Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (DV221)
Organizations across America are implementing programs and strategies designed to help them manage and leverage D&I more effectively. Launching and sustaining a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative requires strategic planning that is based on sound methodology and a systemic approach that should be designed to address current realities of the business landscape.
This workshop offers:
- A framework that examines ten pillars of a systemic approach to D&I that is designed to sustain a focus on diversity and inclusion
- A process to launch, enhance or revitalize initiatives with thoughtful planning and sound methodology
- Developmental models and best practices to drive effectiveness and to sustain a D&I initiative
Examine and discuss:
- The need to articulate a clear link between diversity and organizational performance
- How to use key change drivers to guide the launch and sustainability of a D&I initiative
- D&I as an organizational development intervention
Approach and Features
In this two-day workshop, participants engage in highly interactive exercises and case studies to apply concepts. Networking opportunities with participants from different industries and sectors allow for the exchange of best practices from practitioners and D&I organizational leaders.
- The historical evolution of diversity and inclusion and the implications for designing and implementing D&I initiatives
- Understanding organizational readiness when launching an initiative
- Level-setting organizational understanding of diversity and inclusion
- Developing a strategic plan that is aligned with mission, vision and values
- The importance of a clear business rationale
- Communication and education as key pillars of the initiative
- Engaging employees across the organization
- Key internal and external stakeholders
- Accountability and measurement
- Rewards and recognition
Who Will Benefit
D&I leaders and practitioners, HR leaders and practitioners who want to understand current business trends and the implications for launching or re-energizing and sustaining existing D&I Initiatives.
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Lolita Chandler, President of The Chandler Group, 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.
The first twenty years of her professional life were spent as an educator in the New York City Public Schools where she worked as a classroom teacher, administrator and curriculum writer, and later as an Instructor in the School of Education at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
After a successful career in education, Lolita changed careers and entered the educational publishing industry. She joined Macmillan Publishing Company, working as a sales representative in order to understand the business, and later as a National Consultant, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Training and Staff development and Vice President of Urban Marketing. She also became licensed as a sales trainer, certified by Carew International.
While at Macmillan Publishing Company she made significant contributions to the development of the publication, "Reflecting Diversity: Multicultural Guidelines for Educational Publishing Professionals" published by Macmillan-McGraw Hill School Division. This publication provided guidelines for those developing and those evaluating instructional materials to examine such issues as sexism, racism, objectionable stereotypes, historical distortions and contextual invisibility in the content of materials.
Lolita was later promoted to a corporate position as Vice President of Diversity for The McGraw-Hill Companies. She also worked at Avon Products, Inc. as Director of Diversity.
Alvin A. Smith
Alvin A. Smith is President of AA Smith & Associates, LLC, a Delaware based management consulting firm founded in 1998, specializing in Executive Development and Strategic Diversity Management.
Al is a wonderful “storyteller” who provides a compelling firsthand account of the lessons he learned, and the experiences he endured during his career. He is uniquely qualified to discuss the “dimensions of leadership” as well as the cultural dynamics at every level of the company structure. He is a strong advocate for leveling the playing field by “managing diversity.”
Al has been recognized as a visionary leader who shares the principles that guided his life and fueled his remarkable career. His passionate presentations are provocative, bold, and insightful. His unique style is informative, entertaining, and inspirational.
Al is nationally known for his twenty years of leadership at Avon Products where he was instrumental in developing leading-edge diversity management strategies.
While at Avon, Al was responsible for working closely with senior management to design, develop and implement leadership development programs, including workplace flexibility programs and performance-based skill development. Such programs supported efforts in managing and understanding the dynamics of the business as it relates to diversity. Al was instrumental in helping Avon become a recognized global leader of diversity management and a model for other Fortune 500 companies.
Al is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Cornell University, teaching the Fundamentals of Diversity & Inclusion and The Emerging Trends of Diversity & Inclusion. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for The Black Achiever’s in Industry Council for the Harlem YMCA. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Institute for Global Ethics, a former member of the Executive Board of Directors for “Plays for Living”, and a former member of the Advisory Board of TouroCom Medical School.
Al has a Bachelor of Science in Management from New York University Stern Business School, a Marketing Management from Atlanta University Graduate School and is an American Management Association (AMA) certified trainer. Al is also a certified DiSC Behavioral Instructor. His other achievements include: Human Resource Specialist Training from the Walker Group.