We Want to See Progress! How did they get their diversity initiatives started?

schedule May 29th 10:30 - 11:30 AM place Capitol 4 + Corridor people 22 Interested

Getting started can seem overwhelming, but there is hope! Join us as we explore how teams have made the shift within their organization to prioritize inclusion and diversity from the ground up. Human Inclusive’s Lia James and Christopher Guest will moderate an interactive discussion with Mo Abdullah, Founder of Culture Energized, Natalie Bonifede D&I at Pivotal, Lauren Burgess, Founder and CEO of Garden, Inc and Dirt Coffee Bar. We will learn how they have shifted team culture to implement inclusive, belonging, and diversity initiatives. We will explore how they’ve made changes, what they've learned, and how others can make a similar impact on their own teams. Together we will learn:

  • How they got started and keep their teams accountable
  • What were their biggest challenges and hard-to-learn lessons
  • How to approach team dynamics differently to empower diversity to thrive
  • Best practices for getting everyone on board and start the process
 
 

Outline/Structure of the Panel

Panel discussion with two-three local folks making an impact with their organization on Diversity & Inclusion facilitated by co-hosts from the podcast, Human Inclusive

Longer form overview:

A lot of conversation goes into acknowledging that diversity in the tech industry is an issue, but fewer conversations dig into the action-oriented solutions that we all can do to impact change. Change is hard, especially when it involves a group of people all from different cultures, backgrounds, lived experiences existing and working together in one space. There’s a tension that can arise, and if not prepared for it, it can feel counterintuitive of what the studies are saying. Investing in diversifying teams is necessary for a lot of reasons, but creating an inclusive environment can feel like a major challenge. We all can recognize why it’s important to do this work, but now we need to be talking about how to do this work.

The panel will dive into foundational content on how teams have made the shift within their organization to prioritize inclusion and diversity from the ground up. Human Inclusive’s Lia James and Christopher Guest will moderate a discussion with two - three local teams who have started to shift their teams' culture to implement diversity initiatives. We will explore how they’ve made it possible from tips on allyship to microaggression, and ways to check the pulse of your organization. Together we will learn:

  • How they got started and keep their teams accountable
  • What were their biggest challenges and hard-to-learn lessons
  • How to approach team dynamics differently to empower diversity to thrive
  • Best practices for getting everyone on board and start the process

The panel will be facilitated by co-curators, Lia James and Christopher Guest, of Human Inclusive, a podcast amplifying voices and experiences of marginalized communities. The podcast launched in November 2018 with the mission to curate stories of diverse communities to drive impactful change in the workforce and start helping people think more about the "how".

Learning Outcome

  • How they got started and keep their teams accountable
  • What were their biggest challenges and hard-to-learn lessons
  • How to approach team dynamics differently to empower diversity to thrive

Target Audience

Agile coaches, leaders, or other folks who want to know how companies have drive to change the shape and dynamic of a team

Prerequisites for Attendees

N/A

schedule Submitted 11 months ago

Public Feedback

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  • Christen McLemore
    By Christen McLemore  ~  10 months ago
    reply Reply

    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Diversity as an Initiative and real steps and examples
    • Having local panelists

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Are you able to shorten the title? Something like "Starting Diversity Initiatives"
    • Could you confirm how many people and who you are pulling into the panel?
    • Lia James
      By Lia James  ~  9 months ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Christine, we can edit the title to fit your needs as long as it still represents the content of the panel discussion. 

      For the panelists we'll aim to have three local professionals to participate in the conversation. We do not have the panelists confirmed at this time.

      I used to live and work in Denver and Christopher has an extensive network that expands throughout Colorado, so we both have a good understanding and relationship with local folks that could have a similar impact on the discussion as the above individuals.

      • Christen McLemore
        By Christen McLemore  ~  10 months ago
        reply Reply

        Thank you so much Lia for responding so quickly.  I've shared the information with the rest of the committee as we continue to review all of the submissions and receive follow ups from questions and clarifications.

        • Lia James
          By Lia James  ~  10 months ago
          reply Reply

          Great, thank you! Looking forward to hearing more from you all!


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