Diversity & Inclusion
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What Color is Value? Creating and Communicating the Business Case for Diversity

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Room: Coronado BCD

Description: Are diversity initiatives still relevant and valuable to businesses today? With dwindling resources and increased competition, many organizations continue to examine what really makes a difference in long term success. Demographic changes are not the core reason companies must invest in diversity strategies. So, how do you build the business case? How do you determine value and measure success? Diversity officers must understand new ways to communicate how diversity impacts every aspect of business goals and outcomes. Diversity is not the color of people, but the art of using diverse talent, trust, morale, and performance to support excellence. Strong diversity and inclusion equals strong products and outcomes.

Learning Objective: This seminar will increase your success in implementing high impact diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Outcomes- At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Explore the different value proposition for diverse industries

b. Examine ways to quantify and measure diversity and inclusion strategies

c. Create strategies to address competing organizational and customer needs

d. Explore communication strategies that engage and capture top leadership

e. Discuss strategies to liquidate the power of female leadership

Diversity and Inclusion in Action: Top Diversity Leaders Share Roadmaps for Success

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Room: Coronado BCD

Description: Are you ready to stop spinning your wheels? Do you want to upgrade your diversity GPS? There is a process by which you can successfully roll out a robust and sustainable diversity initiative. Clarifying and effectively mapping your direction will save you and your organization time and resources. This process includes understanding specific diversity challenges that are tied to the business goals of the organization. Often companies start with external recruiting, employee resource groups, and other sources that may not yield maximum results. What does success mean to your organization and how can your initiatives contribute to this greater purpose?

Learning Objective: In this seminar, top diversity and inclusion leaders share ways to drive a sound message, implement best practices, and integrate diversity strategies. These strategies will increase talent acquisition, enhance performance, and strengthen leadership skills.

Outcomes-At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Explore best practices in diversity and inclusion leadership practices

b. Examine the process of developing sustainable diversity and inclusion initiatives

c. Discuss leadership and talent management strategies

d. Create a process or plan that works within their organizational needs

e. Use tools and tips for engaging effective consultants and outside vendors

Unconscious Bias: Do Race and Gender Really Matter?

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m..

Room: Coronado BCD

Description: When you meet someone, what are some of your initial assumptions? Do these assumptions impact the way you interact with them? Our brains naturally place people into larger groups or categories. These assumptions are helpful to some, yet harmful to others. In business, subtle biases can become major roadblocks to fair and inclusive diversity practices. We gravitate toward certain types of people, or simply forget to acknowledge others. As women of color, these biases create challenges that may include racial and gender stereotypes that cause our contributions to be ignored or diminished. How do we become examples of fair and inclusive practices? How do we challenge our culture to move toward greater levels of awareness? Studies have shown that men become less bias toward women when they discuss needs and are forced to challenge assumptions.

Learning Objective-This seminar will challenge your personal biases and address ways to engage in conversations that test faulty thinking and increase cultural awareness.

Outcomes-At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Define unconscious and subtle bias

b. Identify personal biases and behaviors that support faulty cultural norms

c. Explore specific ways that race and gender impact achievement

d. Discuss communication strategies to encourage productive conversations

e. Examine behaviors and cultural practices that create diversity challenges

Leadership and Excellence in Diversity: Sustaining the Diversity Momentum in Changing Times

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m..

Room: Coronado BCD

Description: What does it mean to be a diversity leader? Over the past several years, diversity has been a hot topic. However, as times change, and business challenges increase, the term has become a stale reference to check off a list of politically correct requirements. As leaders in diversity, we are challenged to educate, energize, and excite our organization around diversity initiatives. These initiatives build the foundation of creativity, innovation, and transformative results. Diversity and Inclusion leaders are key players on the executive leadership team with the specific responsibility for ensuring that human resources are honored, embraced, and ready to contribute great value. Diversity and Inclusion leaders are trusted advisors that fundamentally create strategies that result in corporate cultural transformations to effectively support the mission and vision of the organization. To continue to be successful and safeguard the great work and efforts of those before you, you must create a brand and image that reflects high integrity and strong leadership capacity. This workshop will arm you with the skills you need to change your leadership image and effectively function as a vital part of the leadership vision.

Learning Objective: Diversity leaders create a brand and image that supports and reflects competence and business value.

Outcomes-At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Explore key diversity and inclusion leadership and management skills

b. Understand strategies for building the right brand and image

c. Examine what it means to transform organizational culture

d. Create a personal plan for excellence in diversity and inclusion leadership

e. Explore business challenges that impact diversity and inclusion leaders

We Are the World: A Journey Beyond Diversity to Cultural Competence

Day/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m..

Room: Coronado BCD

Description: Seasoned and emerging leaders alike will be held accountable for negotiating and collaborating in an ever-evolving world of differences. Professional cultural competence expands the definition of diversity by encompassing other factors such as lifestyle, sexual orientation, learning styles, industry, positional power, etc. No matter where you are in your career, this course will challenge you to examine "what you know”, "what you don’t know”, and "what you need to do” to move toward greater cultural competence.

Learning Objective: Increase cultural sensitivity, knowledge,skills, and awareness to improve cross-cultural communication and performance.

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

a. Define cultural competence and diversity

b. List and assess cultural challenges that take place in your organization

c. Apply culturally sensitive collaboration and negotiation techniques

d. Identify specific personal and organizational strategies to improve cross cultural exchanges

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Breaking the Silence

Day/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 10;45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m..

Room: Coronado BCD

Description: Despite great efforts to train employees and enforce strong consequences for sexually harassing behavior, it still remains a great challenge for many, especially women. Victims of sexual harassment are often afraid to speak up and fear the consequences or impact on professional success and image. In this workshop, we break the silence by addressing this issue head on and supporting each other in protecting our rights to respect and honor in the workplace.

Learning Objective: Increase knowledge and awareness around sexual harassment

Outcomes-At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Clarify the difference between appropriate, inappropriate, and illegal behaviors associated with sexual harassment

b. Practice sending convincing messages to set appropriate boundaries

c. Practice making positive decisions based on context and relationships

d. Explore consequences of decisions and behavior

e. Examine and challenge beliefs, definitions, and assumptions around sexual harassment

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