Understanding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
Fostering DIVERSITY and improving INCLUSION are vital to a positive and EQUITABLE working environment.
Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging consultants will start off by intaking your company's goals, and then propose a 3-5 month plan based on the following:
Conduct a Needs Assessment
Evaluate existing data – demographic breakdowns, turnover, retention, current strategy, etc.
Meet with C-Suite Leadership to groups of ERGs –Conducting quantitative and qualitative data
Evaluate the Why & Gaps behind the data; as well as company motivation factors
Establish Goals & Roadmap & Measurables
Short & Long-Term Goals & Action Items
Recommend and implement training and coaching needed – consultant facilitated and additional FitPros topic/roster recommendations
Once the Program is implemented – next steps evaluated for sustainability
Consultant will continue to check in on a set cadence to make sure they are still progressing, if any other trainings are to be repeated, to hold them accountable for their long term goals, etc.
DEIB Health Talks
Enhancing Belonging and Inclusion of Women in Your Organization
Women are a key to the success of any organization, as evidence suggests that gender diverse companies are exponentially more likely to yield financial returns above industry medians. However, unconscious biases adversely affect women's sense of belonging and ability to access support at work. In this workshop, we will discuss well-researched obstacles impacting women, as well as actionable steps to override biases and create an inclusive and empowering workspace for all.
Room for Everyone
The definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. In order to create "Room for Everyone," we must stop continuously being judgmental. Getting out of judgment, and into question and possibility, will allow one to obtain personal peace and healthier relations with those around them. In this workshop you will learn how to be more present, how to have strategic awareness and how to be courageously kind. Doing so will not only empower the unique races and sexes in your workspace with the 'room' they need, but also help them to appreciate the gifts of their colleagues who are different than them.
Fact Based Methods for Fostering Health Relationships
In this talk, participants will discover how to bring a deeper level of presence, strategic awareness, and courageous kindness to relationships. Participants will be empowered to shift and clear their clutter; provided with lifelong tools for greater ease; guided to create a framework that makes relationships a creation point -- moving away from contracting limiting beliefs; and supported to invite the ideas of honor, allowance, vulnerability, and gratitude, to foster healthy relationships and provide a strong foundation for one's entire family life.
That’s Not Funny! Or Is It? - Cultural Misappropriation
To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? I don’t think so! Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.
I am... Safe Zone: Sticks & Stones LGBT 101
What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.
White people talking––and doing something about––racism
More and more White folks are realizing they need to do something about racism, but they’re not sure how to get started. This session is meant to be a psychologically safe space for White people to actively participate in a conversation about racism. Participants will read and respond to “conversation starters”, be self-reflective and vulnerable, ask questions, make mistakes, share stories, and get comfortable being uncomfortable. The facilitator will not tell people “what to do”; rather, will guide the group discussion so that participants can listen to, learn from, and support one another in coming up with and committing to individual and collective concrete anti-racist actions and behaviors in the spaces and communities they inhabit.
Compassionate and Informed Communication
Are you responding or are you reacting? Is your intent aligned with your impact? Is your attachment to your views lessening the influence of your words on others? In this session, we will explore communications techniques rooted in listening, mindfulness, empathy, and curiosity; discuss the difference between being right and getting it right; and examine the intrinsic motivations that drive our desire to share our opinions.
Mental Health and Marginalized Communities
An opportunity to come together to bring up topics that are normally not discussed in the workspace. Shift the understanding of what it means to discuss race/ethnicity, gender, queerness, etc in the workplace and identify the positives of doing so. Let's look at how these things show up where you work, how it affects you and what is needed to make lasting, significant changes.
Building Inclusive Workplace Cultures
The evidence is clear -- diverse workplaces do better. Companies often focus on getting people in the door, but an imperative component to the diversity equation is building an inclusive culture that inspires people to stay and truly feel like they belong. This session aims to provide participants with basic insights into why underrepresented groups may feel excluded in the workplace; describe the psychological implications of workplace exclusion; and identify practical, behavioral steps employees and organizations can take to foster an inclusive work environment.
Psychological research has well-documented the devastating effect racism has on the mental health and well-being of people of color. This session reviews America’s history of racism and racial terrorism. The goal of the session is to educate participants about the history and traumatic impact of racism, and to provide information on strategies to address the consequences of racism.
Diversity and Social Justice: A Starting Place
Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that the user or learner can utilize in their own lives immediately. Regardless of each participant’s identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships.
Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.
Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections
We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart whether that is on the other side of the country, continent, or planet. And while we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. We may be well intended when we enter or step back from a conversation. We know better, but what we don’t know how to do is fix it right?
Make sure that everyone understands what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as you are. Spoiler alert – its not about them – it is all about you!
I am… Safe Zone: Gender This!
Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here!
What’s my role in social justice?
Everybody has a role to play in the social justice movement. In this session, participants will become familiar with the many different roles in the social change ecosystem––from disrupters to guides to storytellers and many more––and identify which ones match their skill set, experience, and temperament. We will explore practical applications for each role in various professional, social, and cultural contexts.
Helping others to become an ally and how to be an effective ally
Everyone is on their own unique journey to be an ally. Recognizing where you are on that journey helps you understand where you’ve come from and where you still have to go. In this session, we will discuss the four stages of the allyship continuum, the characteristics of each stage, and how you can help others become better allies as you move along the continuum.
Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
Although mental health can often be a topic we rarely want to discuss, especially in the workplace, it appears employees are now advocating for their employers to invest in their mental health. But, due to stigma, employees often avoid disclosing mental health issues to their co-workers or managers due to fear of losing their job or damaging their reputation. However, the workplace environment can be one of the most important places to address mental health issues, as work is a major part of our lives, it is where we spend much of our time. In addition, it is vital more than ever for organizations to be aware of populations including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color), women, LGBTQ+, who may be at a higher risk of developing mental health issues due to the unrelenting forces of discrimination. There are many effective actions organizations can take to promote mental health in the workplace. This session aims to increase awareness of the mental health experience among marginalized groups, improve ability to identify common behavioral and physical indicators of mental health issues, and enhance manager’s competency to help aid employees seeking and/or ways to increase access to mental health support through effective communication and behavioral strategies.
Shift Exclusion into Inclusion
To begin shifting a company culture towards inclusion for all, it's imperative to define what exclusion is (some might not even know they are doing it). In this talk we'll define microaggressions and how they directly affect their colleagues.
Employees will learn actionable steps to foster inclusion such as: how to identify and live their values, how to compassionately call others out and call people in, how to navigate difficult conversations and appreciate diversity for what it truly is.. Employees will leave armed with the information and tools needed to establish stronger relationships and enhance their workplace culture.
Lifting Up Transgender Equality and Inclusion
Successful companies across the country are recognizing the value in supporting inclusivity of gender expression in their employees, their clients, and their communities. This Health Talk will help participants deepen their understanding of the trans experience and identify practical steps employees and organizations can take to foster a more inclusive work environment for everyone.
Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self and Others
Have you experienced an optical illusion where you don’t initially see all of the options? Was the dress blue with gold stripes? Were you team Laurel or Yanny? Can you see the rabbit and the duck?
Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. This is why we may assume there is a monster in the garage when we haven’t experienced an earthquake before – we literally don’t have the experience to pull from to understand what is happening. We believe what we know – whether we know it or not.
Take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. The role of perception is directly linked to all that we are conscious of as well as all of the stuff we aren’t! We must learn our habits to be able to be open to understand something we don’t understand.
Being a Better Ally to All
Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.
I am… Safe Zone: Messages I Learned
Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn't easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one's past to better inform our futures.
Parenting - how to talk to your children and family about race
Kids recognize race from a very young age. It is often parents’ reluctance to discuss race openly with their kids that leads to awkward conversations, lack of racial fluency, and a deepening of implicit and explicit racial biases. In this session, we will explore philosophical mindsets and concrete actions parents can take to normalize the conversation about race with their children and family.
Messages I Learned: Gender
Join us for a session where we go back to where it all began! Doing social justice work and understanding our individual roles can be challenging if we don’t first look inwards at what we have come to know about ourselves and we have learned throughout our experiences. Attendees will be welcomed to this safe zoned conversation, invited to participate in an activity known as “Messages I Learned,” and discuss/identify the next appropriate steps in one’s ally/advocacy work. This talk will focus on what can be done at the company level all the way down to the individual level to ensure equality.
Additional Talk Topics Include:
Microaggressions (During COVID and Beyond)
Wellbeing Discussions for Marginalized Groups & Allies
LGBTQAI - Understanding the acronym, its continued growth, and the value
Science of Unconscious bias - unlearning racism
Representation: Power, Resistance and Media in American Politics
COVID & the isms - understanding and challenging ageism, ableism, xenophobia, racism, and classism
Equality vs. Equity How to create a more inclusive environment for all marginalized communities
Education and acceptance of other belief systems in a world that does not always make this easy