July 30, 2020


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       


Session:       Intersecting Identities and the Impact of Emotional Tax


Speakers:       Kelly Kleinkort, Director of Corporate Engagement, Catalyst

                                  Dana Dawsey, Operations Leader & Site Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Dow Chemical


Everyone brings their intersecting identities to the workplace. Although it may be uncomfortable, we cannot create inclusive workspaces unless we are willing to learn about and discuss elements of diversity, including race and ethnicity. It’s up to each of us to engage in constructive dialogue so we can bridge our divides, build a common understanding of equity, and dismantle the structures that prevent us all from truly being free.


Individuals in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups experience intersectional barriers that others do not face. These barriers lead visible minorities to experience what Catalyst calls the Emotional Tax—being on guard and consciously preparing to deal with potential bias or discrimination. However, it’s not only employees of color, but the organizations for which they work that pay the Emotional Tax in the form of talent loss and potential reduced revenues.


In this session, learn about the effects of the intersecting dimensions of difference, explore tools and tips to reduce the consequences of Emotional Tax in your organization, and identify ways to ensure that the people of color working at your company can contribute to their highest potential and thrive.


August 27, 2020


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       


Session:         Feeling Safe in the Workplace: Psychological Safety, Civility & Unconscious Bias


Speakers:       Pranika Sinha, Senior Manager, Talent Development & Inclusion, Occidental (Oxy)

                                  Joyce Eisler, Certified Leadership Coach and Supervisor of Training, Occidental (Oxy)


We often speak about being safe at work, but this session will discuss feeling safe in the workplace. 


The session will help participants 1) understand the definition and importance of Psychological Safety in the workplace, 2) embrace diversity of thought by fostering inclusivity through civility, learn about the definition of incivility and how it spreads, and 3) take a different look an unconscious bias by exploring 3 different concepts trust, an echo chamber, and how we “judge a book by its cover.”


The session will close with some practical, conscious actions the participants can do to foster psychological safety and help create an overall feel of inclusion as well as a checklist to feeling safe at work.

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