32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

(Canceled) Politics Make Strange Desk-Fellows: Working Together While Voting Apart

90-minute Workshops

Day 2

Session Code: S2-E
When: March 11, 2020
Location/Room: M100JIH
Level: Intermediate
Track: Leadership Development
Presenters: Howard Ross, Udarta Consulting  |  Caroline A. Wanga, Target Corporation



As another major election approaches, the challenge of keeping people engaged at a constructive level while having very different political and cultural viewpoints is significant. Organizational leaders, diversity and inclusion professionals, and human resources professionals may struggle to cope with the impact of having social divides intruding into their workplaces. How can they deal effectively and ethically with societal culture wars subverting organization culture, thus undermining employee engagement and team cohesion?

This presentation outlines the problem and offers proven strategies, informed both by real-world experience from successful organizations and cutting-edge research, to help HR professionals defend their organizations from the fallout of broader social culture wars.

Learning Outcomes
  • Gain skills to protect your org from the fallout of the culture wars in our polarized, divided society
  • Learn best practices that have successfully engaged organizations in constructive ways to deal with political differences
  • Acquire knowledge needed to lead for greater inclusion and civility

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