2023 Series Workshops

Why this Series?

Optimize your DEI impact: Practice equity & inclusion everyday

By the end of this Series, whether a person attends one, two, three or all six sessions, they will have learned ways to practice equity and foster inclusion every day, thereby contributing to DEI having a greater impact in their organization.

Session 6

Thurs., November 9, 2023

The power of us: Organizing effective DEI communities


Lily Zheng

How do we use collaboration to ensure progress on DEI?

Learn about the power of “us”: DEI task forces, councils, employee resource and business groups, and networks.

Collaborative approaches draw on the lived experiences of diverse groups and are key to influencing change.

These groups provide a forum for crucial conversations, sharing feedback on lived experiences and building trust in a safe place.

Explore how collaborative groups can impact the workplace positively.

Session 5

Thurs., September 21, 2023

Learn why lived experiences matter


Marlon Gibson

Do you hear when a person is expressing their cultural background and lived experience?

Can you recognize “context” in a situation where there is meaning beyond the words being spoken?

Explore the lived experiences of marginalized and underrepresented groups—the lens, backgrounds, traditions and cultures they bring that are frequently not considered or listened to, particularly in white dominant organizations.

Session 4

Thurs., June 29, 2023 

Advance equity in your organization: Tell stories with a systems lens


Minal Bopaiah

Unlike inclusion, equity is rarely a daily practice. Rather, it is the outcome of fair & just systems & structures (think policies & procedures). Yet, regardless of our role, there are things we can do to advance equity in our organizations.

Whether you’re a member of an ERG, a DEI council leader or a leader with formal decision-making power, you’ll leave this Session with an understanding of why a systems-thinking approach is an essential DEI skillset, & how you can use storytelling to advance equity.

Session 3

Wed., May 17, 2023

Engage people in ways that open their minds to change


David McRaney

How do you converse with people who disagree that DEI is important in the workplace?

Learn how minds change, and how to be more effective in influencing individuals (about DEI or anything else).

Learn the psychology of how people modify and change their beliefs, attitudes and values—and how to apply that knowledge to whatever needs changing.

Session 2

Thurs., March 23, 2023

Sharpen your DEI emotional intelligence


Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan

How do we ensure that our emotions do not sabotage our relationships with people different from ourselves?

Emotions have always been part of DEI work, but perhaps not always acknowledged or leveraged effectively. Emotions arise because DEI addresses who we are—how we identify ourselves, the perspectives that we bring, and what we believe is important.

Session 1

Thurs., January 26, 2023

Develop & enhance your everyday practices to foster equity & inclusion


Bernardo M. Ferdman

How can we help create the conditions that will bring inclusion to life?

How do we help everyone feel that they belong and are safe, valued, heard & treated fairly?

Dr. Ferdman has conceptualized inclusion as a practice. It involves everyday behavior and organizational and social systems. People will experience both comfort & discomfort.

HR Continuing Education Credit:

Our 2.5-hour Learning Sessions provide 2.50 HR (general) re-certification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI), toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™.  

Live virtual Sessions and recordings:

ALL Sessions are being conducted live virtually on the dates listed above.  Each session runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Webinar recordings: If granted permission by the Session presenter(s), we will share the webinar recording with registered individuals for 4 weeks after each Session.


American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, by certified interpreters are scheduled for the entire 2023 NWDLS. If you need an accommodation, please contact Series Project Manager Amira Lions, amira.lions@i4sdi.org to discuss additional accessibility options. Requests MUST be made at least TWO weeks prior to the session.


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