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Race, Politics and the Workplace

Presented in partnership with the Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Race, Politics and the Workplace

Thursday, October 29 @ 10 am PST / 1 pm EST via Zoom

We are experiencing amplified division and chaos around concepts central to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anti-racism and white privilege are becoming increasingly politicized, especially as the US prepares itself for the upcoming presidential election.

How does this resistance show up in your workplace and in your DEI initiatives? How do we continue to bridge divides that seem to be increasingly polarized? And, how will you prepare your workplace for the aftermath of the election, whatever the outcome?

Moderated by WMFDP’s CEO and co-founder Bill Proudman, with guests Candi Castleberry Singleton of Twitter, Howard Ross of Udarta Consulting, Sandra Yamate of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), and Regina Speed-Bost of SB Law, PLLC, we will explore these questions and the unique challenges facing workplaces in the US right now.

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn what fear and resistance sound like and reveal in the workplace
  • Be clear on why DEI work matters, especially right now
  • Build up your resolve and your internal change agents

More about our guests:

Candi Castleberry Singleton is the Vice President of Diversity Partnership Strategy & Engagement at Twitter. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dignity & Respect Campaign, which has helped organizations create more inclusive work environments. As an experienced diversity and inclusion leader, she created The Bolt- On to Built-In Model™ featured in her chapter of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference. She has developed successful strategies and initiatives in technology, telecommunications, and healthcare including Xerox, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, and UPMC. More about Candi.

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM in 2011), and the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, (updated edition published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2020, originally published in 2014).  His latest book, Our Search for Belonging:  How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart, released by Berrett-Koehler in May of 2018, won the 2019 Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. More about Howard.

Sandra S. Yamate is the CEO of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”). IILP is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession through research and educational programming. IILP works primarily in the US but has begun expanding its efforts into the UK, EU, and Latin America. Sandra spent ten years as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the preceding three years as the first Executive Director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. Prior to that, she was a litigator in Chicago for ten years. More about Sandra.

Regina Speed-Bost advises an array of clients reflecting the broad spectrum of energy companies that engage in regulated activities in the U.S. She represents natural gas companies, local distribution companies, and electric utilities on a variety of matters related to energy administrative and regulatory law. Her previous experience working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the foundation of her distinct approach toward communicating between business owners, regulators and engineers. More about Regina.