2017 NW Diversity Learning Series Session Resources

Seizing the Courage to Have Disruptive Conversations - Imperative to Inclusion

Continue your learning from the NW Diversity Learning Series Sessions. The resources below provide valuable tools, worksheets, articles, and a variety of resources for you to sustain your learning.


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Do you have the courage to be honest in your relationships—to have a Fierce Conversation when needed?


This first session set the stage for the entire 2017 NW Diversity Learning Series on the theme, Seizing the Courage to Have Disruptive Conversations—An Imperative for Inclusion!


We explored the concept of Fierce Conversations, and the role that direct and authentic conversations have in our ability to engage with others in ways that enrich relationships and achieve personal and business results.


Check out the following resources:


  • Continuing Learning Opportunities list.  You’ll find books and articles to read, plus activities to do in the next 30 days and following weeks. 

  • Beach Ball Preparation Form. Use this form to recognize and include different points of view and perspectives in a Fierce Conversation with your team or group.  Please contact Fierce, Inc. to learn more about this form.

  • Book List. Check out the three books we gave away.

In this session, participants learned that the focus of gender bias should not be about men and women, but about the masculine and feminine styles each brings to the workplace.  A balance of both masculine and feminine approaches in daily conversations will improve personal effectiveness.


Caroline provided the following insightful data and tools to extend participants’ learning:

What does White Male Privilege look like in the workplace and in everyday life - to those that have it and those that do not?  In this session, participants learned that addressing White Male Privilege is not an attack on men, but in fact prepares them to be better leaders.


Mark and Quaylan provided their presentation and the following insightful data, articles and tools to extend participants’ learning:


In this session we learned about the experience of transgender individuals in the workplace and society, explored the terminology pertinent to transgender and gender diverse identities, and examined what it means for transgender and other gender identities to bring their whole selves to work.  During a wonderful panel discussion, we practiced conversations with transgender colleagues and all colleagues so that we could become stronger allies for promoting inclusive workplaces.


Jeremiah and Gunner provided the following information to extend participants’ learning:


Here are five handouts from the session:


Article. “Aligning Intent and Impact” by Lue Rochelle Brim- Atkins


Selected Resources.



  • Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Washington Won’t Discriminate (information on Initiative 1552 that would repeal Washington’s laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination)

Books. Here is the list of three books we gave away at the session.

This session focused on increasing participants' understanding of how organizational culture impacts generational differences in the workplace. We discovered assumptions in a fun game of “jeopardy” and participated in authentic, cross-generational conversations and personal introspection.  Participants walked away ready to have intergenerational, courageous conversations that will make their organizations better, and more inclusive places to work.


The multi-generational team of Keenan, Joey, Lisa and Chuck provided the following information to extend participants’ learning:


Do you think we should be talking about race at work? Do you have enough knowledge about race to have these conversations? Mary-Frances guided participants in using a model and a framework for having bold and inclusive conversations about race and racial inequity.  The following information is provided to extend participants' learning:

The Session Presentation.


Selected Resources.

  • Guide for Bold, Inclusive Conversations (from The Winters Group, Inc.) This 2-page guide provides an overview to help you continue your learning for engaging in bold, inclusive conversations about polarizing topics. The first step in the Guide helps you consider who you are, and what you understand about others. The second step guides you in assessing your readiness for bold conversations. The third step helps you prepare and plan for a conversation.

  • Continuing learning opportunities .  Contains several reports that detail racial inequities.



Having meaningful conversations about gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace—communicating across differences—is important. To do so successfully, we need to acknowledge—and work through—roadblocks (i.e., beliefs, attitudes, or experiences) that can stifle progress. Learning how to surmount these obstacles takes practice, attention, and most importantly, intention.


Books. Here is the list of books and resources given away at the session.