How to Have Conversations About Race: 3 Critical First Steps

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On Demand

Duration: 1 hour

This is part 1 in a 2 part webinar series. Be sure to explore the second session, How to Have Conversations About Race: Leveraging 4 Key Skills

Talking about race is a layered and complex issue. Because of this, it’s easy for people to feel vulnerable, nervous, or even fearful about having these important conversations. But having them is essential for creating a truly inclusive work culture. So how do you even start?

Leveraging the same communication skills you use for any difficult discussion is key, but when it comes to having conversations about race, there are 3 concepts that you must understand before the conversation even starts in order for it to be a meaningful one — trust, identity, and power.

Join us for a discussion with Ancella Livers, an expert in the field of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and author of “Leading in Black and White,” and Nicole Forward of our executive coaching practice to gain valuable insights about the critical concepts that inform and lay the groundwork for any conversation about race, both in the workplace and beyond.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How trust, identity, and power play into any race conversation
  • Ideas for doing your own identity work
  • The difference between positional power and racial power and how they intersect in conversations about race

We understand how diversity and inclusion initiatives can help build a foundation for real change and greater business results. We can partner with your organization to create customized Equity, Diversity & Inclusion leadership solutions to shift mindsets, behaviors, and practices.

About the Presenters

Ancella Livers, PhD
Senior Faculty Member
Center for Creative Leadership

Ancella Livers is the senior faculty member on the Design and Delivery team at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), working with clients on gaining clarity around their leadership needs and creating dynamic solutions to meet those needs. While most of her clients have been in Fortune 500 companies, Livers has also worked with government agencies and nonprofits. Ancella has deep expertise on diversity issues, particularly those focusing on African Americans and women. Ancella is the co-author of the HBR classic, “Dear White Boss” and co-author of the book, Dear White Boss. She has also done a TEDx talk entitled, “Words Matter.”

Nicole Forward

Nicole Foward, MS
Leadership Solutions Partner, Executive Coaching
Center for Creative Leadership

Nicole leads CCL’s Executive Coaching efforts, where she is responsible for ensuring that the client and the coach work in partnership to support leaders within their unique cultural or company context. She has a unique expertise in team dynamics and is passionate about the impact of team coaching on the ecosystem of leadership. Prior to joining CCL, Nicole spent 20 years in leadership development, executive coaching, talent management, and diversity/equity/inclusion in a variety of industries including financial services, technology, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, government, education, and not-for-profits. She has been a buyer of Executive Coaching, assessments, talent management, and executive education programs and content, thus, she has an authentic client-centered approach that is both practical and connected to what really works to help an organization achieve their goals.

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