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OD Toolkit Series - Getting "Back" to the Workplace - DEI as a Roadmap

  • July 12, 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Getting "Back" to the Workplace - DEI as a Roadmap

This training will be conducted live via Zoom.

The past year has been an eye-opening experience for employers and employees. As companies face tough questions about how to return to the workplace safely, they also face increasing pressure from employees who are discovering they don’t want to return to the workplace or business as usual. Even before the pandemic, 72% of millennial employees said they would leave their company for a more inclusive one (2017, Deloitte Inclusion Pulse Survey). In 2021, employees are demanding safe and inclusive work environments, anti-racism action, and leaders who take a stand on social issues. Leaders and organizations are scrambling to navigate the chronic ambiguity, manage with a trauma-informed approach, and re-define what an inclusive "workplace" actually means. In this interactive session, we'll explore how to create a more equitable and inclusive strategy for getting “back” to a workplace that works for everyone.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Define the business imperative for DEIB in creating a return to the workplace strategy.
  • List equity, inclusion and belonging challenges companies are facing re-defining what it means to "return to the workplace".
  • Practice a decision-making framework that centers inclusion, belonging and equity.
  • Reflect on their own strengths, skill gaps and biases.

About Your Facilitators

Cat offers 20+ years of strategic and tactical experience in organizational development, leadership, learning development, and people operations, including developing global programs, systems, partnerships, and frameworks that yield broad, dramatic impact. As a leadership development strategist, she helps leaders untangle complex roadblocks while strengthening DEI and team resilience. Having worked across sectors, she’s best known by her clients as being an outstanding relationship builder, diplomatic mentor, and catalyst for personal and political change who builds trust across verticals, teams and industries. Cat is sought after for her leadership development facilitation, coaching and inclusive approach to supporting executive leaders. She holds a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Peace Education, and a Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Development.  She loves ballroom dancing, gardening, watching videos of baby goats and helping women of color get elected to public office.

Kara is a Seattle-based organization development consultant who focuses on leadership and talent development, team effectiveness, and designing and facilitating inclusive and impactful meetings and retreats. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational to her practice, and Kara brings her unique perspective as a bi-racial person to the work.

Kara’s experience spans more than two decades and includes the non-profit, philanthropic, government, and private sectors. She recently rebooted her consulting business, Laverde Consulting, after serving as the Deputy Director for enterprise-wide learning and leadership development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and she’s currently working with several organizations to build readiness for new, more hybrid ways of working.

Kara has a BA from Smith College and received her MSW from the University of Washington.


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$40 Non members


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