How Psychological Safety Boosts the Success of DEI Initiatives

CCL Webinar: How Psychological Safety Boosts the Success of DEI Initiatives

On Demand

Duration: 1 hour

About the Webinar

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives continue to be a strategic priority for many organizations. But even in a diverse organization, some team members may hesitate to voice their thoughts, questions, and concerns. That’s why fostering psychological safety at work is essential to building a culture of trust, creativity, and collaboration. 

Our research study involving nearly 300 leaders over 2+ years, found that teams with high degrees of psychological safety reported higher levels of performance and lower levels of conflict.

Join us as we chat with Joshua Dodds, DEI Specialist and Talent Program Manager at Equitable, and The Conference Board to share specific stories and practical examples of how promoting psychological safety improves organizational performance and enhances DEI initiatives.

What You’ll Learn

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to focus on historically marginalized groups in the current landscape and the significance of psychological safety in a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • How to improve drive DEI initiatives with an increased focus on elements that foster psychological safety.
  • How mental health resources are an important component of DEI programs to increase participants’ success.
  • How to strategize to cultivate an environment where all team members can confidently contribute their unique perspectives.

About the Presenters

Dennis John

Dennis John, Ph.D.
Leadership Solutions Partner, EDI Practice
Center for Creative Leadership 

Dennis serves as a Leadership Solutions Partner in CCL’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Practice where he focuses on designing and delivering leadership development initiatives for individuals at all leader levels.

He has over 20 years of experience in the higher education and nonprofit sectors and is also the chief executive officer of Without Exception (WE), an organization dedicated to helping companies achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Dennis earned is PhD in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Joshua Dodds headshot

Joshua Dodds, M.Ed.
DEI Specialist & Talent Program Manager

Josh serves as DEI Specialist and Talent Program Manager on the Taskforce to Advance Racial Equity at Equitable where he works to define and deliver the DEI vision, strategy, and goals across the organization to build a culture of inclusion. He also oversees Equitable’s Black Excellence Program, which is a talent development program for black employees at all levels.

Josh has more than 14 years of experience as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional, and his previous experience includes multiple roles in higher education supporting faculty, staff, and students in exercising inclusive teaching practices. Josh holds a Masters of Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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