How to Have Conversations About Race: Leveraging 4 Key Skills

two women talking holding important conversations about race in the workplace

On Demand

Duration: 1 hour

This is part 2 in a 2-part webinar series. Be sure to explore the first session, How to Talk About Race: 3 Critical First Steps

About the Webinar  

Having conversations 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 being able to have candid conversations about race 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 essential concepts that you must understand before the conversation even starts in order for it to be meaningful — trust, identity, and power.

Join us for the second part of our 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 coaching practice to discover how to attune our signature 4-part conversational framework to help you have more powerful and effective conversations about race.

What You’ll Learn  

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage these 4 core conversational skills to hold conversations about race:
    • Listening to understand 
    • Asking powerful questions 
    • Challenging and supporting 
    • Establishing next steps 
  • How to lean into curiosity in unique ways to open the dialogue
  • How to ask questions to engage others and deepen the conversation

Organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives can help your people to have more trusting, open conversations with one another about race and other topics, building a foundation for real change and stronger results for your business. We can partner with you to create the conditions so that everyone across your organization can hold better conversations every day.

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 Forward, MS
Former Leadership Solutions Partner, Executive Coaching
Center for Creative Leadership

Nicole is the former lead of CCL’s Executive Coaching efforts, where she was 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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