What you will learn:
Understanding Racism is a 2.5-hour interactive session on what racism really is and isn’t, the surprising ways it manifests, the psychological underpinnings of why it’s so difficult to eradicate, and what everyone can do to influence things for the better. This involves a guided presentation, exercises, role play, and a great deal of facilitated conversation, to build the muscles it takes to address something that’s so painful for many.
Understandably, it evokes strong emotions in participants, but it’s also a lot of fun, and people feel extraordinary relief from finally having open dialogue about a subject that is both taboo and omnipresent in all of our lives.
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 Length150 min
# of Employees80
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