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D&I SIG: Are We at a Tipping Point? Hot Topics and Tough Issues in the Workplace and Society
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When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: NYIT
16 West 61st Street
11th Floor
New York, New York 
United States
Contact: NYC SHRM

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Hot Topics and Tough Issues in the Workplace and Society: A Workshop for Action

Please join the Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group’s first session of the year, hosted by the New York Institute of Technology.

Special guests:

Lolita Chandler

Owner, The Chandler Group and Former Vice President of Diversity at McGraw-Hill Companies and Director of Diversity at Avon. Lolita is also an Instructor for Cornell University. Lolita combines her many years of experience promoting diversity and multiculturalism in education and business, to offer coaching and consulting services in the areas of Culture and Multiculturalism, and also Diversity and Inclusion to business, education and not-for-profit organizations.


Jackie Kellso

President, PointMaker Communications and the “Retrain your Brain” expert, is a brain-based coach and communications and interpersonal skills trainer. Jackie brings over two decades worth of sales and sales management experience for high-profile media companies such as The New Yorker, New York Magazine, A&E Network, Viacom and Hearst Magazines.


About This Session:

Organizations are operating in rapidly changing times. Companies and Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives are being impacted not only by changing demographics, rapid advances in technology and globalization, but also societal dynamics. Societal challenges such as political polarization, debates over immigration and tax reform, hate crimes, police brutality, terrorism and transphobia all filter into the workplace. Sometimes the effects are direct, yet sometimes they are indirect.

People most enjoy a workplace when they are around others with whom they like and have mutual respect.  This is because as humans, our core needs include recognition and belonging. However, because we are wired for this comfort, any opposition to this safety can create a sense of threat, fear, uncertainty, and isolation. When this happens, the environment becomes toxic; productivity drops and retention diminishes. We need to be proactive to address increasing complexities (as well as the unexpected that can come our way). 

Leaning into our discomfort and building greater awareness and understanding (while being equipped with tools) will support us.

In this dynamic and interactive session, we are going to understand why diversity triggers a lack of safety to the brain, and what we can do to rewire ourselves for embracing people for their differences, while dismantling old -- and frequently unconscious -- beliefs.  We are also going to practice a communication technique that helps create a 'borderless' environment, where we can discover the commonality that exists between us all and build community amongst our differences.

Take Aways: You will walk away with a “Tool Kit” for dealing with tough issues; forge new connections, and leave the event with insights about what you and your organizations can do to support a healthy culture.

Please join us for connecting, learning and growing with a networking reception before the session.


Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time 6:00 pm Registration & Networking until 6:30 pm. Program 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: New York Institute of Technology, 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 

Must present photo ID at front desk

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