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Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization
June 30, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am (PDT)
Presenter: Michaela Ayers

By early June of 2020, 76% of Americans identified racial and ethnic discrimination as a “big problem,” a significant increase from only 50% in 2015. In this moment of moral awakening, leaders must think differently about building and implementing anti-racist solutions for a corporate reality that is rapidly changing.


How can organizations best respond to this moral awakening? The principles of anti-racism and human-centered design offer dynamic frameworks that help advocates recognize and eliminate racism. 


We intend to get into “good trouble, necessary trouble” in this session. You will learn how to deploy human-centered strategies that identify racism and advance equity within organizational systems, policies, practices, and individual attitudes.  


You will take away tools and resources that you can share with co-workers. You will leave with a clear understanding of what it means to be an anti-racist organization and an anti-racist champion. 


By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to explain what it means to be anti-racist.

  • See how the concepts of white supremacy and anti-Black racism are foundational to advancing anti-racism within institutions.

  • Know the key methods of human-centered design.

  • Be able to deploy human-centered strategies that identify fundamental elements of systemic racism.

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Meet the Presenter:

Michaela Ayers is the founder of Nourish, a social impact organization that advances diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism within companies and communities. Drawing from the principles of human-centered design and action learning, Nourish uproots the deep-seated biases and racist behaviors that block belonging.


With over 7 years of experience in adult learning and diverse facilitation methods, Michaela offers a creative approach to training that shifts perspectives and promotes behavior change. Each DEI solution has tangible tools, leadership role models, and long-term strategies that integrate anti-racism practices into organizational culture.


By leveraging the power of curiosity and vulnerability, Nourish is the solution for leaders who understand that racism is bad for business.


Michaela has worked with PayScale, eBay, Amazon, Nordstrom, the Pomegranate Center, Washington Women’s Foundation, Dress for Success, and many other mission-driven organizations looking to advance racial equity and inclusion.

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