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Removing the Red & Blue Divide

Presented in partnership with the Forum on Workplace Inclusion on February 3, 2021.

Removing the Red & Blue Divide: What It Means for Corporate America & Belonging

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Watch the webinar recording through the Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s website HERE.

Session Description

The announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the electoral and popular vote for the next US President is, for many, a highly-awaited and anticipated moment. For others, it’s an acute loss.

Our most important work, right now, is to put in motion the practices and programs to create cohesion, build community and help leaders reach across difference.

That said, it’s become dangerous to talk about politics at work even though the political divide now more than ever inhibits positive connection, at work, at home, and in our communities. This divide threatens progress towards more diverse and equitable workplaces.

Now, amidst this divisiveness, is the opportunity for workplaces to double down and equip their leaders on how to bridge the divide. There is no time to waste.

Moderated by WMFDP’s CEO and co-founder Bill Proudman, with guests Hayward Bell of Raytheon Company (Retired), Kimberly B. Davis of the National Hockey League, Lee Tschanz of Rockwell Automation and Amy Wilczynski of Anderson & Rust and the Borough of Allendale, NJ.

Learning Outcomes
  • Be clear on why diversity, equity, and inclusion work matters, especially right now
  • Push your inclusive leadership skills for today’s unique needs
  • Explore how to narrow divides and speak to divergent groups

More about our guests:

Hayward Bell is retired chief diversity officer of Raytheon Company . He was appointed to this position in January 2005 and served until December 2015. Raytheon Company with 2016 sales of $24 billion is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cyber security solutions worldwide. With headquarters in Waltham Mass., Raytheon employs 63,000 people worldwide. As chief diversity officer, Mr. Bell was responsible for developing and leading innovative global diversity initiatives, practices, programs and strategies for Raytheon. More about Hayward.

Kimberly B. Davis currently serves as Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League, the premier professional ice hockey league in the world. In this capacity, Kim leads a role reporting to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to attract, develop and retain fans – with a specific focus on multi-cultural audiences – through culture, youth participation, and social impact initiatives. “Kim’s professional experience uniquely qualifies her to ensure that our League is growing the game of hockey by demonstrating the leadership principles and values in communities and with all stakeholders that can ultimately lead to new and increased fandom,” said Commissioner Bettman. More about Kimberly.

Lee Tschanz is vice president, Enterprise Accounts, focusing on Consumer and Life Sciences at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible to drive coordination and accountability for global growth, accelerate our company’s strategic imperatives, and improve customer intimacy for the Consumer and Life Sciences industry. He works closely with our regional selling organizations. More about Lee.

Amy Wilcczynski loves working as a transformation consultant motivating people to overcome their limiting beliefs in order to uncover their human potential. She brings high energy and creativity to her international coaching all the way up to the C suite level at globally recognized companies. As a facilitator, Amy creates safe atmospheres and experiential learning. She uses the enneagram to guide clients to self-awareness and behavior change. More about Amy.