressional Representatives’ Economic Development staffs. Director Smith is a Veteran with 24 years of active Air Force service as a Secure and Non-Secure Communications Systems Manager and Command and Control System Communications Engineer. Director Smith holds an AAA in Electronic Systems Technology from Air Force Community College; a BAAS in Electronic Engineering Technology from Texas State University ; a MS in Human Relations from University of Oklahoma; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from University of Vermont.



Tip O’Neill Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA
Main Floor Auditorium (take an immediate right after you clear security)
Building is across from North Station with access from the Green Line.
All visitors must enter using the visitor entrance and proceed through security.


There is no charge for this program, but please register.

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