Courageous Conversations with Our Future Co-workers
September 29, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:00am (PDT)
Presenter: Wanda Savage-Moore

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.

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Meet the Presenter:

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Wanda Savage-Moore is currently the Vice President of Organizational Development and JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Solutions for Polarity Partnerships, LLC.  With a BS and MS in Engineering (from KU and Georgia Tech), Wanda brings several decades of experience in technical management, leadership development, consulting, and training across the JEDI space to her coaching practice. She is a trained facilitator with a certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Wellbeing, in addition to being ACC certified by the International Coaching Federation. She has trained and coached leaders at all levels, in public and private sectors, and across different races and genders.

 

Her area of focus has been to ensure that JEDI is the basis for positive organizational transformation and thriving performance, rather than a source of tension and division. As she provides Polarity ThinkingTM-based interventions, training and coaching to thousands of executives, managers, supervisors and staff, she continues to be a game changer.