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Silence is a Statement: Understanding Race in the Workplace
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When: Thursday, May 17
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Where: The Conference Center at Bentley University
175 Forest Street
LaCava Campus Center #300
Waltham, Massachusetts  02452
United States
Contact: Karen Murphy

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Schedule Snapshot:

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Networking
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM New Member Orientation
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Program, Silence is a Statement: Understanding Race in the Workplace 
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
11:00 AM Program Concludes
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch (for Workshop registrants only - additional fees apply)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Workshop, Beyond Unconscious Bias: Shifting Behavior from Intention to Impact (additional fees apply)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions with Allison Manswell (2 sessions available to Member Internals only) 

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Silence is a Statement: Understanding Race in the Workplace

As you know there are many complicated reasons why we, as a nation and as individuals, often avoid discussing race at work. Whereas there may be particular situations where this approach is appropriate, the collective impact is that we cannot solve for what we can’t talk about. As a result, significant disparities in hiring, development, promotion and salary continue to exist along racial lines. Current events are demonstrating a strong need to finally address this topic openly and help move us forward as a nation.

This session addresses race from two angles:

1)      What insight does an individual need to understand the issues related to race?

2)      What can each of us do to improve relationships at work?

Using a series of experiential and interactive approaches, participants will leave the session having had a personally moving and professionally empowering experience. 


Beyond Unconscious Bias: Shifting Behavior from Intention to Impact

This workshop will immediately follow the May Program at 11:30 am - 2:00pm and includes lunch.  Space is limited and registration is $49 for members and $99 for non-members. 

We have become comfortable accepting that workplace bias is unconscious and unintentional. Yes, and it continues to be a barrier to our business results. So, what do we do now? Research shows that individual and organizational behavior shifts by:  
a. focusing on the related dynamics that perpetuate the disparities that exist in hiring, promotion and overall interactions
b. measuring the behavior change we want to see
c. implementing accountability measures to sustain progress

This instructor-led training is designed to focus on mitigating the impact of bias in key situations and installing long-term behavior change. 

By the end of this session, participants will:
understand how bias impacts interviews, performance evaluations and promotion decisions
recognize the dynamics that lie beneath the bias; and
be ready to take new actions to minimize its impact

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Would you like one hour of dedicated time with Allison Manswell to ask questions and seek advice?  This one-on-one coaching session could have a transformational impact on you and your organization. 

Allison will hold two 1-hour coaching sessions following her workshop from 2pm - 5pm. 

This opportunity is available to Member Internals only. 

The two winners of this opportunity will be notified in late April.


Allison Manswell, CPLP, Path Forward Consulting

Allison V. Manswell, CPLP is a seasoned HR and talent management professional with experience working with Fortune 100 companies like Exelon, PepsiCo, Lowe’s, State Farm, Johnson & Johnson. Her expertise includes organizational, leadership and executive development, diversity and inclusion. She has held leadership roles responsible for strategy, execution, profit & loss and employee development.

In addition to the industry credential as a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), Allison holds an MBA in leadership. She also holds in BA in Justice and Law Enforcement from the University of Winnipeg where she started her career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Allison has also been an adjunct faculty member in classroom and online learning environments for Bachelor and Masters degree programs.

Allison is the author of Listen In: Crucial Conversations on Race in the Workplace and serves as a thought leader and advocate for issues in the African-American community. Her other publications include The Champions’ Ride: Success Skills from an SUV, a character-building curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students used in school systems nationally and internationally. Allison enjoys working with adults as a career coach and mentoring youth. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of three ‘millenial roommates’ who inspire her every day.

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