RILA Hosts Successful Winter 2021 Retail Workforce Summit

Last week, RILA convened more than 100 retail executives at the Winter 2021 Virtual Workforce Summit to continue exploring how leading retailers are building the 21st Century Retail Workforce that is diverse, innovative and skilled. Specifically, the summit focused on how the COVID-19 crisis and recent social justice issues have created or accelerated workforce trends and will impact policy discussions with the new White House and Congress.

With the help of many retailers including Dollar General, Lowe’s, and Big Lots, as well as strategic partners from Talent Solutions, Accenture, IRI, and Seyfarth Shaw, our audience was treated to timely and informative discussions about remote work, vaccinations, e-commerce talent strategies, and risks in retail organizing. See below for a few more highlights:

  • EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling joined us to discuss recent activities by the Commission and potential priorities for 2021 including data collection and efficient claim resolution.
  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) spoke with RILA President Brian Dodge about the new Congress and the challenges we are facing as a country.
  • Joseph Vaughan, Senior Advisor to Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), joined Maggie Henderson from Target to discuss how corporations are responding to the social crisis from 2020 and leaning into their roles as political and social activists.

Many of the presentations from this year's Summit are available via the links below.

  • To view the presentation from Talent Solution about E-Commerce talent strategies, click here.
  • To view the presentation from Seyfarth about vaccinations and employee safety, click here.
  • To view the presentation from IRI about organizing threats in retail, click here.
Please stay tuned for recordings from a number of the Summit sessions that will be distributed to RILA membership over the next couple weeks.

For questions about the Summit or RILA's workforce initiatives, please contact Evan Armstrong.
  • Diversity
  • Ensuring a Safe, Sustainable Future
  • Human Resources
  • Investing in People
  • Public Policy
  • Retail Works for All of Us
  • Workforce

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