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Energize Diversity & Inclusion in a Remote World

A 60-minute power-packed session to throw light on the pressing Diversity and Inclusion issues in a remote world.

We are joined by executives from the tech industry as they share their experiences and strategies that have worked for them. Join us for an enlightening conversation about the current state of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the remote workplace and how to energize your strategy as we head into the last half of 2020.

Presented by:
Chuka Ikokwu, Founder & CEO of Divercity
Vincent Walker, Global Head of Recruitment, Thumbtack
Johana Riquier, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, Unity Technologies
Recorded Aug 20 2020 62 mins
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    During this session, you will learn:
    o The one thing you must know to keep remote employees engaged, enthused, and effective.
    o The importance of Connection, Communication, and Collaboration, and how to bring these things to life for employees, regardless of physical distance.
    o A proven strategy that you can apply immediately to re-engage or engage remote workers.
    o Clarity on next steps and inspiration to achieve your goals.
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    By attending this session, conference participants will learn:
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    • The Inside Gig Talent Operating Model that changes our approach to work
    • The six core principles that support the Inside Gig
    • A Case study to demonstrate the ROI of this new approach to work

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    In this training session, you’ll learn key skills for emerging talent to be better equipped to step into bigger roles, PLUS unexpected (and low-cost!) ideas to future-proof your talent development strategies in an ever-evolving workplace.

    Key takeaways:

    - Understanding Changing Workforce Needs and How They Impact Company Growth
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    Cecilia is a DISC-certified Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team and is the owner of Creative + Talent + Partners, a training consultancy that specializes in the development of new and struggling managers and the teams they lead. Her signature program is Manager Boot Camp, a 4-week digital training experience for managers of all levels.
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    - The true meaning of Health and Wellbeing
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    Olivia Cheung is a People & Culture Officer working at We are Futures, an agency that focuses on connecting businesses with young people and their families. Alongside building strong People & Culture strategies, Olivia is also exploring her passion for building healthy workforces by studying a part-time Masters in Workplace Health and Wellbeing at the University of Nottingham.
  • Transform Talents to Strengths Nov 5 2020 9:00 am UTC 60 mins
    Jenpakorn Veerachayapornpong, Vice President People & Culture, Pacific Healthcare Group of Companies
    Based on Gallup research, people who focus on using their strengths are likely to engage in the job 6 times more and happy in their life 3 times more. Each talent is unique by characteristics, competencies, and interest.

    Leaders are accountable to facilitate and manage talent by creating a memorable experience that supports career growth mentally and physically.

    Optimizing talent to drive results has become a higher priority than team relationship building. Unfortunately, top performers and untapped talent leave the organization. By focusing on individual talent and skills, you can deliver better results because not only are you helping employees turn natural talent into strengths, you build a healthy relationship and maintain overall job rewards and satisfaction.

    Jenpakorn Veerachayapornpong is on a mission to lead the organization in building the culture and developing people capability. He is a unique 16 years background in people management, development, business and culture leader working extensively across Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and Myanmar with a variety of businesses including a leading world luxury hotel; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, premium commercial laundry service provider; i-Klean, a largest casual-dining and quick-service restaurant; Minor Food, and currently at Pacific Healthcare, a leading healthcare distributor. He specializes in developing and coaching people through their individual strengths. He has been successfully creating employee experience and significantly increasing the employee engagement.
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    During this time, I'm going to:

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    - Give you techniques to assess your own stress, burnout, and shame tendencies, and how they may show you in your work interactions

    - Share tools techniques that can be incorporated into your daily/weekly routine (including: meditation + breathing techniques and authors) that you can immediately takeaway

    - Developing awareness of stress, burnout, and shame... isn't a one time check off the box; it is something that needs to be committed to and built every day; and I'll be transparent with you during this talk about my own journey when I didn't do this well, and how I challenged my own way of living and thinking to turn it around
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    John Spanczak, Director of Employee Engagement Services, Leverage. Powered by Clickstop.
    When we hire well, we are hiring individuals who challenge us to become better. We don’t hire great people and tell them what to do, we hire great people, and they tell us what to do. Together, we align and become something greater than we were before. Learn how to attract and select top talent to join your company by finding individuals who believe in and act on what you stand for.

    Key takeaways:
    - Commit to attracting and hiring exceptional talent that drive great results for the long-term
    - Increase your ability to effectively identify the right talent
    - Avoid common pitfalls of rush hiring

    As the Director of Employee Engagement Services for Leverage, John Spanczak understands the importance of putting employees first to inspire business growth. His background in social work offers him a unique perspective into the motivators that drive engagement. John is a part of the same Talent Enrichment Team that has helped land Leverage’s parent company Clickstop Inc. on prestigious lists such as, CBJ Coolest Places to Work, CBJ Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine Best Places Workplaces, Google Economic Impact Report, Iowa Top Workplaces, and many others.
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    Join this webinar to learn:
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    Evert-Jan De Kort, Head of Brand Strategy & Founding Partner | mad about you
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    This talk will inspire you with real life cases and give you hooks to start refreshing your company culture with strong values, that give heart to your identity as a company.

    In this webinar you will learn about:
    - The importance of culture for your company’s performance
    - The four different types of values of a company culture
    - How to approach the definition of your values
    - How to reinforce your values and your people
  • Antiracism for Executive Leadership Recorded: Aug 25 2020 61 mins
    Zahida Sherman, Founder, Z Crown Consulting and Director, Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College & Conservatory
    As the Black Lives Matter movement gains global momentum and employees demand accountability from leadership, many organizations are reevaluating their antiracist culture and strategy. How do you ensure that leadership is actively antiracist and sustainable for the long-term?

    Join this talk to reflect and discuss how your organization can identify and commit to authentic action.

    In this session, participants will:

    - Gain clarity on motivations and goals for antiracism within their organization.
    - Reflect on racist blindspots and antiracist strengths within organizational culture.
    - Brainstorm antiracist pathways for their organization.

    Zahida Sherman
    Founder, Z Crown Consulting and Director, Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College & Conservatory

    Zahida Sherman (she/her) is a diversity and inclusion leader with 10 years of experience working in higher education and the legal field. She is the director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College and founder of Z Crown Consulting, a consulting business that empowers individuals and organizations to create safe and inclusive cultures for marginalized communities. Zahida is also known for her pointed and thought-provoking writing on Black culture. You can find her words in "Globe & Mail," "Bustle," "Healthline," "Blavity," "Well and Good," among others.

    Moderated by Casey Alexander, Event Producer at BrightTALK.
  • Energize Diversity & Inclusion in a Remote World Recorded: Aug 20 2020 62 mins
    Chuka Ikokwu, Divercity; Vincent Walker, Thumbtack; Johana Riquier, Unity Technologies
    A 60-minute power-packed session to throw light on the pressing Diversity and Inclusion issues in a remote world.

    We are joined by executives from the tech industry as they share their experiences and strategies that have worked for them. Join us for an enlightening conversation about the current state of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the remote workplace and how to energize your strategy as we head into the last half of 2020.

    Presented by:
    Chuka Ikokwu, Founder & CEO of Divercity
    Vincent Walker, Global Head of Recruitment, Thumbtack
    Johana Riquier, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, Unity Technologies
  • Building an Inclusive Organization: Leveraging the Power of a Diverse Workforce Recorded: Aug 13 2020 58 mins
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    'Building an Inclusive Organization' by Raafi-Karim Alidina and Stephen Frost, is a practical guide to creating an environment of real inclusion. Today, we chat with Raafi and Stephen about their groundbreaking book. Points of discussion will include:

    - How to remove unconscious bias from company processes including recruitment and selection
    - How to make the case for diversity and inclusion to all stakeholders
    - How to embed inclusion into an organization's culture and overall business strategy

    'Building an Inclusive Organization' is packed with case studies from organizations including KPMG, Uber, Salesforce, Harvard University and the UK National Health Service (NHS), and shows how to implement robust processes and policies to foster diversity and inclusion in organizations of any size, and in all sectors, including the creative industry, finance, tech, and academia and foundations.

    Guidance and advice is also provided on how to use 'nudges' to change behaviours and overcome bias, how to achieve transparency and accountability, and how to measure, review and evaluate inclusion.

    Buy a copy of Building an Inclusive Organization here:


  • Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: Create High-Performing Virtual Teams Recorded: Aug 6 2020 58 mins
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    Being successful during this never-before-seen disruption depends on deep trust with your team. You need to encourage team members to be innovative, challenge traditional thinking, continually question best practices, and look with a fresh perspective. New ways of thinking create new outcomes.

    In Rebecca's session, participants will understand:
    - Often-overlooked factors that keep work-from-home team members from being productive
    - Google’s 5 top elements for creating an effective team and how leaders can apply these to their organization
    - How top companies create cohesiveness in work-from-home teams
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    - Why employee expectations are changing and how organizations are striving to meet them
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  • An intro to The Big Five model of personality Recorded: Aug 6 2020 51 mins
    Per Nordahl, Sparring partner for leaders and organizations
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    - a working definition of personality
    - what are key things to be aware of in regards to personality
    - the difference between trait and type
    - the five traits that make up the big five model
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    Tony Holmwood, Cultural change strategist, executive and team coach, Outperf4m Consulting
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    In this presentation Tony Holmwood will present his behavioural development framework from his internationally accredited and awarded book “Best Behaviour”. Tony will introduce his cultural change workshops designed to prepare HR and business leaders to successfully deliver a cost effective inhouse cultural transformation program. The workshops cover the following topics:

    - Creating a purposeful, high performance cultural strategy
    - Preparing leaders to be culturally transformative
    - Coaching for team literacy and agility so employees can flourish
    - Establishing a workplace environment for culture change success

    (At the conclusion of the workshops HR and business leaders are presented with a co-designed culture change implementation strategy benchmarked to world’s best practise).
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    New tools come and go, but in the current hiring landscape, ability to channel in on a personalized talent experience, harnessing creativity to stand out, and most of all, operating with empathy and listening to the job candidate will be the future of talent acquisition. Will talk about how to optimize your tool stack and how to redirect the additional energy & time into a personalized talent experience for the candidate.
  • Five Things You Didn’t Know About Employee Engagement Recorded: Aug 5 2020 43 mins
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    In business, we tend to study a concept to death and then discard it when a new buzzword comes along. The truth is that we have been studying employee engagement for a long time because it is difficult and complex. A tight labor market and enlightened leaders have taught us that workers who care about a company can be a competitive differentiator. Given the same available resources, markets, suppliers, etc., a company with engaged employees will win. The problem is that employee engagement is not simple because human behavior is complex. Directing resources to employee engagement without a proper respect for its complexity is like hopping on a horse before you know if it has been broken to ride.

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