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August Presentation - Faith, Culture, Texture, and Color: Exploring Inclusivity Above the Neckline

  • August 15, 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Renee A. Freeman              Holly Benner                  Lloyd Wilkey

Faith, Culture, Texture, and Color: Exploring Inclusivity Above the Neckline

This training will be conducted live via Zoom. 

Organizations rely on Organization Development Practitioners, Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, and Dialogue Facilitators to accurately assess when there is subtext blocking communication in cross-cultural spaces. However, if practitioners misinterpret implicit and explicit verbal, written, and visual queues, the effect on deliverables such as environmental scans, desktop reviews, and T-groups can be devastating. Understanding inclusivity above the neckline can help you ask the right questions during client engagements.

Inclusivity above the neckline is a rich study area filled with nuance and multiple layers of intersectionality. Gaining a deeper understanding of this area of academics and lived experiences can improve your client deliverables and your deployment of self-as-instrument. Join consultants from Freeman Consulting & Associates, Atomic Performance, and The Mindful Policing Institute in discussing inclusivity above the neckline.

This session will:

  • Introduce you to the Above the Neckline Inclusivity model developed by Freeman Consulting & Associates.

  • Make connections between the model and the work of Marilyn Loden's and Judy Rosener's diversity framework and ways to integrate the model as a preparatory step for principle-based planning meetings like Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisbord's Future Search.

  • Give you an opportunity to join one of two Above the Neckline Inclusivity discussion groups that will cover applications for and trends in: 

  1. Sports Performance Consulting
  2. Security & Law Enforcement T-groups

About Your Presenter

Renée A. Freeman (she, her) is an Executive Coach and the Principal and owner of Freeman Consulting​ & Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI). Ms. Freeman brings over twenty years of experience in leadership development to organizations. She is a global DEI and large systems practitioner, working with clients across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas with over twenty years of experience in leadership development as an internal and external consultant.

As an executive coach, she designs programs for the VP level and above to have deep conversations on uncomfortable topics regarding intersectional dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, accessibility, and, when applicable, justice. As an organization development practitioner, she helps organizations take a systems approach to change and be strategic about long-range and short-range inclusivity roadmaps.

Trained in Future Search Methodologies, T-groups, and large systems dialogics, she meets regularly with the Future Search Network and other professional organizations. She is an alumna of Pepperdine University's Master of Science in Organization Development and Antioch University.

Her past and present board service include Executive Co-chair of Pepperdine MSOD Alumni Council, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the International Society for Performance Improvement - Southern California (ISPI SoCal), Tech Director for The Association for Talent Development - Los Angeles (ATD-LA), and MSOD Careers Committee Co-chair (home of the MSOD Guilds). She is MBTI certified.

Holly Benner (she, her) is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and the Principal and owner of Atomic Performance, LLC. As a former professional athlete, Ms. Benner approaches organizational development like an athlete by focusing on obtaining important outcomes through systems designed for performance. She believes our modern workplace needs systems, processes, and policies designed with individuals in mind more now than ever before. 

Ms. Benner brings 15+ years of experience in Learning & Development within government, corporate, and higher education environments. Ms. Benner is also a coach and mentor, working with clients across the globe. Holly was recognized as the Most Outstanding Master’s Student in the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences at Clemson University. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at Agnes Scott College. 

Lloyd Wilkey (he, him)  is the Founder and CEO of The Mindful Policing Institute (MPI), a think tank and training institute dedicated to public safety, crime reduction, restorative and procedural justice. Mr. Wilkey's work with organizations, communities, and law enforcement encompasses thirty years of consulting, coaching, training, facilitation, youth mentorship, and activism. You may recognize his voice from The Mindful Policing Institute series on YouTube.

Mr. Wilkey's clients include Claremont McKenna College, The Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles), the Anti-Defamation League (National), and the Diversity & Inclusion firm Brook Graham. His projects include "Combat Hate!" addressing online hate and extremism, and "The Tools for Tolerance® for Law Enforcement" program (CA P.O.S.T. certified), addressing the intersection of "serve and protect" with increased cultural competency (CQ).

Zoom meeting will get sent directly upon registration.

This event is part of PNODN's quarterly theme Designing Good Work. In this series we will explore the intentional creation of frameworks, lenses, and processes that help us to liberate our authentic selves and do better at doing good. Be sure to check out all our courses and equip yourself with the tools to support your organizations and yourself.


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6:15 – 7:45 pm   Presentation

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