NWA 45TH ANNUAL MEETING
R.A.C.E. Panel - Wednesday, September 16 @ 4 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. EDT
Guest speakers and conversation moderators Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene, founders of From Privilege to Progress
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In response to the racial injustice recently witnessed in our country, the NWA President called for the formation of an ad-hoc team to help find ways that our members can feel safe and supported as we work together to address racial inequality and inclusion in our field.
During the annual meeting, the NWA R.A.C.E. (Race and Current Events) Ad-hoc team has put together an engaging panel discussion focused on helping us learn ways to desegregate the conversation about race and racism. Guest speakers and conversation moderators Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene, founders of From Privilege to Progress will briefly recount their lived experiences related to the Starbucks incident and its implications for understanding what racism looks like today.
They will follow with a moderated full group conversation about the importance of individual change and the ways in which it creates a culture of authentic inclusion and diversity in the workplace, a healthy and profitable business, and a more equal and just society. Empathy, active listening, reflection and reframing will be essential elements of the discussion.
The speakers and participants will draw conclusions collaboratively, and the speakers will summarize practical application for participants’ daily lives. Outcomes include heightened awareness, a readiness for deeper work and personal accountability toward authentic organizational culture change, and a common language with which to continue the conversation within the organization and in everyday life.
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