Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. But sadly, many workplace cultures are built to shut down some of those voices. Intentionally or unintentionally, it doesn’t matter, it’s time to change. As HR and learning and development professionals, we have the opportunity to make an impact and build a company culture that is inclusive to all employees. Join BizLibrary webinars for an interactive conversation around diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Each month, we’ll have an expert share their own story while answering audience questions regarding a specific diversity and inclusion topic. Some topic areas we’re going to cover are building inclusive workplace environments, psychological safety for women of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, how to be an ally, and more.
Where to Start When Creating an Inclusive Company Culture
In this episode, we’ll talk to Milton Corsey about how making inclusion “sticky” means changing the fundamentals of your company’s culture. This is not an easy task, so Milton will show us how breaking down your goals by levels – from big company goals to smaller daily goals – helps create a more inclusive workplace and gives under-represented employees a voice. Do you have questions for Milton? Send them in through the survey after you register or submit them in the chat during the interview.
“Black Women Matter” How to Build Psychological Safety for Women of Color at Work
Two-way feedback is vital in building stronger relationships, but many employees are hesitant to share their true experiences or opinions for fear of repercussions. In this episode, we’ll talk candidly to Morgan Smith-Lenyard, People Operations Business Partner at Help Scout, about the fears women of color experience in the workplace when it comes to sharing their ideas and opinions, and how we can step up and help build trust. Do you have questions for Morgan? Send them in through the survey after you register or submit them in the chat during the interview.
Shifting from Administrative to Partner: How HR and L&D Professionals Can Become the D&I Champion at Their Organizations
What it means to be an HR professional is changing. In this episode, we’ll discuss with Donna Carter, HR Manager for Catalent Pharma Solutions and owner of Avodah HR Consulting, about how HR and L&D professionals need to be viewed as so much more than administrative support. To truly make an impact, HR and L&D professionals need to be seen as strategic business partners by leadership and a spokesperson for all employees. Donna will explain how she was able to find her seat at the table and gain the respect of her executive team by having uncomfortable conversations. Do you have questions for Donna? Send them in through the survey after you register or submit them in the chat during the interview.
Racial Microaggressions: How to Maneuver in Predominantly White Spaces (PWS)
A comment like “you speak so well” to a Black man or “can I touch your hair” to a Black woman can seem harmless, but they leave a big footprint. In this episode, we’ll hear the real-life experiences of Social Justice Content Creator and Afrikan Historian, Tony Perry, and talk about the impact consistent racial microagressions have on the person who’s the target of the comments. Let’s learn together how to avoid making statements that are harmful, be open to learning new things, and become more socially aware. Do you have questions for Tony? Send them in through the survey after you register or submit them in the chat during the interview.
Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community to Be Their Authentic Selves at Work
Many employees who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community struggle with authenticity at work. Not because they want to hide, but because they fear what might happen if their co-workers, boss, etc. know their true selves. In this episode, we’ll talk with Colin Quinn, Founder and CEO of Included Health, about his personal experiences being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, why he started his business, and the research he has conducted on the importance of allyship, company training, and benefits to support your LGBTQ+ employees. Do you have questions for Colin? Send them in through the survey after you register or submit them in the chat during the interview.
The Power of Privilege: What to Do to Help Your Employees
Most people experience some form of privilege whether through their identity or experience -- often without being fully aware of its existence or more importantly how to use it to benefit others. The things that we don’t have to think about every day can be our greatest asset to help our underrepresented employees and colleagues. Having privilege is not a bad thing. In fact, privilege allows us to call out biases, amplify other voices, stand up for our employees, and invoke real change. In this episode, we’ll talk with Activist and Organizational Culture Consultant, Judith Haider and Political Scientist, Shahd Faisal Khidir as they share how they’ve used their privilege, how others’ privilege has helped them, and steps you can take to use your privilege for good. Do you have questions for Judith and Shahd? Send them in through the survey after you register or submit them in the chat during the interview.
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