Webinars July 2013

Cassandra WoodsCassandra Woods
Making the Case for Diversity Competence in Your Organization

July 9, 2013

Ten years ago, the word “inclusion” was rarely used, and only by a few organizations. Now, the phrase “diversity and inclusion” has its own acronym—D&I. We moved from valuing differences, which was largely achieved through awareness training and multi-cultural celebrations, to strategic business growth. The focus of today’s organization is centered on new and increased market share, building high-impact work teams at home and abroad, and managing brand reputation. Clearly, the 21st century D&I leader, embracing this more public, decidedly strategic role, requires a challenging new set of competencies. In this webinar we will review five primary trends driving changes in the D&I leader’s role that define the need for new thinking regarding competencies.

Learn how to integrate these competencies into your organization’s metrics. By attaching simple, business-based metrics to each competency, or each competency category, you can lay the foundation for those leading diversity in your organization to achieve success while supporting organizational goals.

Janet EdmunsonJanet Edmunson
Your Positive Psychology Advantage

July 23, 2013

Poor employee attitudes, led by pessimism, inflexibility and mindless reactivity, affect not only the individual’s productivity and personal wellness but also the entire work team. However, research in positive psychology demonstrates that healthier thinking styles can be learned to foster creativity, engagement, health and resilience.

Christophe JacksonChristophe Jackson
Music, Medicine, Technology Hub (STEM to STEAM)

July 30, 2013

Live local music is the soul of the New Orleans’ cultural heritage, and the driving force in the vital economy of its tourism. More than half of professional musicians live with some degree of hearing impairment caused by overexposure to loud noise, over an extended period of time. As a result, noise-induced hearing loss is a dire occupational hazard silently robbing musicians and audiences of their ability to experience the music. The problem of hearing loss in musicians is twofold. First, few musicians receive hearing screenings or an education about hearing loss. Second, the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) standards for sound exposure in performance spaces and musicians are not applicable. After Katrina, many of the musicians’ clinic’s hearing services for patients were lost. Through NOMAF’s Save Sounds Initiative, we are leading a national campaign to conduct hearing and voice research, promote safe sound practices, and advocate for the prevention of hearing loss in New Orleans musicians.

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