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The Nature of Building Bridges
In-Person and Virtual Monday 06/24/2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Transform your workplace with information from this session that delves into the power of empathy, offering insights into fostering diversity, inclusion, and racial reconciliation, equipping professionals with the tools to authentically engage in difficult conversations, increase cultural awareness, and build bridges for a more inclusive organizational culture. 

This session will discuss the power of empathy to build bridges through self-reflection, proximity, and direct engagement. Topics Covered: Diversity and Inclusion; Company Culture; Racial Reconciliation; WHY IT MATTERS; The impact of the pandemic will be felt for generations worldwide. The current pace of change and ongoing cultural friction is creating an opportunity for difficult conversations around the virtual water cooler and our dinner tables. These conversations can result in a desire to 'cancel', confront, or ignore those who see our world differently.  As professionals navigating the tensions between personal beliefs and experiences and company values, how can we lean in to make positive change in our workplace, families, and communities?   Session snippets include:  Empathy does not require perfection; it requires authenticity and humility. Bridges don't begin until there is nothing underneath them. On our road toward greater inclusion and diversity, we must remember that there is no change in shame.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Encourage interpersonal growth in a diverse environment.
  • Build bridges to develop an inclusive organizational culture.
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John Bobb-Semple, Culture Specialist,
Hawks Agency