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Fridays@4 is a CAE Approved Provider!

Look below for the CAE Approved logo on our qualifying programs. You will receive up to 1.0 credit toward your CAE application and re-certification when you register and attend our CAE Approved Sessions! 

(Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit

Recordings of select past events can be accessed in the Events Archive (members only).

Upcoming events

    • Friday, December 03, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    In no other American corporate construct do we tend to celebrate effort over impact like in the context of DEI. How did we get here? And more importantly, how should we move forward with authentic purpose and not as a means to simply check off another box?

    Diversity, as a commitment vs. a compliance undertaking, hit the Fortune 500 stage in the early 1990s. Thereafter, around 2012, inclusion entered the scene. Between 2012 and early 2020, most companies spent much of their precious resources debating such impactful imperatives like whether the “I” should precede the “D” in D&I and how much more broadly they could define their diversity statement, ever careful to ensure all are included and no one felt left out. Meanwhile, minority employees were just hoping that the DEI work could just focus, for a while, on their particular plight.

    Corporations far and wide yanked an “E” from the sky and affixed it right next to the D and the I and cemented it all with a “Black Lives Matter” banner on their websites. Some of these organizations were operating entirely out of fear or a perfunctory obligation to appear sincerely invested in allyship and attracting, retaining, and amplifying its minority talent base. Some, on the other hand, were quite earnestly and authentically committed. 

    What if neither motivation matters?

    Speaker: Nikki Lanier

    Nikki Lanier is the CEO of Harper Slade, a racial equity advisory firm focused on helping organizations and communities’ advance equity for some and equality for all. An experienced leader with over 25 years of career achievements that span Banking, Labor and Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Human Resources, and State Government. A Private and Public Sector CHRO adept in a multitude of HR disciplines, Nikki is experienced in managing multi-site operations, ensuring compliance with all federal and state employment laws and employing comprehensive approaches that effectively align human capital priorities with the overall organizational strategy. Nikki is a collaborative leader who is skilled in building synergetic teams in multi-cultural and cross-functional environments. An Executive Management Committee veteran with site and functional leadership responsibilities with the Federal Reserve Bank, Philip Morris USA, Georgia Pacific, ADP, Charter Schools USA and the country’s largest community college system, Maricopa Community Colleges, Nikki is a dexterous division executive having led teams in a number of settings including, manufacturing, government, higher education, HR consulting, healthcare, k-12 and central banking. As CHRO of three organizations, Nikki drove accelerated cultural change, created and implemented innovative organizational development, strategic planning, employee relations, community engagements and partnerships, training and development, succession planning, recruitment and retention, labor negotiations and union avoidance, all directed toward driving strong operational outcomes.

    • Friday, December 10, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    You are responsible for your own career development, not your employer nor your supervisor; therefore, you need to drive the process.  A career development discussion is not just about improving your performance for the next year or setting goals for your current position.  It’s about planning for the future, beyond your current position.  The purpose of having a career development discussion with your boss is to help you grow and develop to your optimal capability over time.  Some people are uncomfortable with this because they only want to talk with their bosses about their current position. 

    In this session, you’ll learn how to:

    • prepare for the career development meeting
    • initiate the discussion with your boss, learn what to ask
    • close out the discussion with a plan. 

    Speaker: Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE, JCTC, JCDC

    Trent is an HR and career development professional who has spent her life guiding others toward lifelong learning, career growth and personal enrichment. Her background includes human resources, college career services, corporate employee career development, and business and industry training. 

    Trent holds two certifications in human resources and two in career coaching, as well as ASAE's Certified Association Executive. She obtained her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in HR, and she completed her Ph.D. coursework at the University of Louisville in human resources development and career counseling. She is a frequent writer and contributor on various HR and career management topics for books, magazines and other publications, and she is a contributing author to the anthologies Humans@Work and Compassion@Work.

    • Friday, December 17, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Join your Fridays@4 colleagues as we celebrate a successful year of building our professional networks and improving our career and professional development.

    We'll discuss the Fridays@4 accomplishments in 2021 and future plans for 2022 and beyond. Don't forget to wear your ugliest holiday sweater; there just might be a prize!

Recordings of select past events can be accessed in the Events Archive (members only).

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