Tuesday, May 7

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

We do not leave our biases at the door when we enter the workplace. The assumptions we hold about those different from us, whether unconscious or not, are present in all of our experiences and interactions. Many organizations provide unconscious bias training, but few understand how to take unconscious bias training out of the classroom and make it both actionable and sustainable.

In this session, you will explore next generation diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging approaches to developing people, learn a new inclusion-based model for coaching individuals and teams, and practice applying that model. You will also learn how to address the stages of preparation, implementation, and “self-work” necessary to help leaders and teams move beyond lip service to effectively embody inclusive practices across the board.

You will learn how to:

  • Ask powerful questions to uncover root causes for resistance and apathy relative to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Build a framework for a coaching culture that empowers leaders to feel more confident addressing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Apply a coaching model and additional tools to cultivate a culture that supports and encourages standing up and speaking out.

La’Wana Harris

Author of "Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias"

About La’Wana Harris

La’Wana Harris, CDE, ACC, Harris is a Certified Diversity Executive, an ICF Credentialed Coach, and a global leadership development professional who has dedicated her career to aligning performance with business strategy. She has demonstrated success strategizing a range of corporate functions including global leadership and organizational development, diversity and inclusion, people leadership, and project management. In addition, as a community activist, she has created diversity and inclusion awareness programs, built culture programs, and designed overall integrated management solutions.

Spanning the decades of her professional career and social justice activism, La’Wana has received numerous industry and community awards. Most recently, La’Wana was recognized as one of 2018’s 100 Most Inspiring People in the life-sciences industry by PharmaVOICE magazine. She also received the Women in Leadership award from the National Black MBA Association and was invited to join the Forbes Coaches Council as a contributor and thought leader. She is currently serving on the global board of directors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association working to advance gender parity.

La’Wana is also a respected humanitarian and philanthropist. Understanding how important it is for children to read books with characters they can relate to she created two book series featuring children of color. These books promote cultural diversity and are translated into the native languages of underserved nations. La’Wana has donated 10,000 books in Haitian Creole to schools and orphanages throughout Haiti in partnership with Grace International. Through her efforts, U.S. sales from these books help support young females entering careers in STEM.

A servant leader, foreign and domestic missionary, and a passionate activist, La’Wana believes in meeting people where they are to combat racism, poverty, and injustice. Her most recent book, Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias, introduces an “inside out” approach for D&I work.