Please join us for the SHRS January 2021 Virtual Meeting on Tuesday, January 12!
Overview: Saidy will give an introduction to the Diversity Layers Wheel and help us develop skills to establish a common ground as human beings, including how that translates into an individual’s life path. The presentation will also focus on deviations on the recruiting process and the pool of applicants (human capital) HR has to offer to corporations or jobs to potential applicants.Saidy would like you to submit questions on diversity prior to the meeting. Please feel free to ask questions you are afraid to ask or are unsure if it’s OK to ask. Responses are anonymous. This is an opportunity to dig deep and gain insight into how we as HR professionals can improve ourselves and our organizations. Please submit your questions at this link by Friday, January 8: https://forms.gle/SCHkLdTU7qEcB3jj7
Presenter - Saidy Orellana
Saidy Orellana is a natural leader born and raised in Guatemala. Reunited with her father after 13 years due to the immigration process, she continued her educational journey in New York, California, and Oklahoma, as detailed in her YouTube documentary Kites and Dreams.
In 2004, Saidy cofounded a nonprofit organization and church, completed the Theological Studies program as an ordained Minister through Global University, and earned an Associate Degree in Business at Oklahoma City Community College, all while being an active participant in the Entrepreneurs in Action US, the Kappa Beta Delta, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies. Saidy completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Oklahoma, focusing on Supply Chain Management, a minor in Nonprofit Management, and the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification by the College of Engineering.
Simultaneously, she completed the elite Business Leadership Program known as JC Penney Leadership Program and was selected to participate in the National Educational Women in Leadership Program -- a pipeline to politics training. Saidy was selected by the Carl Albert Congressional Research Program to complete the Community Scholars Program. was one of the 2019 Top 100 Entrepreneurs around the nation by the Hispanic Scholars Foundation, and a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society with a history of service and academic excellence.
She has volunteered with VITA -- an IRS program since 2010 and has been an active member of the Latinas Women in Norman supporting educational programs since 2014. In 2018 she was appointed by former Mayor Miller, to serve in the Citizens Financial Oversight Board for the City of Norman. In 2019 she was awarded by the OKUHRA and the OK Chapter of the United Nations Association as a Human Rights Advocate, and the recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Proclamation on behalf of the Hispanic community in Norman. Saidy was appointed as the Secretary of the Guatemalan Society of Oklahoma.
In 2020, she was invited to participate in dialogues about Black Lives Matter and Racialized Violence by the OU Diversity Department, and as a member of the Norman Mayor’s Task Force, to address social and community outreach needs. In July, Saidy accepted the invitation to pioneer the bilingual program as an educator at Epic Charter Schools, and in October, she was recognized among the top 50 making a difference in Oklahoma, by the Journal Record through the Women of the Year 2020 program.
Saidy has been married to her long time friend, Otto Orellana, and is a mother to three young adults: Saidy Paola, age 26; Otto Daniel, age 22; and Abigail Orellana, age 20. In the future, she would like to be remembered as a global change maker with a resilient attitude, and a faithful heart. Her initiatives have not only provided a better present to her local neighbors, but also to many families abroad.
This program has been approved for 1 hour re-certification credit hours toward SHRM for Professional Development credits (PDCs) and by the HR Certification Institute for recertification credits. Please visit their respective websites at hrci.org or shrmcertification.org.
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