Center for Workplace Performance Set to Host Webinar: Ensuring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in a Virtual Work Environment (July 2023)

Center for Workplace Performance Set to Host Webinar: Ensuring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in a Virtual Work Environment (July 2023)

June 1, 2023

Registration now open!

July 19, 2023 (7:00–8:15 p.m. EDT)


Hosted by the Center for Workplace Performance (CWP)

Open to the public and ANY Penn State student across the commonwealth including World Campus!

Register here:

The post-pandemic work environment has profoundly impacted how we communicate, collaborate, problem solve and produce goods and services.  Leaders must navigate a complex dynamic where the demand for greater productivity can be at odds with employees’ re-evaluation of work and the challenge of fully including and recognizing diverse individuals in a virtual work environment.

The format of this exciting (FREE) webinar is conversational!  After a brief introduction and exercise, a panel of experts in DEIB and the Virtual Team Leadership will field questions from participants.


Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Acquire new insight into best practices for on-line engagement
  • Understand the science behind diversity
  • Articulate techniques and approaches to ensure DEIB+ in a virtual environment


Meet the Webinar Team:

Kim Trahan, PhD., LPC, ACS – Associate Teaching Professor

Kim Trahan, Ph.D. is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Organizational Leadership (OLEAD) Program. She joined the School of Labor and Employment Relations in 2017. She teaches a variety of online undergraduate courses in the OLEAD curriculum, including Emotional, Social, and Cultural Intelligence and Implications for Leadership. She is also currently building a leadership development coaching program to supplement student’s academic coursework, which will help to bridge the gap between classroom learning and the workplace. Her interests focus on humanistic and innovative approaches to organizational leadership that help students to build capacity to be effective as leaders in the global workplace. She has previously served as a consultant in the areas of diversity, career management, mindful leadership and more. She has extensive background providing career counseling and coaching to university students and in private practice as a licensed professional counselor. She is in process of completing International Coaching Federation coaching certification.

She received her doctoral degree in Organizational Systems, integrating organizational psychology and organizational development from a systems theory perspective. Her master’s degree is in Counseling and Human Development.


Brian Redmond, PhD. – Teaching Professor

Brian Redmond, Ph.D. has been an online educator and administrator for 20 years. Additionally, he has consulted in a variety of organizations regarding their organizational processes and leadership. At the Penn State, he has innovated new opportunities in the virtual space such as the first online psychology club in the nation. Additionally, he has been an advocate for those who are underrepresented in higher education. He served as the chair for the Commission for Adult Learners and was a founder and educator in a diversity and inclusion certificate offered at a low cost to online students.

Brian received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the City University of New York and his M.A. in the same from New York University. He has published articles in Basic and Applied Psychology, Journal of Asynchronous Learning, Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational, and internationally in Revista Española de Pedagogía. Additionally, he has given dozens of talks on leadership and online education at academic and professional conferences.  He is currently a Teaching Professor at Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations and has been teaching on-line since 2004.


Arthur T. Matthews, J.D. – Teaching Professor

Arthur T. Matthews J.D. is a Teaching Professor at Penn State University School of Labor and Employment Relations. He teaches a signature course in Race, Gender and Employment which is cross listed in Women Studies and Labor and Human Resources. Moreover, he teaches courses in the Law of Labor-Management Relations, Dispute Resolution, Leadership and a Graduate course in Employment Law.

He is also the COO, partner and Chief Playmaker of Matthews & Matthews Consulting ( which is a boutique firm specializing in divergent aspects of human resources and the workforce. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, diversity & inclusion, cultural humility, leadership, conflict resolution, sexual harassment awareness, and organizational change. His clients are primarily government agencies, unions, corporations and 501 C 3 organizations. Some of his clients include but are not limited to Johns Hopkins University, Con Edison, 1199SEIU, Dare2Dream Leaders Inc and the EEOC. He started his teaching career in 1987 first at Medgar Evers College/CUNY and served on the faculty at NYU and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations for 32 years and the University of Arkansas as a Visiting Professor for 25 years. in 2016 and 2017 he lectured at the Clinton School of Public Service and Harvard University School of Law respectively.

Arthur earned his Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law where he served as President of the Student Bar Association. It was in this capacity that he led hundreds of law students in the march that helped enact MLK Day as a national holiday. Moreover, he proudly hosted one of the last public appearances of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The CEO of his firm is his wife Evelyne R. Matthews who is also a lecturer and part time actress.


Michael Edenhart-Pepe, PhD. – Professor of Practice

Michael Edenhart-Pepe, Ph.D. held senior HR leadership roles for 25 years with “best in class” organizations including GE and the Yale Health System.   At the Yale Health System, he launched the Institute for Excellence to develop talent and ensure the continuity of effective leadership across the System with 13,000 employees.  While at GE Healthcare, Michael introduced an innovative program of self-discovery and delivered it to diverse GE leaders across the globe.  His efforts at transforming HR led to his team at Virtua Health being awarded 2012 HR Department of the Year in the Delaware Valley.

Michael received his Ph.D. in instructional process and his M.A. in educational psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. He has published articles for the International Organizational Development Journal, ATD, HRO Today and SHRM of succession planning, sustaining leadership development, generations in the workplace and the illusiveness of trust.  He is currently a Professor of Practice at Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations and has been teaching on-line since 2017.

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