What you will learn:
What does it mean to be Black? Is it the same as African-American? Is there such a thing as talking Black? Acting Black? If you have one Black parent, are you Black? One Black grandparent? Can someone like Rachel Dolezal be transracial? What does it mean to not "be Black enough"? Is it about how you look? How you feel? And... why does this matter?
Defining Blackness is an interactive exploration that will help us answer questions like these. We'll explore the complexity and contradictions of Blackness as an identity, how they came to be, and examine what it means to be Black in America. An engaging and thought-provoking workshop that will help participants see racial identity in a whole new way.
About the instructor:
I’m an Executive/Leadership Coach and Facilitator who has been coaching, training, and facilitating for over 10 years in Greater Boston. I specialize in the Solution-Focused Method, Radical Candor, and DEI with “low-trust, high-heterogeneity” groups---people that are not necessarily predisposed to agree. Genuine transformation is hard work, so I use humor, unconventional examples, and a strong emphasis on interactivity and experiential learning to connect with people.
I started my career in behavioral health, designing and running the training department for the largest Black Community Service Agency in Massachusetts; Children’s Services of Roxbury. It was my job to help overworked, underpaid people make decisions that would alter the course of people’s lives, and helping leaders work their way through those situations turned out to be my calling. Since then, I‘ve worked with leaders from all sectors, and helped their organizations progress on issues like diversity, equity and inclusion, mission alignment, strategic planning, and conflict resolution. I currently run YW’s LeadBostonprogram and Genuity’s cohort. I teach Nonprofit Leadership and Community Engagement at the Harvard Extension School, I design and run the Federal Reserve’s Leaders for Equitable Local Economies program, and I coached MBA students at the Harvard Business School before that. I’ve also coached executives nationally for Root Cause, and I’m one of the recommended Executive Coaches for the Barr Foundation’s Fellowship.
What connects all of my work is change: helping people achieve the solutions they want, by changing the way they do things. It’s amazing how quickly momentum can build---a change in perspective leads to a change in behavior, leads to a change in results. Helping folks generate those results is what I love to do.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
- Keynote Followed by Q&A
- Lecture with Discussion
- Interactive Workshop
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