Wednesday, Sep 19 : 3 – 5 pm, Speakers at 4 pm
Concepts like diversity and inclusion are important; but they’re more than just buzzwords, and they can and do impact your bottom line.
We’d love to show you the whys and hows at the September Biz Café, which will begin with a presentation by diversity consultant Lauren Slemenda and conclude with a panel discussion from experts representing traditionally underserved groups.
That’s right: We’re shaking things up in September and transforming Biz Café into a Q/A panel discussion! So come armed with your questions — maybe even those you’ve been uncomfortable asking before, like:
• What the heck does cisgender mean?
• Will hiring someone with a disability end up costing me more money in training, insurance or equipment?
• Doesn’t hiring a more diverse workforce open me up to potential discrimination suits?
• How do I find people of color who have the skills I need?
Our panel of experts include:
• Joyonnie Esquierdo-Leal, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Nevada, Reno
• Cathy Yates, Northern Nevada Outreach Director, Nevada Department of Veterans Services
• Evonne Kezios, Our Center
• Ken Pierson, Business Development Manager, Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
In this Biz Café — “How a diverse workforce improves your bottom line” — here are some of the takeaways, as facilitated by Lauren and our panel:
• Learn which techniques for boosting diversity work, which ones don’t, and how you can start taking steps today towards a more equitable and synergistic workplace.
• We’ll discuss new, innovative techniques that research has shown to be effective, including universal design and bystander intervention, and dive into why traditional approaches like day-long diversity workshops might actually be making things worse.
• We’ll also talk about how things you might not think of as “diversity initiatives” (like setting realistic timelines for projects and encouraging lifelong learning) are powerful tools in creating a corporate culture that supports and sustains equity and inclusion.
Don’t forget: Due to popular demand, Biz Café is now from 3-5 p.m.
Please join us at Rounds Bakery from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19; the program starts at 4 p.m. It’s free to attend, no RSVPs are needed, and everyone is welcome!
Leave your judgment and fear at the door — this is a Biz Café that will open your mind and help your business’ bottom line.