Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Allyship: Lifting all Voices in the Organization
March 17, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
DEI allyship in the workplace conjoins social justice, inclusion, and human rights to raise awareness of privilege and the lived experiences of underrepresented groups and individuals. The intended purpose of allyship work is to increase awareness for informed DEI support and action. Effective allies practice intuitive listening to effectively connect and collaborate with people who feel invisible or silenced. They also actively work to see and replace systemic oppressive organizational artifacts with diversity, equity, and inclusion practices that recognize and lift all voices to be their highest and best.
- Learn the principles and skills of intuitive listening while gaining deeper clarity and understanding of key DEI and allyship terminology.
- Learn and practice how to give and receive hard to hear feedback with people of difference.
- Gain insight on how to increase awareness of systems of exclusion and oppression while developing strategies to create equitable systems for all to thrive.
- Become more aware and effective on how to use yourself as the instrument of systemic change.
Interrupting Unconscious Bias: Raising Social Awareness and Fostering Inclusive Workplaces
May 3, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
We all have unconscious biases. They help us establish a sense of security, but they can also exclude, isolate, and marginalize others, damaging workplace relations and everyday business. This workshop helps us identify our own and others’ harmful biases, situate them within a greater social and cultural understanding of systemic inequality, and foster strategies for interrupting them to better ourselves, our workplace, and our society.
- Define unconscious bias, its relationship to broader systemic inequities and impact in the workplace.
- Raise awareness of how our background and identity shape our biases.
- Identify strategies to address microaggressions at work and create inclusive cultural change.
- Identify strategies to reduce harmful biases in hiring, career development, and team dynamics.
LGBTQ Diversity in the Workplace and Marketplace: Strategy and Execution
June 2, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
As the acceptance of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) people and their economic power continues to climb, fully understanding and embracing LGBTQ diversity is truly a critical business and organizational imperative. This workshop outlines the compelling rationale for all organizations to fully embrace LGBTQ inclusion and to build the business case. It explores the many policies and programs to implement, including a deep dive into the transgender and gender nonbinary areas.
- Articulate the compelling business rationale for fully supporting LGBTQ+ diversity.
- Understand the wide range of policies and procedures to support an LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion strategy.
- Gain a deeper understanding of transgender people and the process of gender transitioning.
- Leave with practical ideas of how to address various LGBTQ situations that may arise in the workplace.
The Power of BIPOC: Creating Your Pathway to Belonging at Work
August 18, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
The burden of feeling misunderstood, and in some cases unappreciated, prevents people from bringing their whole self to work. This has a direct effect on engagement, productivity, innovation, and self-esteem. In this workshop, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) will revitalize their feeling of belonging. We will explore the mindset and actions needed to change one’s own situation at work and turn it into a more positive experience to be part of organizational change. We will go through a journey of empowerment and inspiration while creating a pathway to discovery. This is resilience in action.
- Feel inspired to bring their whole authentic self to work and be confident about the value they bring to their organization.
- Identify actions that can help them transform painful experiences into powerful discoveries.
- Get in touch with the power within them to change their situation and be more fulfilled with their everyday life at work.
Inclusive Recruiting: The Why and the How
September 8, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Key to leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is to start at the beginning – attracting and hiring diverse talent. As the talent pool both domestically and globally becomes more diverse, it is critical that all organizations across all sectors step up their inclusive recruiting. This workshop will start with understanding the compelling business case for focusing on inclusive recruiting, then moving to building a strategy with a logical approach to implementation of inclusive recruiting techniques. A deep dive on how unconscious bias directly impacts inclusive recruiting will be covered as well as techniques to mitigate unconscious bias in recruiting.
- Be able to articulate the compelling business rationale for investing in inclusive recruiting.
- Understand the key components of an inclusive recruiting strategy.
- Explore unconscious bias as the major roadblock to inclusive recruiting and how to mitigate it.
- Gain the tools to build a cohesive strategy – including practical, innovative, and impactful best practices – leading to effective execution of inclusive recruiting.
Inclusive Leadership: What Happens at the Intersection of Self-Awareness, Trust, and Performance
October 13, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
This workshop takes participants into a guided journey to inclusive leadership by having a greater understanding of self-awareness while leveraging specific competencies to intentionally create and maintain an inclusive team. It highlights the power of influence and trust as leaders match inclusive words that are confirmed with inclusive behaviors. It offers guidance to vision opportunities to inspire creativity, instill trust, and strategically focus on team inclusion and performance.
- Become aware of ways to mitigate personal and organizational biases.
- Understand the importance of emotional intelligence in creating and maintaining inclusive teams.
- Identify strategies to implement inclusive language and action to form a high-performing team.
- Recognize key leadership characteristics to promote inclusive workplaces, even in the face of opposition.
The Power of a Diverse Workforce: Engaging Generational Differences in the Workplace
November 10, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
This workshop focuses on the characteristics and formative life experiences of five American generations and how their presence has shifted the workplace culture. It explores how each generation generally prefers to interact, contribute, and be rewarded for their results. Your personal assumptions, biases and approach to the workplace will be challenged as you seek to understand the views and formative experiences of generations that are different than your own.
- Define the characteristics, formative life experiences and work ethics commonly associated with each generation.
- Identify diversity-related tensions that may occur between multiple generations.
- Determine the risks and consequences associated with failing to effectively manage the needs and expectations of each generation in the workplace.
- Identify best practices for embracing and leveraging a diverse workforce.
Inclusive Brands: From Creation to Successful Execution
December 1, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
The power of branding goes beyond its market share. It is a magnet, an ideal, an affiliation of a unique nature. What happens to the brand when mistakes happen? Why do they happen in the first place and how can companies recover? This workshop will unpack the power of branding and elaborate on marketing and communication pitfalls. You will learn from the past, identify the weak links, and outline a healthy framework to fulfill your organization’s inclusion mission starting with demographics and ending with the latest campaign slogan.
- Understand the power of branding and its connection to the organization’s mission and vision.
- Identify the components of a solid communication or media campaign.
- Inspire employees to scrutinize their content and view it through other people’s lens.
- Explore a path to enhance and take your branding strategy to the next level.
President & Owner
Inspirus Consulting Inc.
Al Sullivan is the president and owner of Inspirus Consulting Inc. A firm specializing in system wide Organization Development, Diversity, and Sustainable Change. His approach integrates both theory and practical tools from the Applied Behavioral Sciences. His primary goal is to help client systems engage everyone to do their best work.
His firm worked with a 3000-employee city municipality to redesign legacy Diversity, Inclusion, & Culture training. The Action Research method was used to collect / analyze relevant data, design a sustainable solution, and train internal trainers to continue proliferating the initiative. The work was also integrated into long term strategic objectives.
Al helped the Information Technology division at global pharmaceutical organization win the “Attraction, Development, & Retention” Diversity award by designing and implementing initiatives which significantly increased senior female and minority leaders.
Al has experience designing, delivering, and evaluating training intended to improve awareness and collaboration in multicultural organizations. He attends to the various levels of system when training and consulting (e.g. individual, team, organization, and community). His continuous improvement focus helps to connect training design to strategic organization objectives.
Additional areas of expertise include applying strategies in areas such as Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Executive Coaching, Strategic Human Resources Management and Organization Development.
Al is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. He is also trained in a number of Organization Development tools and approaches such as Use of Self, Organization Analysis / Design, Action Research, Group Facilitation, Multicultural Organization Development, and Change Management, & Process Consulting.
Dr. Lucy Carrillo Arciniega
Executive Director, Diversity Research Institute
Lead Strategist, National Diversity Council Index
Lucy Carrillo Arciniega is the executive director of the Diversity Research Institute and the lead strategist of the National Diversity Council Index. As lead strategist of the NDC Index, Lucy translates diversity and inclusion best practices into organizational benchmarking tools. In this role, she undertakes the analysis and reporting process of a 200-question survey that helps companies manage their D&I strategy, foster inclusion in the workplace, and develop a diverse talent pipeline.
Since 2015, Lucy has overseen the strategic plan for the Diversity Research Institute, a research collaboration between diversity scholars and practitioners. This includes the development and implementation of programs and initiatives, and the marketing campaign and outreach efforts to community partners, academic institutions, and business organizations. As a researcher, she has written and edited industry reports including “Leading While Diverse: The Case for Diversity in Corporate Governance across Multinational Pharma” and the 2016 and 2020 “Diversity in Texas Fortune 1000 Companies.”
Lucy also works as an independent diversity consultant, using her skills as an anthropologist to bring cultural insights into the customer service experience, management leadership strategies, and employee engagement. She has experience consulting with multinational corporations, designing and delivering diversity trainings for senior managers, as well as professional development workshops for university students. She draws insights for consulting from her six-year dissertation research on diversity management, business cultures, and American race relations.
Lucy Carrillo received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her doctoral research received numerous awards, including the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant and an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation. She is also a University of California, Berkeley undergraduate alumni. In August 2020, she will join the Anthropology Department at Wayne State University as a visiting assistant professor of business and organizational anthropology.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her partner and three cats: Mochi, Billy, and Chicho.
Founder and President
Total Engagement Consulting
Stan C. Kimer, founder and president of Total Engagement Consulting, and National Diversity Council consultant and trainer, is recognized as an internal/external consultant with unique skills in employee development/career mapping, workplace diversity (all areas but with deep specialization in LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Transgender), and organization effectiveness/leadership development. Stan formed his own consultancy around these areas in 2010 following a 31-year successful diverse, multi-functional career at IBM.
While at IBM as Director of Global Sales Operations for IBM’s consulting practice, Stan served as the executive sponsor overseeing career development for IBM’s 3,000 Sales Operations employees. He has now executed his unique innovative career mapping approach which he launched at IBM, with clients ranging from major corporations to church denominations to professional organizations. During his four years on IBM’s global corporate diversity staff, Stan led IBM into industry leadership in LGBT diversity and established IBM’s procedures for supporting transgender employees and assisting with case management of employees undergoing gender transition while in the workplace.
Since forming his own consulting practice, Stan has trained or spoken in over 100 venues reaching over 7,500 professionals, and has provided diversity and career development consulting and training to dozens of clients, small and large, across multiple industries. He is a certified Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Building Bridges Trainer and a certified Training Management Corp / Berlitz Cultural Competency Trainer / Practitioner. Within the transgender arena, Stan has provided training to client employee and HR teams and has assisted with case management of gender transitions in the workplace.
In 2019, Stan was appointed the part time role of the National Diversity Council’s Vice President of Training. In this role, he serves on the National Diversity Council’s DiversityFIRST Certification Program faculty, and has designed and facilitates their Employee Resource Group Academy, Unconscious Bias, LGBTQ and Inclusive Recruiting training programs. In addition, he provides diversity strategy consulting and diversity training services to the NDC’s clients across several areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Stan received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BS in Management Science from Georgia Tech. In his spare time, Stan trains as a competitive adult figure skater.
President and CEO
Exodus Consulting Group
Cassandra Harvey is the founder and president of Exodus Consulting Group, which specializes in providing strategic organizational and human resources consulting services. Sandy, as she is known by many, has provided coaching, diversity, and leadership training for organizations throughout the US and Canada for Fortune 500 companies. She has consulted for multinational companies as well as small businesses and focuses on culture, engagement, and strategic growth. As an organizational development consultant, she is skilled at implementing systems and processes, writing policies and procedures, developing and implementing strategic human resources and training plans.
Diversity has always been a passion for Sandy. She grew up playing soccer in the early 70s with few girls and even fewer African-Americans and understands that many behaviors that divide us are actually learned. Sandy was 2001 graduate of the Blueprint for Board Service, a program sponsored by the United Way of Tarrant County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This program was to develop diverse professionals for Board service. As an advocate for equity and women’s initiatives, Sandy brings light to this issue through articles, public speaking, and through her diversity training. She is a voice that heralds dignity and respect.
As Sandy has navigated her career, she has served in senior leadership and executive roles in various industries. In the early 2000s, Sandy was a diversity training consultant for Coca-Cola and provided training for employees in Michigan and northern Ohio. She has been certified, or is able to administer, many popular organizations – Myers & Briggs, American Management Association (AMA), AchieveGlobal, Franklin Covey, J. Howard & Associates, and Development Dimensions International.
A proud native Texan, Sandy has a BA in Business and an MBA in Organizational Management from Texas Wesleyan University, and a MA in Evangelism & Church Planting from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Sandy began serving as a board member on the Michigan Diversity Council in 2011 and also chairs the council’s Women in Leadership Symposium annually.
Sandy is an ordained minister and pastor at Serenity Christian Church, where she leads the Marketing & Media ministry and Women’s Ministry. In 2006, she founded Heart to Heart, which is a women’s fellowship created to empower and encourage women to attain their best life. She is president of Serenity Community Outreach, a 501(c)(3) committed to community involvement and development in Southern Oakland County. She is a recognized New Church and Transformational Church Coach, where she coaches new pastors and church leaders or pastors that are seeking support in transforming their ministries. She resides in a Detroit suburb with her husband, Apostle John Harvey, senior pastor and founder of Serenity Christian Church.
Inclusion Consultant, Speaker, and Coach
Named “World-Class Peacekeeper” and “Everyday Hero” by the Star Tribune, Hanadi is an inclusion consultant, speaker and coach. By sharing her experience as a Muslim, Hanadi’s trainings inspire and equip teams and leaders from different cultures to strategically move towards inclusion. Personal, thoughtful and uplifting, she connects with her audience and wins hearts and minds.
As a thought-partner to leaders in business, education and government, Hanadi gives voice to communities of color and inspires workers from all identities to come together around shared our humanity. Her engaging workshops and presentations foster understanding and compassion for religion in the workplace, Islam, unconscious bias, minority empowerment and building cohesive teams. She is a Human Rights Award recipient from the city of Eden Prairie for her efforts in dismantling misconceptions about Islam and building bridges of unity.
She has been featured in the Star Tribune for her community building projects and had been published The Washington Times, The Huffington Post, The Star Tribune, MinnPost, The Guthrie Theater, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and more recently Cosmopolitan magazine and Pantsuit Nation book. Hanadi joined the US State Department in 2016 as a speaker on social media and social change and gave the TEDx talk entitled “A Lebanese approach to eliminate prejudice against Muslims” in 2017.
Hanadi’s training sessions and keynotes have been featured at the National SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Leadership Diversity Alliance, The Forum on workplace Inclusion, The Multicultural Women’s National, EmERGe Conference, Serious Play, The National Diplomacy Summit and many others. Her success attests to her caliber and outspokenness.
Before coming to the United States, Hanadi was an award-winning creative and communication specialist working across different media, including print and television in the Middle East.
Valerie J. Wilson is the founder of Essence Learning, a business solution focused on building personal, professional and organizational excellence through learning, coaching and strategic planning. Essence Learning collaborates with their clients to identify solutions that are best suited to develop, grow and maximize their performance.
For over two decades, Valerie has focused on leveraging diversity in the workplace to drive business results through a creative, innovative and highly talented workforce. She helps organizations to foster an inclusive workplace, using a systematic strategy that threads through the organization and includes hiring, coaching, developing and retaining top talent from diverse experiences, ethnicities, genders, abilities and cultures.
In her former role, as Executive Director of Talent Management and Diversity and Inclusion, Valerie was the senior executive expert and advisor for learning and development and diversity and inclusion strategies. She was responsible for maximizing the workforce effectiveness for close to 10,000 employees across the globe. Valerie, with a team of professionals, effectively executed the business initiatives for performance management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and community involvement.
Valerie is a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional, President of the Greater San Antonio Diversity Advisory Board and alumni Board Member of the Texas Diversity Council. As a community leader and D&I consultant, Valerie collaborates closely with the National Diversity Council, Texas-based corporations, Non-profit organizations and Community agencies. Together they build alliances, partnerships and leverage resources to nationally advance the work of diversity and inclusion.