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The Challenges and Planning for Action: A Dialogue about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2020
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When: 09/23/2020
6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Virtual
United States

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September Meeting: The Challenges and Planning for Action: A Dialogue about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2020

September 23, 2020

Virtual Event

  *   6-6:30pm: Chapter Announcements and Installment of New Board of Directors
  *   6:30pm-8pm: Tanya Odom presents


  *   Non-Members $40
  *   Members $25
  *   In-transition/Students $20
  *   Chairs $15

This program is pending certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and Professional Development Credits (PDC'S).


We are experiencing unprecedented social, political, and technological changes that are impacting our personal and professional lives. Dialogue is essential to any organization, space, and team. It impacts productivity, creativity, and trust.

Two years ago we invited Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. to speak with our organization on Challenging Conversations in Uncertain Times: An Opportunity for Connection.  On September 23rd, Tanya will be returning to follow-up on this program and discuss present day issues we are all facing in a 90 minute segment.

Tanya will begin with a look back at history, what we are seeing across sectors now, and then some time in groups to discuss the statement, and some time to talk about skills/competencies/considerations to have conversations about race and the current climate.

Outside World, Inside Impact - Naming the Challenges

  *   What are you learning?
  *   What has your personal reaction been to all that is happening? Organizational reaction?
  *   SHRM reaction/statement?
  *   What do you hope will be different?
  *   What are the skills that we need/need to sharpen as practitioners in the current climate.
  *   Moving Forward and Next Steps

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.  is a global consultant, writer, coach, and diversity, equity, and inclusion and civil rights thought leader.

She has worked globally for over 20 years, in 40 countries,  as a consultant, coach, storyteller, and facilitator focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Race/Racism, Challenging Conversations, Mindfulness, Coaching, Innovation and Creativity, Educational Equity, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring.

Tanya's unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and in university/college arenas.

She is the co-author of "Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance." Tanya is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Tanya also writes for Tanya's work and commentary has also appeared in several publications including Diversity Woman Magazine, Bloomberg News, and The Village Voice.

Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as "A Diversity Thought Leader to Follow on Twitter.

Tanya has been trained as  a coach by the Center for Creative Leadership and she is certified in the Hay Group's Emotional and Social Competency Inventory. Tanya has also been trained in the Difficult Conversations methodology at the Program on  Negotiation  at Harvard Law School.

Tanya is passionate about working with youth, and engaging youth in meaningful, relevant conversations. She has combined her diversity and youth focused work to work on projects in Northern Ireland, where she worked with Catholic and Protestant Youth, and in Israel, where she worked with Palestinian and Israeli youth on topics including bias, dialogue, community building, and youth leadership.

As a mindfulness practitioner, Tanya weaves in mindfulness research and practice in her work with individuals and groups and connects it to leadership, teams, intentional inclusion, and the mitigating of unconscious bias.

Some of the clients Tanya has worked with include: The U.N, Twitter, DTCC, the Innocence Project, Center for Curatorial Leadership, Ogilvy and Mather, WaveMaker, Live Nation, International Trade Center, UN Women, World Meteorological Organization, International Organization of Migration, Google, among others.

Over the last 3 years, Tanya has spent a great deal of time globally facilitating sessions, and moderating panels focused on "Challenging Conversations," where she has been creating spaces for  honest and courageous dialogues and sharing.

Entrepreneur Magazine recently featured Tanya as one of the "3 Women Entrepreneurs Who Unleash Their Energy for the Greater Good."

Tanya is on the Board of Trustees for Vassar College. She is on the Advisory Board for Wall Street in the Black, and is a Board member of the National Society for High School Scholars.