27 Apr 2017

Don’t Talk about Race, Politics or Religion at Work!

Designed to provide an effective guide to developing the skills necessary to engage in conversations around polarising topics


Whether we like it or not, or are prepared for it or not, this adage no longer applies. People are talking about these issues, or at minimum, thinking about them, and it impacts productivity, engagement and employees’ sense of safety and well-being.  Effectively engaging in bold, inclusive conversations is hard work and having respectful conversations and is getting even harder due to the current global, political, and social climate.  This workshop will provide an effective guide to developing the skills necessary to engage in conversations around polarising topics.  Over the past 20 years, we have witnessed increased and intensified global polarisation on many topics related to our differences. Unfortunate acts of terrorism; movements like #BlacklivesMatter; and Brexit and the divisiveness of the 2016 US presidential election, are leaving indelible wounds on many.  We see vast divisions that exacerbate an “us and them” disunity, leading to heightened racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, classism, and homophobia. 

Why attend: 

The workshop will offer skills to:

  • Understand why we need to talk about these topics at work
  • Prepare for bold, inclusive conversations
  • Address polarised views in respectful ways
  • Discover common ground

Event Speakers

  • Mary-Frances Winters

    Mary-Frances Winters

    Founder and President, The Winters Group

Founder and President, The Winters Group

Mary-Frances Winters

Mary-Frances Winters is a master strategist with over 30-year experience in strategic planning, change management, diversity, organization development, training and facilitation, systems thinking and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has extensive experience in working with senior leadership teams to drive organizational change. Described by clients as highly creative, collaborative, visionary and results oriented, she is a sought after keynote speaker and workshop leader. She is the author of three books and numerous articles and reports. Mary-Frances is founder and president of The Winters Group, a 30 year old diversity and inclusion consulting firm serving clients in the for profit and not for profit sector

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