What you will learn:

Allyship across difference is critical to improving inclusive workplace cultures for all – particularly underrepresented groups. In this course, you will learn how to serve as a powerful ally for race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and more! You’ll also learn why allyship is necessary and gain understanding about the positive power of allyship. I address the barriers to allyship -- what people who want to be allies must overcome in order to step up -- and how to avoid performative allyship. The course is highly interactive, incorporating discussion and exercises, including an exploration of privilege. My extensive experience in developing allyship programs, advising allyship groups, and my research on allies ensures that you will leave with practical knowledge you can use immediately. Attendees will leave with knowledge of: 1) What an ally is and why the need is urgent 2) The benefits to marginalized individual who have allies 2) The personal work they need to do to prepare themselves to be allies 3) What performative allyship is and how to avoid it 4) Specific allyship strategies to use after the workshop

About the instructor:

Trish Foster is a sought-after diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator. She develops and delivers a variety of DE&I programs for organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally. Speaking engagements range from workshops and keynotes to panel discussions and moderated roundtables. Venues include major international corporations, early-stage companies, non-profits, conferences, and academic institutions, including MIT, Harvard Business School, and
University of Chicago’s Booth School.

She has authored numerous DE&I research reports. Topics include: elevating allyship in the workplace; inclusive culture; intersectionality; disability inclusion; mentorship and sponsorship; gender equity and more.

Previously, Trish served as Executive Director of the Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University, where she led the center’s mission-driven work to create more inclusive organizations. While there, she guided strategy and thought leadership along with marketing and program development on behalf of more than 100 organizations, establishing a track record of exceptional client referrals. As a passionate advocate for inclusion and allyship, Trish spearheaded formation of Bentley University’s Men of Alliance initiative and co-led development of the university’s Women’s Leadership Group. She co-developed and facilitated the Bentley Executive Education DE&I certificate program, and also served on Bentley’s Diversity Council and Racial Justice Task Force.

Trish has also served as Senior Vice President for FleishmanHillard Global PR and Vice President for Ogilvy International Advertising and PR.

Energy and mindfulness work are among her many personal interests -- Trish is a certified energy healing practitioner.
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