The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Podcast

Forum on Workplace Inclusion

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion podcast offers an opportunity to engage with diversity, equity, and inclusion topics on a monthly basis. With a wide array of relevant DEI topics, we welcome you to join in each month as attendees from a variety of industries around the globe participate and share their ideas.

For 31 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow their leadership and effectiveness in the field of diversity and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas and igniting change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

All Episodes

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Tenzin Nordon (Get Ready Program) will address how individuals and organizations can foster women’s leadership by applying learnings from her research in the Tibetan community. Fostering women’s leadership is a story of inclusion. During this podcast, Tenzin Nordon, a researcher and community leader, will share her research on fostering Tibetan Women Leaders of tomorrow. Her research details the leadership challenges 6 Tibetan women leaders faced in their leadership journeys and the strategies individuals and organizations can use to foster Tibetan women’s leadership. Learnings from this case study shed light on how individual women can cultivate their leadership and how organizations can create environments for women leaders and other marginalized populations to thrive in. " Learning Outcomes To understand the leadership development context Tibetan women leaders face To understand the components of the individual and organizational leadership development plans --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Nov 23

25 min 27 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Jessica Isom explores specific strategies and tools to support young people of color transitioning into the workplace. This podcast provides mental health and wellbeing tips and guidance to young people of color who are transitioning into the workforce. Topics will include peer networks and support, the need to seek assistance, identification of symptoms, and managing stress and anxiety with a focus on both early career and race based stressors in the workplace. Learning Outcomes How to access and build peer support networks How to recognize distress in yourself and others How to proactively manage early career stress, race based stress and performance anxiety --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Nov 23

41 min 44 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Vannessa LeBoss (Communication Service for the Deaf) and Craig Radford (Communication Service for the Deaf) answer questions from listeners that attended our September 16, 2021 webinar Engaging with Deaf Customers and Employees. Vannessa LeBoss and Craig Radford answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: Organizations & consultants that can help us create that successful program Costs associated with DVC Service available for targeted hiring to the deaf community Where to find ASL training for our staff in order to better serve our internal and external customers Recommendations for DVC software or organizations who offer this software Recommendations for larger organizations to implement DVC Resources for improving customer intimacy within the healthcare setting Firms that work directly with deaf/hard of hearing people that companies could partner with to get our job posting into the deaf community For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Engaging with Deaf Customers and Employees. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Nov 4

23 min 4 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Graciela Meibar (Graciela Meibar Consulting) and Jane Hyun (Hyun & Associates) explore the value Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) bring to an organization like developing internal talent, providing insights on sensitive DEI matters, and more. ERG’s remain a valuable resource inside companies. Yet, are organizations fully utilizing these networks? This session focuses on the value that ERGs bring to an organization, and shows examples of how they might serve as a platform for developing internal talent, providing insights on sensitive DE&I matters, recommending ambassadors for the company brand(s), and identifying new resources for outreach and recruitment. ERGs can also be a showcase for the network’s leadership’s talent and skills, and an outlet to develop their authentic leadership in a supportive environment. When setting up ERG’s or recommending resources for future initiatives, do you focus on the value that they bring to the organization? What are the benefits to the ERG’s leadership? How do ERG’s have a positive impact on the business and outward mission of the organization?" Learning Outcomes Learn to build and develop ERG’s to add value to the organization Identify two to three strategies for creating the right structure for success Effectively communicate the contributions of ERGs to your audience while removing barriers --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Oct 26

52 min 31 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Alli Strong-Martin (Lifeworks Services, Inc.) and Ashley Oolman (Lifeworks Services, Inc.) lead listeners through a discussion about how ableism and white supremacy interlock to hinder inclusion. Though one of the most intersectional protected classes, people with disabilities are often kept from full participation in communities and workplaces due to lingering bias and unaddressed discrimination. For disabled people who carry additional marginalized identities, these gaps become even more vast. This leads to disproportionate rates of unemployment and poverty amongst 61 million people living in the US who have a disability. In this podcast, we uncover the ways in which white, non-disabled bodies and minds have hoarded power in organizations for decades, and how we can advocate for universal policies and practices that increase workplace inclusion for all, ending the cycle of white supremacy and ableism at work. Learning Outcomes Confront complacency in ableism and begin to dismantle personal bias contributing to disability exclusion Learn to recognize the intersection of multiple systems of oppression Discover opportunities to advance intersectional inclusion in the workplace --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Oct 12

1 hr 2 min

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Samreen Vora (Children's Minnesota) and Brittany Dahlen (Children's Minnesota) answer questions from listeners that attended our August 19, 2021 webinar Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism. Samreen Vora and Brittany Dahlen answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: Bias mitigation strategies, evidence and effectiveness Measurable outcomes with simulations performed and the impact on participant behaviors Examples of bias mitigation strategies and simulation used outside of bedside care and outside of the healthcare setting How to prepared facilitators for simulation sessions Recommendations for those who may have more limited resources and how they can bring this to their own organizations . For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Sep 29

34 min 22 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Brittany J. Harris (also known as Brittany Janay) shares a thoughtful note of affirmation and loving accountability to Black folks working in DEI. The toll of working in DEI while Black is well documented and there are not many spaces that center the healing and nurturing that this toll calls for—particularly as Black practitioners work to dismantle the very same systems they too are impacted by. Brittany uses a conversation that came up in a 2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion session to set context for this episode and offers to Black practitioners critical reflections and affirmations around three words: Clarity, Ease, and Collective. As part of this episode, listeners will be encouraged to engage with the three learning outcomes listed below. Brittany shares her reflections on these topics and offers insight into what she refers to as her own “intrapersonal reckoning” in hopes that it is possibility for others. Learning Outcomes Unpack internalized anti-blackness and capitalism by disrupting the lie that our bodies are merely tools for production, and that our work is our worth Consider the imperative of boundaries in how we show up in community Reflect on what it means to embody an abundance mindset that serves as a gateway to the power in the collective --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Sep 22

47 min 7 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Minal Bopaiah (Brevity & Wit) will discuss key insights from social science, particularly psychology, on how audiences hear our messages and why they need to see the system if we really want things to change. If data and logic was enough to change people's minds, we wouldn't be arguing about climate change. There's a lot behavioral science can tell us about how we can communicate diversity, equity, and inclusion in a way that gets past people's defenses and really moves the needle on this issue. Unfortunately, most DEI practitioners are unaware of the power of framing and strategic communications. Find out what works and what doesn't. This episode will make you question your assumptions about the power of storytelling and the importance of communications in creating inclusive cultures. Learning Outcomes Understand what framing and strategic communications are and how it relates to advancing DEI Learn the biggest obstacle to getting audiences to get on board with racial equity work Discover how you can frame your DEI initiative for greater adoption --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Sep 7

48 min 36 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Farzana Nayani, Consulting and Training) answers questions from listeners that attended our July 15, 2021 webinar Connecting ERGs During Distanced and Polarized Times. Definition of acronyms: ERG = Employee Resource Group DEI = Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion BRG = Business Resource Group Farzana Nayani answers questions from our listening audience around these talking points: The difference between ERGs from affinity groups Practical tips to introduce ERGs How ERG leaders are better aligning ERG talent movement and advancement across the organization and in partnership with HR How can DEI professionals help ERG leaders to pivot and take their ERGs to the next level How to hold ERG leaders accountable if given paid and/or protected time How to track and substantiate ERG productivity and value Ways to gathered feedback How to engage allies in ERGs without compromising the "safe space" How to take care of the DEI leaders who may be struggling with their own emotions while having to hold space for the organization How to reach people outside of our main communication tool like Yammer Different ways to manage Global Business Resource Groups (BRG) in a way that allows for a global structure with regional and local relevance . For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Connecting ERGs During Distanced and Polarized Times. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 31

35 min 30 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Sheena Mason (Theory of Racelessness) deep dives into the concept of race and how by knowing more about race philosophy, we can begin to intentionally uproot racism in our everyday lives. Dr. Sheena Mason shares how the concept of race, while not rooted in biology or science, continues to be naturalized and viewed as something "of nature." The camouflaging of racism as race (i.e., race[ism]) remains, in large part, why many people and institutions have failed to entirely and meaningfully address racism even when actively participating in anti-racist efforts. With this in mind, Dr. Mason talks about and defines the philosophies of race as indicated through popular discourse, literature, and civil rights efforts. She will discuss further readings and ideas to consider. Ultimately, the podcast shows how many people unintentionally uphold racism. Importantly, she shares how we can stop. Learning Outcomes Listeners will know what the philosophies of race are Listeners will be able to identify where they stand philosophically Listeners will be able to think further about how their present philosophy might contradict their expressed aims --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 24

1 hr

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Luiza Dreasher (Mastering Cultural Differences) answer questions from listeners that attended our May 27, 2021 webinar Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce. Luiza answers questions from our listening audience around these talking points: Balancing assimilation. How to be culturally competent if culture happens on a continuum. How to communicate with several cultural styles at the same time. Resources for better understanding these cultural differences. How to best prepare for interacting respectfully with colleagues from other countries. How to help colleagues be more culturally competent. For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce. Visit Luiza's website. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 18

27 min 23 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Roselle Rogers (Circa) and Pamela Pujo (Affirmity) offer a practical and actionable guide to launching or refreshing your organization's DEI program. With the increasing pressures from the burgeoning discussion around race and diversity, many HR practitioners have been assigned the responsibility for developing a Diversity and Inclusion program in their organizations. What are the key components of a D&I program? What are the key elements for success and engagement? How do you measure success beyond applicants and hires? How do you make it sustainable? How can you take it beyond a program into a transformative business strategy? Learning Outcomes Understand the core components of a Diversity and Inclusion program Learn a step-by-step process for designing a diversity and inclusion program that is integrated Learn best practices for implementation and measuring results --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 10

38 min 9 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Theodora Philip (TAP Consultants, LLC) and Xaulanda Simmonds-Emmanuel (The XaySky Group) explore being an ally as Black Caribbean women, and, through storytelling, they share strategies to advocate and promote equity at work and in society. While much of the focus in recent times have been on racial, ethic, and LGBTQ+ discrimination and disparities, who is an ally, how to be one and the actions that should be taken to promote equity of the marginalized they support is more complex than the headlines. Fundamentally, discrimination and inequities are related to a spectrum of characteristics that involves just being human. These include but are not limited to age, culture, disabilities (innate or acquired), gender, indigenous heritage, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic, political views, among others. The challenge becomes when the ally themselves show up in society or are perceived as a member of the marginalized group under attack. Learning Outcomes Define ally from the perspective of a marginalized person, who seeks equity at work & in society Share ally stories and strategies that promote self-reflection, understanding & clarity of role Explore ally-ship (identified & assumed) with targeted, context and culture specific interventions --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jul 27

44 min 27 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Zaylore Stout (Zaylore Stout & Associates, LLC) and Jim Potts (Potts & Associates) explore domestic terrorism, how DEI professionals can recognize potential threats, and practical ways to implement situational awareness. The world is changing. Communication and technology are bringing our shores closer together. The internet presents an opportunity for violent extremist to reach out all over the world to present their ideologies to anyone willing to listen. Individuals, including children and young adults, are being radicalized which in turn, translates into domestic terrorism. The Oklahoma Bombing, Columbine, Pulse Nightclub, Stoneman Douglas, the US Capitol, mall shootings and places of faith being attacked are all examples of historical events that will be addressed along with statistics while highlighting the detrimental impact of women v. men and hate groups (by state) on workplaces across the country. Understanding why people lash out violently in the workplace is the first step HR and D&I professionals can take towards mitigating risk factors that may materialize in the workplace. Learning Outcomes Identify eight factors giving rise to domestic terrorism in the workplace Conduct your own site assessment for potential risk factors Develop and execute a federally mandated workplace security plan --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jul 13

49 min 48 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ha-Keem Abdel-Khaliq (Cargill) explores the need to consider the well being of leaders and the demands it places on them when charged with driving diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization. You are leading a social revolution! If you think of the revolution as a journey that we are all embarking upon to create long-lasting change, we often forget about the individuals we are asking to lead them. We identify the problem, create the vision, ask leaders to lead, and forget that what’s being asked of them can often lead to: doubt, worry, fatigue, exhaustion, no career movement, no pay increase, increased personal and professional vulnerability, to name a few. We are ultimately relying on the goodwill and moral compass of these individuals to drive change forward without providing the “recharge”, “emotional deposits”, or realizing the “psychological safety” needed to lead this revolution. Learning Outcomes Identify the signs of career / goodwill stalls Find your recharge Realize your value - you're worth it! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jun 22

50 min 17 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Jennifer Brown (Jennifer Brown Consulting), Sean Coleman (Destination Tomorrow), and Ray Arata (Better Man Conference) examine the complexities of marginalization, intersectionality, masculinity, and power, through the lens of allyship. We can expand our potential for connection and belonging despite the stress of uncertainty and inequity, by listening to and learning from people who aren’t often seated at the same table. This fireside chat will highlight various shared and disparate lived experiences, in a way that acknowledges the reality that we can be both under-represented and under-estimated, while also carrying privilege that can be leveraged for positive impact. Learning Outcomes Expanded focus on the intersection of masculinity, race and gender An experience of learning, listening and lifting lesbian, trans/queer non-binary voices Providing an example of what an ally conversation can look and sound like --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jun 8

55 min 44 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kathy Kacher (Career/Life Alliance Services; The SMART Workplace), Latoya Burrell (Anderson Foundation), and Anu Mandapati (Talking Talent, Inc.) explore ways your organization can "up-skill" its managers to create excellent team cultures regardless of where managers and the team are working from. Developing managers has been challenging organizations for decades. Often companies are so wrapped up in the urgent work of the day that they haven't made the time or taken the time to help managers develop the competencies they need to be inclusive and competent in the ever-changing workplace. During the pandemic virtual and dispersed work has leapfrogged ahead at least 5 years and managers are doing their best to make this work, but that doesn't mean they're good at it. During this interactive session we will work through an assessment of your organization's management skills, identify gaps and create actions that every company can take to begin up-skilling managers to not just lead, but to create excellent team cultures that enable their teams to succeed no matter where they are working. Learning Outcomes Define what manager inclusion habits looks on a dispersed team Examine how the lack of good inclusion habits impact the employee experience in a remote workplace Develop actions you can take to develop manager's inclusion competencies in the new workplace --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 25

45 min 39 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Megan Hughes Johnson (Interfaith Youth Core) and Jenan Mohajir (Interfaith Youth Core)  answer questions from listeners that attended May 6, 2021 Diversity Insights Presentation webinar Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference. Megan and Jenan answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: The separation of church and state. How to convince others it’s ok to talk about religion at work Tension between religious communities and LGBTQ rights How to address conflict when someone's faith conflicts with someone else's practices Best practices in interfaith engagement, setting Brave Space How to incorporate religion into DEI work How to integrate religion into the DEI overall strategy For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 18

27 min 33 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Adrienne Kimball (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) and Karen Cohen (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) share Rubicon's own journey to becoming a social justice organization as well as other helpful resources and insights for others to utilize. As an affirmative action employer, Rubicon has been tracking diversity goals for years. In 2014, Rubicon crystallized its identity as a social justice organization and a dedicated combatant against generational poverty in the East Bay. This fueled its decision to focus on systemic and cumulative inequity — first in the organization, and then in the communities it serves. Rubicon prioritized advancing equity and ensuring inclusion and belonging. This podcast begins with a case study showing the path Rubicon traveled, and then provides a framework for others to model the equity they wish to see in their own organizations. Learning Outcomes Identify common organizational policies and practices that serve to maintain inequity Understand how setting competencies provide managers with metrics to hold employees accountable Craft a checklist of tasks needed to show how dominant culture influences decisions, and find entry --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 11

42 min 1 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz (DCY Consulting) and Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answer questions from listeners that attended our very popular April 2021 webinar From Bystander to Ally. Daniel and Tatyana answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: Is “active bystander” the same as “ally”? Where did you get your definitions of bystander and ally and other terms? Is someone still considered to be an ally if someone tells them about an incident and they are in a position to respond or do something – but don’t? What else could bystanders have done during the murder of George Floyd? What if you are naturally opposed to conflict and confrontation, but want to speak up or act? How does one “train” their brain to welcome conflict? At a critical moment some people find themselves struggling with a decision to step in or not. What would you say about a situation when what’s stopping us is not knowing if another person wants our help? What is key in trying to promote a culture or initiative of allyship in a company or workplace? For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of From Bystander to Ally. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 4

44 min 38 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rehana Lerandeau, (Human Impact Partners) explores fair chance hiring and the challenges, barriers and bias formerly incarcerated people face when seeking employment. A growing number of companies have put diversity initiatives into practice, especially when it comes to hiring. But people who have been incarcerated are still significantly overlooked. One way to build equality in our society is by providing equal access to jobs. AI background check company Checkr saw how gaps in the criminal justice system negatively impact Black people and contribute to systemic racial discrimination in our country. Checkr made it the company’s mission to address the bias and racism ingrained in each part of the system, from arrest to conviction to re-entry. With October being Diversity Awareness Month, Margie Margie Lee-Johnson, VP of People at Checkr can specifically discuss: The benefits of fair chance hiring for employers and wider communities What companies can do now to adopt fair chance hiring (drawing from Checkr’s first-ever fair chance hiring playbook) Learning Outcomes Understand the challenges, barriers and bias formerly incarcerated people face when seeking employment Understand that practicing fair chance hiring not only leads to more diverse talent, but it addresses a larger issue related to recidivism and should be part of more company’s diversity initiatives Understand how companies can build a fair chance hiring and retainment plan --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Apr 27

31 min 7 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Patricia Jesperson, (EmployeeEXP) dives into what she feels is missing from the workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation: Succession Planning. If you subscribe to Ms. Verna Myers quote, "Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance," missing for me from many inclusive organization conversations are the economics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Succession Planning. Individual success in an organization equals career, income and ultimately wealth growth. To an organization it is net-new revenue growth--often generated through new products and services. Neither of these can occur without systemic adoption of the skills that develops inclusive leaders. Using the Inclusion Matrix this podcast explores those five critical skills: IQ, EQ, CQ, Intellectual Humility and Vulnerability. Mastering these skills makes for leaders and managers capable of the needed coaching and development required to advance any individual within their organization. Learning Outcomes Define, learn & explore what each of the skills look like in reality Put the skills into practice--what manager/leader as coach looks like The courage to step into inclusion--these skills help to navigate uncomfortable conversations --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Apr 13

38 min 18 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebekah Steele(Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs) and Alison Maitland (author, speaker, coach) discuss the "INdivisible approach" as a way to radically rethink "feel good" inclusion initiatives. Global disruptions unveil the limits of isolated “feel good” inclusion initiatives that fall short of driving the systemic transformation needed for all to thrive. The "INdivisible approach" offers a more effective way. Linked to business priorities and social impact, it helps an organization harness the “collective superpower” of a full mix of people by weaving inclusion into how it operates. This approach addresses behaviors and structures as well as feelings, and engages everyone – sr. leaders, managers, and individuals – in collaborative innovation and accountability for impact. As a whole-system framework for sustainable results, The INdivisible approach considers both internal and external dynamics, helping organizations demonstrate leadership and impact in addressing broader disruptions and opportunities including climate change, Covid-19, and Black Lives Matter. Learning Outcomes Discover how to overcome the limits of piecemeal efforts with a whole-system approach to inclusion Deepen understanding through a case example of a comprehensive, business-linked inclusion strategy Gain practical insight into immediate steps to initiate your whole system approach to inclusion --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Mar 24

50 min 16 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Miloney Thakrar (Mind the Gender Gap, Inc.) interviews Dhavide Aruliah (OpenTeams, Inc.) to unpack what it means to be an ally for gender equity in the workplace. In 2018, Dhavide Aruliah began working at a high-growth startup. Within a month of working there, he learns that a former employee was sexually harassed by the company's CEO. After expressing his disappointment with company's inadequate response to the sexual misconduct, Aruliah is abruptly fired three days later. During this podcast, Miloney Thakrar, Founder & Principal of Mind the Gender Gap, Inc., interviews Aruliah to unpack what it means to be an ally for gender equity in the workplace, why sexism pervades the tech industry, and how companies and their leaders can cultivate a culture of trust and allyship. It offers recommendations for high growth-startups can cultivate a culture of trust and accountability, one that operationalizes the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session draws from a case study authored by Miloney Thakrar and builds a former presentation at the 2019 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference entitled "Redefining Masculinity in Leadership. Learning Outcomes Develop a more nuanced understanding of defining ally as verb in the workplace. Learn strategies on how to be an effective ally in the workplace. Gain insight into how companies can build workplace cultures that cultivate allyship and trust. Handouts MTGG One Pager - Download --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Mar 10

1 hr 17 min

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Adriana Ponce-Matteccui (Rubicon Programs) provides an introduction into the concepts of othering and belonging and practical ways to start introducing belonging into your organization or workplace. Belonging is a fundamental need for human beings. The feeling that you don’t belong can be as stressful as physical pain. When you add elevated fears about health or economic uncertainty, belonging at work becomes more important than ever for employee engagement. If you have stopped your efforts at inclusion, you are missing a critical component. Learning Outcomes Deep knowledge and understanding of Belonging, Othering, and Inclusion Master the process for consensus building on shared language Capacity to analyze and evaluate your company's environmental, social, cultural state of belonging. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Feb 23

19 min 17 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Maureen Berkner Boyt (The Moxie Exchange) answer questions from listeners that attended our webinar Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal. Maureen answers questions from our listening audience around these talking points: The "perfect storm" and advice to companies who did not have DEI as a priority prior to it (the "perfect storm"). Examples of ways to remove bias in a performance assessment process. Addressing concerns that diversity training is unnecessary. Talking about inclusion measures with executives so they also have something to report up to folks who only care about metrics. Approaches for new DEI committees to demonstrate why it's imperative for senior leadership to undergo comprehensive and contextual D&I training. Bringing POC voices in. How to strategize and bring about behavioral change. Day-to-day practices to model enthusiasm and buy in that we want to see in our team. For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Feb 16

42 min 15 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Karrin Glover (Albert Einstein School of Medicine) shares insights into the mental and physical impacts of structural racism, racial trauma, and bias on young employees of color. Today’s pandemic, economic crisis, and national racial reckoning have only exacerbated challenges and produced additional risk factors that can jeopardize young people of color in the workplace. In this pocast, Dr. Karinn Glover, a psychiatrist and mindfulness expert, shares insights into the mental and physical impacts of structural racism, racial trauma, and bias on young employees of color, with special attention on the mind-body connection. Dr. Glover will also discuss the mindfulness-based techniques listeners can share with employees, as well as resources and tools for identifying mental health and emotional well-being symptoms and seeking support. Learning Outcomes Learn techniques and tools to cope with issues like racial trauma, microaggressions, implicit bias Decrease isolation and loneliness; and increase sense of community, belonging and supportive network Gain knowledge around culturally-relevant traditions and practices from communities of color --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Feb 9

34 min 42 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kirsten Davenport and Darius Norwood of Norwood & Co. explores the often overlook conversation about getting and retaining minority talent. Millennials have become the largest generation in America's workforce. And, by 2030, they will hold more than 75% of the workforce. As everyone is in pursuit of talent, there is a different fight for minority talent. Darius and Kristen share actionable recommendations to not only obtain but keep your minority millennial talent and identify potential gaps within your organization. Learning Outcomes Learn how to recruit and retain diverse millennials Delve into personal examples from a Fortune 500 Corporate Employee and Corporate turned Entrepreneur Identify potential gaps within your organization and learn how to quickly fill them with actionable recommendations. Podcast episode audio sample, "Joan Kuhl explains Why Millennials Matter." --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jan 27

35 min 43 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Carole Burton (Radiance Resources) explores the direct connection between how your people feel, engage, and perform and the growth of an organization. You might lift an eyebrow when you hear the concept of "equity" related to the bottom line. Does creating an inclusive workplace impact your company's return on investment and brand footprint? Yes. Now more than ever, there is a direct connection between how your people feel, engage, and perform. This shift is paramount to the growth and reputation of the organization. As workplace expectations continue to grow in this new reality, there is a need to prepare, create a safe and inclusive environment. A Daily Equity practice is a way to incorporate these expectations throughout all projects, processes, and ways of knowing. That means exploring unconscious bias, expanding self-awareness, and examining cultural competency. A Daily Equity Practice helps leaders shift their mindset and hence their teams. By improving internal communication, Return on Investment (ROI), and the organization's external brand footprint for the better. We discover how to alter company structures, provide access for employees to share their expertise, and fully experience lasting organizational change. Learning Outcomes Learn what happens when organizations apply the Bolman and Deal (2008) Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership, connecting Equity to Return on Investment Discover ways when helping employees build Equity, encourages good Public Relations Risk management Explore the definition and effect of creating a Daily Equity Practice mindset --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jan 13

44 min 9 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Christopher Sansone (Verticle Leadership), Maria Velasco, MA (Beyond Inclusion Group) answer questions from listeners that attended our webinar Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies, sponsored by AON. For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Dec 2020

44 min 1 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Jennifer Brown (Jennifer Brown Consulting) and Dominic Longo (Flourishing Gays) make the case for identity-based leadership development for LGBTQ+ professionals. Organizations often hesitate to create single-identity learning & development programs. Women’s leadership development has been the main exception, leaving out LGBTQ+ folx, POCs, and others as lesser priorities. However, since leadership development is human development, program offerings must reflect the diversity of our talent. Jennifer and her team run mid-career LGBTQ+ leadership development programs for two major banks, while Dominic’s Flourishing Gays Mastermind program is exclusively for highly accomplished LGBTQ+ men. Through sharing their own personal stories and professional experiences, Dominic and Jennifer shed light on the need for–and the value of–developing inclusive leaders through programs exclusively tailored to LGBTQ+ professionals. Learning Outcomes Recognize how LGBTQ+ leadership development helps employers to retain & develop LGBTQ+ talent See how identity-based programs develop the kinds of leaders most needed for today & the future Discover the unique challenges and potential for leadership development of LGBTQ+ professionals --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Dec 2020

57 min 24 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Pam McElvane (Diversity MBA) offers how to create an effective DEI strategy that resonates with workers and why it still matters. In the wake of ongoing racial unrest across the U.S., companies are called to evaluate what DEI looks like in their workplaces. However, creating a new strategy to prioritize DEI is no small feat, and it can be even more of a challenge to ensure employees are on board and heard. If creating a stronger, more inclusive workplace culture is a goal you're reaching toward, then this conversation is for you. Learning Outcomes Learn critical changes companies are making to align DEI strategies with current events Understand the impact of listening circles and strategies to sustain progress Learn the metric to grasp how effective your CEO is in raising the TRUST pulse within your workforce --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Nov 2020

43 min 3 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith, (Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar The December Dilemma: Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season, sponsored by AON. Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: What is the "December Dilemma?" What are current trends and practices for how companies develop holiday and time-off schedules during this time of year? How can holidays be seen as opportunities throughout the year? How do you recommend Employee Resource Groups work with corporate leadership to bring concepts like this to light more broadly? For context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of The December Dilemma: Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Nov 2020

20 min 4 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Brian Grim, Kent Johnson, and Paul Lambert of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation offer best practices to build successful & diverse religiously inclusive workplaces. Companies are increasingly intrigued or concerned about the growing emphasis on religious diversity at work. Increasingly, company leaders are realizing that, for many employees, it is their faith, more than any other single factor, that defines their core identity. When corporate culture constrains them from referring to their faith at work, they feel devalued, and forced “under cover.” They feel they can’t “be themselves.” They can become alienated from their work. Yet, many business leaders have no idea how to approach the topic of faith and belief in the workplace. They wonder: What are the best practices in this area? What are pitfalls to avoid? What can/should be done? We at the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation have been working for years with companies that are trailblazers in religious diversity. We can report that there is a better way. Join us to learn more! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Nov 2020

37 min 26 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Howard Ross (Urdarta Consulting) explores the role of "belonging" in the workplace and organizational culture. What is “Belonging”? As we have moved from diversity to inclusion, we still mostly have created environments in which historically marginalized people are adapting to organizations whose cultures are driven by the dominant group. The challenge is, what kind of an organization can actually have all people feel like they are fully engaged? This podcast will attempt to describe how organizational cultures can be developed that created greater opportunities for authenticity, joy and inclusion. It will begin by establishing the link between healthy organizational cultures and high performance, both by individual employees and organizations as a whole, and then establish how culture impacts human performance. Learning Outcomes Gain skills to identify how your organization can move IDEA efforts from “fixing problems” to “building community Learn best practices that have successfully engaged their organizations in practices that lead to greater belonging Develop a deeper understanding of the human need for belonging --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Oct 2020

45 min 27 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Luiza Dreasher (Mastering Cultural Difference) offers practical concepts and strategies to keep in mind when communicating across differences. Nowadays, organizations are actively seeking to diversify their workforce, not only because of the impact of demographic changes but also because of the proven benefits diversity brings. Unfortunately, as our workplaces diversify, so does our level of discomfort in working across differences. Many of us feel unprepared for such encounters and, as a result, end up widening the diversity gap. For example, we may say something and unintentionally offend someone. Other times, we say nothing at all because we are afraid to say the wrong thing. We may also wish to take action when witnessing an act of intolerance but lack the skills to educate in an effective and respectful manner. In this podcast, you will gain understanding about how comments such as, “I don’t see color,” and many others impact coworkers despite good intentions, learn strategies to help increase your diversity skills and competence, and develop an action plan for improving your effectiveness around diversity. Learning Outcomes Identify key concepts to keep in mind when communicating across differences Acquire effective strategies that will help take the adversity out of diversity dialogues Develop an action plan for improving your effectiveness around diversity and building more inclusive work environments --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Oct 2020

40 min 54 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ashley Oolman (Lifeworks) will lead listeners through a discussion about how disability status may not be as protected as other classes in the workplace. Though there are laws dating back to 1938 ensuring access to resources, employment, and equal rights, people with disabilities experience discrimination in overt and profound ways especially when contrasted with other protected classes. From interviewing and hiring programs to disclosure and accommodations, explore how you and your organization can put an end to common practices continuing to have a disproportionate and discriminatory impact on employees with disabilities right in front of us. Learning Outcomes Contrast scenarios with other protected classes to examine the pervasive issue of disability discrimination Examine existing laws in place to prevent cycles of unemployment and poverty amongst the disability community Review best practices and common etiquette to ensure disability inclusion Episode Resources Handout - Overt Discrimination in the Workplace Questions and Resources --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Sep 2020

39 min 40 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Farzana Nayani, Consulting and Training) offers options on learn how to interact with children about diversity at home, at school and in the community. Are you a part of a parenting-focused ERG looking for the way to create programming around challenging topics such as race, culture and intersectionality, and don’t know how to address this—especially in this current societal climate? Are you a parent or caregiver and lead DEI efforts at work, but are wondering how to talk to your children at home, with an age-appropriate method that is comfortable for you? In this episode, Farzana begins with an overview of key subject areas, and next she delves into more practical tips and strategies on developing an approach that works for you and your family. This discussion can help you process through how to overcome potential challenges and move into these conversations and moments with more ease. Learning Outcomes Explore how to discuss race, culture, intersectionality in a culturally sensitive, impactful, and comfortable way Reflect on our own approach to culture and diversity, and parenting style Learn developmental stages and practice strategies of how to talk children about differences --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Sep 2020

45 min 19 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Angela Cooper (Mutual of Omaha) offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on insights and methods for leading a cultural change initiative in any environment. Influencing the future is a big job. Are you up to it? As DEI practitioners, we must approach change leadership with a strategic mind, a psychological lens, an empathetic core, and a concrete plan. There is an entire body of work dedicated to the art and science of change management, and although there is no silver bullet, practical tools exist to accelerate the adoption of cultural change. We must get vigorously intentional about designing, executing, and reinforcing organizational change. It’s not only possible to engineer this journey, it’s critical. Learning Outcomes Gain an approach for organizing a comprehensive change strategy and how to frame up and leverage a resonating change message Acquire techniques to influence multiple stakeholders, meeting them where they are Examine why you should expect resistance and how to manage through it --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 2020

29 min 56 sec

In this The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kristine F. Hoover (Gonzaga University) addresses the gap in knowledge for well intended people who may struggle with language and skills to "do the work" and to engage in dialogue with diverse others. Listeners  will be invited to reflect on topics including other-ing and ally-ship through dialogic organization development processes. There is no "quick fix" for people to become skilled in the complexities of DEI work (Carr, P., 2008, p. 81), and the content of this session will address feelings of uncertainty and readiness for social change as productive processes to face forward. Learning Outcomes Develop fluency with a contemporary DEI vocabulary, including other-ing, ally-ship and racial equity Reflect on your own level of readiness for change in racial equity work Develop skills for inviting conversations for racial healing --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 2020

39 min 11 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Consulting and Training) and Lisa Strack (Bank of the West) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times, sponsored by AON. Farzana and Lisa answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: How to develop a sustainable structure balanced on top of other roles and responsibilities Getting employees excited and involved in an org's DEI work, and how to boost ERG membership and leadership How to keeps groups motivated while working remotely Recommendations for the involvement of senior leadership in ERGs How to start building consciousness for companies who are still mostly White How do engage HR and Leadership to ensure actions remain within corporate objectives and boundaries The success of ERGs in secondary education institutions For context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Aug 2020

39 min 29 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Team Dynamics co-founders Trina Olson and Alfonso Wenker explore how US-based workplaces reinforce preferences for whiteness and masculinity in talent recruitment, hiring, and promotion. In addition reinforced preferences, Trina and Alfonso also explore the ways masculine and feminine leadership qualities get praised or punished in the workplace and discuss the connection to recruitment and hiring. Learning Outcomes Describe how preferences for masculinity are present in leadership and "likeability" Offer suggestions for disrupting our own biased behaviors related to gender expression Discuss how gender, sexuality, and race are inextricably linked and connected to leadership preferences in the American workplace --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jul 2020

53 min 4 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ryan Kroening (Events by Lady K) shares the why, what, and how around creating inclusive events. We all move through the world using our experiences to guide us, which are heavily informed by our identities. So when we plan an event, we often rely on things we would like! But what about planning events for people who AREN'T just like me? We don't know how to meet their needs, or support their experience as best we can, unless we ASK! From the space to food and beverage, registration and event navigation, to speakers, programming and décor, every aspect of planning impacts how attendees experience and engage with your event. Whether a conference, a workshop, a board retreat, or a family celebration, there are ways to structure the event where every attendee can feel welcomed, celebrated, and included. We will be discussing WHY this matters; WHAT we can do for ourselves and in our organizations to support this work; and HOW to begin making it happen! Join this conversation with Events by Lady K founder & president Ryan Kroening, who will share some big-picture thinking with practical how-to processes to support you in your journey of creating more inclusive and equitable events! Learning Outcomes Describe the philosophy behind creating inclusive and equitable events and why it is important; Delve into several examples of these big-picture concepts and how they apply to real-life scenarios; Provide several how-to processes to implement in the next event attendees may be planning – whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jul 2020

35 min 15 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Femina Ajayi-Hackworth (independent consultant, D&I author, and trainer) talks about double consciousness, dominant culture, and how it affects your authentic self. Participants will acquire understanding about what dominant culture is and how it affects their authentic selves—how they choose to present their authentic selves at work and in society by recognizing their own self-minimization and self-modification. This dialogue is an extension of greater discussions around bias and the authentic self. The discussion is mainly based on the studies from W.E.B. DuBois. Prerequisite: Participants should understand the definition of double consciousness or code switching as originally developed by W.E.B. DuBois in “Souls of Black Folk.” Learning Outcomes What does dominant culture mean for me? When and why do I choose to minimize or modify myself? How does my cultural lens impact my authentic self? Additional Resources Double Consciousness and the Authentic Self handout --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jun 2020

33 min 33 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Stephen Frost (Frost Included) and Raafi-Karim Alidina (Frost Included) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular topical webinars Responding Inclusively to Coronavirus and Inclusive Leadership in a Virtual World. Stephen Frost (Frost Included) and Raafi-Karim Alidina (Frost Included) answer these questions from our listening audience: What kind of unconscious bias is more likely to creep up during this time? What is your recommendation in approaching a conversation with someone who denies their bias is impacting how they treat people who have different values to theirs? Can you touch on how to avoid "tokenism" in this virtual world, when many struggled with how to avoid it in the pre-Covid world? Is psychological safety a tool to create more inclusion, or a product of an inclusive culture? Do you have any insights or tips for increasing disability access as part of DEI work - especially in a time of virtual participation? How can allies leverage their situational power and privilege to speak up for people feeling on the outside and/or feeling too vulnerable to speak up about how they are struggling? How do you get managers, particularly white male managers and leaders, to see the importance of inclusion during this pandemic? For context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch Responding Inclusively to Coronavirus and Inclusive Leadership in a Virtual World. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jun 2020

51 min 52 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Stefanie Krievins (Stefanie Krievins & Co.) explains how to go from being a troublemaker and not getting things done, to being pro troublemaker and how to actually get things done! Innovation happens when we’re willing to challenge the status quo and propel an organization forward through revolutionary and incremental steps. When you’re the one doing all the forward-thinking, it’s easy to want to leave others behind—or worse yet, isolate yourself from the team. Learn how NOT to fit in but still bring others along with you. You’ll also learn three secret tools to better understand what your colleagues need in order to change, and how you can guide them through the proverbial change curve. Learning Outcomes Learn how to be a positive deviant, not the devil’s advocate Identify your own need for change and the speed at which you want it Choose the top three tools you want to use to influence change with your colleagues Sponsored by US Bank --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jun 2020

1 hr 2 min

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Malii Watts Witten (EngageBetween), Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answers questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar Workplace 2020: An Intersection of Diversity and Politics sponsored by AON. Malii Watts Witten (EngageBetween), Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: Triggering words and actions Engagement across political differences Intent and impact For context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Workplace 2020: An Intersection of Diversity and Politics. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

Jun 2020

59 min 48 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Myra Hubbard (Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.) explores the difference between being empowered and self-empowered, how to elevate women’s “self-empowered,” as well as offering next-level practices and strategies for both personal and professional development. Although the phrase “women’s empowerment” is used pervasively, surprisingly there is no common definition of “women’s self-empowerment.” What does it really mean to be self-empowered, and what does it entail? There is a difference between being empowered and self-empowerment. Empowerment that comes to your life from external influences is not the only type of empowerment needed if you are seeking a life-altering positive change or to achieve your personal and career goals. When you are empowered by others, it might help improve your life or even enable you to become self-empowered, but to make a lasting change, you have to take personal responsibility, own it, and do the personal work required to make the change. Participants will learn a Strategic Self-Empowerment Implementation Model which you can start to apply immediately. Learning Outcomes Learn process steps for achieving self-empowerment outcomes and personal and career transformation Learn how to use forward-facing self-empowerment approaches to shift blocks to personal performance Apply the Strategic Self-Empowerment Model Spotlight technique to real-world situations --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 2020

48 min 54 sec

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Melissa Majors (Melissa Majors Consulting) explains why you shouldn't use white boards and flip charts to facilitate group conversation. Instead, Melissa will be taking us through a blame-free examination of common challenges and tactics for better inclusion outcomes for your organization. At the core of most disruptive strategies is the ability to empathize with constituent's needs and use that insight to inform the development of amazing products and experiences. However, we often rely solely on our own perspectives or those within our social circle to inform how we serve others. What happens when those we serve don’t look or think like us? How do we genuinely uncover their needs and deliver relevant experiences? Join Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, for a blame-free examination of common challenges and tactics you can use to fuel better outcomes with design thinking and inclusion. Learning Outcomes Describe the unintended business impact of social circles, groupthink, and exclusionary practices on decisions Implement a decision-making framework inspired by the best of design thinking and inclusive practices Identify potential gaps in personal perspectives and access limitations to relevant and actionable insights --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 2020

30 min 46 sec

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebecca Slaby (AMAZEworks) answers questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar White Fragility and Microagressions In the Workplace: When Good People Behave Badly sponsored by AON. Rebecca Slaby answers the following questions: What does the term POCI mean? Could you share a bit about the similarities and distinctions between White Privilege and White Fragility? I have been hearing sensitivity to the language of microaggressions. Can you comment on the term itself and some of the ways it's received and how to navigate the pros/cons of the term? In your work, do you see it seems easier to talk about gender or sexual orientation bias than racial bias? That seems to be what shows up in our environment. You mentioned having an ally and not speaking up when experiencing microaggression in the workplace. Unfortunately, there may not be an ally and the POC has to speak up. We cannot rely on someone else to speak up on our behalf. What do you recommend to someone who is the “only”? What are your go-tos for de-escalating heated conversations and emotions from white people when you are facilitating? Can you provide more information and tips on the scarcity discussion - white people do often feel like they're losing a piece of the pie - if you’re saying more women and POC at the top, doesn't that mean less white people? If you are hiring a Director of Equity and Inclusion in a primarily White environment, what are you looking for in a candidate and how can we best support the candidate in this environment? This Podcast is a follow up to our April 22 - 23, 2020 AON sponsored Forum Webinar Series, White Fragility and Microagressions In the Workplace: When Good People Behave Badly. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fwi/support

May 2020

43 min 57 sec