Today’s organizations are more diverse than ever before. The research examining the impact of this reality is also clear—diverse teams that can harness their varying perspectives outperform their competition by 33%. However, collaborating across generational, cultural, and racial differences can be a significant challenge—particularly in a high stress environment.
This program is a live, instructor-led, interactive two-day experience. The registration fee includes exclusive access to all program sessions and materials. Light breakfast and lunch is provided on both days.
Towson University is launching this cutting-edge leadership program for business, education, government, and non-profits. The program aims to:
- Explore the theoretical and practical differences between diversity and inclusion
- Offer empirical-based strategies to enhance your awareness of yourself and those around you
- Provide you with a structured framework for implementing inclusion practices within your specific work context
Leaders at all levels of the organization benefit from adopting an inclusive mindset. This program is designed for individuals looking to gain a thorough, research-based understanding of all the factors that contribute towards diversity within an organization (i.e., diversity of age, race, culture, gender, thought), as well as how these variables contribute towards team dynamics, work satisfaction, and organizational performance. To do this, we will go to the intersection of academia and industry in order to find a truly innovative solution to this complex challenge. We believe this fusion of science and practice is what sets our program apart from others.
In order to make the program as interactive as possible, we are limiting attendance to 24 participants. We encourage all individuals to register as early as possible before the programs fills up. Please contact Bernard Reynolds if you have any questions about whether this program is the right fit for your needs.
DAY 1: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 8:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
8:15 a.m. Check-In and Light Breakfast
9 a.m. Defining Diversity and Inclusion in the Modern Business Landscape
- We will begin with an interactive discussion on the definition of diversity and inclusion, and what it means to be a truly inclusive organization. The facilitator will share the current state of the literature on this topic, as well as his personal insights from his applied experience with organizations currently implementing inclusion initiatives.
9:45 a.m. From Boomers to Millennials: Generational Diversity in the Workplace
- For the first time in history, there are 5+ generations in the workplace. We will examine the defining features of each generation, as well their unique desires and motives, before working through a real-life case study centered around managing cross-generational conflict.
11 a.m. Where East meets West: Impact of Culture on Team Dynamics and Performance
- The impact of culture goes well beyond traditional Eastern and Western social norms. We will explore how culture influences attention, motivation, and decision-making, in turn impacting both individual and team performance.
12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. The Elephant in the Room: Race and Bias in the Workplace
- Arguably, the most challenging diversity issue for today’s organizations is managing tensions around race and bias. We will begin by examining the difference between stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice, as well as how these factors affect team dynamics. Finally, we will finish by working through a case study built around implicit and explicit bias reduction.
2:45 p.m. Moderated Roundtable Discussions
- We will have 3 separate roundtable discussions around how to successfully implement the knowledge the knowledge covered in the previous sections.
4:15 p.m. Close Day 1
DAY 2: Thursday, November 5, 2020, 8:15 a.m.–2 p.m.
8:15 a.m. Check-In and Light Breakfast
9 a.m. Recap of Day 1
9:15 a.m. Leading Diversity and Inclusion in YOUR organization
- In order to internalize and build on the material covered in Day 1, we will outline a structured framework for implementing diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. This session will begin with a theoretical outline of the model, followed by an in-depth case study applying the framework. Finally, we will finish by developing a customized plan to implement inclusion in your organization.
12 p.m. Networking Lunch
1 p.m. Closing Keynote Speaker
2 p.m. Program Close
Faizan Imtiaz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of human resource development at Towson University. His research and teaching focuses primarily on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. His consulting experience aims to bridge the gap between cutting-edge research in applied psychology and how it can be applied to enhance human performance. His applied experience includes work with a diverse range of individuals from both the public and private sectors, and across a wide range of domains including business, sport, and academia.