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Colorful Knitted Print
Dynamic workshops that support an inclusive work environment where your employees thrive

I facilitate a range of interactive workshops aimed at helping organizations create and maintain welcoming and inclusive workplaces where all individuals feel valued and respected. I focus on delivering engaging and practical content that meets participants at various stages of their own journeys in these conversations.  Staff emerge with actionable tools and resources to successfully navigate complex workplace situations with increased assurance, empathy, and a keener understanding of their impact on others.

Beyond First Impressions: Understanding Implicit and Explicit Bias

This foundational class supports participants increasing their awareness of their own personal biases - both explicit and implicit - and how these biases impact the ways in which we navigate the world. Learning to give your first impressions a second look is a challenging and incredibly meaningful undertaking that requires humility, curiosity, and patience. I use a combination of videos, polls, and storytelling to define and explore some of the biases that impact many of us, oftentimes outside of our conscious awareness, and provide research-based guidance on how to challenge the stories we regularly make up about others. No one workshop can reverse the narrative that has been playing in your head about an identity group your entire life, but I provide participants practical, actionable tools to undertake the process of challenging those scripts. In this class we explore: • The differences between and the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; • How different aspects of our identities impact how we see the world and how we are seen by others in the world; • The differences between explicit and implicit bias and the role of stereotypes; • Several common implicit biases that occur in the workplace; • Practical strategies to challenge our own implicit biases; and • The creation of a personal anti-bias action plan. This class can be either two or three hours in length, with the recommended three-hour class going deeper into the above topics and providing participants effective strategies for interrupting other people’s biased and prejudicial language, whether directed at them or someone else.

Leading a Culture of Belonging and Psychological Safety

In this highly interactive 3-hour class, leaders learn about the essential role that they play in creating a supportive and welcoming work environment where their team members enjoy a sense of belonging and psychological safety. At some point in our lives, we have all felt that we did not belong. Leaders are introduced to myriad effective techniques to cultivate and maintain a work environment where employees can be their authentic selves, do their best work, enjoy psychological safety, and truly belong. I provide participants with several practical tools and resources that they can immediately implement to create a culture of belonging and psychological safety among their team. This class specifically explores: • The differences between fitting in and belonging • The myriad benefits of employees experiencing a sense of belonging at work • The elements of a psychologically safe workplace • How to assess your work group's current sense of belonging and psychological safety, using both formal and informal assessment methods • Behaviors that staff engage in when they have a sense of belonging and the importance of leaders role modeling these same behaviors • Common obstacles to belonging and psychological safety in a team • Creation of a plan of practical action steps

From Awareness to Action: Interrupting Biased and Prejudicial Language

This 2-hour class is a follow up course to the Beyond First Impressions class, providing participants the opportunity to practice techniques for responding in real time to biased and prejudicial comments and behaviors, both when they are the target or when they are a bystander to comments directed at others. Working in small groups, they will apply these techniques to a series of hypothetical and realistic scenarios that could arise in the workplace. This class lends itself particularly well to employees in public and customer servicing roles who may often be on the receiving end or vicinity of biased or prejudicial language.

Reducing Bias in the Hiring Process

Many organizations’ hiring processes create unintentional barriers to attracting and hiring candidates from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. In this workshop, we will do a deep dive into the myriad implicit biases that can negatively impact our ability to make the best choices in the recruiting and hiring processes. In a highly interactive format, I'll provide practical guidance on how to recognize and overcome the unintentional barriers we may be creating in every step of the hiring process, including providing guidance on the following: • attributes of a strong job description and job posting; • how to cast a wider net in your outreach to candidates; • the significance of your website and social media’s messaging to potential candidates; • evaluating applications carefully; • conducting consistent and less biased interviews; and • best practices for prompt and consistent evaluation of candidates. During the class, we also will explore together a scenario that allows participants to identify what a fictitious hiring manager does well (and not so well) in this scenario. I provide participants multiple handouts and materials that capture the content of the class, including recommended statements and questions to incorporate into both job descriptions and interviews to better explore a candidate’s experience working in a multicultural work environment. I additionally share tools that will guide participants on what questions to ask – and not to ask – during the interview process. I often supplement this class by consulting with Human Resources staff to review current hiring-related processes, policies, and procedures and to provide detailed, targeted feedback and resources.

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions

In this class, we explore microaggressions: the everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based upon marginalized group membership. Together we will distinguish between the often positive intent of the speaker of the microaggression and the typically negative impact on the target. We will explore many different types of microaggressions directed at different identity groups and explore how these microaggressions can impact us both personally and professionally. I’ll provide participants with practical ways to respond to microaggressions, whether in real time or after the fact, and whether they are the target or whether they are intervening as an ally to someone else. The class concludes by providing participants the opportunity to explore together a series of scenarios that could realistically arise in the workplace and to consider different ways to respond.

Allyship in Action: the Dynamics of Allyship and Privilege

In this workshop, we explore the many ways in which we can be an ally to someone else. Being an ally is not a noun or a self-designated title. Rather, allyship is a verb describing someone who uses their own power or advantages to help someone else overcome some sort of barrier or hurdle. Being an ally doesn't require you to wear a superhero's cape or have a bottomless checkbook - even small actions that we take can have a tremendously positive impact on someone else. We specifically explore the different roles that an ally can play to assist another as well as some of the missteps we might make along the way. We also explore the integral connection between our privileges and our ability to act as an ally, navigating what privilege and demystifying what it is not. We conclude by discussing types of privilege associated with different aspects of identity and creating commitments for allyship moving forward.

From Clash to Collaboration: Navigating Workplace Conflict

Many of us have noticed that, in recent years, disagreements have seemed a lot more like combat than conflict. In our highly polarized world, we may find it increasingly difficult to have conversations with people whose perspectives and goals differ from our own. Let's reframe our understanding of conflict and find ways to navigate it productively AND keep relationships intact! In this class, we'll cover: •The most common conflict styles; •How to identify the type of conflict; •What outcomes to seek; •How to prepare in advance (emotionally, strategically, and logistically); and •Detailed guidance on how to navigate the actual conversation, including tips of managing emotions; language to use (and to avoid!); and how to get to a resolution that ideally feels fair to everyone involved. We will learn together through interactive exercises, including case studies, personal reflection, and group activities.

The EQ Advantage: Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills 

Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the ability to recognize, understand, manage, and effectively express emotions both within oneself and toward others. EQ is a critical skill to thriving in professional environments and yet it’s something that we are often not taught or have reinforced as adults. While some people naturally seem to have high EQ, many facets of EQ can be cultivated through learning and practice. In this class, we will explore the five core pillars of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills, and motivation. Before class, participants will assess their current EQ. The class is dedicated to exploring in an interactive fashion different strategies for every individual to increase their EQ. This class endeavors to foster a workplace culture where staff feel increasingly confident effectively managing and expressing their emotions and working collaboratively with others.

Facilitating Inclusive Meetings

Most of us spend a lot of time in meetings and, for many of us, we feel undervalued and lacking a voice in these meetings. The pandemic has triggered an increased awareness that meetings - whether in-person, remote, or a combination of the two - are not always inclusive of all of our team members. In this one-hour class well-suited to a lunch and learn, supervisors and managers learn practical strategies for hosting inclusive meetings, including an abundance of steps that leaders can intentionally take, even before a meeting starts, to ensure that meeting attendees feel comfortable participating, that their participation is valued, and that they have both a proverbial and a literal seat at the table.

The Lens of Culture: the Art of Seeing Through Different Eyes

During this highly interactive workshop, we explore the various cultures that we personally inhabit and steps that we can take to become more culturally competent. Cultural competency – the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across various cultures – is a lifelong journey and a skill essential to succeeding in today’s culturally-diverse work environment. Participants are provided with the skills to begin to question the tremendous impact of their cultural lenses in both their personal and professional lives. This class encompasses defining culture and exploring both its visible and invisible components; exploring some of the myriad cultures that we personally inhabit and how our related cultural lenses impact how we navigate the world; and navigating the differences between collectivistic and individualistic cultures and how these two types of cultures impact how we communicate and interact with others.

Reducing Bias in Performance Evaulations 

Implicit biases regularly creep into our performance evaluations, resulting in biased and unfair evaluations that, in turn, may lead to employee disengagement and even departures. In this course, we will identify myriad biases that interfere with objective performance evaluations and explore ways to interrupt these biases so that we complete these reviews in as neutral and unbiased a way as possible. Participants will receive practical guidance on best practices for a standardized evaluation process and rubric as well as how to provide constructive and less biased feedback.

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