Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations™ Facilitator Certification Program

Have Questions? Email us at BIC@wintersgroup.com.

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.

To What Extent Have You Been Impacted By The Socio-Political Environment?

Share One Word That Describes How You've Been Impacted By The Socio-Political Climate

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.

The Experience

  • All participants will complete the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) assessment as pre-work and receive a 1x1 coaching session to review their individual results
  • All participants will be asked to read "We Can't Talk About That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics" (a copy of the book is included with registration)

What is a Bold, Inclusive Conversation™ & How Do I Learn to Engage In and Facilitate Them?

  • Learn the distinction between Bold, Inclusive Conversations™ and other types of difficult conversations
  • Explore the psychological, sociological and historical implications that make Bold, Inclusive Conversations™ so difficult
  • Examine other popular dialogue models and their applicability in conducting Bold, Inclusive Conversations™
  • Enhance self-understanding and use of self in facilitating Bold, Inclusive Conversations™

Bold, Inclusive Conversations™: The Model

  • Learn the theory behind the Bold, Inclusive Conversations™ Model
  • Understand the practical application of each stage of the Model
  • Learn unique facilitation techniques for Bold, Inclusive Conversations™
  • Explore your own readiness to facilitate Bold, Inclusive Conversations™

Bold, Inclusive Conversations™: The Practicum

  • Practice engaging in Bold, Inclusive conversations™ using case scenarios
  • Participate in teach backs
  • Get certified!

Mary-Frances Winters

Lead Facilitator & Author, "We Can't Talk About That at Work!"

Loretta VanPelt

Facilitator

Travis Jones

Facilitator

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.

Program Logistics

Next program will be held November 13-15, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. More details to come! To reserve your spot, email us at BIC@wintersgroup.com.

Additional Program Information:

  • Individuals may attend this session for information purposes only (not intending on providing training to anyone else) or to be certified as a trainer/facilitator.
    • Those trained as trainers/facilitators in this course may only train employees of the same organization.
    • A licensing fee and agreement applies for those conducting training within their organization.
  • Participants will be required to attend all 3 days in full to receive certification.
  • Cancellations must be communicated by phone.

Have questions? Email us at BIC@wintersgroup.com.

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