Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion Training to Transform Culture: A Praxair Case Study

  • 14 May 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


  • (Free once per year if member has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past 12 months.)

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RECEIVE A FREE ASSESSMENT VALUED AT $107 and hear Vanessa Abrahams-John, an award-winning global Diversity and Inclusion strategic leader at Praxair, Inc. share real world business experiences that enhance managerial capabilities!  Vanessa was recognized the D&I Leader of the Year by SOCT SHRM and Top 25 Black Women by the Network Journal!  Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear her speak.  Nancy Urell will share Praxair's assessment tool, an added bonus!

Monday, May 14, 2018 

Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion Training to Transform Culture: 

A Praxair Case Study

With Guest Speakers:

Vanessa Abrahams-John,

Executive Director of Global

Diversity and Inclusion, Praxair Inc.

Nancy Urell, 

President, Career Corner Associates

Managerial training has become a key tenet to transforming Praxair's culture. Under Vanessa Abrahams-John’s leadership, Praxair has created a four-pronged strategy to embed and enhance Diversity and Inclusion in its core culture and values, one of which is enhancing managerial capabilities. Praxair has employed various training formats, content and audiences to embed diversity and inclusion with the corporate training programs. The “Managing Differences” program is now a key component of leadership training, and every manager is required take “Unconscious Bias” training  

Praxair uses the Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders assessment in its training. Nancy Urell of Career Corner Associates, will share how Work of Leaders is used to support Praxair’s goals.   Everyone attending the May 14th meeting will receive a complimentary code to take the Work of Leaders profile after the meeting.   

About the speakers: 
Vanessa Abrahams-John, Executive Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Praxair, Inc., leads the development and execution of global strategies to enhance and leverage diversity at Praxair and foster an inclusive culture that drives innovation and business success.  Additionally, she is responsible for Talent Acquisition to promote best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices throughout global recruitment and hiring processes. 
Abrahams-John joined Praxair in 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel.  Prior to that, she practiced corporate law in New York City and Delaware, and served as an adjunct professor at Pace University.  

Abrahams-John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a law degree from the Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C. She  serves on the Executive Leadership Council and the New York City Bar Committee on Diversity & Inclusion.  In 2014, she was recognized as “Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year” by the Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM and, in 2017, was named one of the “Top 25 Black Women ” by the Network Journal. 
Praxair, Inc., headquartered in Danbury, CT, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. 
Nancy Urell is President of Career Corner Associates.  Nancy has partnered with Praxair to incorporate the Everything DiSC® assessments into their training and team development programs.  Nancy is a Past President and former board member of ATD Southern Connecticut and an authorized John Wiley Everything DiSC® partner. She is also an authorized partner for Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and the Director of Corporate Learning Services for the Manhattanville College School of Business.

Glean some tips on diversity and inclusion from this real-life example! 


Location: The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center

Date:  Monday, May 14th, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM Networking/Registration; 6:15 PM Dinner and Program

$35 Chapter Members; $35 SOCT SHRM Members; $50 Non-members; 

$25 In-Transition; $20 Students

Preferred Registration Deadline no later than Friday, May 11th.

There will be a $5 additional administrative charge for walk-ins 

with no prior online registration.

No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.

(The Norwalk Inn will provide special diet accommodations upon request or advise the chapter administrator.)

Bring a Corporate Practitioner Guest!!!

Members are welcome to bring one free guest per event, an internal Corporate HR practitioner only, if the guest has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past year. The chapter member can register his/her guest by selecting:  MEMBER’s Internal Corporate Practitioner Guest -SPECIAL OFFER  (Free once per year if member has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past 12 months.)



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John Weidner, ATD SCC President at: jweidner@cornellglobal.com and 203-762-0730. 



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