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Spotlight Stage
Courageous Conversations: The Upstander Action Plan
Spotlight Stage
In-Person Tuesday 10/31/2023 01:30 PM - 01:50 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Beginner (Committing to DEI), Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
Workplace Application:
Attendees will leave empowered to be effective upstanders, mitigate microaggressions, and create and implement safe and brave spaces in their company. 

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.

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See something, say something. That is what being an Upstander is. But your best in-the-moment response requires a solid Upstander action plan. Explore important questions that will help you reflect on your individual thinking and behavioral preferences that influence how you show up. Gain a clearer understanding of the different forms of microaggressions in the workplace. You'll take away culture and operational practices proven to successfully create safe and brave spaces in organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess your own biases and how effective you are as an Upstander.
  • Learn how to encourage Upstander behaviors at your organization through these five steps: Educate, Create, Empower, Act and Account.
  • Explore strategies to create safe and brave spaces where microaggressions are called out and addressed.
  • Gain tips to coach leaders, so they have conversations where they connect with employees on a personal level to build safety and trust.

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Anna Burroughs, Manager of Global Diversity & Culture,
Harvard Business Publishing