MORNING // Breakfast & Effective Communication Workshop
After a welcome breakfast and intention setting, we dive into a high-energy session on Effective Communication. Participants will engage in improv techniques and exercises to cultivate competencies such as active listening, welcoming body language and positive response - all traits of inclusive leaders. The session is focused on practical takeaways that will improve daily interactions and enhance team and corporate culture.
MID-DAY // Community Engagement With Upwardly Global
Today’s leadership themes and learning outcomes will be enhanced through real-world interaction with our high-impact social partner, Upwardly Global. We’ll facilitate meaningful one-on-one interaction around interview prep and social skills for highly-skilled yet underemployed immigrants and refugees. As we encourage their job search process, we have the opportunity to address our own biases, improve active listening skills and enhance cultural awareness for inclusive leadership. This session includes a shared lunch from an immigrant owned restaurant.
AFTERNOON // Applying DEI Best Practices Workshop & 30 Day Action Plan
Our afternoon will be spent exploring DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) challenges and strategies for an inclusive corporate culture. Participants will assess their company’s current state and engage in honest dialogue about DEI challenges. Best practices will be shared followed by discussions and exercises designed to identify personal and and corporate action steps. This session will also provide the framework for broader support and impact by aligning DEI priorities with strategic business outcomes. Participants will be guided through an exercise to identify priorities, stakeholders and action steps for applying the day’s leadership lessons.
EVENING // Cultural Dinner Celebration
We’ll enjoy a private culinary experience at an immigrant owned restaurant in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. In a final debrief, participants will recap learnings, share insights and celebrate new connections.