What you will learn:

Your team has taken Working Across Difference pt I. They have a deep understanding of what microaggressions are, and why they're corrosive to a high-functioning team. They know that they have a part to play by interrupting when they witness a microaggression, and making sure that the subject feels supported (and not "othered"). But... how?

This course is the place for practice and learning --- a Microaggressions "Gym".

Before the workshop, staff can anonymously submit questions about or examples of microaggressions. We wash them of specific identifiers to maintain anonymity ("My Pakistani boss..." becomes "An Indonesian client..."), mix in additional common scenarios, and have a facilitated discussion on how we might handle them, and role play doing so. This is particularly useful because people often struggle with how to interrupt microaggressions, and doing this workshop reinforces the culture of compassionate accountability that an anti-racist org should foster.

Participants emerge feeling empowered to support their team in a way that calls folks IN, not out.

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 Length:90 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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