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2015 Workplace Bullying Awareness Conference

2nd Annual National Workplace Bullying Coalition 
Workplace Bullying Awareness Conference

Restoring and Protecting Dignity At Work

Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying in the Workplace

Hosted by the NWBC and the Grove College of Business of Shippensburg University

October 22-23, 2015

Shippensburg University Foundation Center
Shippensburg, PA


The HR Certification Institute was approved for this activity for 7 hours of general recertification credit.

Special Video Welcome from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez
Gonzalez passed and enacted workplace bullying legislation in California



Lorena Gonzalez

CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents the 80th district, which encompasses southern San Diego. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, Gonzalez served as secretary-treasurer and CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Gonzalez promised to fight for our state’s working and middle classes, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. Since being elected, she has authored a bill that provides safeguards against immigration fraud (AB 1159) and another that allows qualified DREAMers who pass the State Bar exam to practice law, regardless of their immigration status (AB 1024). Lorena also authored historic legislation to allow 6.5 million Californians the ability to earn paid sick leave. When AB 1522 was signed by Governor Brown, California became the first state in the nation to guarantee earned sick days for every single private sector worker. Lorena also authored bills to strengthen consumer protection for people who buy insurance products, created the first workplace bullying training requirement in the nation and ensured that special elections in San Diego will cost less and engage more voters. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University, a Master's Degree from Georgetown University and a Law Degree from UCLA, and is a member of the California State Bar.

Keynote Speakers

Alan Morse, President of PsyVantage, LLC

Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson
Tennessee's 98th Legislative District

Alan Morse

Organizational Culture & Boss Whispering

 Antonio Parkinson

Passing the First Workplace Bullying

Alan Morse is an accomplished clinical and consulting psychologist and board certified coach with more than 25 years of experience providing behavioral health services, crisis management, and specialized consultation for a variety of corporations, management groups, and individual clients. He is uniquely qualified to blend exceptional consultation and coaching skills with a keen understanding of organizational dynamics to promote employee health and wellness, support executive and management development, and maximize personal and professional performance.

Watch Presentation

Rep Antonio Parkinson created, which is a vehicle for citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to have a voice. Parkinson is a business owner, firefighter and member of Breath of Life Christian Center. Notable laws passed by Parkinson include the Neighborhood Protection Act (NPA), which allows organizations to petition for a restraining order against repeat criminals who have victimized homes inside the organization’s boundaries, Kimberlee’s Law, which ensures sexual offenders have to serve their entire sentence, and the Healthy Workplace Act, which establishes proactive policies within local governments to address workplace issues beyond protected classes.  Watch Presentation

Shelley Kahn, Supervisory Atty, EEOC

Erin Johannson, Jobs With Justice Educ. Fund

Shelley Kahn

Case Studies

Erin Johannson

Jobs With Justice

Shelley Kahn is a Supervisory Attorney in the Appellate Review Program at the Office of Federal Operations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In that capacity, she manages a team of Appellate Attorneys who adjudicate and prepare federal sector decisions on the full range of appeals, petitions and requests for reconsideration handled by the Commission.  Previously, she has been employed as an Appellate Attorney and was also detailed to the Washington Field Office as an Administrative Judge. She has also served as a mediator in private sector cases for the EEOC’s Washington Field Office. She served as a Government Fellow to the American Bar Association’s Committee on ADR in Labor and Employment Law and has served as a Vice Chair of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law CLE National Programs Committee. She is currently coordinating the Office of Federal Operations LGBT workgroup. 

Erin Johannson Research Director, Jobs With Justice Education Fund, which includes producing original research and public education products. Erin also coordinates the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) which brings together scholars and practitioners to build workplace and economic power for working people. Erin holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and joined the staff of American Rights at Work in 2004. She has written numerous publications for Jobs With Justice and American Rights at Work, on topics ranging from labor law, contingent work, the National Labor Relations Board, Walmart, and the broader value of unions to communities. Erin serves on the editorial board of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s publication.

Additional Featured Speakers & Panelists

Joseph T. Catanio
Wendy S. Becker
Laura Dzurec
Sabrina Maxwell
Dr. Ronald Wakeham
Theo Braddy
Lisa DeSanti
John Griffith, Ph.D.

Joseph T. Catanio is an Associate Professor of management information systems at the John L. Grove College of Business, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey. His research interests include business systems analysis and design, project management, and management information systems.



Wendy S. Becker is Professor of Management, Grove College of Business, Shippensburg University. Professor Becker is President, Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology and past editor of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. She received the Research Excellence Award in 2011 from the Academy of Human Resource Development, the 2014 Book Award (with her co-authors) from the Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environments Division, as well as annual teaching and research awards from SUNY and Shippensburg University. In 2015 she was honored to be elected as a Fellow of the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.



Laura Dzurec is Dean of the School of Nursing at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. She served as dean and professor at Kent State University’s College of Nursing (Ohio) from July 2006 until July 2013, returning to faculty to pursue teaching and research in workplace dynamics, especially workplace bullying phenomena. She served as Dean at the University of Connecticut from 2000 to 2006, and was associate dean and professor of the Oregon Health Science University School of Nursing between 1996 and 2000. She has held academic posts at several universities and is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s (USA) Academy of Nursing Education.


Sabrina Maxwell works for CBRE, Inc. in the field of commercial real estate. She has a Bachelor degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from BIOLA University. She holds a second Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, and serves as a mediator, and established “The Soft Settlement Mediation Assistance”. Further, she has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management through Walden University, and her dissertation was on the topic of Human Resource Managers and Toxic Leadership. She interviewed HR professionals in order to understand how they identify and manage a toxic leader.



Rosette Adera is an expert in counterproductive behaviors and how they affect innovation. In order to compete on the cutting edge of product and service global markets, organizations often invest heavily in employee creativity and innovation. However, recent research has demonstrated the effects of counterproductive behaviors such as incivility and abusive supervision on employee innovative behavior. Adera is a doctoral student at University of Maryland University College. Her dissertation explores the impacts of workplace bullying on organizational climate.



Dr. Ronald Wakeham is the Department Chair of the Security and Emergency Response Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus, and has been with the university since 2011. Wakeham completed an Associate in Applied Science/Fire Science from Tidewater Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University, a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University, and a Doctor of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.



Theo Braddy has been appointed by three different Governors including, in 1998, to serve as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission. In 2014, Governor Colbert appointed him to the PA State Independent Living Council. Mr. Braddy works diligently towards ensuring that the Americans with Disabilities Act is fully implemented to allow for full participation of all citizens with disabilities. In addition to his continued commitment and service as CEO of the CILCP, he is the Visionary behind Living Well with a Disability. For over 26 years, Mr. Braddy has advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities. He was hired in 1988 to establish and administer the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). As CEO, Mr. Braddy has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities.



Lisa DeSanti is an Organizational Development Consultant and Professional Coach. With nearly 15 years experience supporting a largely scientific and technical client base within the Defense industry, she has demonstrated a unique ability to connect with and facilitate positive change at the individual and group levels. Having earned a Ph.D. at Fielding Graduate University, Lisa's dissertation focused on capturing and analyzing workplace bullying as perceived by and understood from the alleged bully's perspective - a view largely missing in research today. In practice and study, Lisa's interests include emotions in the workplace, meaning making, stigma and resilience.


John Griffith, Ph.D. is an Associate Program Chair, Emergency Services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus and has been with the university since 2001. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Griffith is also a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff, Air Force Squadron Officer School and the Air Force Squadron Commander’s Course.  Dr. Griffith has published and presented articles in the personnel administration, emergency services and distance education fields. 





#Dignity15 Conference Chair: Jerry Carbo, Esq., Associate Professor of Management at the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University, PA. He has written on the topic of workplace bullying legislation. Carbo is a NWBC Board Member and Chair of the Dignity 15 Conference. Notably, he was selected this year to be a member of the newly formed EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.


Our Sponsors

Ms Camay international

We are honored to be the official charity of choice for Ms. Camay’s Black Tie Fashion Gala on October 16, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Seattle. Together with Ms. Camay International, LLC and, we are raising awareness about workplace bullying in our nation, relentlessly dedicated to deterring workplace bullying and providing a remedy to targeted individuals. We're using the money that's raised to conduct a survey on workplace bullying that can take our efforts into the future.

Get more information about Ms. Camay International, LLC and their event.



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