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For our Inclusion Learning Loop quarterly ERG Leader Learning Circle we engaged participants in an End in Mind Innovation exercise. We presented a desired future state (The Dream Outcome) for ERGs and asked participants to think backwards and ask themselves what challenges might get in the way of reaching that dream outcome. Participants worked in small groups to turn those challenges into problem statements and then worked together to brainstorm solutions to each of those problem statements.

February 20, 2024

This tool outlines a full calendar of events that ERG leaders can use as a guide when planning.

February 5, 2024

Making eLearning a Part of your Change Management Strategy

Templates and Frameworks

Tools

DEI Practitioner Toolbox

Organizational Culture

Are you committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace? This guide provides a roadmap for effectively using eLearning as a tool for building DEI awareness, competency and buy-in.

January 10, 2024

Recognizing and Managing Unconscious Bias Microlearning

Microlearning

Recognizing and Managing Unconscious Bias

Training

This microlearning and discussion guide explores the concept of bias, why we have it and what we can do to manage the impact of our biases using our STAND model.

December 1, 2023

Recognizing and Managing Unconscious Bias Microlearning

This short, interactive microlearning and discussion guide will help participants understand unconscious bias and what they can to do to mitigate the impacts of bias.

We all have bias and although having bias doesn’t make us good or bad, we do have a responsibility to manage the effect of bias on our decisions and actions.

The STAND Framework is a tool you can use to manage bias by rethinking and reevaluating your first impressions. It is a process you can refer to help guide your decision-making process.

Recognizing Bias Tip Sheet

Tip Sheets

Tools

Unconscious Bias

Bias is a very real part of life and every corporate culture and significant research shows a connection between our biases and our actions and decisions. However, we can take some steps to recognize our biases and limit the impact on our decision-making process.

The Leveraging Your ERG presentation and exercise provides a framework to strategically leverage your engagement in an ERG in support of your personal development and career goals.  The goal is to boost ERG engagement by demonstrating the benefits.

This tool is designed for ERG leaders and members.  ERG leaders can deliver this to members as a way to encourage active participation in the ERG.

November 1, 2023

The role of an ERG leader requires a lot of passion, time and commitment. And most of us aren’t sitting around with lots of spare time on our hands. But all that effort and energy comes with significant ROI.

Connecting with the people you work with doesn’t just make your team stronger — it’s good for you too. Whether you’ve just joined a new organization or you’re managing a remote team, these three tips from collaboration expert Mark T. Rivera can help you strengthen your ties with your co-workers, so that everyone can thrive.

These days, everyone feels pressed for time. Duke University professor Dorie Clark reveals the hidden reasons behind why we’re all so busy, and why we struggle to break out of the cycle of overwhelm. This talk presents a new way to look at the choices we make, and how to create more space in our lives to think.

Joining and actively engaging in a company-sponsored Employee Resource Group can be a great development tool and career enhancer. Most Employee Resource Groups have specific goals in place to provide development opportunities to their members. Here are some tips and strategies you can use in order to make the most of your ERG membership.

October 31, 2023

Many times we hear from ERG chairs looking for ways to increase engagement of their executive sponsors and best leverage their power and influence in the organization. When asked, we learn that clear expectations have not been communicated with the executive sponsor and they do not realize what their role entails.

There are some basic standards we can adopt that can support a positive, healthy workplace culture. For starters treat your employees and coworkers with kindness and care. Recognize that we all have feelings and lives outside off work that can impact our lives in the workplace. A respectful work environment also acknowledges and values the different talents, skills, and experiences each of us brings to the table.

October 4, 2023

How we treat each other in our workplaces matter. What are the benefits associated with a respectful workplace and what can you do to help create a culture of respect?

October 3, 2023

Respect is a prerequisite for a healthy, inclusive and professional workplace where all employees feel appreciated, valued and safe. We can help create a culture of respect by thinking inclusively with our heads, supporting respect and inclusion with our hearts, and acting respectfully with our hands.

Intersectionality addresses the complexity of being an individual by recognizing that everyone has multiple aspects to our identity. “Intersectional Equity” is a term that was originally coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw. The theory behind intersectionality is that we cannot approach DEI with a singular lens because every individual encompasses many components of identity and cannot be reduced to just one-dimensional aspect.

September 1, 2023

In the workplace, an understanding of the intersectionality definition and the realities it produces helps us recognize the different ways in which people experience workplace policies.

Using intersectionality as part of common DEI language affirms the need to recognize employees for their whole selves.  It’s important to acknowledge all aspects of an individual’s identity because combined, each can shape how they experience the world and the workplace.

Undertstanding Intersectionality: The Missing Piece in the Equity Puzzle

Article

Awareness/Foundation Building

Diversity Dimensions

Employee Resource Groups

Member Development

The theory behind intersectionality is that we cannot approach DEI with a singular lens because every individual encompasses many components of identity and cannot be reduced to just one dimensional aspect.

This short, interactive microlearning and discussion guide defines intersectionality and why it is important to understand why it matters.

Growing up in the US in predominantly white communities, Canwen Xu struggled to reconcile her American and her Chinese identities. She explains the unique ways that racial bias affects Asian Americans — and shares how she has learned to embrace all of the different parts of her background.

July 27, 2023

In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.

When journalist Mariana Atencio was seven, her father sent her from her home in Venezuela to a summer camp in Brainerd, Minnesota. Unsurprisingly, she was treated like an outsider. Over the course of many more such camps and a senior year in an American high school, she discovered that the best way to belong was to embrace the qualities that made her different. In this deeply personal talk, Atencio describes how these early lessons helped her succeed as an immigrant and as a journalist.

Making your mark in a world increasingly defined by strong or even overbearing personalities can be a daunting prospect even when you know it’s essential to getting ahead. In this inspiring talk, Emily Jaenson examines her journey from timid undergrad to senior executive in the male-dominated field of sports management to illustrate actionable tips on asserting yourself and fulfilling your potential.

Nedra Glover Tawwab: Your 3-step Guide to Setting Better Boundaries at Work

Interactive Exercise

Ted Talks

Employee Resource Groups

Member Development

Personal/Professional Development

Know you should establish clear limits at work but not sure how to do it? Here are a few strategies from relationship therapist and author Nedra Glover Tawwab that can help you feel more empowered and less overwhelmed, both on and off the job.

The Impact of Code-Switching on Authenticity and Belonging

Article

Authenticity

Belonging

Organizational Culture

Belonging is something all humans crave. And often we find ourselves navigating different social situations, feeling comfortable and accepted for who we are in some and needing to hide parts of ourselves in order to “fit in” or achieve acceptance in others. In those situations where we lack a sense of psychological safety, we may change our linguistic and behavioral patterns to adapt and connect with others. This is known as code-switching, and it raises important questions about authenticity and belonging.

July 12, 2023

Covering, Code-Switching and The Imposter Syndrome Virtual Classroom is a 90-minute training that introduces participants to the concept of covering, why we do it and what can be done to foster workplaces where people can be more authentic.

July 11, 2023

It’s common practice for employees to reflect organizational norms and values to fit in and move ahead. But when employees whose backgrounds, values and perspectives differ from those of the dominant employee groups, this can be particularly challenging and stressful – and authenticity often comes at a price. If the upside of authenticity is a greater sense of overall wellbeing, then how do we manage the downside? Here are some tips to pursue authenticity at work.

June 26, 2023
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