• Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces

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    We're excited to launch a new virtual education series, "Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces," available at no charge for all businesses and individuals beginning this fall.

    Developed by topic experts and business leaders, this six-part series provides sessions focused on inclusive workplace practices. “Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces” works alongside employers to build even better workplaces where all individuals are welcome, invested in and engaged in work they find rewarding. By equipping employers with practical strategies, they will be positioned to develop, or build upon, their own diversity, equity and inclusion vision, not only to better their business and industry, but for a better Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metro.

    • Mission: To engage business & industry in the development of inclusive workplace practices
    • Vision: To support productive workplace pathways and meaningful career opportunities for all

    Each virtual session is approved for HRCI Credits (SHRM CE). Contact Ben Zietz at ben.zietz@marshmma.com for additional information. All who sign up will also receive access to the session recordings.

    Please note that you only need to sign up once to receive access to all six sessions.


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  • Presented by

    Kira Kimball
    Chief Innovation Officer & Certified Diversity Professional
    Marsh & McLennan Agency

    As a committed business leader in her community, Kira serves on the board of directors for Southeast Tech Foundation, Levitt at The Falls, Sioux Falls Development Foundation, 100+ Women Who Care Sioux Falls and Sioux Empire Women Connect. She is also a member of the USD Community College for Sioux Falls Professional Development Advisory Committee, the Leadership Sioux Falls Executive Committee and volunteers as a Sioux Empire United Way Emergency Services Impact Team member and as an EmBe women’s leadership program mentor. Kira is also the first person in both SD & ND to earn the National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional designation and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.


  • September 10 session

    Why a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy is Important for Business Success

    Our first webinar in this six-part series will discuss how changes in demographics, buying power and impacts of technology on global commerce are driving business & industry to think differently about talent acquisition. Workforce shortages and job seeker attitudes around the value of diversity are creating a climate for employers to consider who, where and how they recruit talent. Further, compelling statistics support the value to business and return on investment in hiring a diverse workforce.

  • September 10 session

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  • September 24 session

    Inclusive Leadership: Beyond Leadership Buy-in to Leadership in Action

    Good leadership is not the same as inclusive leadership. To become an inclusive leader, there is a great deal of self-awareness and education that must first take place. With this knowledge, leaders begin to realize their role in creating change in their organizations and how practices, policies & procedures must be disrupted to create opportunities for under-represented individuals. This second webinar in our six-part series will describe a path for leaders who are ready to take the journey to inclusive leadership.

  • September 24 session

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  • October 8 session

    Unconscious Bias: Self-Awareness Leads to Organizational Awareness

    As individuals, each of us has unconscious biases, and if they remain unchecked, these biases show up in our organizations in our hiring practices, how we promote individuals, policy development and workplace culture. The third webinar in this series will introduce participants to the concept of unconscious bias from an individual and an organizational perspective and will illuminate how these biases become barriers to creating our best organizations in terms of innovation, differentiation and employee engagement. Strategies to change our trajectory as individuals and businesses will be shared.

  • October 8 session

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  • October 22 Session

    Cultural Competencies: What They are & Why They are Important

    As employers step into becoming a diverse, equitable & inclusive organization, they start thinking differently about talent attraction and who the future of their workforce is. They become intentional about recruiting talent with diverse worldviews, which often means different norms, beliefs, customs and values. This diversity adds to the richness of an organization, but it’s important for businesses to equip themselves with cultural competencies to set both the individuals and organization up for success. This webinar will introduce participants to the skillset and mindset of cultural competency and strategies for its development in your workplace.

  • October 22 Session

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  • November 5 Session

    Enhancing Your Employer Brand: Recruitment, Retention & Engagement Strategies through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens

    Recruitment, retention & engagement strategies have always been central to any employer’s success, but with the current fierce competition for talent, the stakes are high. This employment climate creates a great opportunity for employers to cast the net wider and enter uncharted waters to expand their talent pool. When you begin to recruit differently, it’s also important to think about retention and engagement differently. The fifth webinar in this series will not only help you with strategies to recruit diverse talent, but also how to retain and engage this talent, all while building your employer brand.

  • November 5 Session

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  • November 12 Session

    Creating A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scorecard: How to Define Success & Measure It

    You’ve heard the phrases “what gets measured gets managed” or “what gets measured matters.” These statements couldn’t be more true for DE&I efforts in workplaces. A DE&I scorecard defines the goals for an organization and helps create the roadmap for what is set forth to be accomplished during a specific timeframe. While providing direction, a DE&I scorecard also provides for accountability and ultimately helps define success.

  • November 12 Session

  • Questions? Contact Mason Rademacher at 218.233.1100 or email mrademacher@fmwfchamber.com.


     

    Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces is presented by The Chamber and Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, and brought to you by the financial support of Fueling Our Future.