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Building a More Inclusive Workplace

A 4-week series for measuring and improving DEI at your company

Topic: Business
Nicole Sanchez

For the last several years, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has dominated tech headlines. Companies are beginning to understand that DEI is a vital part of a healthy and successful company. But in the wake of COVID-19 and the resurgence of the Movement for Black Lives, how will this work shift? Will companies stay committed to DEI? And how can we leverage the best practices of inclusion to create sustainable business practices in this challenging time?

Join Nicole Sanchez, the tech industry’s premier consultant for DEI, for a four-part series on where DEI is going next and how companies can move beyond rhetoric and into action. Through insightful presentations—with ample time for Q&A—you’ll learn what you can do to build a more inclusive workplace, how to have difficult but necessary conversations about DEI at your workplace, which metrics really matter, and how to hire and mentor with DEI as a central part of your strategy.

With today’s registration, you’ll be automatically signed up for all four sessions in the Building a More Inclusive Workplace series.

Week 1: How Is My Company Doing on DEI? 5 Things to Look at to Figure It Out

In the first course, Nicole will share practical ways to assess how your own organization is doing with DEI. You’ll familiarize yourself with the terms and benefits of a more diverse and inclusive workplace, understand which metrics really matter for DEI, and learn how to have the conversation with leaders to make improvements in this area. You’ll leave with some tools you can immediately use to start building a more inclusive workplace.

Week 2: Inclusion—Centering the Most Marginalized Voices

  • This session addresses one of the central tenets of DEI work: how to center the experiences of the most marginalized employees to create a company culture where people from all backgrounds thrive.
  • Guest speaker: Dominique Turrentine: is a Manager at the Chan Zuckerberg (CZI) Initiative with over a decade of experience working in the social sector. Dominique’s core function at CZI is ensuring that individuals and teams across the organization stay connected to our org-wide mission and understand their role in building a future for everyone. Before moving into her internal-facing position, she managed the CZI Community Fund, CZI’s responsive grantmaking program that supports non-profits in San Mateo County.
  • Guest speaker: Nariman Gathers: Nariman does process. they turn the mushiness of humaning (being a person) into discrete, discernible task flow. nari has used this superpower to help design communications identity at Code2040, build and sustain distributed teams at GitHub, and tackle some of the nation’s most pressing issues with the ACLU. they currently manage incident communication at Slack, and teach about the design of self at Stanford’s D.School. they are a proud plant dad, a neurodiversity advocate, and will cry about friend-shaped objects.
  • Guest speaker: Sean-Claude Neufville: Sean-Claude is a Jamaican-born Trans activist who migrated to The Netherlands as an asylum seeker in 2015. Because of his love for healing and community building, Sean-Claude founded Freedom Work NL as well as Man.ish Cave, an organization that supports BPOC transmasculine people in and around Amsterdam, where he also resides. Sean-Claude is a storyteller who shares his experiences and knowledge to create awareness and visibility for Black queer and trans issues. He is a core member of Black Queer and Trans Resistance and a coordinator with COC Amsterdam. He also does consulting on queer, trans, and Black liberation issues for projects supported by the Municipality of Amsterdam and other organsiation located but not limited to the city of Amsterdam.

Week 3: How to Start Talking About Race at Work; Diversification Isn't All About Hiring, But It's a Good Place to Start.

  • Guest speaker: Y-Vonne Hutchinson: Y-Vonne (she/her) believes that big problems require big toolkits. She loves using interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex problems, and is most happy when she is building a bridge between research and practice. Prior to launching ReadySet, she worked as an international labor and human rights lawyer for nearly a decade. She has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace. She’s presented on diversity, inclusion, and labor issues at Harvard Law, MIT Sloan, and UC Berkeley, as well as conferences around the globe. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School. She also serves on the Women of Color Council for the Anita Borg Institute. Her favorite pastimes include baking pie, playing with her puppy, traveling, and watching unfortunate action movies.
  • Now that you understand the basics of DEI in your company, it’s time to develop the skills to discuss one of the foundational facets of this work: race and ethnicity. Against the backdrop of the Movement for Black Lives, this session will tackle the why and how of race and racism in the workplace, including skills for navigating conversations on race with colleagues, managers, and executives.
  • In this session, you’ll focus on diversity: recruitment, interviewing, removing bias from the hiring process, and how to lay a strong foundation for diversity even if your organization isn’t currently hiring. There’s a lot to do to get ready to change the way you hire, and there’s no time like the present to get started.

Week 4: Mentorship—How to Build a Program in Service of DEI

In the final session, you’ll learn how to build effective mentorship programs, specifically in service of investing in underrepresented talent. Nicole will cover how to match mentors and mentees, what organizational support is needed for a mentorship program to thrive, and how mentorship fits into larger DEI goals at your organization.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • How your workplace measures up on DEI
  • The importance of mentorship in DEI work
  • Why this change needs to be tied to business goals and metrics for success
  • The importance of listening to underrepresented groups and putting systems in place that really support their career growth

And you’ll be able to:

  • Have conversations about DEI, and specifically race, with your colleagues and leadership
  • Put in place hiring practices that support diversity
  • Hire and retain underrepresented employees at your organization

This training course is for you because...

  • It’s time to prioritize and invest in DEI in your company.

Prerequisites

Recommended preparation:

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Nicole Sanchez is tech’s leading industry expert on diversity and inclusion. Her firm pioneers solutions to tech's culture problems. Nicole is a Lecturer on workplace diversity at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and recently served as Vice President of Social Impact at GitHub, the world’s largest software development community.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Week 1, Nov 3: How Is My Company Doing on DEI? 5 Things to Look at to Figure It Out (60 minutes)

  • Presentation: Practical ways to assess how your own organization is doing with DEI; how to have the conversation with leaders to make improvements in this area; the terms and benefits of a more diverse and inclusive workplace; which metrics really matter for DEI
  • Q&A

Week 2, Nov 10: Inclusion—Centering the Most Marginalized Voices (60 minutes)

  • Presentation: How to center the experiences of the most marginalized employees to create a company culture where people from all backgrounds thrive
  • Q&A

Week 3, Nov 24 at 8:30am PST: How to Start Talking About Race at Work; Diversification Isn't All About Hiring, But It's a Good Place to Start. (120 minutes)

  • Presentation: The why and how of race and racism in the workplace, including skills for navigating conversations on race with colleagues, managers, and executives
  • Presentation: Diversity—recruitment, interviewing, removing bias from the hiring process; how to lay a strong foundation for diversity even if your organization isn’t currently hiring
  • Q&A

Week 4, Dec 1 at 11am PST: Mentorship—How to Build a Program in Service of DEI (60 minutes)

  • Presentation: Building effective mentorship programs, specifically in service of investing in underrepresented talent; how to match mentors and mentees; what organizational support is needed for a mentorship program to thrive; how mentorship fits into larger DEI goals at your organization
  • Q&A