February 16, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
We use technology – the application of scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life or, as it is sometimes phrased, to the change and manipulation of the human environment (OED) – to automate our work. Machines and software aid us in making decisions or even making decisions for us. To help us see things and do things that we ourselves cannot do because of lack of time, lack of knowledge, or lack of ability.
But technology is biased. The World Economic Forum article “Research shows AI is often biased. Here’s how to make algorithms work for all of us
” states , “Bias represents injustice against a person or a group. A lot of existing human bias can be transferred to machines because technologies are not neutral; they are only as good, or bad, as the people who develop them.” Even worse, bias infects our decisions on what technology to use and how we use technology.
Why? Because all humans are all biased. And who creates and uses technology? Humans. Consciously or subconsciously, our biases lead to discrimination. Discrimination either in the development or use of technology. So, how can we determine how bias impacts our use or development of technology?
After this workshop you will be able to:
• Describe how bias impacts the development of technology
• Describe how bias impacts the use of technology
• Describe how to select technology that minimizes bias
November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am EST
Senior Management has decided they want to pursue diversity for the good the organization and its customers/clients. You have been tasked with leading or playing a major role in carrying out this decision. But how do you do this? Whether you are Senior management or middle-management – in HR or Business Unit/Department Leadership, this session will help you understand how to set yourself up for a successful diversity, equity, & inclusion push. It will review what we call the 5 magic D&I Implementation Guideposts.
By the end of this session you will be able to:
Facilitator: James McKim, PMP, ITIL, Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition
- link your DEI initiative to organizational performance
- create a roadmap for your DEI initiative
- set the proper expectations for a DEI initiative
- create welcoming, inclusive spaces and a higher-performing organization.
January 19, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
DEI is a proven way to elicit superior performance from teams and individuals. But that performance does not just happen by itself. Even if there is a DEI Plan, that plan needs to be carried out day-to-day by the people in your group. How do you engage everyone equitably so that they perform at their best and your team performs at its highest level? This workshop explores how to ignite your staff to optimal performance using our formula of equitable inclusion of diverse people.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- provide an equitable, inclusive environment for their team;
- facilitate innovative thinking and decision making;
- create win-win situations with each employee.
By the end of this session participants will understand:
- how different cultures, thinking styles, behavioral preferences impact performance;
- the impact of implicit bias on performance and behavior;
- different motivational models;
- the impact of diversity on decision-making and critical thinking.
December 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
You have made the decision to embark on a DEI initiative. Good. Now how do you know whether or not your effort is successful? Management guru Peter Drucker said that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” That applies to DEI. If you can’t measure DEI in your organization, you can’t improve it. Join us for a discussion of measuring a DEI initiative.
By the end of this session you will be able to:
Facilitators: James McKim, PMP, ITIL, Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition
Julie Alig, PhD, Principal, JLA Analytics, LLC
- identify and calculate the metrics that are important in a DEI initiative
- gather data about your DEI initiative
- analyze the data and draw conclusions from the analysis.
March 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Come hack into topics that have been impacting our workplaces! The purpose of this event is to bring those who have a passion and commitment for diversity, equity, and inclusion together and discuss and hack into difficult topics in a respectful and safe setting. The DEI Hackathon is a perfect opportunity for those working on DEI Plans and strategies to come together to have empowering and courageous conversations about the implementation of DEI. It allows for the co-creation of solutions to increase workplace diversity & inclusion. It is perfect for organizations that recognize the value of intentional inclusive culture building and are looking to boost morale and take positive action.
By attending the Hackathon you will gain ideas on how to:
- Describe the importance of diversity and inclusion and how it is not just the ‘right’ thing to do but critical for business success.
- Change mindsets to build inclusivity into the way people think.
- Encourage ownership and participation across the company on this important topic.
- Build awareness for different people’s experiences and understanding of the team dynamics or systems that can hinder a sense of belonging or create exclusion.
- Get a global view of how people in different organizations feel and what challenges are faced.
- Generate ideas for driving positive change and drive inclusive action.
- Open up conversations and encourage the development of relationships
- Encourage diversity of thought and new ideas
- Develop skills around empathy, relationship building & problem-solving.
The topics will be as follows:
|DEI Goal Setting & Monitoring
Women in the Workplace
Age in the Workplace
Recruitment and Pipeline Challenges
||Bias in the Hiring and Interviewing ProcessLGBTQIA+ Inclusivity
White Privilege in the Workplace
Building Powerful and Influential ERGs