Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Diversity and inclusion is top of mind for many companies, but many lack the knowledge, skills, or tools to take meaningful and long-term action. Drawing upon our deep knowledge and experience with diversity and business strategies, we provide trainings for companies who want to effect real change in their workplace. SGO workshops are open to all genders, and are interactive trainings designed to bring about actionable results. We address sensitive and important issues, in the safe space that we’re known for.

Our Workshops

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

You may have heard about unconscious bias, but aren’t quite sure what it is or have just a rudimentary understanding of it. This workshop is designed to educate attendees on what unconscious bias is and how it manifests in the workplace. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the concepts discussed, how they relate to corporate culture and team dynamics, and strategies for addressing bias.


Recruiting for Diversity

A diverse workforce has significant business benefits, and we know recruiting and hiring with this mandate in mind is no simple task. We’ll discuss what diversity is and why it’s important. We’ll help you understand various biases that exist in us all, to better prepare your recruiters and hiring managers to make thoughtful and informed hiring decisions. We’ll provide you with specific tools, strategies and action steps that you can immediately implement at the office. Your employees will be informed, well equipped, and empowered.

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Creating an Inclusive Culture

Hiring is only the first step along the pathway to a more diverse company. Creating and maintaining an inclusive corporate culture, one that is supportive of diversity, is key to achieving your internal goals and metrics. We’ll help managers understand the presence of bias in the workplace, and offer concrete tools and action plans for supporting their teams. Your employees will walk away with a deep understanding of how they can personally contribute to creating a supportive and inclusive culture that will make employees want to stay and grow within the company.

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Bring training to your company

Would you like to schedule a workshop at your company? Do you have needs beyond what we’ve outlined so far? All of our workshops can be customized. We’d love to hear from you! Contact us to learn more.


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Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are aimed at a corporate audience, and are intended to support and complement existing internal initiatives. We encourage hiring managers, recruiters, people managers and directors to take our workshops. These trainings are not gender-specific– they are meant for anyone that would find this content useful!

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We have a team of diversity and inclusion experts that will guide you through difficult topics and conversations in the safe and welcoming environment we're known for.

Testimonials

WeWork

Community is one of our pillars at WeWork and one of our main goals is to create an environment that is diverse and inclusive. This is not only important to our employees but also to our, soon to be, 10,000 WeWork members in Boston as well. We recently partnered with SGO to hold an Unconscious Bias workshop. When we conducted the post-workshop survey of the attendees, the feedback from the team was overwhelmingly positive. Every single attendee said that they had a better understanding of their team members and new thoughts on how to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

One key takeaway was that we all have unconscious biases and it is important to understand what they are and understand when you might be looking at an individual or a situation through a certain lens. This was an important initial step for us and we are looking forward to continuing the workshops with Felicia and team.

Alexis Miller, Director of Business Operations

Yesware

It’s rare, in HR, to find a training and development partner that you can safely send *any* of your colleagues to from all sides of the business, with many different personalities and learning styles, at any level of the organization. SGO is that trusted advisor for me as the Director of Talent at Yesware. Our team members have been to many of the workshops, webinars, and networking events, and I regularly share out insights and readings from their newsletters to my management team. What’s perhaps even *more* special is how responsive, approachable, and caring Rachel and Felicia are along the way! The work they do has been an integral part of our leadership development and diversity and inclusion efforts, and I strongly recommend their programs to anyone who is thinking about participating!

Zoe Silverman, Director of Talent

Housing Partnership Network

We were ready to start our diversity journey as an organization but we didn’t feel we had the expertise to do it alone. After doing some research and speaking to a few diversity training professionals, I knew from the first call that She Geeks Out would be a great partner for our organization. Rachel took the time to understand our company culture and recommended a training program that would fit the needs of our team. Felicia delivered our first training, on Unconscious Bias, which was very well received by our staff. It was an impactful initial training that kick-started our ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion. Felicia’s approach was refreshing and highly engaging. Since our initial training, Felicia has also lead guided conversations around unconscious bias and microaggressions to smaller groups within our organization, and we are planning future collaborative training around diversity, inclusion, and feedback. The team at She Geeks Out have become trusted partners helping us introduce ideas to the organization.

Sherry Burton, Director of Human Resources

Berklee College of Music

Yesterday’s workshops were phenomenal! Both facilitators brought a wealth of knowledge and a raw honesty that is necessary for Diversity/Inclusion/Equity work to be effective. They created a safe space for an open dialogue and I thought the exercises were great. I have more than 20 years of experience as an HR practitioner, and I can tell you that some of the group exercises and feedback I’ve done in the past have been so cheesy and ineffective, much like cheesecake for dessert on a diet. Not so with the exercises in these workshops! Until yesterday I’d only heard about “microaggressions”; it was so beneficial that the topic was included in the content of the session.

Collette Jackson, Talent Management Advisor

Toast

We came to She Geeks Out with the knowledge that there was feedback in parts of our organization that we weren’t hearing, specifically. SGO was able to not only recommend a series of focus groups, where their facilitators would ask a series of questions, but they were also able to adequately summarize the feedback they received while allowing our individual employees to stay anonymous. The subsequent report provided by their team gave us the feedback that we were looking for, while also providing a series of recommendations as next steps. The experience with SGO, from start to finish, was quick, easy and informative. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again!

Alex Mimms, Technical Recruiting Team Lead

Launch Academy

I participated in a full day event consisting of two back to back SGO Workshops: ‘Retaining Talent Through Inclusivity’ and ‘Recruiting & Hiring Inclusively’. I found both workshops to be highly informative and collaborative in an area for which at the time I was under informed. I felt welcomed and put at ease by the facilitators and participants as my lack of knowledge towards the subjects had my imposter syndrome running in high gear. Following the training our organization re-wrote all of our open job descriptions resulting in applications from a more gender diverse group of candidates. We’ve also been working to amend our vernacular to include ‘culture add’ vs ‘culture fit’ which I personally fell in love with on the spot. Since the training, Rachel and Felicia have gone above and beyond to support our organization for both internal and external purposes as we not only strive to be more inclusive ourselves but also aim to create a developer training program which serves a similar mission. I highly recommend these two events for anyone seeking to make material advances towards a more inclusive team no matter the size or industry.

Evan Charles, Co-Founder & COO,

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