October 13, 2021 by Speakers' Spotlight
Building Stronger, Healthier Organizations Through Diversity and Inclusion
The world is changing at a rapid pace, and the importance of inclusion and diversity is clearer than ever. Too often systemic racism and barriers to career advancement have left the BIPOC community underrepresented in significant ways.
Our speakers challenge status quo thinking, and help audiences confront their unconscious bias to begin building a more equitable and inclusive world.
An internationally renowned speaker on the topics of unconscious bias and leadership, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is on a mission to make diversity the norm across the world. She draws on her own personal experience, along with research, to illustrate the impact bias has in a workplace and why transformative change is needed today. Leading an organization through this, however, is no easy feat. She arms leaders and teams with the tools of transformative leadership so we can all become the just and empowering leaders needed for the 21st century.
The Secret Power Behind High Performing Teams
The diversity in the workplace should reflect the diversity in the world, but systemic racism often prevents this. Anthony McLean challenges audiences to think critically about systemic racism, unconscious bias, and other hindrances to creating more inclusive workplace cultures. He shows why we need to move from being a non-racist to an anti-racist, the impact anti-black racism has on career advancement, and how to harness the power of being an ally to create actionable strategies that hire, promote, and protect under-represented people within our organizations.
Understanding the Black Experience and Becoming an Ally
Many would like to be an ally of the Black community, their employees and colleagues, and clients, but don’t know where to start. Lekan Olawoye is a passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress. He helps audiences lean into this important conversation, providing historical context and insights into the Black experience to give practical tools on how to become an intentional ally.
Cultivating Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
It’s easy to fall prey to common biases; Dr. Hadiya Roderique provides the solutions to avoid this in the future. As a young, black woman working on Bay Street, Hadiya delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada with her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” She draws on her personal experience to show audiences the barriers and challenges that exist to diversity and inclusion, and how to counter them. Diverse talent is often stymied at various phases within an organization, she says, but we can become allies to help those who face challenges in the workplace.
All Our Relations: Finding Our Path Forward
An award-winning Anishinaable journalist, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. She shares her in-depth knowledge on Indigenous culture and history across Canada and the world, to humanize the legacy of residential schools and colonization. She leaves audiences empowered through her hopeful message that we can learn from our past and set forward on a new path based inclusivity and equity.
Building Strong Business Culture
Now in his seventh season as the president of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri is an active voice in the social justice movement. His very public experience with racism during the 2019 NBA Championships sparked national and international headlines. With a proven ability to build strong business cultures, he brings attention to the importance of equity and inclusion in building strong and sustainable business cultures, and speaks passionately about the fight for equality and how we can work together to build a future without discrimination.
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