Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Midwestern Regional Summit on Fair Hiring

Monday, October 26, 2015 – Chicago, IL


 About the Midwestern Regional Summit on Fair Hiring   



8:30 am - 8:45 am      Registration & Breakfast

8:45 am - 8:55 am      Introduction

  • Opening Remarks:
    • Roberta Meyers, Director, National H.I.R.E. Network
    • Andre Bethea, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice


9 am – 10:15pm     Panel 1 Past, Present, and Future Standards of Practice: Criminal record screening in employment  (Video of Panel I)

  • Moderator: Roberta Meyers, Director, National H.I.R.E. Network
  • Lew Maltby, President, National Workrights Institute
  • Fred Giles, Senior Vice President Research Division, CARCO
  • Joseph Phelps, Human Resource Investigator, Johns Hopkins Health System


10:15 am - 10:30 am   Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am   Morning group break out session


11:30 am - 12:30 pm     Panel 2 - The Bottom Line: What matters most to employers? (Video of Panel II)

  • Moderator: Charles Jackson, Senior Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • David Rand, COO & Sales Director, Local Foods
  • Bonnie Mroczek, VP of Human Resources, Butterball Farms
  • Simone Baptiste, Director of Human Resources, Infinity Services Management LLC


12:30pm - 1:25 pm   Lunch and networking

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm     Panel 3 - The Truth about Risk: Legal and practical analysis of candidates (Video of Panel III)

  • Moderator: Roberta Meyers, Director, National H.I.R.E. Network
  • Pamela Devata, Labor & Employment Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Megan Kurlychek, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Ray McClain, Director of the Employment Discrimination Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm     Panel 4 Innovative Partnerships and Strategies that Strengthen Business and the Workforce (Video of Panel IV)

  • Moderator: Jack Mills, Chief Workforce Strategy Officer and Director of the National Network of Sector Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
  • Brad Hirn, Workforce Development Manager, Growing Home
  • Cleve Dixon, Sector Manager/Workforce Development, Safer Foundation
  • Ric Gudell, Executive Director, Illinois Manufacturing Foundation


4:30 pm - 5:00 pm    Conclusion  -  The Way Forward

Closing Remarks: Stephanie Akhter, Policy Analyst, Council of State Governments Justice Center