Past Diversity Insights Breakfasts

Diversity Insights Breakfasts are a great way to engage scholars and thought leaders, in conversations that generate questions and insights about the diversity, equity and inclusion landscape.

March 1, 2018

Has Incivility in Society Arrived at the Workplace?
What It Means and What We Do About It

Narcissists, bullies, and clever chameleons “knock down, but kiss up.” They shame, manipulate, and polarize. We feel the angst they cause but are often not aware that 94% of 400+ leaders Dr. Kusy and his colleague studied reported working with a toxic person in the past 5 years. Why do we put up with them? And for so long?”

The answers to these questions and dozens more are the latest fuel for Mitch’s latest book—Why I Don’t Work Here Anymore: A Leader’s Guide to Offset the Financial and Emotional Costs of Toxic Employees. Intuition in handling toxic people is often proven wrong as these Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde chameleons know where their bread is buttered—easily escaping detection from those in power. Mitch’s heavily researched approaches demonstrate simply and clearly not only the “what, why, and how,” but also the “when” in terms of how to handle these tricky personas.

What about those 51% of employees who are likely to quit because of a toxic person and 12% actually do? Learn the answer to the number one question Mitch has received worldwide: How do I handle a toxic boss? These questions and more are handled with “kid gloves” that make a difference in establishing workplaces of everyday civliity—a mantra for all with no “ifs”, “ands” or “buts.”


Dr. Mitch Kusy

Professor, Graduate School of Leadership & Change at Antioch University

October 17, 2017

Home As Synonym for Hatred: Lessons Learned From Charlottesville

On August 11-12, every ilk of the “alt white”, Klansmen, fascists, white supremacists, invaded the small, progressive, college city of Charlottesville, VA and the University of Virginia. The name has become synonymous with racial strife. Join university, city, and county leaders as they share and assess what happened.

Compelling questions we addressed at this event: What happened and why did it happen? How did the “alt-white” pull it off? How can your institutions and localities prevent these sieges of hatred?


Wes Bellamy

Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia

John Unsworth

University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Virginia

Juan Wade

Boardmember, City of Charlottesville School Board and Albemarle County Social Services

Reverend Brenda Brown-Grooms

New Beginnings Christian Community


Dr. Artika Tyner

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion,
University of St. Thomas