Discovering Organizational Performance Through Diversity Workshops

Choose a workshop from those below to help you achieve your organization’s performance goals through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

For Employees
Diversity: Good or Bad for Individuals? (1 hr.) We hear much talk today about diversity. What is that all about? What is “diversity, anyway? And is it REALLY a good thing or is it just another one of those liberal mantras?

This session provides a detailed look into the diversity movement and whether it is actually good for individuals.

Discovering Personal Performance Through DEI (3 hr.)* Discover the key concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that are the foundation for improving individual and organizational performance.

Discover why individuals unintentionally discriminate (“isms”), how discrimination manifests in interpersonal relationships, and why it is beneficial to include diverse people and thoughts in your daily life.

Active Bystander Training (2 hrs.) You are minding your own business in a store or on a bus. You see someone bullying a person who looks as if he/she is not capable of handling the situation. What do you do?  In a time when people are quick to express anger and more likely to be angry at people “not like them”, many of us are seeking tools to respond effectively to such biased anger.

This highly interactive training will give you tools and insights to use in such situations and a chance to think about how you might use them.  We present information, share experiences and strategize bystander responses to a variety of situations. Participants will learn about roles we all play, what discourages us from acting when we see harm doing, how to move through this resistance, tools to use when we are ready, and basic principles to
guide our actions.

De-Biasing Techniques (1 hr.) Are you aware that 100% of people are biased but most do not know it? Research has shown that it is this unconscious implicit bias that causes discrimination and the “isms” that exist in society. This highly interactive workshop will help you understand how to de-bias yourself and show you how to embrace diverse people and ideas. Learning Objectives

  • Understand implicit bias
  • List the different types of biases
  • List techniques to de-bias yourself
De-Biasing Workshop (2 hrs.) Are you aware that 100% of people are biased but most do not know it?  Research has shown that it is this unconscious implicit bias that causes discrimination and the “isms” that exist in society. This highly interactive workshop will help you de-bias yourself and show you how to embrace diverse people and ideas. Learning Objectives

  • Understand why we are biased
  • Understand the different types of biases
  • Know how to use techniques to de-bias yourself
How to Have Difficult Conversations Regarding A Discrimination Situation Someone says something to you that is disrespectful of your heritage. You witness behavior that has sexist overtones. You observe a conversation where someone demeans a person because of their racial identity. Besides your legal and organizational policy obligations, you need to have a difficult conversation with the person who caused the affront. But how do you have that conversation in a kind and effective way that has a positive outcome?

Combining recent research by cognitive neuroscientists such as Dr. Lara Boyd and Dr. Michael Gazzaniga;  conversation experts such as Douglas Stone and Bruce Patton; and discriminatory behavior experts such as Resmaa Menachem, and Iris Bohnet this session will use videos and activities to give you insights into when and how to have these difficult conversations as well as tips on what to do when you see a discriminatory situation occurring.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • describe why offensive situations arise
  • feel the role trauma plays in contentious situations
  • determine when to have difficult conversations
  • identify the three (3) conversations in a difficult conversation
  • leverage the steps for having a difficult conversation
For Leaders
Diversity: Good or Bad for Organizations? (1 hr.) Organizations today are faced with ever-evolving, ever more demanding and diverse customers.  How can your organization keep up with and even gain a competitive advantage over your competition for those customers?

Studies from leading research firms such as the Harvard Business Review, Kforce, Boston Consulting Group, McKenzie, and Clear Company as well as notable figures such as Dianne Crampton of the United Nations recognized TIGERS series to former Soviet Leader Mikael Gorbachov to Producer-Director Norman Lear point to one real answer to this question – diversity in your employees.

But is diversity really the solution for your organization? What are the benefits? How can you tell if your organization could benefit from diversity efforts? Come participate in an interactive session where you will discover the answers to this and other questions about whether diversity & inclusion is worth pursuing in your organization.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • describe the sociological definition of diversity
  • describe to non-believers why inclusion is also important
  • link your D&I initiative to organizational performance
  • identify areas where diversity & inclusion could help your organization
Discovering Organizational Performance Through DEI (3 hr.)* Discover the key concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that are the foundation for
improving individual and organizational performance.

Discover how discrimination manifests in organizations and how top-performing organizations equitably include diverse people and thoughts.

Recognizing Discrimination: Unconscious Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Unwelcoming Workplaces (1 hr.) Are you aware that 100% of people are biased but most do not know it? Would you recognize a microaggression when you see it? Do you understand the impact of microaggressions on your organization? Do you understand whether your workplace environment is welcoming to diverse people? If you answered NO to any of these questions or just want to brush up on the topics, this session is for you?

Come participate in an interactive session that takes you through how our biases lead to microaggressions, organizational policies, and culture that is, at best, unwelcoming and at worse, illegal.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • understand what unconscious implicit bias is and how it impacts performance
  • interpret types of microaggressions and their impact to your organization
  • begin to analyze the “welcomness” of your workplace for diverse employees
Advanced Topics By Industry/Discipline
Discovering Performance Through DEI for Educators Education is the process of equipping students to live productive lives. From children to adults, there are many educational techniques and challenges.  Unruly students who may not, actually, be bad – just misunderstood. People who just can’t seem to be able to learn may, actually, just be struggling because they have a different life experience from which to understand lessons.

In addition to the pedagogical challenges, there are challenges in running an educational institution. Staff who don’t get along may not understand how to communicate with those not like them because they were never given the skills to do so. Leaders may unconsciously impose discipline in an inequitable manner because they were never trained in a restorative justice model.

Living into diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can have a profound positive impact on both the instructional and administrative aspects of education.  But it takes commitment and intentionality by everyone in the institution.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how DEI impacts learning
  • Understand how DEI impacts the educational institution
  • Describe steps to improve an educational institution’s performance through DEI
Discovering Performance Through DEI for Healthcare The purpose of a healthcare provider is to help keep people healthy. Achieving this purpose involves resolving to assist diverse people,  But how does a provider live into that resolution? Come hear how one healthcare provider implements a DEI initiative that focuses on patients, employees, and communities while striving for best-in-class organizational performance. Learning Objectives

  • Describe steps that can be used in identifying stakeholders in a DEI initiative
  • Describe steps that can be used to create a DEI vision
  • Describe steps that can be used to perform a gap analysis between where the organization is today and the vision for tomorrow
  • Describe components of a DEI Plan integrated with an overall organizational Strategic Plan
Discovering Performance Through DEI for Lawyers Are you aware that 100% of people are biased but most do not know it? Would your clients recognize a microaggression when they see it? Do they understand the impact of microaggressions on their organization? Do they understand whether their work environment is welcoming to diverse people? If you answered NO to any of these questions or just want to brush up on the topics, this session is for you? Come participate in an interactive session that takes you through how biases lead to microaggressions, organizational policies, and culture that is, at best, unwelcoming and at worse, illegal.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what unconscious implicit bias is and how it impacts performance
  • Interpret types of microaggressions and their impact to your organization
  • Begin to analyze the “welcomness” of your workplace for diverse employees
Discovering Performance Through DEI for Manufacturing Coming Soon…
Discovering Performance Through DEI for Project Managers

Building the right project team members is a critical enabler for the success of a project. But, what constitutes the “right” project team members?

Several studies as reported in an article by David Rock and Heidi Grant in the November 4, 2016 Harvard Business Review suggest that diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams. They are more objective and more innovative.

Come hear a panel of diversity experts discuss how age, race, ethnicity, gender, and ability impact projects and can contribute to greater success in your projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how diversity can impact a project team
  • Know how to leverage a diverse project team for project success.

* Can be broken into multiple sessions.

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