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Speaking Up for a Culture of Belonging

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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It’s well documented that tech is a challenging place to work for women and people of color. All of us have unconscious bias–unintentional stereotypes–that affect the way we treat each other.
Unconscious bias shows up at work as microaggressions–casual degradation of marginalized groups. Women and people of color also tend to be stigmatized if they call attention to a bias. So, they often wind up voting with their feet, a $16 Billion a year problem, according to a 2017 study by Kapor Capital of women and people of color who left the tech industry.

Speaking up to actively create a culture of empathy and belonging can be touchy, occasionally awkward, and requires courage. But the harm microaggressions cause is very real, whether or not done intentionally. That’s why we’re planning to have a deeper discussion to give you skills and more confidence to move from awareness to action.

At this interactive workshop we’ll:
+gain understanding of why microaggressions occur at work, and why addressing them is crucial to inclusive cultures
+learn a no shame, no blame method of calling attention to microaggressions and the division they create
+role-play what to do and say when a microaggression occurs to turn it into a teachable moment
develop the confidence and right tone in providing valuable feedback

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Karen Fleshman, Esq. founder of Racy Conversations and is in collaboration with HiveQuest. Karen is a racial equity trainer for companies, universities, government agencies and nonprofits like University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business, Yahoo!, and the Sierra Club, who helps people understand and overcome unconscious bias. She’ll show us how to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our sphere of influence to build a community that practices compassion, action, and accountability.
Hivequest is a purpose-driven company that specializes in adult learning and transformative in-person and online group learning experiences to encourage inclusion as a continuous practice, in the complicated landscape of diversity and work culture.

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About the CultureLabx Community of Practice

Culture Labx is a community of experimenters and culture pioneers on the leading edge of advancing the future of the workplace. This research-based Community of Practice series is a hands-on, collaborative deep dive into the art + science of culture change. This is the 3rd in a 3-part series within the area of Diversity & Inclusion. The most recent report released by CultureAmp focuses on the importance of “Belonging” as the key to workplace culture.

In Partnership with General Assembly


May 24
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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