Washington Employers presents the 15th Annual NW Diversity Learning Series
Building Diversity / Inclusion Intelligence (D/IQ) in the Workplace
2013 Series Sessions
All session times: 8:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Continental breakfast starts at 7:45 a.m
All seminars are held at the Nordstrom flagship store in downtown Seattle at 1617 6th Ave.
If you are an employee of one of our sponsor companies, contact your diversity office or manager to see if there are extra seats before pursuing independent registration.
Reducing Bias in the Workplace*
Date: Wednesday | January 30, 2013 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Description: Bias is a silent killer of employee engagement. Whether it’s positive or negative bias, seen or unseen, reducing bias and its effects is a challenging task. In this session we will discuss methods of identifying bias and learn best practices for mitigating the all-too-often negative outcome of biases as well as preventing those outcomes by stopping bias at its source.
As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:
Explain the nature and definition of bias with an emphasis on those biases which are usually overlooked.
Practice techniques for becoming aware of one’s biases.
Ask questions designed to weaken the foundation of bias.
Create strategies for increasing an awareness of Common Ground in the workplace with the aim of reducing bias.
Practice specific skills for reducing bias by acting as if it does not exist.
Resolving Multicultural Conflicts in the Workplace*
Date: Tuesday | March 12, 2013 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Description: Conflict often arises out of the territory that divides cultures. In this session participants will learn to propel positive workplace change at those intersections of cultural differences: solve problems, resolve conflicts, and build a stronger inter-cultural competence in the workplace.
Date: Tuesday | May 28, 2013 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Description: One in five Americans is a person with a disability. Statistically, nearly any given employer will encounter the need to negotiate the sometimes complex terrain of disability. In this session we will learn ways of cultivating a workplace that addresses issues facing employers and their employees with disabilities. As a result of attending this session participants will learn the connection between disability, diversity, inclusion, and productivity; identify how our personal filters influence the way we respond to others; learn five tips for how to work with people with disabilities and explore strategies to build collaborative relationships with others.
From Recruiting to Retaining a Culturally Diverse Workforce*
Date: Wednesday | July 24, 2013 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Description: In this session we will take a holistic view of the employment process from recruiting all the way to retaining talent. We will discuss the merits of various models and the potential benefits of each for creating, maintaining, and leveraging a diverse workforce.
Date: Tuesday | September 24, 2013 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Description: The issue of privilege in the workplace is one of the more controversial topics in the field of Diversity and Inclusion. This session will examine the nature of privilege in the workplace and how it negatively affects employee engagement and organizational performance.
Measuring the Success of Diversity / Inclusion Initiatives*
Date: Wednesday | November 6, 2013 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Description: It is often asked “How is diversity measured?” or “How can you quantify inclusion?” How do organizations measure the level of diversity or inclusion among the workplace? In this session we will take a look at specific and concrete markers of D/I success and discuss how they can help to inform a strategic approach to D/I initiatives.