“Best Practices in DEI” Series — Module 2: “Leader & Governance Role DEI” April 27 Online PEN Workshop

04/27/2022 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This module is the second of seven in an ongoing Best Practices in DEI Series.  Each are intended to be stand-alone, or you can participate in the full series.  Dates and topics of other modules listed below.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve all be made aware (or powerfully reminded) of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our organizations and our communities.  The imperative is clear: inclusion and racial equity optimizes organizational performance and societal outcomes — not only for people of color, but for everyone.  But wanting to be more inclusive and actually being more inclusive are usually two very distinct conditions.  The latter takes work: policy and system changes, education and discernment, intentionality and constant effort.

The Performance Excellence Network — in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence — is pleased to host a special online workshop series: “Best Practices in DEI.”  The series will be seven stand-alone half-day modules and can either be attended “ala carte” or as a complete series.  The content is uniquely aligned with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework, exploring many facets of diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of this proven Framework (though your organization does not have to be officially using Baldrige to benefit from the value of this series!). The second module is Wednesday, April 27: “Leader & Governance Role in DEI.”  (Other module dates and topics listed below.)

The series will feature seven half-day online workshops — highly interactive discussions that will explore results-based methods and proven effective practices that will help organizations better appreciate diversity; improve inclusion within its workforce, supplier network, and marketplace; and promote greater equity within their organizational systems.  Participants will walk away from each session with a tool, a template, and/or a process – all carefully designed or curated by experienced DEI experts.

Each workshop will be facilitated from a combination of leading experts in DEI:

  • Lisa Tabor, President & Owner, CultureBrokers LLC
  • Sandra Ogunremi, DHA, Spiritual Care Services, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Monument Health, Rapid City SD
  • Jessica Shryack, PhD, Organizational Consultant and founder of Clarity Collaborations
  • Catherine Davis, Program Director, Diversity Council
  • Plus other DEI experts to be added throughout the series!

Session 2 is April 27 from 9:00-1:00 CT and will focus on DEI leadership & governance.  In this session, we will examine the fundamentals in leading & governing for diversity and inclusion as identified by the Baldrige Framework, ISO requirements, and other standard-setting bodies. Participants will also stretch to explore the leading edge of both theory and practice to drive a level of racial equity commensurate with America’s promise. Attendees will walk away from this session with a list of basic DEI governance standards, an understanding of how role model organizations are governing for DEI, and insights into next-level DEI governance. Specifically, the main areas of this workshop include:

  • Part 1 – Fundamentals
    • Defining the governance role in DEI
    • Standards of governance for DEI
      • Promoting a DEI commitment
      • Modeling DEI motivation & ability
      • Inclusive work & organizational decision-making
      • Acting ethically & accountably
    • Poll/assessment: Explore the extent to which your own organization meets these basic standards
    • Exploring role models in leadership/governance in DEI — Baldrige winners and other high performing organizations
  • Part 2 – The Leading Edge
    • Looking ahead to next-level standards for DEI governance
    • Exploring exemplars pushing the envelope, identifying best/better practices to incorporate into your organization’s systems

For those interested in participating in the full series (and benefiting from a series discount, basically getting 2 modules free!) – the rest of the series topics are here:

  • Session 1 (Jan 20): Leading DEI
  • Session 2 (April 27): Governance role in DEI and learning from Baldrige winners, national role models’ DEI efforts
  • Session 3 (July 19): Unconscious bias: understanding and adjusting our prejudices and becoming better allies
  • Session 4 (Sept 15): Planning a DEI effort; assessing intercultural competencies; integrating DEI into other organizational initiatives
  • Session 5 (Nov 8): Creating more inclusive, equitable work environment, such as recruiting/hiring, managing change, work accomplishment including job structure/design, more inclusive benefits & policies
  • Session 6 (Jan 24, 2023): Creating more inclusive, equitable workforce processes, such as embedding DEI into drivers of workforce engagement, creating a more inclusive organizational culture, integrating DEI into performance management/accountability processes, integrating DEI into training & career development
  • Session 7 (date TBD April/May 2023): Building DEI into customer-facing systems (listening methods, segmentation, relationship management and fair treatment, access/support, and satisfaction determination); building DEI into core operations (design/management of key products and work processes, selecting/managing supply network); and measuring DEI efforts.

If attending “ala carte,” each workshop is $200 for PEN/WCPE members ($400 for non-members).  Teams of 3-4 members $175/each; teams of 5+ are $150/each.

Investment for the full series is $1000 (for members only).

Most of us — as leaders, professionals, and just as people — understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and realize that we need to make changes to improve our organizations and communities.  Come explore how to improve make true process and system changes that improve our work environments – to truly move the needle on becoming more inclusive, equitable organizations that produce real, sustainable results.

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