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Creating Safe Spaces:
Transformative Conversations on Race & Equity

September 29, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:00am (PDT)
Presenter: Wanda Savage-Moore

Anxiety and fear have been associated with conversations about race and racism for years—for both people of color and white people. When faced with race-related issues or events, conversations become emotional, people become suspicious, trust diminishes, fears emerge, conflicts arise and some wonder if any tangible good can come of it. 


Now, the NW Diversity Learning Series has discovered a new approach. It’s called S.O.A.R., a process designed to create safe spaces for courageous DE&I conversations to take place.


“I have used the S.O.A.R. framework to open people’s minds and provide the foundation for them to navigate racially-charged conversations to achieve an ongoing journey of growth and transformation,” says Wanda Savage-Moore, our presenter for this session.


As part of today’s experience, you will be introduced to an empowering concept called “Polarity Thinking”—the foundational principle that underlies S.O.A.R.—which will open your eyes to things you may not have thought of before. “Polarity Thinking” allows you to dive deeper into the tensions that may underlie your beliefs, feelings, and emotions that ultimately drive the conversations about racial equity. 


In this session, you will be introduced to the S.O.A.R. process, which stands for Share Intent, Own Impact, Abolish Blame and Restore Relationships.  As you S.O.A.R., you will learn to develop collaborative actions that will ultimately transform relationships in previously polarized environments.  You will then be able to apply your experience with the S.O.A.R. framework and the courageous conversations that result, at individual and organizational levels, at work (and at home), to make collaboration, teamwork, and positive relationships more achievable across racial divides.

Learning Outcomes: 

Participants will leave the session with: 

  • An introduction to Polarities and its relationship to racial tensions

  • A tool (S.O.A.R.) that will help them understand and process racial tensions in a more constructive manner individually and collectively

  • An experience that will engage their personal Cognitive Behavioral Triangle resulting in a transformation of attitudes and actions related to divisive racial tensions


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.

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