DEI Training Series

Join us for an important diversity & inclusion webinar series. The program is designed to expand individual and organizational capacity by helping develop inclusive mindset and practices. There are four virtual trainings in this series. 

Registration Options

  1. The best value is to sign up at a discounted rate for all four modules ($900). Member firms can purchase the option that allows an unlimited number of employees to attend all four modules.
  2. Individual modules ($150)
  3. Non-member firms can purchase all four modules that allows an unlimited number of employees to attend all four modules for ($1,800)

All modules are live virtual trainings with no on-demand availability.

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Workshop 1: Remaining Competitive: The Diversity. Equity & Inclusion Business Imperative
March 22, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Description: Research shows that companies with more advanced DEI initiatives are also higher performing. DEI is a critical business imperative; not just the right thing to do. Over 2000 companies, including many ACEC member organizations, have joined a national action initiative, pledging to advance DEI in part due to the research and case studies demonstrate significant business benefits accrue from having diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. 

This interactive workshop covers the following concepts:

• The difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion
• The compelling case for diversity – why diversity of all kinds is critical to mission success
• How social identities (e.g., gender, religious affiliation, nationality, parental status) can shape our worldview and also create blind spots
• How to develop inclusive intelligence in ourselves and others
• The business case for inclusion

Workshop 2: Unconscious Bias 1: Recognize, Address, and Outsmart the Hidden Impacts of Unconscious Biases    
April 13, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Despite our best intentions, research shows we all have it – unconscious, unintentional bias. Unconscious attitudes and beliefs are shaped by all kinds of influences – some of which we would not agree with or accept on a conscious level. Yet, these unconscious thoughts influence decision-making and can have a profound impact in the workplace as well as employees’ work product and relationships with the people the nonprofit serves as well as board members, vendors, and community members. The key is to learn how to recognize your own unconscious biases as well as how it shows up in organizational practices.

In this interactive session, attendees will engage in a competitive game and visualization exercise, as well as small and large group discussions about addressing hidden barriers in their organizations.

Workshop 3: Unconscious Bias 2: Interrupt Unconscious Bias, What Companies are Doing to Fight Implicit Bias
May 12, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Unconscious bias is the biggest culprit in organizations’ continuing inability to fully diversify employee ranks at all levels. Attend this session to learn how to uncover your own unconscious biases and, more importantly, interrupt them. Participants will also learn what companies are doing to fight implicit bias at an organizational level, including examples from some member companies.

Workshop 4: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Unconscious Biases that Impact Remote Colleagues
June 16, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Good, well-intentioned people unwittingly engage in actions that can cause others to feel excluded, especially when they are participating remotely. Location bias and presence disparity are types of cognitive biases that involve unintentional exclusion of colleagues because they are “out of sight, out of mind.” Location Bias occurs when people working remotely are not considered for inclusion in meetings, processes, work assignments, etc. because they are less visible, and colleagues simply don’t remember to include them. Presence disparity happens when colleagues participating in meetings by phone or videoconference cannot fully participate with co-located colleagues who are in the room and can network with each other before and after meetings, as well as benefit from body language not fully visible to remote participants. Attend this workshop to learn more about how to combat these types of unconscious bias and brainstorm solutions with other participants that could be implemented in your organization to combat bias.

We encourage you to attend this series of workshops to build personal and organizational inclusive intelligence to be ahead of the curve and thrive through change. 

About the Facilitator

Kathleen Nalty 2019 PortraitKathleen Nalty is a nationally recognized expert in strategies for creating cultures of inclusion to retain and advance diverse talent. She specializes in helping organizations identify systemic issues that cause higher attrition rates for people in already underrepresented groups.

Kathleen has devoted her entire career to her passion for diversity, civil rights, and inclusion. She currently works with a wide variety of organizations, including law firms, corporations, and government organizations. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law School where she teaches a course on diversity and inclusion. In 2015, she published a “how to” book for law firm leaders entitled Going “AllIn” on Diversity and Inclusion: The Law Firm Leader’s Playbook that includes new tools for advancing diversity and inclusion. In April 2017, Kathleen was invited to give a TEDx talk – Diversity Makes You Smarter – at the University of Colorado.

Kathleen founded the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) in Denver, Colorado in 2007 and led the nonprofit as its Executive Director through January 2013. In this role, Kathleen developed the only “how to” manual for legal organizations with a comprehensive step-by-step process for removing hidden barriers to retention and creating an inclusive workplace. In 2012, Kathleen led 10 half-day training sessions across the U.S. on diversity and inclusion for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as part of its new Academy for Diversity & Inclusion.

Kathleen earned a B.A. from the University of Denver and a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. She started her career as a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Denver. Kathleen was then selected to participate in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As a federal civil rights prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, Kathleen worked on cases involving hate crimes, police brutality, and slavery.

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