conference features well-known speakers
A two-day Equal Employment Opportunities conference is
planned for March 7, 8 in Post Falls to explain the department’s
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises program.
The conference at Templin’s Red Lion Hotel is designed
for prime contractors on ITD projects who use subcontractors that qualify
under the federal DBE guidelines. ITD’s EEO office and Human Resource
Services organized the 2006 conference.
The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with opening remarks
by District 1 Engineer L. Scott Stokes and Mary Harker, HRS Manager.
Several well-known authorities on EEO topics are scheduled to speak
on the first day of the conference, which is targeted primarily for
• The Power and Value of Diversity,
Sam Byrd of Diversity Works, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
Byrd has more than 25 years of experience working with cross-cultural,
diversity, and human rights issues. He has been a leader in groups
including the Task Force on Hispanic Education, the Idaho Committee
on Indian Education, the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, the
Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition, the Council on Hispanic Education,
and the University of Idaho’s Diversity and Human Rights Committee.
He has earned a number of awards including: the Larry G. Selland
Humanitarian Award by the BSU Women’s Center; the National Howard
Swearer Humanitarian for efforts to improve educational opportunities
for Hispanic students in Idaho; the University of Idaho President’s
Medallion for the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement
of Idaho and its people; and the Distinguished Leadership in Human
Rights award from Hewlett-Packard for contributions to the cause of
Human Rights for Idaho citizens.
• How to Recognize Racism and Sexism,
J. Dallas Gudgell, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:
Gudgell has been involved in consulting, organizing, teaching, training,
lobbying and “life coaching” the past 24 years. He has
a bachelor’s degree in Community Studies from Antioch and a
master’s in Public Administration from Boise State University.
He is a “life coach” and owner of SpeakEasy, which provides
personal life coaching, training, organizational coaching, and consulting.
He is active in social, political and community service and has served
on the boards of the Idaho National and Community Service Commission
(Americorps), Fort Peck Community College, NAES College, the Governor’s
Interstate Indian Council (Idaho), National Peace Action Change Team
and the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.
• The Dynamics of Power and Privilege,
J. Dallas Gudgell, 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..
• Dealing with Diversity Issues,
Kelli Kinkela, 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
Kinkela has experience in research and development along
with program and personnel management. She is pursuing a master’s
degree in Engineering Management and has worked at Hewlett-Packard for
12 years. Responsibilities at H-P included a focus on cultural/gender
diversity and involvement with organizations at a number of offshore
development sites. She also is a member of the Idaho Human Rights Education
Center board of directors.
The second day of the conference will be beneficial for
contractors on ITD projects. Karen Sparkman, EEO Manager for the transportation
department, and District 1 Idaho Transportation Board member John McHugh
will initiate the schedule on the second day.
Other topics will include:
Building Effective Government & Business Relations
with American Indian Tribes, by Larry D. Keown of LDK Associates
Presentation of EEO Awards by Sparkman and ITD Director
DBE Issues by Lisa Wormington, Arizona DOT Civil
Rights Administrator, and
Prompt Payment Recommendations, Fran Hood, ITD Associate
ITD also will present four awards (internal and external)
that recognize outstanding contributions to the EEO process.
Cost for the two-day event is $75 (including lunch both
days and two breaks), payable to the Idaho Transportation Department.
Registration forms and payment should be sent to Revenue Operations,
Idaho Transportation Department, P.O. Box 34, Boise, ID 83731-0034.
For information about the conference call 208-334-4442
or e-mail Debby
McCarthy .The conference Web site is: http://itd.idaho.gov/civil/external.htm
A one-half day post-conference training is scheduled
for ITD EEO/Safety/Training coordinators on March 9.