Leading DEI Conversations

-You're ready to:

  • be a trusted resource to support other people on their DEI journeys, but don’t know where to start
  • take on leading internal programs and workshops, but you’re not confident in your facilitation skills
  • discuss complex issues with your colleagues, but you get frustrated with circular conversations that go nowhere
  • get comfortable addressing pivotal DEI-related issues in your organization

As DEI practitioners and facilitators, we understand!

DEI-related topics can be challenging to discuss, especially when you don’t have enough support and the right resources or skills needed to facilitate these sensitive conversations. It can be even more difficult when you’re not aware of your own identities, possible trigger points and how you can take care of yourself and others when it matters most. 

Over the course of five weeks, you’ll gain support and tools that you can put into use when you’re navigating conversations related to identity, privilege, power, and organizational change.

What People Are Saying


Who this program is for:

Aspiring facilitators, trainers, HR leads, managers and individual contributors interested in gaining skills and tools to support and lead DEI-related conversations in the workplace

What this program includes:

DEI-related topics can be challenging to discuss, especially when you don’t have enough support and the right resources or skills needed to facilitate these sensitive conversations. It can be even more difficult when you’re not aware of your own identities, possible trigger points and how you can take care of yourself and others when it matters most.

Over the course of five weeks, you’ll gain support and tools that you can put into use when you’re navigating conversations related to identity, privilege, power, and organizational change. To maintain the high quality of this program and ensure individual learning, there are a limited number of spots available.

What you'll get:

  • Five (2) hour live workshops via zoom, every Thursday (10/13 - 11/10) from 12:00pm EST/9:00am PST to 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST
  • Certificate of completion and badge for your LinkedIn profile

And more is included with your program enrollment:

  • Post-Session Interactions
  • A dedicated feature for participants to communicate with each other, share resources and/or ask questions through our community platform, Mighty Networks.
  • Toolkits - Individual guides containing all of the topics we'll be covering during each session
  • Video Library- All sessions will be recorded and uploaded for inspiration and guidance
  • Resources- Our hand-picked list of DEI-related foundational readings, videos, newsletters, etc.
  • Participants are eligible for 10 SHRM re-certification professional development credits (PDCs) upon successful program completion
Welcoming Community

An opportunity to be in community with like-minded professionals who are looking to enhance their DEI facilitation skills while also learning from and with each other through access to our DEI Practitioner space on Mighty Networks upon completion of the program.

Scripts and Scenarios

Scripted language on ways to respond to difficult questions, statements or behaviors. Participants will receive this document at the end of the program.

Program Agenda

Session One: Foundations of DEI Facilitation

  • Your Role as a Facilitator
  • Facilitation in the DEI Space
  • Key Considerations

Session Two: Recognizing, Addressing, and Leveraging Privilege and Power

  • Defining Key Terminology
  • Leveraging Privilege and Power
  • Practice Scenarios

Session Three: Holding Space for Self and Others

  • Physical, Emotional, and Psychological Safety
  • Supporting Yourself and Colleagues During Difficult Moments
  • Frameworks and Methods

Session Four: Facilitation Practice and Skill Building

  • Peer-to-peer Feedback
  • Knowledge Gathering/Sharing
  • Group Coaching

Session Five: Practicing Accountability in a Holistic Manner

  • Being Accountable
  • Self, Communal, and Structural Care
  • Action and Commitment Plan

Meet Your Facilitators

Kia Rivera

Dr. Victoria Verlezza

 

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Testimonials

“I’ve really appreciated learning from you and Kia the last few weeks in the SGO Leading DEI Conversations course and feel like you have both given me such fundamental rolls to support the facilitation and community building work that I’ve happily fallen into over the last three years.” 

“Leading DEI Conversations was a very valuable course; it provided a safe space to ask questions related to this work and the facilitators shared tips and tricks on how to handle some of the more difficult challenges that can come up. Our cohort established a strong community of support and I hope those connections will continue to develop even now that the course has ended. I learned a lot of applicable skills, not just related to DEI facilitation by relevant to my everyday workplace environment.” 

“It has been the highlight for the summer! It’s been such a great space to learn from others.” 

“First off, thank you so much to you and Kia for creating such an incredible space over the past few weeks for deep and open conversations. It’s been a wonderful experience full of learnings, and I’m bummed that it’s coming to an end! I definitely hope that the group will stay active and in touch as we move forward.” 

"I don't think I have ever had any training like this. It was eye opening and inspirational while thought provoking."

"I thought the training was wonderful. I'm very glad we were able to take part in it."

"I really appreciated the practical nature of these trainings. Dr. Powell did a great job using our own experiences, privileges as a "way into" these complex topics. I think it's a great way to connect people and pulls people out of a theoretical space into the every day."

"I liked the material and the space. The discussions were great and provided us all a chance to speak up about how we were feeling at a particular time or about a particular topic. I was able to hear different perspectives from the group as well as different perspectives."

"The sessions really enforced that it's not about solving these massive cultural challenges, like racism. Instead, it's about creating space for us all to recognize the impact of racism, heterosexism, sexism, etc. on our daily lives and daily work lives. Naming it and working hard to reduce its negative personal impact wherever possible within our company culture for the people we work with is a much better way to be an ally."

"The sessions reinforced that it's not about solving massive cultural challenges, like racism. Instead, it's about creating space to recognize the impact of racism, heterosexism, sexism, etc. on our daily work lives. Naming it and working hard to reduce its negative personal impact wherever possible within our company culture for the people we work with is a much better way to be an ally."


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program begin and end?

This virtual program begins on Oct 13, 2022 and meets weekly until Nov 10, 2022. All downloadable toolkits and resources will be yours to keep, and you will have access to the class materials and community space on Mighty Networks for life.

When do I need to sign up?

Since this program will be open to a limited number of attendees, we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. The doors will close when all seats are filled, or by October 11, 2022. Claim your spot now!

Who are our facilitators?

This program will be co-facilitated by SGO DEI Facilitators, Kia Rivera (she/her) and Dr. Victoria Verlezza (she/her).

Who is this program for?

This program is for anyone who is looking for support in facilitating or moderating conversations related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Whether you’re an individual contributor, manager, or an executive, the skills you’ll gain in this program will provide you with a baseline understanding of how to effectively lead these challenging conversations at work. Note: It’s important that all participants have a foundational understanding of DEI before signing up for the program. If you’re not sure, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Why should I sign up for this program?

If you’re struggling to guide conversations between colleagues in the workplace, this program is for you. You’ll have an opportunity to practice with and learn from like-minded people who want to become more confident in their approach to, and understand the ins and outs of, having challenging conversations.

How many people will I be learning with?

To maintain the high quality of this program, we cap our learning cohorts at 20. We want to make sure we’re able to cover all the intended content while opening the opportunity for meaningful conversations and answering questions.

Can multiple people from our organization participate in this program?

Sure, however, we are capping it at two people per organization. If you’d like to train a team of people from your organizations, please contact Rachel Murray at [email protected] for our private training opportunities.

Are there any prerequisites? What do I need to know?

You should already have a foundational understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a committed desire to lead challenging conversations in the workplace. If you want to refresh your understanding on these topics, check out our online course on Unconscious Bias in the Workplace.

What do I get with this program?

You’ll receive:

  • Intentional and compassionate guidance from our expert facilitators who will lead you through five 2-hour sessions of top-notch, guided content
  • The opportunity to practice real-life scenarios with others in a welcoming space
  • A toolkit that includes what we’ll cover during each session in addition to reflection questions
  • Complimentary readings and videos that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the content
  • Participants are eligible for 10 (ten) SHRM recertification professional development credits (PDCs) upon successful program completion
  • Certificate of completion and badge for your LinkedIn profile
  • Premiere access to your cohort-based space on our community platform, Mighty Networks, along with access to the wider SGO Mighty Networks community
  • BONUS: Scripted language upon program completion for you to use as you apply your learnings within your workplace

How many sessions are there?

There are five weekly live sessions.

What’s the time commitment? Do I have to show up to everything?

There are five, two-hour long sessions that weave together educational content and practice opportunities. There will be readings, videos, and assignments for you to review before each session, so we encourage you to block off an additional hour on your calendar after each session in order to review any resources or follow up items. Your full participation and attendance will allow you to gain the full benefit of this program. If you are unable to attend all five sessions, this might not be the right time for you to participate in this program. But not to worry, there will be other opportunities to participate!

Are the sessions recorded? If so, how will they be shared?

Yes, the sessions are recorded. However, in an effort to balance the need between accessibility and confidentiality, the recordings will only be available 48 hours after a live session has ended. The recordings will not be shared with anyone else besides the cohort that has registered for this year’s program. If you have any questions or concerns about the sessions being recorded, please contact [email protected]

How do I pay?

Payment will be processed on Eventbrite. Once your payment is received, you’ll get a follow up email and receipt from our team.

Do you offer payment plans?

Unfortunately, at this time, we’re not offering payment plans for Leading DEI Conversations. If you are in need of financial support, please fill out this form and a member of the SGO team will reach out to you. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Can you help me get my employer to pay for this?

We got you! Check out the template for an email you can personalize and send your boss here. You can also share this blog post about the importance of professional development!

What technology will you be using?

The program will be hosted through our brand new community platform, Mighty Networks. Weekly sessions will be conducted via Zoom through links in Mighty Networks, and all supplemental content will be posted there. We’ll also be using Mighty Networks for asynchronous communication in between program sessions.

I have accessibility needs, will they be met?

We offer closed captioning and transcripts for all sessions. Once you sign up, we’ll ask you to let us know if you have any further accessibility needs; we’ll do our very best to accommodate them! Please email us at [email protected] if you have any specific concerns.

What happens when the program is over?

You’ll have access to all recordings, resources, and group discussions once the program ends. You’ll receive a scripted guide with statements, questions, and actions you can use during challenging conversations in the workplace. You’ll also have access to both your private cohort space as well as the DEI Practitioner space and the rest of the SGO community on our platform, Mighty Networks!

What is Mighty Networks?

Mighty Networks is SGO’s brand new community platform created to bring together people who want to create and support a more equitable workplace. This space will be YOUR place to build relationships, develop skills, and reframe your mindset during Leading DEI Conversations and beyond! Mighty Networks is here so that we can all continue to learn how to be a better human at work and level up in our careers.

What is Rise Together?

Rise Together is designed to break through barriers faced by people with marginalized identities in the workplace and support those who want to abolish inequity in the workplace. It's a mix of professional development, coaching, and networking opportunities, all with the kind and geeky vibe we’re known for.

What’s your refund policy?

If you request a refund, it will be processed within 5-7 business days. Please note that any refund requests after September 27, 2022 will not be accepted.

Do you have any other public offerings like the Leading DEI Conversations program?

Of course we do! We plan on launching more workshops, a group coaching program for DEI practitioners, and other unique offerings in 2023. Want to be the first one to know about them? Sign up for our DEI newsletter!

I have more questions!

No problem!  Contact us and we’ll do our best to respond within 48 hours.

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