What you will learn:

Many workplace programs fail to make real progress on Inclusion and Belonging. Why? Because change starts at the individual level. We have to understand and appreciate what makes us feel like we belong, before we can create a place where everyone belongs.

In this interactive Elective, I invite participants to dive deeper into the nuanced work of understanding culture and how it influences the ways in which we work. We’ll learn about the Three Levels of Culture and how they show up in the workplace. Then, we’ll uncover your own hidden stories about culture. By the end of this Elective, I hope you will lead with a little more self-awareness and a little more curiosity about those around you. You’ll ultimately create the conditions for deeper connections with your partners, coworkers and community.

About the instructor:

Cindy Chiang Halvorsen (she/her) is the founder of Carving Dragons LLC, an Inclusion Coaching practice named to honor her Chinese name from her paternal grandfather. Cindy's passion for developing high impact teams and creating work cultures where everyone can thrive led her to become a certified Diversity & Inclusion Coach.

During the day, Cindy is an Executive Sales Coach for Google, helping to unlock the potential of thousands of digital media sellers by building their confidence and overcoming their fears. She previously led sales teams managing over $175 million in revenue. Before switching to the tech industry, Cindy spent 11 years in Brand Management for large Consumer Packaged Goods companies. Her work is recognized by several Cannes Lions, an Emmy Nomination, and AdWeek Media plan of the year.

Cindy and her husband, Ernie, raced around the world on CBS’s Reality TV Show, The Amazing Race: Season 19. Traveling through 9 countries and competing against 10 other teams, Ernie and Cindy crossed the finish line first to win the $1 million prize. They have been featured on Live! with Kelly, People Magazine, Us Weekly and more.

Through the lens of her experience on TV and the intersection of her own corporate experience, she has spoken at large and small corporate events and facilitated workshops on topics including: Resilience, Intercultural Leadership, The Asian American Experience and Creating Inclusive Work Groups. Cindy is passionate about helping individuals step into their own power and feel a sense of belonging - not just striving to fit in.

Cindy holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati where she graduated at the top of her class, a recipient of the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence and the Homecoming Queen.

Cindy lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and 3 young sons. They love to travel around the world, exploring different cultures and expanding their mindsets.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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