Richmond EEOC Training Seminar

           2019 Training Seminars

                Charlotte, NC ~ May 17   &   Richmond, VA ~ June 21

        Theme: DIGITAL EEO

Let’s face it, we live in a digital society…a world consumed with social media outlets, followings, followers, tweets, retweets, IMs, DMs, Facebook, snapchat, filters, google, facetime, texting, sexting, portal, gadgets, pics and so on and so on and so on. These actions are forever released into the universe and cannot be taken back. Digital carelessness and lack of digital tack, can also cause liability, complaints, investigations and litigations for companies.  Cleaning up the mess then becomes your responsibility.


Agenda Topics:

 ¬ Texting, Sexting and Online Nonsense: EEO in a Digital World

Karen Michael -

Using interactive technology and case studies, Karen Michael will explore the 21st century realities of social media and electronic communications implicating harassment, discrimination and workplace issues.  She will examine real life case studies, and employer and employee legal rights and responsibilities regarding managing employee conduct after hours in the digital age


¬Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age

Adrianne Pettiford, Ph.D. -

This session explores the definition of artificial intelligence, machine learning and how they are currently being used by employers to guide recruitment, selection, and other employment decisions. We will cover the use of these powerful tools, advantages and pitfalls to avoid, including compliance and fairness strategies. Then conclude with a discussion of future developments and areas for consideration. In this digital age, we rely more and more on machines, robots and digital technology.


¬Legal updates: Discrimination in the Digital Era

Lisa Schnall - Sr. Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, EEOC Headquarters

As the Commission sees an increase of digital technology stemmed cases filed and litigated, this session will address litigated cases in which technology has contributed to unlawful workplace discrimination, and provide concrete, practical information and advice about legal compliance and prevention strategies.



¬ EEOC Portal Best Practices: What is it, what’s new and what’s coming

Martin “Marty” Ebel - Director of Field Programs, EEOC Headquarters

 Marty is currently the co-chair of the Commission’s Digital Charge System Workgroup, with responsibility for migrating the agency’s files to an all-electronic format. He brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the Portal system. During this session, you will be enlightened on how to make the best use of the Respondent Portal.  Also, get a heads up from the subject matter expert on what’s new, and what’s coming in the future regarding the EEOC Portal.


¬ Assistive Technology – Accommodations in the Digital Age 

NC/VA Departments of Health and Human Services Assistive Technology Program

Have you ever been faced with working with an employee to find an accommodation? If you have not, it’s very likely that you will, eventually. Solutions can be simple or not so simple. This session highlights  the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 and the North Carolina Assistive Technology program will be presented.  Followed by a discussion regarding assistive technology in the workplace, including demonstrations of various apps, software, hardware and adapted devices. 

**BONUS**    Assistive technology equipment  EXHIBIT  with experts available to answer any questions.


¬ You’ve Got Questions, We’ve got Answers – Ask the EEOC Leadership Panel

Martin “Marty” Ebel - Director of Field Programs  

Surely there have been times that you have wanted to ask the EEOC a question. Well, here is your Equal Opportunity to do so.

A panel like no other…Our leadership panel will be comprised of your EEOC District’s Leadership Team. They are ready,

willing and prepared to answer your tough questions.



Q/A Booths & Networking


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Speaker and Presenter Information

Lisa Schnall is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this capacity, she provides strategic legal counsel and advice on a range of complex employment and legal matters to Commission staff, senior leaders, business owners, managers, attorneys, Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion professionals, employees, and members of the public. She has trained thousands of managers, Human Resources personnel, business owners, attorneys, investigators, employees, interns, and students, and has represented the Commission domestically and internationally.


Between 2013 and 2015, Ms. Schnall served as a Special Assistant to EEOC Commissioner Constance S. Barker, the Chair of EEOC’s Small Business Task Force. In this role, she helped the Commissioner develop and implement strategies to help small businesses understand and comply with federal employment discrimination laws.  From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Schnall served as a Special Assistant to EEOC Chair Naomi C. Earp. Ms. Schnall provided advice to the Chair regarding the development and approval of Commission litigation, amicus participation, and federal sector appellate decisions. She also oversaw the Commission’s Youth@Work Initiative, a national campaign to promote positive work experiences for young adults.  A native of San Antonio, Texas, Ms. Schnall received an A.B., summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. She received a J.D. from American University, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law.


Karen Michael is the President of Richmond-Virginia based Karen Michael, PLC, a work law & HR consulting firm founded in 2008.  The firm specializes in leadership training, workplace investigations, HR Consulting, and employment law advice. 


Karen is a former human resources executive and employment attorney with over 25 years of experience in providing advice and consulting with clients.  Karen served as First Vice President of Employee Relations at SunTrust Bank and practiced law at McGuire Woods after graduating with honors from University of Richmond School of Law.


Karen also taught at University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies and regularly teaches at the Executive MBA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.


She writes a weekly labor law article for the Richmond Times Dispatch Business section, and regularly speaks at national and local events, including the national SHRM conference.

Contact:  2711 Buford Road, Richmond, VA. 23235, 804.423.2542,



Adrianne Pettiford, Ph.D. leads Client Insights and Analytics at pymetrics, a startup that uses advances in cognitive neuroscience to create analytics-informed decision-making and performance-enhancement software for the human capital field. In this role, she directs the team of Industrial Organizational scientists responsible for adverse impact and validation studies across pymetrics’ global portfolio of clients.  Before joining pymetrics, she served as Investigative Analytics Team Lead at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she led a team of scientists providing statistical support for investigations throughout the country. At EEOC Adrianne focused on developing algorithms and standardizing analytic procedures including serving as Chair of the annual National Systemic Conference, which brings together EEOC attorneys, investigators, and social scientists to strategize approaches for investigating charges of systemic discrimination. Adrianne has also worked as a Research Psychologist, conducting prevention and intervention evaluation projects and managing national multi-mode survey data collection efforts. She has served on Diversity and Inclusion boards at various organizations and currently leads the Diversity and Inclusion council at pymetrics. Adrianne earned her BA from Hampton University, her MA from Duke University, and PhD from UNC Chapel Hill.






Martin S. “Marty” Ebel is Director, Field Management Programs, overseeing the EEOC’s investigative/enforcement functions. He was formerly the Acting District Director and the Deputy Director in EEOC’s Houston District Office. Ebel currently is the co-chair of the agency’s Digital Charge System Workgroup, with responsibility for migrating the agency’s files to an all-electronic format. Before joining the EEOC, Ebel was General Counsel, and later, Commissioner, of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). He was twice named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.


Before joining MCAD, Ebel practiced employment and discrimination law, representing both management and employee clients. He appeared before state and federal trial and appellate courts and wrote briefs for, argued, and won, two cases that were included in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s list of “The Most Important Opinions of 2001.”


Ebel was an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School where he taught Employment Discrimination. He is a 1994 graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was honored with the St. Thomas More Award—the Law School’s highest honor.



Tammy D. Koger, CPM, MS


For the past 12 years, Tammy Koger has been the Director of the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP).  Prior to coming to NCATP, she was the Executive Director of Lee County Industry (LCI) and the Vice-President of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind in Washington, DC.   Tammy has over 27 years in the rehabilitation and technology field to include working as a state and private vocational rehabilitation counselor, a federal substance abuse counselor, contract negotiator and 20 years in non-profit and public service management and leadership. 


As a board member for several organizations, Tammy has experience working with agencies from many different sectors including Agra Medicine, AgrAbility, National Children’s Hospital, Society of Human Resource Managers, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, and Work Force Development Boards.


In 2013, Tammy started serving on the NC Agra Medicine Advisory Board and the NC AgrAbility Advisory Board and in 2014, NCATP began providing assistive technology assessments to farmers and veteran farmers through the NC AgrAbility program.


Tammy has a BA in Psychology from Radford University and MS in Management and Organizational Leadership from Western Governor’s University.  She holds a certificate in non-profit management from Duke University and is a certified public manager.



Tammy Pereboom, ATP


For the past 11 years, Tammy Pereboom has worked with the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) as an Assistive Technologist.  Prior to coming to NCATP, Tammy worked as a Physical Therapist in multiple settings including wheelchair clinics, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and various pediatric medical settings. 


Tammy has experience in providing assistive technology assessments, training, consultations, and train-the-trainer services across North Carolina, specifically in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg county area.  She is skilled in providing assistive technology services across all ages and all activities, including employment, school, independent living, and access and mobility.


Tammy is a licensed Physical Therapist with a BS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and she has the Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) certification from RESNA (Rehab Engineer and Assistive Technology Society of North America). 




 Emily McKeough is the Assistive Technology Access Coordinator with VATS and DARS. She has been with VATS for 9 years, and specialized in assistive technology for 11 years. She has a background in special education and received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Bridgewater College. She received her Master's of Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology from George Mason University. She has presented at both state and national conferences on assistive technology.


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Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Census Bureau, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, USAID, State & Local Government, National Guard Association, Federal Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Fri, Jun 21, 2019, 7:00am - 4:00pm

Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
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