BIPOC Empowerment and White Accountability: Addressing the Hidden Burden of Racial Interactions
Sandra (Chap) Chapman, Ed. D. and Jess MacFarlane
We are committed to creating communities where everyone belongs, where we build and/or strengthen healthy relationships with diverse people. Yet, we may have unconscious worries about building connections with people who are racially different. Racial anxiety is the stress before or during a cross-racial interaction, leading to discomfort, awkward behavior, or even avoidance. Racial anxiety results in a cognitive depletion for BIPOC community members with the burden of navigating others’ anxieties. White community members worry about how they may be perceived, which undermines relationships with BIPOC community members and their engagement in equity work. To build and maintain the authentic, multiracial community we seek, we must recognize the profound impact of racial anxiety, and engage strategies to mitigate it.
Through research and storytelling, this session will support BIPOC participants to contextualize their lived experiences and gain strategies of self-care, and white participants to gain awareness of impact and strategies for overcoming racial anxiety.
Building Capacity for Cultural Humility within Teams
Imani Chapman and Franny Silverman
A conflict emerged on your team based on social identity. Team members are responding in varied ways-- some are meaningfully silent (“you just can't say anything anymore!”), some confused, angry, feeling shamed. What happened? How is it possible that everyone heard the same thing, but the responses are so divergent? May we ever get back on the same page? How can the team move through this and return to the tasks at hand? What is possible?
In this workshop we will address these questions, exploring the how and why of our responses in cross-cultural teams. By engaging in and deconstructing a workplace scenario and noticing its visceral impacts on us, we will build capacity and vocabulary to support our responses in the moment and in the aftermath. We will also explore considerations to preemptively create space for greater understanding among colleagues.
Building Vibrant Community, Together: Partnerships that Accelerate Impact
David Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Panoramic Strategy
Have you ever known that a partnership could change the entire trajectory of multiple organizations and the community, but don't quite know where to start? With so many stakeholders involved in community institutions, the process can often seem daunting, if not impossible. During this session we will break down the process of building partnerships into realistic, efficient steps that build concentric circles of support as you pursue transformational partnerships and ultimately exponentially greater impact in our communities.
Collaborative Narratives: Aligning Personal, Social and Organizational Stories
Beth Fisher-Yoshida, PhD, CCS, Fisher Yoshida International, LLC, CEO & President
We live in an interdependent world. The stories we tell about ourselves and each other meet in both planned and unintentional ways. Sometimes these stories are synergistic and produce more than the sum of the parts. At other times, they bump into each other and cause conflict. In this experiential workshop, session participants will learn how to reduce destructive conflict and increase constructive disagreements by transforming the stories that guide their lives.
Too often, meetings drain energy and waste time, yet they are a critical component of how we collaborate. This session will provide practical approaches that will transform your meetings into powerful gatherings that engage participants and drive work forward. You will learn to tackle the meeting cycle - what to do before, during and after - so that meetings build momentum. You’ll discover the secrets to building a useful agenda, how to meaningfully engage others (and surprise, it's not just during the meeting!), and how to capture meeting takeaways efficiently and effectively, plus a whole lot more. This hands-on workshop will leave you ready to take control of your meetings.
Evolutionary Leadership: Leading in Uncertain Times
Michael Sahota & Audree Sahota, Founders, Shift314
Our world has turned upside down, never before have we experienced such a rapidly changing world. How can we move from surviving to thriving? We need a radical change in leadership to create work environments that are safe and high performing. Places where people love to come to work (or at least want to turn their cameras on!).
Step into Evolutionary Leadership, extraordinary leadership to evolve systems, people and the ability to impact change. Discover practical models and tools to unlock your ability to lead in this new world of work. Your experience will begin with the famous Marshmallow Challenge, a simulation to reveal the hidden challenges in teamwork and leadership. Develop your understanding of the inner shift needed to unlock your leadership, create nurturing workplaces and high performance. We believe everyone is a leader, regardless of position, we all have the ability to lead and inspire those around us.
Management author Ken Blanchard wrote, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” And yet, most of us find giving feedback tricky, and receiving feedback hard to swallow. When we give feedback, we are often unclear or indirect, so we don’t help others make meaningful changes. And when we get feedback, we often experience it as a threat to our sense of identity, and react in ways that range from defensive and denial to dwelling and dramatizing. In this 90 minute session, you will learn a simple framework for giving effective feedback and for receiving feedback with less defensiveness.
How to Do What You Said You Would Do: Being Accountable to Yourself and Others, with Less Stress
Diana Bloom, Accountability Consultant
Wouldn’t it be great if we were judged by our intentions instead of our actions, or lack of action? Do you struggle to manage your tasks list, or wish you even had a task list? Would you like to raise the level of accountability for yourself and those you collaborate with? In this session we will learn actionable steps that can be implemented to achieve high productivity and efficiency, in order to bridge the gap between our intentions and our actions. Together we will discover systems and processes in order to prioritize, track and complete tasks with less stress. We will learn techniques for better clarity in task management, how to prevent tasks from falling through the cracks, and how to track work to completion.
Should we consider partnerships, mergers, integrations or collaborations across our community institutions, and if so, WHY? Answering these critical questions up front, in a way that is meaningful, exciting and inspirational for key stakeholders can dramatically change the success of any organization pursuing new and exciting partnership opportunities.