Learning and Education

We offer a variety of learning experiences  both in-person and virtual  that cover a range of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence topics.

Our philosophy is to meet people where they are and educate rather than train. Training efforts are typically designed as one-time events with a focus on tolerance and sensitivity — and perhaps a small amount of skill building. Education is developmental, ongoing, and focuses on competency-building through practice, reflection, and intentionality.

We offer a variety of learning experiences, both in-person and virtual, that cover a range of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence topics.

Our philosophy is to meet people where they are and educate rather than train. Training efforts are typically designed as one-time events with a focus on tolerance and sensitivity and perhaps a small amount of skill building. Education is developmental, ongoing, and focuses on competency building through practice, reflection, and intentionality.

Our Approach to Learning and Education

Our Approach to Learning and Education

Meet People Where They Are

We take a developmental approach to designing our learning experiences. We leverage the Intercultural Development Inventory® and consider the organization’s culture, industry, and readiness when developing session content. We execute this by co-designing with our clients.

Engage the Head, Heart, and Hand

We strive to create experiences that encourage paradigm shifts, foster authenticity and emotional connectedness, and empower learners to act within their sphere of influence.

Learn Through Reflection

Research has found that learning takes place when participants can engage in intentional reflection. As part of our learning experiences, we build in reflection prompts throughout and post-session.

Foster Reciprocal Learning

Our Cross-Cultural Learning Partners™ aims to foster reciprocal and community learning. We pair individuals who are different in some way and invite them to go on a guided journey of learning together (e.g. short lessons, reflective questions, cross-cultural experiences).

Our Learning Experiences Explore an Array of Topics, Including:

Our Learning Experiences Explore an Array of Topics, Including:

Fostering Cultural Competence

A four-part learning series designed to provide an overview of key concepts, foster self-understanding, explore dimensions of culture, and highlight culturally competent behaviors that are critical to workplace success.

Cracking the Code of Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias is just one barrier to cultural competence. This series defines bias, explores the manifestations of it, like micro-aggressions, and offers strategies for managing and overcoming bias in our day to day lives.

Understanding Identity & Building Bridges

A series of learning experiences that explore specific dimensions of diversity (e.g. race, gender, generations), offer strategies for being an ally, and effectively bridging across differences.

Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations®

These sessions explore strategies for engaging in dialogue about polarizing topics. Shorter sessions introduce the model and key concepts, while longer sessions are framed as practicums where learners engage in skill-building.

Leading Inclusively: Head, Heart, Hand

This series is geared toward leaders and managers and examines the role of cultural competence and emotional intelligence in creating environments where employees experience inclusion.

Mapping the Intersection of Inclusion and Social Justice

These offerings explore complex topics such as whiteness and privilege and unpack the impact of social movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter on the workplace.

A four-part learning series designed to provide an overview of key concepts, foster self-understanding, explore dimensions of culture, and highlight culturally competent behaviors that are critical to workplace success.

Unconscious bias is just one barrier to cultural competence. This series defines bias, explores the manifestations of it, like micro-aggressions, and offers strategies for managing and overcoming bias in our day to day lives.

A series of learning experiences that explore specific dimensions of diversity (e.g. race, gender, generations), offer strategies for being an ally, and effectively bridging across differences.

These sessions explore strategies for engaging in dialogue about polarizing topics. Shorter sessions introduce the model and key concepts, while longer sessions are framed as practicums where learners engage in skill-building.

This series is geared toward leaders and managers and examines the role of cultural competence and emotional intelligence in creating environments where employees experience inclusion.

These offerings explore complex topics such as whiteness and privilege and unpack the impact of social movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter on the workplace.

Virtual Learning and Keynotes

Need a virtual option?

Our Virtual Learning Labs (VLL) utilize interactive technology to engage participants using live facilitators, polling, chat discussion, and more. Participants leave each 60-90-minute session with skills that they can use immediately.

Need a virtual option?

Our Virtual Learning Labs (VLL) utilize interactive technology to engage participants using live facilitators, polling, chat discussion, and more. Participants leave each 60-90-minute session with skills that they can use immediately.

Looking for a speaker?

Looking for a Keynote Speaker or Workshop Presenter? We also support our clients in designing and delivering high-impact, engaging, and compelling keynotes and workshops. Our sessions are an excellent way to expose large audiences to DEI learning and education.

Some of our popular sessions include:

• Inclusion Starts with I and Happens with Us
• Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations®
• Leading Inclusively Actualized™

LinkedIn Learning Courses

Skills for Inclusive Conversations

We’ve developed a series of videos on Skills for Inclusive Conversations that can be used to complement and scale your organization’s diversity and inclusion education.

Organizations reap the benefits of diversity—when employees bring their whole, authentic selves to work. Diverse teams are more productive, innovative, and engaged. Authenticity at work includes sharing and speaking up about work and life experiences that may be different based on one’s identity. Developing the skills to conduct meaningful conversations on potentially polarizing topics such as race, religion, and gender is critical for human resources professionals, managers, and team leaders. Mary-Frances Winters offers a multistep process for building the skills necessary to engage in inclusive conversations. Find out how to conduct an exploratory self-assessment to better understand yourself and your team, learn tactics to go from polarization to common ground, and discover practical techniques for discussing difficult topics.

Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion

Inclusive work environments can yield greater creative output, boost employee morale, and benefit a company’s bottom line. But even as a slew of modern companies make strides towards true workplace inclusivity, many still miss the mark. This is often due to a lack of cultural competence, or the ability to engage and adapt across cultural differences. In this course, instructor Mary-Frances Winters explains why cultural competence is key to the success of any diversity-related initiative, as well as how to assess and grow your own cultural competence. She shares scenarios and techniques that can help you grasp how your worldview impacts your behavior, as well as how to more effectively engage and adapt across cultural differences.

Want to Partner With Us?

No matter where you are in your diversity and inclusion journey, we would love to support you. Join the many organizations who turn to The Winters Group as partners in creating transformative solutions for equity and inclusion.

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