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TALX: How to Foster a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace

June 18, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Join ALX Community at Founders Hall for TALX, our regular speaker series!


Rachel Mendelowitz of The Rivington Group & Mike Kohn of Sparkfund

TALX Topic:

Attract and hire candidates to meet your goal of having a more diverse organization and create an inclusive environment that allows everyone to bring their best to work. Whether you’re just starting to think about diversity in your workplace or you’re hoping to build on improvements you’ve already made, you’ll leave with ideas and actionable next steps that you can put in place the next day.

More on Rachel:

She has advised organizations across every industry on organizational change and leadership development. She speaks regularly to executives at corporate events and conferences and has written about people-related solutions in publications such as Fortune Magazine. Prior to founding The Rivington Group, she was a Partner at McChrystal Group, where she led the team responsible for research and design of client offerings to create more adaptable organizations. Her team’s work forms the backbone of the New York Times best seller, Team of Teams. While at McChrystal Group, she worked with Fortune 500 clients, as well as small and mid-sized privately-owned firms. At Booz Allen Hamilton, she advised Department of Defense clients on leadership, talent management and change management. She also ran leadership development at Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. Rachel studied Psychology and Fine Art at Cornell University and Organizational Psychology at Columbia University.

More on Mike:

Mike Kohn currently serves as the Chief People Experience Officer at Sparkfund, a technology start-up that pioneered a subscription model for advanced energy technologies. He is passionate about the world of people and human systems, sustainability, and the environment, and enabling others to save the planet. In his role, he leads a team that is focusing on ensuring a fantastic experience from candidate to alumni, building a strong and healthy culture, driving initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and partnering across the organization to promote growth and development. Mike has spent time at Deloitte Consulting, where he led an initiative to establish and implement a new operating model for a federal agency’s human capital function, and in higher education, where he partnered with university executives and led a team of HR Business Partners to enhance student services and academics. He holds his MA in Organizational Leadership from the George Washington University. Outside of Sparkfund, he serves on the Board of Directors for Community Foodworks, a DC-based non-profit focused on enhancing food access for underserved communities. He is frequently found with his husband, Tony, and their dog, Spot, practicing yoga, playing board games, or trying a new restaurant around DC.


ALX Community


Welcome to ALX Community, DC’s new home of co-working and collaboration. Our space is a flawlessly designed shared office community, located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, and is perfect for DC area working professionals. Our members include entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers, financial professionals and non-profit organizations.Located next to the Potomac river and just steps away from historic King Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, this unique, multi-story building was built for collaboration and includes a beautiful dog-friendly co-working space, plenty of meeting rooms, a patio on the Waterfront Promenade, and Alexandria’s first dedicated Conference Center. We have flexible plans to accommodate any busy professional or company regardless of size or need. We’d love to show you around! Whether you need a place to work for the day, month, or a year- we have you covered. Our flexible membership plans allow you and your team to achieve your best.

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