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Intentional Ally Work: A Leadership Opportunity for Chamber Professionals

Date: August 6 - 11, 2020 Contact: Amy ShieldsPhone: (703) 998-3530 Email: ashields@acce.org

Overview

As the spotlight shines on racial equity in America, chambers across the country are seeking meaningful ways to support their communities and address systemic racism. ACCE is offering a two-part workshop to equip chambers to be better allies in racial equity work. For those in positions of power and privilege, being an ally means continuously learning to build authentic relationships and stand in solidarity with those who have been marginalized.

This workshop will discuss what it means to be an ally—both as a leader and as a teammate. More importantly, the workshop examines how we can best practice ally work as chamber professionals. By illustrating the stakes of allyship as well as practical tools to achieve it, this training provides an optimal way to foster healthy workplaces to ensure success for all. The session provides concrete, actionable tools to empower staff and leaders to advocate for themselves and others.

We will also discuss and reflect on common scenarios that lead to opportunities where we can practice ally skills and how we can use these skills to disrupt bias. Participants can expect to learn simple, everyday techniques you can use to make your workplace more inclusive and strengthen organizational outcomes. Attendees will learn how to recognize their sources of privilege, power and influence—when they can best act as an ally—and how to take effective action that benefits and inspires others. Through a combination of learning and development, micro-learning activities, and skill acquisition, this session will provide effective ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equity.

Meet the Facilitator

We are excited to have Dr. Nika White leading this workshop. As an award-winning management and leadership consultant, keynote speaker, published author and executive practitioner for D&I efforts across business, government, non-profit and education, Dr. White helps organizations break barriers and integrate diversity into their business frameworks. The heart of Dr. White’s work is around being able to create transformative environments with intentionality around inclusion. She helps create professional spaces where people can collaborate through a lens of compassion, empathy and understanding. Dr. White grew up in South Carolina and spent most of her adult life in Greenville––a town historically known for its discrimination and the last county in the United States to officially recognize MLK Day as a holiday. Over the years, Nika became Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Greenville Chamber, transforming the city and creating a model that chambers across the nation would follow and call upon to implement best D&I practices.

Details

This workshop will be offered over two sessions:

  • Session 1: August 6, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
  • Session 2: August 11, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Cost is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Chambers that register more than five staff members will receive a 25% discount.

Chamber staff at all levels, chamber board members and other volunteer leaders are encouraged to register.

Registration

Register here to attend the workshop. If you would like to register more than five staff members or would like to register a volunteer leader, please contact Emily Counts (ecounts@acce.org or 703-998-3521).

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