JUSTICE, EQUITY & INCLUSION | Othering: Skills for Belonging in a Virtual Workplace

To give our fullest contribution, we must bring our full selves to work; however research shows many do not feel comfortable doing so. Instead, valuable energy and time is spent minimizing or managing aspects of our own diversity – of identity, background, experience – in order to succeed. Being the “only” is exhausting and women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities feel the burden. As a woman who came out at twenty-two years old, stage performer turned corporate professional Jennifer Brown struggled to find other openly gay professionals whom she could identify with in the leadership roles she aspired to fill. In this session we will explore her journey, what it means to feel like an “other” and the impact it has on individuals and the business – especially given the added complexities of a virtual workplace. You will learn actionable advice to help you feel confident in expressing yourself and welcoming others at the same time.

Speaker:  Jennifer Brown, diversity, inclusion, & workplace strategist @jenniferbrown

 

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