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MLB Manager Dusty Baker, OPM Director Jeff Pon and Author Lenora Billings-Harris To Headline EEOC’s Excel Conference

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is pleased to announce the keynote speakers and the full agenda for the 21st annual Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) conference. Themed "Inspiration, Innovation, Action!," the conference boasts two specialty tracks, three dynamic keynote speakers and more than 50 workshops.

"We are excited to welcome attendees to EXCEL 2018," said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. "The featured speakers at this conference have more than 50 years of combined professional experience and are uniquely qualified to address top-of-mind employment issues. Our solutions-oriented workshops are designed to give attending HR professionals tools to tackle complex emerging issues as well as long-standing employment issues. This conference gives employers and employment professionals tools to address and combat workplace discrimination of all kinds."

Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker, Jr. is a Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player and three-time league Manager of the Year. Baker brings inspiration to EXCEL with more than 20 years of athletic and managerial experience, including his record as one of the winningest managers in baseball history.

Jeff T.H. Pon, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), brings innovation to EXCEL. Pon has more than 25 years of public and private sector organizational leadership and talent management and is currently managing human resource operations for the nation's largest employer, the federal government.

An award-winning and internationally recognized consultant and speaker on diversity and inclusion, Lenora Billings-Harris, will pull it all together for action.

EXCEL will be held in Washington, DC from July 10 to 12, 2018 with workshops on topics that address harassment in the workplace in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, diversity and inclusion, sex discrimination and more.

Public and private sector EEO managers, HR professionals, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialists and other interested parties are invited to attend plenary sessions featuring EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic and other high-ranking EEOC officials. In addition to informative sessions on emerging trends in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), attendees can satisfy certain continuing education requirements.

Additional conference details including agenda, location, pricing and online registration are available at https://eeotraining.eeoc.gov. Registration information can also be obtained by calling 866-446-0940 or 703-291-0880. If using the Virginia Relay Service, call 800-828-1120 (TTY). Email questions to eeoc.traininginstitute@eeoc.gov.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Additional information about the agency can be found at www.eeoc.gov and by subscribing to our email updates. Follow the EXCEL Conference on Twitter at @EEOC_EXCEL.