EO DC Diversity & Inclusion as Your Competitive Advantage

When:  Apr 25, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

Inclusive Leadership is critical for competitive advantage. In an ever-evolving global economy, diverse workforces are commonplace. But simply having a diverse organization is not enough. Successful organizations share one common characteristic They have learned how to leverage diversity to create a unified and inclusive workplace culture to build deeper trust and respect, drive engagement and innovation, and achieve greater financial success. This includes having a deeper understanding of culture, commonalities and differences, as it applies to individuals, teams, and functions within your organization. Practicing intentional diversity and inclusion allows for more effective talent management (attraction and retention), more effective alignment and team performance, and improved efficiency, all factors which contribute to building a high-performance organization.  

There are several converging trends that are rapidly changing the way we do business:  

· Changing Demographics

· Individual Expectations

· Utilization of Technology

· Increased Global Competition

· Multiple Generations with Different Needs and Learning Styles in the Workforce 

The influx of ambitious Millennials, the increase of multi-cultural teams, the trend of virtual workspaces and the push for equality are driving the new workplace. Are you ready? This session will provide a roadmap to foster an inclusive culture that transcends boundaries, regardless of geography, age, ability, orientation, race and gender. Learn how to transform your organization through best practices, develop cultural agility and measure effectiveness.

Chevara Orrin is an award-winning diversity & inclusion practitioner, social entrepreneur, published author, social justice activist, independent filmmaker and dynamic public speaker signed with nationally recognized speakers bureau, CAMPUSPEAK. She is a forward-thinking catalyst who is passionate about igniting organizational transformation. In her current role as Chief Creative Catalyst for Collective Concepts, she is best known for having conceived and co-created We Are Allies, a national marketing campaign to support equality and move towards passage of inclusive policies to protect the LGBTQ community and #WhiteAndWoke™ an initiative to raise awareness about racial inequality and promote equity through intentional action. Chevara is deeply inspired by the legacy of her parents. She is the daughter of a white, Jewish mother who served as the lead coordinator for the 1967 March on the Pentagon in opposition of the Vietnam War and a Black father who was a top lieutenant of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a driving force behind many critical civil rights campaigns of the 1960s, including the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade, 1965 Selma to Montgomery march and passage of the Voting Rights Act. Chevara is also a survivor of childhood poverty, incest, teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence. It is because of, not in spite of, her personal journey of tragedy and triumph that she is inspired to use her experiences and voice as a catalyst to ignite social transformation.


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