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Why Is Diversity Training So Hard?

  • 16 Oct 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar via GoTo Meeting conferencing
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  • Fee waived for guests.


Monthly Chapter Event

WEBINAR via GoToMeeting

October 16, 2020



Why Is Diversity Training So Hard?

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is an important part of developing a workplace culture that successfully serves a diverse workplace. Unfortunately, DEI training has often been panned by critics as ineffective and even divisive. Some organizations ignore its significance while others struggle with finding a place for it in staff development. Participants are reluctant to speak up in sessions, and the entire topic area feels uncomfortable to many. October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, and the importance and urgency of DEI training will be in the spotlight in this month's meeting. Our speaker, Betty Parker, CPTD of Sharper Development Solutions, Inc. will present the following: 

  • How to make a business case for diversity training among all stakeholders
  • Three ways to conduct courageous conversations in DEI training
  • A case study review that highlights the need for meaningful discussions about microaggressions

Come prepared for an interactive session on how to make DEI training an integral part of your professional development suite of offerings.

ATD Capability Model: Building Personal Capability & Developing Professional Capability, Impacting Organizational Capability

Community of Practice: Cultural Awareness and Inclusion, Collaboration and Leadership, Communication, Training Delivery & Facilitation, Future Readiness, Emotional Intelligence & Decision Making


    Betty Parker is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. Her degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University affords her the educational background to write and speak professionally. She is a communications expert with nearly 30 years’ experience. Betty began her career as a trainer in 1998 in the biotech industry. She started Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training and development company, in 2006. She is the 2013 winner of the small business accelerator program Count Me In.

    Betty has educated thousands of leaders and staff across the country in a variety of performance areas. As a leadership consultant, she specializes in the following topics: communications, teamwork, diversity, conflict management, employee engagement, coaching and mentoring, customer service, and more. Betty is a regular guest host on WLXC-FM’s “N Touch” community affairs program in Columbia, SC and is an often sought out speaker for conferences and events. She is at work on her next book, Defeating Goliath: A Lesson in Problem Solving. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach.

    Website: https://www.thesharpersolution.com/about.htm

    When:    October 16, 2020

    Where:   Via GoToMeeting

    Time:      11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST


    Please download the GoToMeeting application prior

    to the start of the meeting.


    Additional Information:

    (Email with link will be sent prior to the webinar.)

    For additional information, contact Jada M. Addison, VP of Programs at vpprograms@atdmidlands.org

          We look forward to seeing you!

    Thank you to our business partners:

    Jennifer Sutherland, MBA, is a proven leadership coach and an accomplished training leader with over 15 years experience. She has helped numerous individuals, rather it be by helping them navigate through training implementations or by helping them meet their revenue quota. Additionally, Jennifer is a certified Healthcare Reform Specialist and is Co-Chair and Founder of Craft Brews Affinity Group. She is presently the Director of Training & Development at Kelly Services. Jennifer has been active in ATD for several years and was previously the Director of Programming and Engagement for ATD Detroit. Now that she has relocated to South Carolina, she uses her sunny disposition and enthusiasm to serve as a volunteer with the ATD Upstate Geographical Interest Group. 



    Mailing Address:
    ATD South Carolina, P.O. Box 512, Columbia, SC 29202 


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