TRAINING AND WORKSHOP SESSION TOPICS

Why Diversity Matters and Understanding Unconscious Bias

The “Why Diversity & Inclusion Matters” workshop presents the foundational understanding and importance of diversity and inclusion in conjunction with your organization’s core values and behavior standards. This workshop creates a common language and gives participants an overview of diversity and inclusion using scenario analysis and discussion along with interactive knowledge checks to gauge understanding. Participants explore unconscious bias and how it impacts business environments and work relationships. They will discover how their own values, culture and experiences effect interactions with colleagues, attitudes about work, and understanding of workplace values.

Work: A Harassment-Free Zone

​In this workshop, participants will learn the types and components of workplace harassment, discuss boundaries for acceptable behavior and review examples of sexual and non-sexual harassment. Participants will also explore appropriate and inappropriate uses of email, texting and social media. The workshop will include an overview best practices for handling harassment, including how to address it when it is observed, experienced or reported. Participants will discuss a model for workplace respect and begin developing strategies and civility behavior standards for their own team.

Assessing Organizational Racism and Advocating for Anti-Racist Workplaces

Creating and supporting teams with diverse skills, knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences is essential to developing vibrant workplaces where we value people and their journeys, as well as leverage their talents.  Yet, workplaces persist where racism continues to disrupt employee engagement, belonging, collaboration, innovation and productivity. Over time and with intention, organizations, like individuals, can evolve to become anti-racist. The evolution begins with assessing organizational culture to gain a comprehensive understanding of how racism and oppression operate.  In this session,  we’ll explore evaluative tools to determine how racism shows up in your organization.  From decision-making and budgeting to accountability and power, you’ll have a chance to think about your work environment and learn ways to advocate for the change necessary to transform individuals, teams and organizations.

Building a Culture of Appreciation and Inclusion at Work

Appreciation and inclusion go a long way toward producing highly innovative, collaborative and productive teams. The most effective teams and leaders know the value that comes from recognizing the successes of those with whom they work. In many ways, how well your team handles difference depends on the example and standards you set. The way forward begins with you and the degree to which you are open and active about working to foster healthy, diverse, and inclusive environments and teams. In this session, we will share strategies to communicate authentic appreciation and demonstrate inclusion in meaningful ways to coworkers. You’ll leave with strategies that will help you increase organizational productivity, job satisfaction, engagement, loyalty and physical and mental health in your workplace.

Age, Relevance & Workplace Effectiveness

Explore the distinctions of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials and the iGeneration. Participants will learn how these factors impact workplace motivation, values, expectations and success. We’ll also discuss strategies for effective communication, collaboration, and maintaining relevance and gaining credibility in the workplace regardless of your age.

For Women Only: Internalized Sexism

This workshop encourages women to explore the effect on their self-image resulting from the sexist messages received over the course of their lives. Participants will identify and assess how these messages have shaped their attitude toward and engagement with other women. Activities will include strategies to challenge internalized sexism and affirm the women and girls in their lives.

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Organizational Benefits of Workplace Diversity

Each year the workforce becomes more diverse. The numbers of people of color in the United States is increasing women continue to increase among the ranks of the employed and LGBTQ individuals are contributing to the economy, while becoming progressively more open about whom they are. If businesses expect to maintain or increase their footing in the marketplace, they must not only tolerate, but also embrace diversity. In an increasingly competitive economy, talent is central to improving the bottom line. Sourcing from the largest and most diverse set of candidates is necessary to succeed and grow in today’s market. This workshop explores benefits of workplace diversity and guides participants to develop strategies to implement within their unique organizational environment.

Understanding and Preventing Workplace Microaggression

In most workplaces, daily exchanges between team members encompass a wide variety of personalities with varying degrees of conversation. What happens when those conversations drift into stereotyping — specifically, the subtle type? Unconsciously and unintentionally, comments from one employee may offend another employee resulting in the commission of a “microaggression.” Typically, these microaggressions arise from assumptions or stereotypes about an individual or group of people based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or age. This session will improve employee awareness of microaggressions by facilitating opportunities for participants to discover common examples of everyday microaggressions as well as develop ways to avoid the remarks that tend to offend and create unwelcoming work environments.

The Double Bind: Trials of Women in Leadership

In work settings, men are oftentimes identified with “take charge” roles, while women are identified with “take care” roles.  Men and women are stereotyped with regard to leadership expectations, roles and responsibilities. When women exhibit stereotypical male behaviors or go against the conventional expectations of femininity, they then have to deal with the double bind in which they are perceived to be competent, or possessing atypical leadership qualities, but not necessarily credible or likeable. Many women in leadership roles face this very common dilemma: If they’re strong and assertive, they’re viewed as domineering and abrasive; if they aren’t assertive enough, they’re viewed as weak and tentative, making it hard to get support within the organization. In this workshop, we will examine the “double bind” and identify strategies to handle it.

Improve Work Relationships & Company Culture by Conquering Hidden Bias

Explore unconscious or hidden bias and the impact to business environments and work relationships. Participants will delve into and become aware of the impact of unconscious biases on themselves, their colleagues, and their workplace learn how to employ practical strategies to identify and counter their own unconscious biases and discover tools for building cross-cultural relationships.

Inclusive Leadership: Unconscious Bias, Trust and Decision-Making

An inclusive work culture promotes innovation, productivity and profitability. How well does your team embrace difference? In this session, we will discuss your role in embracing diversity, inclusion and equality within your organization, the 6 Cs of Highly Inclusive Leaders and examine the impact of trust and unconscious bias. After all, the way forward begins with you and how open and active you are to foster healthy, diverse and inclusive environments and teams.

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