What you will learn:

This course is about supporting, uplifting, advocating for, and being an ally to people in historically underrepresented and excluded groups. Today, leaders must go beyond influencing and inspiring others. They must also stick their necks out and advocate for people who are part of non-dominant groups. To be effective and competitive, leaders must examine their biases and consciously invite and include people to the conversation, especially people who have been overlooked or denied because of their race, gender, ability, language, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, or neurodivergence.

In this course we’ll talk about what it means to be an ally and the different forms that allyship can take. We'll talk about how you can diversify your world so that you can lead more inclusively. We’ll discuss some concrete actions you can take to include and uplift colleagues from underrepresented groups; and we’ll talk about the challenges to doing this work. We will highlight intersectionality and how it defines our experience of belonging.

No matter your social identity, you have experienced moments in your life when you have felt alone and left out. But you have also had times in your life when you have felt truly included: someone has invited you to the table and smiled at you, or someone has asked you to share more when you kept yourself quiet. I’m on a mission to create more moments like those where people truly see each other, where people feel like they belong. I believe that when we can be our full selves and not hide parts of ourselves just to fit in, or be someone we are not just to fit in, that’s when we can be and do our best – at work, in our relationships, and in life. If that sounds like something you’re up for too, then this course will help you do just that.

About the instructor:

Dr. Priya Nalkur is the President of the RoundTable Institute. As a teacher, coach and facilitator, she is deeply committed to amplifying the voices of new and seasoned leaders who want to broaden their influence and contribution to the world. Her unique approach seeks to awaken the unconscious potential and wisdom of leaders and teams. A psychologist by training, Priya brings her facility with psychological and communications theory to her students in a bold, fun, smart, and memorable way to model what influence and authenticity look like. She’s got lots of stories to tell about helping her clients overcome the odds and find their most authentic (and effective!) way to lead.

For over 17 years, Priya has coached and taught senior leaders at technology, pharmaceutical, and financial firms around the world, and has worked with leaders in oil and gas, media & entertainment, biotechnology, research & development, non-profit, academia, and professional services. She has designed and delivered top-rated online and in-person courses for many companies, including one of the most highly rated courses on Managing Conflict at Work. Priya is a highly sought-after coach, having diversified her range to include performance coaching, diversity & inclusion coaching, team coaching, and group & peer-to-peer coaching. She is certified in many psychological instruments, and is laser focused on furthering her training and knowledge in coaching and facilitation.

Priya studied Communications & Social Policy in her post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania; completed her Doctorate in Human Development & Psychology at Harvard University; her Masters in Education at Harvard University; her Masters in Public Health at Yale University; and her Bachelors in Physical Education at Western University. She is a Certified Co-Active Coach.
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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