32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Both/And: Bridging the Gaps Between US and Global D&I

3-hour Seminars

Day 1

Session Code: SEM-I
When: March 10, 2020
Location/Room: 208ABCD
Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity
Presenters: Duncan Smith, ADC Associates  |  Naseem Ahmed, INclusion ACTION


The past decade has seen D&I globalize in several ways. Often, we see the change coming from U.S. multinationals in global locations embracing D&I as a business imperative. If we are to support and develop socially responsible global citizens, we need culturally aware D&I practitioners. If you’ve spent most of your career in the U.S., how well do you know the assumptions and biases you hold about others from outside of the U.S., and what are the assumptions and biases they hold about you? If you are from outside of the U.S., how do you work with a sometimes-very-specific U.S. approach to D&I when your American colleagues deeply (possibly unconsciously) believe that their way is the best way?

Explore these questions and dive into your own work to become more effective at partnering globally. Co-facilitated by two highly experienced practitioners who bring deep U.S. and global experience, along with diversity of gender, culture, race, religion, age and more, to their own partnership.

Learning Outcomes
  • Increase your ability and effectiveness to work globally
  • Analyze the impacts of your own cultural biases on global and U.S. D&I practices
  • Create effective strategies and personal actions to apply across countries, cultures and sectors

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