A Special Interest Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management


Human Resources professionals are in a perfect position to take the lead in establishing a fair, morally
principled workplace and to increase awareness of organizational ethics and decrease the level of
ambiguity among employees regarding good ethical decisions. We’ll discuss factors of an effective ethics
program and how HR professionals can impact individual factors affecting ethical awareness,
judgement, and decision making in the organization on topics such as protected characteristics including
age, and gender including gender transition.

How can Human Resources align the cultivated character traits of employees with those of the
organization? We’ll discuss strategies for HR to encourage individual virtue and integrity among
organization members including the use of their knowledge, skills, and experience. We’ll also discuss
how Human Resources can help organization members align their goals with that of the organization
using the values of trust, empathy, fairness, truthfulness, responsibility, and organizational citizenship.

Why is it worthwhile to attend my session?
Organizations have a growing need for its employees to question whether specific business practices are
acceptable, to use values, knowledge, and experience to recognize issues, and to resolve those issues by
making good ethical decisions reflecting business and society. As an HR Professional, it’s imperative to
continually foster a work environment grounded in such principles. During this session, HR professionals
will learn how to become a stakeholder in guiding and changing culture in their organization.

Three to Five Takeaways:
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Define their role as HR in setting the culture currently and initiate actions to become a
stakeholder in guiding and changing culture in their organization.
• Use the Managers Guide to Influencing Culture resource (provided) and its guiding principles for
creating a more productive and engaging workplace.
• Identify and incorporate strategies for five organizational values including trust, empathy,
fairness, truthfulness, and responsibility, for establishing conduct and behavior in the
• Recognize activities of popular companies and incorporate similar best practices and policies in
their organizations supporting retention over time.
• Impact individuals’ judgement and decision making on sensitive work topics such as age, and
gender transition.

Thursday June 20, 2024 Dinner Meeting

5:30 - 6:00 PM  Registration, Networking, Dinner
6:00 - 8:00 PM  Presentation

Cromwell Courtyard Marriott
4 Sebethe Drive
Cromwell, CT

Members of SMA, HRACC and SHRM National - $40.00
Guests - $50.00


Dawn Tedesco, owner of Career Compliance Solutions, has extensive experience in employee and management skills development and over 20 years’ hospitality operations and HR management and training experience with organizations such as Sodexo and Aramark. She has designed and developed training programs for several large organizations and now specializes in instructional design, eLearning development, and helping businesses with management skills and compliance training. Dawn is an experienced diversity and ethics trainer and frequently presents her SHRM certified course, Organizational Ethics for HR Managers. She works with organizations to advocate culture by providing inclusive onboarding, hiring, and lifecycle processes.
Dawn is a volunteer for the New England Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member for four Connecticut colleges and universities.