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Catherine Massey

Associate Principal - Charles River Associates

Dr. Massey is an Associate Principal at Charles River Associates Bryan Texas office, where she regularly helps clients conduct pay-equity audits and defend against pay equity claims. Prior to joining Charles River Associates, she was an Assistant Research Scientist in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. While at the University of Michigan, she conducted research on intergenerational contributors to inequality. Dr. Massey received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. She presented on COVID’s effect on pay equity and disparate impact at the 2021 National ILG in Nashville.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Workshop 3

AI in HR: Its Potential and How to Avoid Adverse Impact Claims
Valentin Estevez and Catherine Massey, Charles River Associates

Are you overwhelmed by what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is? AI tools promise to streamline HR processes, from candidate review and hiring through promotion and termination decisions. Our session provides an accessible introduction to AI and discusses its applications in HR decisions for contractors. Attendees will learn 1) the basics of AI, 2) how AI is being integrated into HR decisions, and 3) best practices to meet DEI objectives while avoiding adverse impact claims.

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Thursday, Aug. 3

Workshop 5

Remediation Best Practices with Statistically Significant Differences
Valentin Estevez and Catherine Massey, Charles River Associates

Acting on the results of a pay equity audit can be challenging and remediation of a potential pay difference should be done carefully. After this session, attendees will know 1) how to interpret the results of a pay equity audit, 2) steps to take before remediation is considered (including a deeper dive into what is driving the results, whether data issues are the source of the unexplained disparities, or whether there are legitimate and documentable reasons that resolve the issue), 3) different approaches to remediation, and 4) common pitfalls to avoid during the remediation process.