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ObsidianHR: Closing the Gender Gap & Implicit Bias Seminar

November 21, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Closing the Gender Gap

Most organizations recognize the need to develop and improve workplace equality. In fact, company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row. Despite this commitment, progress continues to be too slow and companies tend to lose focus on implementing practical solutions.  For example, did you know it will take approximately 100 years at the current rate to reach pay equality between men and women?

This seminar will break down the HR, legal, and practical framework surrounding the following topics:

  • Pay equity
  • Parental leave
  • Gender bias and the glass ceiling
  • The #MeToo movement

Our panelists will discuss their experiences facing these issues and their strategies on how to effectuate change—both during the presentation and at the happy hour afterward.


Jennifer Gokenbach & Stephen Rotter

Managing Partners, The Workplace Counsel


  • Rachel Lucas: President Elect, Mile High SHRM
  • Tiffany Todd: Counsel, Western Union
  • Jordan Conley: President, Obsidian HR
  • Maggi Tassi: Managing Director, Major, Lindsey, & Africa
  • Angie Wideman-Powell: HR Director, Clear Company

Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession, the Workplace and the Community

We all have biases.  Not every bias is bad, and having a bias doesn’t make us a bad person.  However, not recognizing our implicit or unconscious biases can affect how we do our jobs, how we relate to our co-workers, and every decision we make about people and situations.  Our biases can also have legal complications, including allegations of harassment and discrimination, as well as allegations of professional misconduct. The consequences for those individuals who are the victims of biases, range from lost employment opportunities to the loss of life and everything in between.  Being the victim of a bias, regardless of the intent is also incredibly painful.  This workshop is not designed to rid us of our biases.  The goal is to help us recognize our implicit/unconscious biases to be able to interrupt those biases, and to also recognize and interrupt those biases in others.


Karen SteinhauserOwner, Law Office of Karen Steinhauser LLC

Karen Steinhauser is owner of the Law Office of Karen Steinhauser LLC specializing in criminal defense for juveniles and adults, including traffic, domestic violence and sexual offenses. She also serves as a part-time judge for Aurora Municipal Court. She has worked as a prosecutor for 20 years, a full-time law professor at the University of Denver, and as a Counsel and Shareholder in private law firms, handling family, criminal and civil litigation.She is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm college of Law where she has taught Evidence and Trial Advocacy for the past 29 years.


November 21, 2019
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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1401 Lawrence Street #1600
Denver, CO 80202
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