What you will learn:

We all have some form of privilege in this world; It’s how we use it that creates impact and sustainable change. In this Elective, Dr. Cherise Bernard leads the exploration of privilege and identity to grow your allyship muscles in the workplace. In this 120-minute course, participants will walk through various social identities within the dynamics of dominance and marginalization, such as age, race/ethnicity and gender identity to establish understanding around how these identities affect how people show up every day. We then dig deeper into language and specifically how our respective identities inform how we communicate.

Let’s normalize our understanding of privilege and how to talk about it. This Elective, which may seem scary at first, is intentionally designed to create more fluency around a topic that is normally perceived as taboo. By the end, participants will feel more confident to discuss these topics in an authentic way and exercise allyship more impactfully.

About the instructor:

Dr. Cherise Bernard leverages a rich background as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategist, scientist and certified professional coach to drive organizational and culture change for individuals, teams and leaders. With a mission of “modernizing today’s workplace,” Cherise utilizes a personalized approach to transform environments through inclusion competencies: empathy, resilience, awareness and curiosity. She believes in a holistic approach to building equitable cultures in the workplace and has learned that the pillars of education, allyship and intersectionality are critical in creating effective people and healthy work cultures.

In 2020, Cherise launched Modern Work, LLC to guide organizations on their inclusion journey through custom training and coaching. She also collaborates with other reputable inclusion consultancies and change organizations (such as Cabral Co and Utopia) to further drive equity and impact within forward-thinking organizations looking to develop and grow strategic approaches in workplace culture. In her downtime, Cherise hosts The Modern Work Podcast where she discusses common workplace issues, especially within the context of marginalized identities. She also serves as the Director of Diversity, Engagement and Inclusion at McCann New York.

Cherise holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology where she worked on cell cycle regulation in cancer cells and a Mini-MBA certification focused on BioPharma Innovation, both from Rutgers University. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys travel, learning about different cultures, engaging in self-care and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
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Suggested Length:120 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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