We are excited to take our 2020 Summit virtual! Our focus is to encourage industry partners to work together to create a more inclusive workplace and to commit to these practices, ensuring communication from the top down and bottom up.



Each workshop below is $25 (includes recording if you cannot attend live)

OR purchase the entire series for $100 (Up to $125 savings) Purchase the whole workshop series including keynotes here.

2020 Keynote Speakers:

Jiquanda Nelson, Opening Keynote

Jiquanda Nelson leads Equity, Inclusion & Diversity and Workforce Development at Kaiser Permanente. In her role, she leads efforts reducing social and health inequities and fostering a workplace of belonging where authenticity and diversity is valued. She’s responsible for programs providing healthcare career exposure and opportunities, specifically for those who experience barriers to employment. Recently, Jiquanda’s Kaiser Permanente team co-led a strategic effort to register and launch the first ever multi-employer, multi-labor Healthcare Apprenticeship Consortium in the nation. Through the Consortium, the team created a Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program where participants are earning and learning simultaneously.

Tuesday, May 12th from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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Kimberly Davis, Closing Keynote

An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX. Additionally, Kimberly teaches for SMU Cox School of Business’ Executive Education Program and their Latino Leadership Initiative; as well as for the Bush Institute’s WE Lead program (empowering female leaders from the middle east). Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her award-winning book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need was named the #1 book to read on Inc. Magazine’s “The most impactful books to read in 2018.”

Tuesday, June 9th from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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Workshop Presenters and Registration:

RISE Up: Connecting Work Site culture to Safety and Productivity – Karen Dove, Executive Director of ANEW

How important is it to ensure there is a respectful culture in your business and on your work site? How can you maximize productivity and minimize distraction on the job? RISE Up (Respect, Inclusion, Safety and Equity in the Construction Trades) is a respectful workplace model that can be adapted for your organization to empower leaders and employees with tools to combat inappropriate behavior.

Thursday, May 14th from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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Leadership and Management Change – Jenefeness Tucker, Certified Business Advisor 

    Jenefeness Tucker will facilitate a session on Change Management and Leadership. Jenefeness believes that “If you STAY READY, you won’t have to get ready!” As a Disaster Reservists with the US Dept. of Homeland Security FEMA division, Jenefeness has been deployed to many disasters around the country. She has held leadership roles in Corporate America, Non-Profit as well as State and Federal Government agencies. She also manages personal change with relocating from Ohio to Connecticut for three years and now in the state of Washington. Jenefeness will share some principles from her approach to exemplary leadership based on experience and 30 years of research by James Kouzes and Barry Posner and described in their book The Leadership Challenge.

    The participants will leave with strategies to excel during COVID19

    • Understanding that effective leadership looks different depending on the leader(s) and their context,
    • Being equipped to collaborate with others to influence change in different contexts
    • Being able to describe how change happens at multiple levels (e.g. cultural, individual, organizational, community, and systemic)
    • Being able to recognize, understand, and apply the Five Leadership Challenge Practices and the 10 commitments

    Learning Outcomes:
    The workshop will last for one and a half hours and will include individual assessments, group sharing, open space and opportunities to reflect on the content. ***Special participants will receive copies of the Book.

     Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00-11:00AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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    Intersectionality – Morgan Metzer, Reckoning Trade Project

    Reckoning Trades Project will provide an overview of intersectional oppression in the workplace, specifically how it relates to the trades both historically and today. We will analyze how gender identity, racism, and disability impact power and oppression for trades workers dependent on their intersectional identities.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Basic understanding of intersectionality
    • Basic understanding of gender identity and pronoun usage
    • Understanding of the impact of oppression in the trades
    • Best practices for working with gender diverse communities

    Thursday, May 21st from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)
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    Second Mission: Battlemind to Home Mind
    Rachel Roberts, Dept of Veteran Affairs 

    Second Mission: Battle mind to Home mind – This presentation will help you to understand military culture, training, and mission and how it can translate into the civilian sector. We will discuss the skills and perspectives veterans bring to your organization and discuss what it means to be a veteran friendly organization. We will also talk about where to find veteran specific resources. Help our veterans find their second mission in your organization.   

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the military to civilian transition
    • Highlight best practices to support veteran development in your agency  
    • Veterans preference and GI Bill® usage with apprenticeship
    • Update on GI Bill® and COVID-19
    • Veteran Apprenticeship Resources

    Tuesday, May 26th from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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    Bystander Intervention – Dr. Kimberly Harden, Harden Consulting

    Bystander intervention is of the utmost importance. Why? Through courageous conversations, we can disrupt and triumph over the tensions and ignorance that hinder our progress personally, professionally, and as a nation.

    The goal of a courageous conversation is to deal compassionately and effectively with a sensitive issue or to change inappropriate behavior. Courageous conversations allow those involved in the discussion to keep their dignity. It is necessary to learn the skills you need to communicate with candor and compassion when engaging in difficult dialogue.

    This Bystander Intervention workshop presents a 10-step model on how to facilitate courageous conversations and is designed to help you improve your interpersonal communication skills and conduct difficult conversations with grace. 

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Reflect on experiences of internalized superiority, inferiority, and power dynamics
    • Learn the three levels of allyship
    • Learn tips to recognize to a potentially harmful situation and how to respond and communicate in a way positive way

    Wednesday, May 27th from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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    Microagressions – Tali Lavarry, Yum Yum Morale and DEI Consultancy

    Microaggression is not just another buzz term when it comes to factors that aid in crippling real equity within the workplace. It’s been stated time and time again that it is one of the most prevalent factors when discussions are held about creating sustainable environments for marginalized groups of people. Leaders and employees alike are guilty of committing these microaggressions. Most of the time it’s done with an undertone of “fun”, but in reality, it is a result of discomfort and unconscious biases.

    While microaggressions are subtle, they create huge challenges for people that feel disparaged in the workplace. Sadly, a culture that breeds microaggression typically makes it easier to exclude vulnerable employees in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, etc. Much like all topics or words centered around challenging our biases, a great deal of the time, even mentioning the word microaggression, causes the accuser to become defensive. On the opposite side of things, those that are victims of the behavior, feel devalued and demoralized.

    This workshop helps participants to see how easy it is to fall into a routine of practicing microaggressions, and how much damage these actions cause. We will also discuss productive ways to address said actions, while replacing them with more honest and open communication that creates a win-win for all parties.

    Learning Outcomes

    Microaggressions are a very real thing and they create very real problems.

    • How all members of your team can work together to hold each other accountable to a microaggression free work environment.
    • Discuss & Discover how focusing on revising microaggressions can be a very instrumental part of your overall Equity & Inclusion Strategy.

    Tuesday, June 2nd from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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      Plugging the Leaky Bucket – Carol Lwali, Associate Director of External Relations at Seattle University

      Categories: HR, Employee Retention, Employee Engagement, DEI, Organizational Culture

      Increasing the retention of employees, in the construction industry, from diverse backgrounds will require effort. Doing so is the equivalent of plugging, and then filling, the leaky bucket.  The benefits to an organization will be much greater than the investment.

      Underrepresented groups pose an opportunity for addressing challenges in construction staffing. Closing the gap between the percentage of nonwhite workers, women, and other underrepresented groups in the construction workforce and the percentage in the US labor force would help alleviate its worker challenges. But to close this gap, the industry needs more effective approaches to not only recruitment but also retention of diverse employee populations. Moving forward to recruit a diverse workforce without having an effective retention strategy is like trying to fill a leaky bucket.

      Workshop attendees will:

      • Identify what’s getting in the way
      • Identify retention techniques and benefits to employees
      • Measure retention outcomes.

      Thursday, June 4th from 10:00-11:30AM PST (one hour with 30 min for Q&A)

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