Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Conversations

  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Webinar Description:

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” 

- Arthur Ashe, professional athlete & activist.

Uncomfortable conversations are difficult. No one wants to start them and it's awkward to be in them.  So why have them? It's important to start the conversations to understand each other before they become conflicts.  Too often, we avoid the uncomfortable conversations until it's too late. Let's take the first step together in this session.

In this session, we will explore & discuss:

  • What are the challenges in discussing Inclusion & Belonging?

  • What does culture have to do with it?

  • How do you actually get comfortable with discomfort?

Why should you attend?

As talent development professionals, it is important for us to understand how to leverage inclusion & belonging for the benefit of our learners and organizations.

Areas covered in the session:

  • Share 3 simple strategies to support inclusion.

  • Know how inclusion benefits you, your learners/talent, your organization/leaders.

  • Explain what belonging practices are being used in organizations today.

About the Presenters:

Rosemary Okoiti is the Learning & Development Manager at Winrock International. She is also the founder and CEO of Rosemary Okoiti Consulting, a company that coaches and trains professionals to take the leap to reinvent themselves into successful entrepreneurs. She has extensive global experience in three continents covering intercultural business coaching & facilitation; training delivery, design and management of Leadership development programs, compliance and on-boarding. She is passionate about helping you start & run your own successful business as well as designing and delivering engaging learning solutions that help learners grow to their highest potential while driving achievement of strategic business goals.

Rosemary’s global exposure through talent development as well as her personal experiences have driven her passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leading to her involvement in advocating for it.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development New York City (ATD NYC) chapter as the Vice President of Talent Management.

She holds a Masters of Education in Entrepreneurship Development from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors of Education in Economics & Business from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

She is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).

Juliet Hart specializes in developing the leadership capabilities of scientists and their organizations. She is the founder of Hart & Chin, a company that offers workshops, coaching, and consulting services. She believes that strengthening the leadership and interpersonal skills of scientists will make them more effective leaders, who will have a larger impact and create greater value for the organizations they serve.

Previously working as a scientist at Johnson & Johnson, she has seen the impact of her work drive employee engagement, increase collaboration, and stimulate innovation across functions. She has lead trainings on developing leadership & management skills, cross-cultural awareness, presentation pitching, & communications skills. Juliet established her expertise in learning and development through progressive roles within Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. In addition, she has obtained management training from the Yale School of Management. She began her journey in drug discovery as a laboratory scientist at small to mid-sized biotech companies and at Janssen (J&J) in San Diego, CA.

Juliet earned her Bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York - Hunter College in psychology. There she conducted research in biopsychology as a National Institutes of Health - Scholar Fellow, published papers, contributed to the National Academy of Sciences, and presented at international conferences. As a native of Brooklyn, NY and working in the sciences, she has experienced the complexities of living and working in culturally diverse environments and relates her experiences in her work.


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