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Leveraging the Roots of Resistance for Inclusive Transformation

March 17, 2021- 9:00am to 11:00am (PST)

Presenter: Judith Katz, Ed.D.

“People working for change in an organization are often alarmed when they encounter resistance. They see the need for change so clearly they cannot imagine any reasonable person feeling otherwise.” —Judith Katz


Many change efforts get stalled when they experience resistance. 


Some individuals back away from the change as they hear concerns raised about “reverse discrimination” or “lowered standards.” For others – people get labeled as resisting change and that they “don’t get it.” Still others may in fact see changing an organization to a more inclusive, diverse and equitable organization as a challenge to their sense of who they are and to their values. 


The challenge is—how do you understand and address resistance as a part of the change process?  How do you prepare the workforce to expect resistance and to work through it? 


Getting into “good trouble and necessary trouble” in this session involves talking about the many manifestations of resistance; the opportunities to engage and work through it as a part of the change process; and how to work with the resistance for change.


Participants will leave with greater empathy, as well as strategies and tactics for leveraging resistance for systemic equity.

Learning Outcomes:


At the end of this session, participants will:


  • Understand the role of resistance in the change process.

  • Recognize the different ways resistance shows up in the change process.

  • Be able to diagnose where your organization is along the “Path” to an Inclusive organization.

  • Develop strategies to effectively engage resistance and move to greater inclusion and systemic equity.

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Meet the Facilitator:


Aparna Rae

Founder of Moving Beyond, supporting fund managers, wealth advisors, impact-investors, philanthropists, and other social innovators creating a positive impact for people and the planet.

Aparna works at the intersection of D&I and organizational design. In 2015 she launched Firki India’s first online teacher education platform supporting 1 million educators in it’s first year and in 2019 she launched Future for Us, a platform to advance women of color at work and grew a professional community of 11,000.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, Seattle Magazine, Business Insider, PSBJ, and Melinda Gates’s Evoke Magazine. She been a presenter on the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) with program design and evaluation at SXSW, The American Evaluation Association, SOCAP, Global Impact Investing Network, as well a number of Greater Seattle Area organizations, including Equal Pay Today, Equal Rights Advocates, WASBA, Legal Fund of Washington, Seattle University and more.

Having lived and worked in six countries, Aparna brings a diversity lens to all her work.

Meet the Presenter

Judith Katz 

Fueled by her passion for addressing systemic barriers, known for her boundless energy and sharp analytical mind, Judith Katz has distinguished herself as a thought leader, practitioner, educator, and strategist for more than 40 years. She has created new paradigms in organization development and pioneered cutting-edge approaches to white awareness, inclusion, the leveraging of differences, covert processes, and strategic change.


Judith began her career by earning a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After continuing in academia, Judith joined The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (KJCG), in 1985 and currently serves as Executive Vice President Emeritus.


She has led many transformational change initiatives in the United States and around the globe, partnering with such organizations as Allstate, Ecolab Inc., EILEEN FISHER, INC., Merck, the City of San Diego, Telecoms of Singapore, and United Airlines. She also co- created the Covert Process Concept and Lab with Bob Marshak.


Judith’s writing has broken new ground in OD and other fields. Her landmark book, White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training (1978), was the first systematic training program to address racism from a white perspective. Her courageous autobiographical work, No Fairy Godmothers, No Magic Wands: The Healing Process After Rape (1984), was among the first to assist rape survivors in the recovery process.


In the field of inclusion, she and Frederick A. Miller of KJCG use their foundational framework, Inclusion as the HOW®, to enable each client to achieve higher performance and accelerate results. She has co-authored four books with Fred Miller, including: Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion & Collaboration in the Workplace; Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING; Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold; The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity.


In 2014, Judith received the Organizational Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and she serves as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World. She currently sits on the Dean’s Council, College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Board of Trustees of Fielding Graduate University.

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