Past Events

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

OCTOBER 29, 2020

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Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual Zoom Discussion

WISE Twin Cities partnered with RISE and Kim Miller to host a training, discussion and panel about “Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace” Panel and training. RISE team member, Kim Miller, VP of Programs, led a 90-minute diversity and inclusion program and discussion with WISE Twin Cities. Hear from distinguished panelists and delve into engaging conversations with fellow professionals around advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

  • 4:00 p.m. – Welcome & Panel Discussion, Q&A
    • Moderated by:
      • Kim Miller, Vice President, Programs, RISE
    • Featuring distinguished panelists:
      • Sianneh Mulbah, Chief People Officer, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx
      • Venessa Hutchinson, Senior Manager, Football Development, NFL
      • Nicole Lavoi, Ph.D., Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
  • 4:45 p.m. – Inclusive Leadership - Small Group Breakout Activity
    • Breakout into small groups and discuss how to demonstrate inclusive leadership within your organization
  • 5:30 p.m. – Closing remarks w/ Kim Miller

Highlights From The Panel

  • Measurement is key - break down the data in a meaningful way, creating metrics around diversity and inclusion, and hold everyone accountable
  • Create space for employees to have meaningful discussions 
  • Gather input from your employees both organically and formally
  • An inclusive leader is a person that creates a climate where everyone, regardless of your identity, feels safe, valued and supported
  • We want to make sure we are being intentional, we all process things so differently. Our lives outside of work affect what we are doing inside of work. We all deserve to have our categories and be counted - Sianneh Mulbah
  • Diversity is being invited to the dance, inclusion is being asked to dance - Sianneh Mulbah
  • 'Using data and facts to educate and push people to think about how they view diversity and inclusion is really important' - Nicole Lavoi
  • Identify groups and allies who are really going to push the initiatives - Venessa Hutchinson 

Shared Resources

Watch the Panel