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2023 NW Diversity Learning Series

Maximize your DEI impact:

Practice equity & inclusion every day


The NW Diversity Learning Series is dedicating 2023 to the holistic practice of inclusion so that
equity becomes a way of life in organizations.

In six compelling workshops, our goal is to ensure that all attendees—employees, managers
and leaders—know how to develop a personal, daily practice of applying a DEI lens to the
critical things they do.

By the end of the 2023 Series, which is our 25th year, whether you attend one, two, three or all
six sessions, you’ll be in a better position to "practice" inclusion and foster equity every day.
Not only will DEI have a greater impact in your organization, but your fellow workers will thrive
in the happier, healthier, more inclusive and productive work environment.

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Develop & enhance your everyday practices to foster equity & inclusion
Thurs., January 26, 2023
Presenter Bernardo M. Ferdman

How can we help create the conditions that will bring inclusion to life?

How do we help everyone feel that they belong and are safe, valued, heard & treated fairly?

Dr. Ferdman has conceptualized inclusion as a practice. It involves everyday behavior and organizational and social systems. People will experience both comfort & discomfort.


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Sharpen your DEI emotional intelligence
Thurs., March 23, 2023
Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan

How do we ensure that our emotions do not sabotage our relationships with people different from ourselves?

Emotions have always been part of DEI work, but perhaps not always acknowledged or dealt with effectively. Emotions arise because DEI addresses who we are—how we identify ourselves, our backgrounds and what we believe is important. Learn how to leverage your EQ competency when interacting and working with others.

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Engage people in ways that
open their minds to change

Wed., May 17, 2023
Presenter David McRaney

How do you converse with people who disagree that DEI is important in the workplace?

Learn how minds change, and how to be more effective in influencing individuals (about DEI or anything else).

Learn the psychology of how people modify and change their beliefs, attitudes and values—and how to apply that knowledge to whatever needs changing.

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Advance equity in your organization: Storytelling with a systems lens
Thurs., June 29, 2023 
Presenter Minal Bopaiah

Unlike inclusion, equity is rarely a daily practice. Rather, it is the outcome of fair & just systems & structures (think policies & procedures). Yet, regardless of our role, there are things we can do to advance equity in our organizations.

Whether you’re a member of an ERG, a DEI council leader or a leader with formal decision-making power, you’ll leave this Session with an understanding of why a systems-thinking approach is an essential DEI skillset, & how you can use storytelling to advance equity.

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Learn why lived
experiences matter
September 21, 2023
Presenter Marlon Gibson

Do you hear when a person is expressing their cultural background and lived experience?

Can you recognize "context" in a situation where there is meaning beyond the words being spoken?

Explore the lived experiences of marginalized and underrepresented groups—the lens, backgrounds, traditions and cultures they bring that are frequently not considered or listened to, particularly in white dominant organizations.

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The power of us:
Build communities to fortify DEI

November 9, 2023
Presenter Lily Zheng

How do we use collaboration to ensure progress on DEI?

Learn about the power of “us”: DEI task forces, councils, employee resource and business groups, and networks.

Collaborative approaches draw on the lived experiences of diverse groups and are key to influencing change.

These groups provide a forum for crucial conversations, sharing feedback on lived experiences and building trust in a safe place.

Explore how collaborative groups can impact the workplace positively.

Virtual sessions and recordings:

  • ALL sessions are being conducted virtually.  Each session runs from 9:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific Time

  • Webinar Recordings: If granted permission by the Session Presenter(s), we will share the webinar recording with registered individuals after each Session for 4 weeks.

Accessibility: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, by certified interpreters, are scheduled for the entire 2023 NWDLS. If you need an accommodation, please contact Series Manager Pam Withers, to discuss additional accessibility options. Requests MUST be made at least TWO weeks prior to the session.

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