Include is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is being invited to the table. Inclusion is being asked to help plan the event.

Inclusion occurs when everyone in an organization has an equal and meaningful opportunity to participate and contribute, regardless of their differences and without having to hide those differences or conform to the norms of the dominant culture. Diversity is required for inclusion, but it is not sufficient. Creating an inclusive organization or workplace requires leaders who understand the barriers to inclusion and the challenges of breaking down those barriers. This workshop is based on current research into what works to increase experiences of inclusion, including ways to counter the impact of implicit bias, the importance of allies, and the importance of questioning beliefs about where and when work gets done. 

Ally Skills: Because Good Intentions are Not Enough

Ever had the experience of cringing over an insensitive remark or discourteous behavior toward someone else, but not knowing whether or how to object or intervene? In any situation in which you enjoy some social privilege (unasked for and unearned advantage over those who are not like you), you can be an ally to those with less privilege. It takes having an understanding of privilege and oppression and being able to recognize the subtle behaviors, unspoken rules, and unquestioned traditions that perpetuate oppression. It also takes a willingness to move beyond good intentions to effective action. Allies are key to creating an inclusive culture in any organization or workplace. This training will bring you what you need to be an effective ally, including:  

  • How to recognize subtle forms of exclusion, harassment, and bullying.
  • How to respond to incidents of exclusion, harassment, and bullying. 
  • How to respond to more explicit forms of harassment and exclusion (active bystander intervention)
  • A chance to practice these skills

Active Bystander Intervention: Be Part of the Solution

Bystanders may recognize conflict, bullying, or harassment, but are reluctant to intervene. An active bystander has the knowledge, skills, and willingness to intervene effectively and safely to stop the destructive behavior. In this training you'll learn more about why bystanders are reluctant to step in, and how you can overcome your own reluctance and be part of the solution to bullying and harassment. You'll learn how to notice and identify harassment and bullying, and you'll learn and practice three approaches for intervening to stop the behavior. 

Networking for Introverts (and Everyone Else Who Wonders How to Make Networking Work)

You’ve heard that “networking” is key to career advancement.

So, you’ve gone to networking events, you’ve eaten the bad hors d’oeuvres and drunk the cheap wine, you’ve made some small talk and exchanged business cards with a few people, and you’re still waiting for it to pay off. Or, because you dread and detest all of the above, you’ve resigned yourself to missing out on this particular career advancement strategy.

Here’s the well-kept secret: networking is a set of tools and techniques, and no one is born knowing how to do use them perfectly. And none of it is any harder to learn than all the things you already know how to do – although it does take practice.

In this session, we’ll open up the toolbox and uncover ways to make networking easy, interesting, and fun. You’ll learn how to approach networking events with a plan and a strategy, how to start an interesting conversation with pretty much anyone, and how to follow up with new contacts without being a pest. You’ll have a chance to practice with each other, and you’ll set some straightforward goals and create a networking plan to achieve them. 

Step Into Your Personal Power: How to Lead With Authenticity, Honesty, Kindness

Sherry has conducted professional development workshops for the Association for Women in Science - and has done so with great talent, skill, and perspective. Feedback from participants has been very positive. I certainly recommend her work.
— Ric Weibl, Chief Learning Officer, Association for Women in Science

How does mindfulness, and the self-awareness mindfulness brings, produce the self-confidence, authenticity, and clarity that are at the root of excellence in leadership in your life, your career, and your community?  Learn how to step into your power, recognized your strengths, andcreate and live into your own vision of leadership. We’ll start with a short session of mindfulness meditation, then learn how to use visualization and body language to tap into your personal power. We’ll explore how to bring your whole self to every situation, how telling the truth really works, and how being kind is different from, and more helpful than, being nice.

Tapping Your Mind’s Potential: Using Symbols and Imagery to Reach Your Deep Mind

Have you ever had the experience of knowing something, without knowing how you know it? Hunches, intuitions, gut feelings – whatever you call them, we all have many ways of knowing that are not easily accessed through words. Bestselling books like Malcom Gladwell’s Blink and Shankar Vedantam’s The Hidden Brain have explored the science behind this. In this playdate, we’ll take a more practical approach. We’ll explore how to use symbols, images, and art to bring the knowledge and wisdom of the Deep Mind closer to conscious awareness.

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