Strategies for How to Get Invited to the Table and to Sustain Your Place

When: July 19, 2018
Level: Introductory
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenter: Dr. Shirley Davis, SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.

One of the most common frustrations and questions asked by women and people of color, and by D & I professionals is the proverbial “”How do I get a seat at the table?”” This is not a new question; it’s an ongoing conversation that’s been occurring for decades. More and more professionals report that they want to be recognized as valuable contributors in important business decisions, gain the credibility and visibility that their counterparts experience (often with less effort), and they want access to opportunities. Likewise, they want to be acknowledged for their knowledge, skills, ideas, and rewarded for their performance and impact to the business goals. Unfortunately, when the global workforce demographics have shifted significantly over the past 20 years, too many minorities still experience microaggressions, being overlooked, marginalized, and undervalued, and still do not have a seat at the table.

In this presentation, Dr. Shirley Davis will identify the key skills and behaviors and at least 12 proven strategies and techniques that will enable minority professionals to not just “”earn a seat”” at the senior leadership table but how to sustain their level of influence and impact in their organizations. Participants can begin implementing these practical tips immediately back on the job.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the current state of diversity at the table in Fortune 500 companies amidst shifting global workforce demographics and the associated implications of this representation.
  • Share 12 proven strategies and techniques for how successful minority professionals have cracked the code to ‘earn’ a seat at the table.
  • Describe practices for how to sustain your level of influence and impact in the organization.
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