Courageous Conversations with Our Future Co-workers
September 29, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:00am (PST)
Presenter: TBD

As we traverse the second decade of the 21st century, the conversation about race and racism in America is taking center stage as changing demographics (including the “browning of America,” and the rise of mixed-race identities) and consequential power dynamics create this shift.  Key drivers of this shift include the:

  • Waning influence of the large Baby Boomer population giving way to the vocal perspectives of the Millennial and Gen Z generations

  • Growing intersection of remote work arrangements created by the COVID pandemic, which pose challenges to building effective workplace relationships

  • Increasing polarization of the population into distinct tribes and groups based on mindsets and political perspectives

  • Co-opting of theories such as Critical Race Theory by white nationals, which galvanizes opposition to diversity and inclusion


This session will illuminate the misinformation and the dis-information associated with race and racism. The lessons will be informed by the theory of “Polarity Thinking” —the use of “both/and” rather than “either/or.” Too often conversations about race and racism fall into the trap of either/or thinking— us vs. them, good vs. bad, right vs. wrong, black vs. white.

This session will equip us with tools for having more courageous conversations about inclusion with our future co-workers.