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Today more than ever, leaders are challenged with building internal capacity to create and facilitate brave spaces for dialogue on potentially polarizing topics such as race, religion and politics. The old adage that made these topics taboo in the workplace no longer applies in today’s volatile socio-political climate. Whether leaders like it or not, employees are talking about and thinking about the issues of the day impacting employees’ level of productivity, engagement and psychological safety. During polarizing times, in particular, employees tend to bring the stress and identity-based trauma associated with the socio-political climate to the workplace. It is important to provide opportunities for employees to have effective dialogue about these topics. The Winters Group research with employees from corporate, non-profit, education and government reveals that the current socio-political climate is impacting them in a profound way.
Real results from Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations session participants
Facilitators, leaders, and D&I practitioners who enroll in this three-day experience will be certified to facilitate two-hour and ½ day workshops on Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations™ within their organizations. This highly interactive, skill building learning experience will leverage the methods shared in the timely We Can’t Talk About That At Work! How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics by Mary-Frances Winters and provide facilitators with the content, tools, and competencies necessary to strengthen their organization’s capacity to engage in effective dialogue across differences. This certification program is designed for trainers, D&I practitioners, and leaders within organizations who are seeking to enhance their D&I training portfolio with learning modules that build managers’ and employees’ competencies in engaging in difficult conversations.
As part of the program, facilitators will have access to ongoing learning and support, including post-session consulting, a virtual learning community, and quarterly learning materials.