35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


Life-Changing Diversity Training

Featured Sessions

Day 1

Session Code: FS-1C
When: March 27, 2023
Level: Intermediate
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenters: Dr. James Rodgers, PHD, FIMC, The Diversity Coach  |  Laura Kangas, RiverBend Associates
Prerequisite: This session assumes a basic knowledge of DEI and will be most helpful for those already doing the work who want to add to their skill set, learn more innovative and ground-breaking approaches, and are interested in deeper DEI work.


DEI work needs to be more than the low-cost, quick-hit option that too many organizations are using. We will present well-proven tools, strategies, techniques, and innovative exercises and activities that can be used as ongoing support for DEI work and training.

DEI training is often the centerpiece of DEI strategy, and often the most visible. The training works best when it uses Adult Learning Theory — combining experience with reflection, and the application of discovered concepts. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and work through these concepts in the various exercises and activities.

We will use many of the time-tested exercises that we have used successfully in our DEI work for more than 30 years and share our successes and challenging moments (the good, the bad, and the ugly), all in the spirit of learning. The workshop will be interactive with time for sharing, self-reflection, small-group exercises, and large-group discussion. PowerPoint slides will be used in our presentation and available upon request.

One of our major goals is to give participants an expanded and inspiring vision of powerful and long-lasting DEI training. This is quite different from the one-hour video and/or e-learning that many companies are using for various reasons. We want people to know that diversity training and DEI work can be so much more than that — and that they can lead it!

Learning Outcomes:

• Experience, learn, and use Adult Learning Principles for effective and powerful DEI training
• Learn and use the Perception Assumption Model to establish a common language that facilitates DEI dialog and creates trust
• Practice connecting DEI learning to business success and package your DEI message so business leaders can hear it

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