Throughout our years of bringing career-advancing workshops and engaging talks to technical women and allies at our ACT-W Conferences across the country, we’ve continuously heard stories of barriers that continue to block their success. We also hear from company executives that achieving measurable Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) results can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
By far, one of the most common pain points we hear is that companies and individuals want to do the right thing, but they feel stuck.
That’s why we created ACT-W: Achieving Equity. From June 26-27, 2019, we’re bringing together the brightest thinkers–and most importantly–the greatest doers in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help you make change happen.
ACT-W: Achieving Equity is a boutique event that provides action-oriented training and deep discussions to level up diversity initiatives and better enact real, measurable change. Achieving Equity is built for DEI professionals, managers, recruiters, community leaders, and allies–all people actively working to create change in their company or community–and takes an actionable approach to DEI.
You’ll leave equipped with strategies you can implement right away as well as invaluable tools and best practices proven to make change happen in both large and small organizations. You’ll connect with like-minded industry professionals with a passion for creating thriving, equity-based workplaces.
Most importantly, you’ll feel inspired and re-invigorated to continue creating cultures that embraces inclusivity and diversity at all levels.
This will be an interactive session which will give a chance for the participants to self-reflect on their listening skills and would help them to be more self aware - an important aspect to emotional intelligence and our ability to be inclusive. The attendees will be divided into groups of 4. I will be explaining about Internal listening, external listening and global listening. Each group should have 1 speaker, 1 internal listener, 1 external listener and 1 global listener. The speaker in the group is asked to tell their own story of privilege or marginalization with respect to the them Diversity and Inclusion. They are expected to talk for 5 minutes and do not have to worry if the story stops making sense or veers of in an unexpected direction. During the talk each of the listener will focus on their level of listening and will make notes. After the 5 minute mark the groups will talk about their experiences.
The following questions will be covered during reflection:
With so many talented candidates from marginalized communities, why do we keep hearing that companies cannot find "diverse talent". Recruiters look for better websites to post their jobs, marketers add more POC to their websites, all in an effort to attract "diverse hires." This approach implies that the problem is that black and brown candidates don't know how to find open roles. Let's unpack this myth and start discussing the real reasons companies cannot find diverse talent.
Participants will leave understanding:
We’re excited to offer an optional, one-day Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Certificate of Completion at ACT-W: Achieving Equity. This certificate provides a focused experience for individuals with a passion for creating better environments for women in technology.
The DEI Certificate of Completion Workshop takes place from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 26th, 2019. Tickets are priced at $1,200 and include access to both days of ACT-W: Achieving Equity. Learn more.
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway St.
Portland, Oregon 97201-3256