Our aim for this series is to provide an opportunity for individuals and organizations to engage diverse residents and employees from multiple sectors in the Quad Cities region, broaden their networks, and enhance their awareness of diversity issues.
For this Multicultural speaker series, Michelle Hyde will focus on diversity and inclusion conversations at work. Workplaces are diverse environments comprised of employees with many different backgrounds and experiences. Employees want to say the "right thing" to each other but are not always comfortable broaching discussions around race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and other facets of diversity that impact the workplace. Too often, leaders are at a loss to know how to effectively manage sensitive workplace conversations. Instead of shying away, leaders - and all employees - can seek to engage in conversations and model understanding that will lead to greater inclusivity. This timely presentation will provide a framework for holding constructive conversations that promote a welcoming, comfortable, and inclusive work culture for all employees, resulting in greater engagement, empathy, and stronger teams.
- Discuss the critical roles diversity and inclusion play in a positive work culture.
- Introduce a conversation framework for managing employees and engaging with peers with differing perspectives.
- Promote trust and empathy within teams.
- Review what you should and should not say, including language for interrupting inappropriate discourse on the job.
About our speaker, Michelle Hyde:
The word most often used to describe Michelle Hyde is enthusiastic. Whether discussing the importance of a respectful workplace or the new novel she can’t put down, there is no doubt Michelle will bring her enthusiasm for training and development to your organization. A seasoned storyteller, Michelle’s interactive and upbeat style will keep your team energized and engaged.
Michelle’s expertise is in diversity and inclusion, employee experience, coaching, and event planning. She skillfully facilitates difficult conversations while optimizing learning using current training methods, active engagement, and tailoring to the needs of an individual. Michelle has worked on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team of a Fortune 100 company and in the fields of financial services, manufacturing, higher education, and national health nonprofits.