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Overcoming Hiring & Workplace Bias: Tools for Career Service Providers

  • 08 Jul 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by Kymberli Speight and Joel Speight

As career services providers we want to help all clients be successful and may be unaware of factors that impede job search and career advancement success for Black clients. In this session, Kymberli and Joel Speight will share practical approaches that any career service provider can use to guide Black clients in:

- building and maintaining a network to uncover opportunities

- overcoming biases in the hiring process from the application or resume to the interview

- adjusting mindset to feel empowered in their search and to achieve success once hired

- standing out and building their social capital to position themselves for promotion

Proceeds from the session will be donated to a school of Kymberli and Joel's choice.


About the Presenters

Kymberli Speight believes in enhancing your personal brand to reach your target audience. She is an author, public speaker and executive coach. She wrote the book I Need To Know You: How to Meet Ordinary Extraordinary People and Improve Your life. In her book she chronicles her journey meeting 100 people in 100 days—their stories—and what she learned along the way. Kymberli believes that people’s stories play a powerful role in changing the lives of others; everyone, not just celebrities, has a story worth being told.

Kymberli regularly speaks to audiences about networking (relationshipbuilding) and improving your personal brand. She is certified at the master’s level with the Reach personal branding process and holds additional certifications in executive coaching, career coaching, conversational intelligence, and several others. In addition to public speaking and coaching, she facilitates executive military transition seminars at several bases throughout the Air Force and has traveled as far as HI to speak.

In the past, Kymberli has been an executive recruiter, has served on the board of advisors for a state-of-the-art premier fitness center, and has helped a startup company grow 40% in its first year. Her claim to fame is that she once spent $954M. Early in her career as an active duty Air Force officer, she was the buyer for the fiscal year 1991 annual year buy of the McDonald Douglas F-15E fighter jet.

Kymberli is married to a retired Air Force colonel and has two adult sons. She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering with a focus on Management. She considers it a privilege to have served in the Air Force 5 years active duty and 6 years in the reserves. Kymberli is passionate about giving back to the various communities that have helped shape her personal and professional life.

Joel Speight served on active duty in the military for 24 years and has diverse experience leading and managing people. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, he was the chief financial officerand squadron commander for the largest combat wing in the Air Force. Serving at the Pentagon, he directly supported the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force in the integration of investment budget requirements from across the Air Force that led to the execution of $44B in investment funding. Joel was the financialmanagement director and chief financial officer at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, and provided financial oversite for a $2.7B multi-year aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test operations contract.He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel and is currently the chief operating officer for the Texas Facilities Commission.

Joel believes in getting things done through teamwork and strives to create a culture of partnership, encouragement, and accountability.  He is known for accelerating an organization’s timeline for success and has an appetite for change where it adds value and a healthy appreciation for processes that are working well.

After the Air Force, Joel worked in private industry as a senior manager for Ernst and Young. He returned to government service but this time at the state level where he took on the role of deputy director and later deputy executive director for the TX Racing Commission. In those roles, he is most proud of uncovering key factors that reduced the catastrophic injury rate of horses in the state of TX. In his current role, Joel provides direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning for 28 million square feet of state-owned and leased facilities, impacting 62,000 state employees.

He is married to Kymberli Speight, who is an author and speaker. Together they have two adult sons. He enjoys mentoring other men, serving on the board of advisors for a local non-profit start-up, traveling with Kymberli, and getting together with friends.



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