It Got Real With the DEI Panel

May 03, 2022 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

If you were fortunate enough to attend our virtual event last Wednesday, April 27th, Getting Real about DEI in Learning & Development, you were treated to a fantastic evening. NAAAHR-Milwaukee's Board Members were kind enough to share their experiences and recommendations in how to improve organizational training and build an inclusive culture. Joining the panel were subject matter experts: Dorlisa Marshall, Jamesha Carter, Scott Cross, Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry, LaShonda Hill and Alvin Hill.

There were many highlights throughout. When asked what are some things L & D professionals do right when they are effective with DEI efforts, a couple responses included meeting people where they are at and help employees to be successful. Another response mentioned that some leaders often stereotype, assuming because an employee may not have technology at home that they are unfamiliar with said technology.

A key topic was looking at what certain talent development practices occur that signal a community is not welcome. This conversation covered a wide range of points were made, such as intentionality, representation, language used in conversations, engagement in and out of the workplace, and what professionalism means from one person to the next, to name a few. The responses to the previous topic allowed a segue way into asking how do we work towards creating an environment that is open and transparent? Conversation from the previous question offered some great tips: clearly define what you mean by equity and inclusion; allow yourself to get uncomfortable; ask for feedback and be willing to accept it, as a few examples.

Overall, it was a very rewarding experience covering a significant and meaningful topic. SEWI-ATD was fortunate to have such a warm and receptive panel.  Not only did the Board members provide insight, but they offered encouragement, feedback, and all-around helpful ways to further move the needle in the right direction when it comes to understanding.

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