2011 Webinars

The Texas Diversity Council is offering a series of webinars this year. Texas Diversity Council Members participate for FREE! To become a member, please contact Angeles Valenciano at angeles.valenciano@nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

$69 per person
There is a $39 discounted rate for students
$99 per group
Corporate Members FREE

Tommie LewisTommie Lewis
Emotional Intelligence and Diversity in Education: Leadership Competencies for Competitive Advantage

March 11, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

Emotions drive behavior and when people don’t know how to manage them, the results are wasteful at best and tragic at worst. The good news is the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity provides a proven strategy to people to manage their emotions effectively. This session will challenge participants to explore their own biases and preferences, manage “self‐talk” and ambiguity, understand the whys behind behavior and learn how to manage emotions in decision making. These competencies are both insight‐ and action‐based and focus on understanding both yourself and others in order to have productive interactions.
Tim McRayTim McRay
How to Minimize the Risk of Failure and Measure Success in Any Organization

March 22, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

The session will identify and explain the differences in approach that successful organizations take as compared to those who are not successful. Driving factors will be highlighted and clarified so that participants leave the session with an actionable approach to progress within their group. Specifically, we’ll move the topic from conceptual issues to individual behaviors which will be identified so that all attendees can utilize to initiate and assess organizational change relative to Diversity.
David Tyson JrDavid Tyson Jr
Building Rapport, Different Cultures and Genders in Your Office

March 30, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

This Webinar will focus on the different behavioral characteristics. A person’s behavior is a necessary and integral part of who we are. Behavior comes from nature (inherent) and from nurture (our up-bringing). We will analyze the behavioral styles in building rapport with the different cultures and genders in our office.
Ana Maria QuevedoAna Maria Quevedo
You and “I” — Courting the Immigrant Market

May 31, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

A unique presentation for leaders who want to expand their customer base to include the 39 million immigrants currently living in the United States ‐that’s an entire country at your disposal… an entire fresh demographic that wants to succeed in this country!

Think about it: Would you leave everything behind if it were not for the chance of making the most of a second opportunity in life?

Immigrants are at the center of a political storm… Take away negative stereotypes and emotionally charged discourse and you will discover:
Who they are? What do they want? How do they succeed? Who is helping them achieve their dreams? How can you successfully market to them? What are the pockets you should be targeting first? Is there such thing as an affluent immigrant market?

Did you know

  • More than a third of the foreign‐born population earns $55,000 or more annually.
  • One in four has a college degree.
  • Immigrants start business at twice the rate as the native born.
  • Fifty three percent of the foreign‐born population comes from Latin America.
  • Mexico, China, Philippines, India, Vietnam, El Salvador, Korea and Cuba comprise the largest foreign‐born communities in the U.S.
  • 99.9% of immigrants want the American Dream and will work hard to reach it.


Award‐winning author Ana María Quevedo is an immigrant, she has written Living in a Double World: a practical guided tour through the immigration experience (1996, 2010) and has created the Web TV program www.livinginadoubleworld.tv. She will help you figure out how to stop being afraid of the “I” word and start courting a market that remains untapped.

“Immigrating is nothing but giving ourselves a second chance in life. A second fresh start. It means adapting. Keeping the best of our past identity while reshaping ourselves. The entire process of immigration should make us feel compelled to build a better self. If we do, no matter how long and tiring the journey seems, we will look back one day and say to ourselves: it was worth it.” ‐Ana María Quevedo, author

Sahar AndradeSahar Andrade
Communicating Across Cultures — Creating a Culture of Understanding

June 1, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

Effective communication occurs when the receive of the message understands or interprest the message received the exact way the sended intended; and the fels that the information at the end of the exchange is clear. Communication can unite employees around the companys goals, build trust and increase employee engagement that is directly connected to business success; it can make a difference in organizations. Especially at trying times of change, where compensation and benefits may not be available, communication provides the intangible benefits that employees crave: support, recognition, a feeling of being valued and connected at work.

Why should we care?

  • Poor communications can cost money, waste time, cause setbacks, hinder production, result in injury or even death.
  • The rapid changing demographics of the United States, and interaction of 4 generations in the workplace.
  • Communication gaps between genders, generations, cultures, races and ethnicities – Verbal and Non‐verbal/ body language communication alignment or lack of it


What will the Webinar cover?

  • Causes of communications difficulties
  • Communications tips
  • Communications process
  • Types of communications styles
  • Difference in communication styles between genders, generations, races, cultures, and ethnicities
  • Verbal and Non‐Verbal communications
  • Active Listening
  • Feedback
  • Assertive Communications
  • Communications Trilogy
  • Improving Communications
Francia Baez GuzmanFrancia Baez Guzman
Latino Culture in the American Workplace

June 14, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

Ethnic diversity is a critical topic in today’s corporate environment. It helps organizations deal effectively with specific external stakeholders, for example how to sell and service clients of a specific ethnicity. It also influences how to effectively interact with peers, supervisors or subordinates of a specific ethnicity. Latinos are well on their way to becoming a significant force in the US population and so it becomes critical to understand how their culture impacts their behaviors. There will be traces of values and behaviors that tend to remain with varying degrees of influence, depending on one’s level of adaptation to the new culture. In this session we will discuss who a Latino is (stereotypes, mix, immigrant generations and American Latinos), why Latinos should merit attention (demographics, economics, social presence and political power) and how they may behave at work (values, processes, behaviors).
Ann TardyAnn Tardy
Making Mentoring Matter in Diversity — How to Use Smart Mentoring to Drive the Inclusion Conversation

August 24, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

When organizations like PG&E and Southern California Edison are serious about driving diversity and inclusion initiatives, they use smart mentoring to ensure success at all levels of their organization.

With smart mentoring, participants are effective at mentoring, which makes mentoring effective at driving an inclusion initiative. We’ll explore how to establish the strategy, structure, and relevance your program requires to be the effective tool you need it to be.

We’ll cover

  • 9 strategies that mentoring can drive forward
  • The 7 vital steps for architecting a smart mentoring initiative like PG&E and SCE
  • 5 critical elements for successful mentoring programs
  • Resources participants need to drive effective mentoring
  • Best and worst practices for mentoring success
  • How to elevate the importance of mentoring in any organization


5 Learning Objectives

  • To learn the 7-step formula for architecting and implementing an effective, scalable, and sustainable mentoring initiative
  • To understand how to use mentoring to impact people’s work effectiveness, job readiness, leader-readiness, and network-strength
  • To discover how to use mentoring to drive key organizational strategies
  • To learn how to elevate the importance of mentoring to all levels of the organization
  • To discover proven ways for empowering others in driving the sustainability of any mentoring initiative in any size organization
Sylvia F. JamesSylvia F. James
Unconscious Bias: Breaking Down Barriers Through

September 13, 2011
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

The objectives of the workshop are to introduce the concept of unconscious bias; explore the evidence that all of us hold implicit biases; examine the impact of unconscious bias decisions in recruiting, work assignments and performance evaluations; and provide steps for minimizing and correcting unconscious bias.
Jennifer Thibeaux, Ph.D. (adb), SPHRJennifer Thibeaux, Ph.D. (abd), SPHR
The Intersection of Social Media & Diversity

Rescheduled — New Date To Be Determined
11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. CST

Society moved from calls, to pages, to chirping, to texting, and ow we’re all abuzz with Social Media! Communication has moved lightening fast but have diversity principles kept up with the pace? What does a positive and productive message look like with this new medium? How do corporate organizations embrace and manage the messages that shape the culture and ideas of their own organization? Welcome to UareWhatUTweet.com. We’ll take a dive into the reality of social media messaging, the positives and negatives that can impact a corporate diversity initiative.
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