What you will learn:

In this interactive Elective, participants will learn to share their own personal narratives in order to strengthen both soft and hard leadership skills like communication, interpersonal skills, flexibility/adaptability, and audio and visual presentation skills.

We'll begin with taking a deep dive into our personal narratives by examining the origin stories of our names - and how these connect with our racial, gender and class identities. We'll then take a deep dive into concepts related to DEIA like Intersectionality, Whiteness, Standpoint theory and more.

We'll end the course by spelling out realisitic and sustainable action steps to facilitate positive social change for those in leadership positions.

About the instructor:

Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox has dedicated her life and carreer to contributing to social change through storytelling and other actions. As the EVP of Development and Impact at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street Films, Fanshen co-authored the Inclusion Rider, announced by Francess McDormand at the 2018 Oscar Awards, and now adopted for use by production companies and studios in Hollywood, and the fashion and music industries. She also co-created and co-hosts the Webby-nominated podcast Sista Brunch which highlights Black women and non-binary people thriving in media and entertainment. Fanshen continues this work now as President of TruJuLo Productions - dedicated to uplifting stories that speak truth in pursuit of justice in service of love.

Fanshen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award, Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships, an Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media award by Media Done Responsibly and Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film and Theatre.
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Suggested Length:90 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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