Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Location: Shutterfly, Redwood City
8:30 am - 12 (noon) pm
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Session Begin
11:30 am Networking Lunch
Tough Conversations During Turbulent Times
Shutterfly, Redwood City
Little Things are Big: In today’s intensified political climate, topics like race, gender identity, and unconscious bias are at the forefront of our news. Conversations about identity and difference inevitably shape the health of the corporate environment, and difficult conversations may be avoided even though they should be welcomed. Opportunities to practice tough conversations can undergird efforts to build a culture in which those exchanges become the norm.
Please join us as we discuss how to support civil discourse and honest communication in the workplace. Noted educator Jack Weinstein of Facing History and Ourselves will engage corporate leaders in an interactive examination of identity, the power of labels and the characteristics of an inclusive corporate environment.
Goals: This presentation will include deconstructing a provocative image, viewing a short film, and reading a short text relating the experiences of individuals whose identities shaped choices and participation in society. We will model ways to:
1. create safe space for difficult exchanges
2. impact protocols for meetings
3. shape formal discussions in the corporate setting
4. influence norms for individual and group exchanges among heterogeneous communities.
Who Should Attend: Senior executives and those who have a role in shaping corporate or organizational culture and who wish to emphasize equity, civil discourse, and honest communication.
About the Presenter: Jack founded the San Francisco Bay Area office of Facing History and Ourselves in 1996 and directed the organization’s regional work until 2016, when he assumed a new role as Sr. Program Advisor. Prior to his work with Facing History, which has supported over 6,000 Bay Area educators with training and curricular resources, he taught English and history at Milpitas High School for nearly two decades. Facing History’s work is applicable in schools, adult learning environments, and organizational and corporate arenas.