Welcome to the Diversity & Inclusion page on the Howard County HR Society’s website! 

You are landing on this page which means you are interested in the most up-to-date and relevant HR practices regarding building and/or sustaining a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiative in your organization. Or maybe you are interested for personal reasons and want to join the Chapter’s D&I Committee! Your input would be welcome any time and truly appreciated.

Here’s a little bit about the Committee…The Diversity Chair is Brenda McChriston, a long-time Chapter member and Past President. Brenda’s passion for the Chapter’s success in supporting HR professionals in Howard County keeps her an active and enthusiastic Chapter partner, and now she is adding her passions to the Chapter’s D&I Program. Brenda is excited to lead the effort to diversify the Chapter’s membership and leadership, to publicize successful diversity programs in the local community, develop and/or distribute information and materials to Chapter members to promote diversity in the workplace, publicize examples of successful diversity efforts being undertaken by chapter members in their particular workplaces, and create a buzz of interest in members to join her on the Committee!

Come join Brenda and the D&I Committee today!  You can let Brenda know of your interest at any Chapter meeting or send an email to [email protected].

2019 Leaders Symposium: Diversity + Inclusion = Bu$iness Growth

 A special THANK YOU to everyone who attended, supported and helped make a truly outstanding HoCoHRS diversity initiative, for our Chapter, Community, and State.

HoCoHRS Diversity Committee Members: 

Nicola Edwards, Vanessa Bell, Monica McMellon-Ajayi, Sheela Reddy, Pat Hall Jaynes, Kristen Lohmeyer, Christine Pervaiz, Yolanda Santirosa, Roel Manuel Evangelista, Jeanne Martin, Wanda Hutchinson

Event Sponsors: 

BT/LG Attorneys At Law; Spectrum HR Solutions; Columbia Association; Howard Community College; The HR Source; Davis, Agnor, Rapaport, Skalny

Resources to build your D&I Knowledge Base

Online Resources:


  • American Bar Association Resource Guide: Programs to Advance Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, American Bar Association, 2000.

  • The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 2011.

  • The Changing Demographic Profile of the United States, Laura B. Shrestha and Elayne J. Heisler, Congressional Research Service, March 31, 2011.

  • Creating Pathways to Diversity® A Study of Law Department Best Practices, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2000 & 2005.

  • Miles to Go 2000: Progress of Minorities in the Legal ProfessionElizabeth Chambliss, American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, 2005 (Third Ed.).

  • The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century LeadersArin Reeves, 2012.

  • Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-DoingVerna A. Myers, April 16, 2012.