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How can we create a culture of belonging? Where, rather than isolating ourselves into groups or communities where everyone looks, talks, or thinks like us, we consciously work to include everyone: particularly those whom our first instinct is to ignore, marginalize or even exclude?
In this increasingly polarized age, a case can be made that answering this question is more critical than ever. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report, deepening societal and cultural polarization are along with climate change the world’s top global risks. Differences in ethnicity, geography and economic status can exacerbate conflict and contribute to a kind of us-against-them approach to being in the world.
So what is a way to rise above polarization and instead embrace a path built around listening, connection and belonging? One way forward is the path we’re calling radical inclusion.
In this symposium, we’ll explore radical inclusion and how it differs from conventional diversity practices and ecumenical, tolerance-oriented projects. We’ll hear from people who practice it, learn about its inherent challenges and rewards, and hear ways others have integrated it into their lives. We’ll also discuss personal, organizational, and societal implementation strategies, and brainstorm ways to put them into immediate practice.
6:30-8: Panel Discussion
Light Refreshments Will Be Served
Maria Lambert Bridge, VP People & Operations at Understood for All. Understood for All serves the
1 in 5 people with learning and attention issues. The organization works to provide resources to support the 1 in 5 in their personal journey, as well as work to destigmatize learning and attention differences.
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures. Her book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change inspires leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents and empower advocates to drive change that resonates in today’s world.
Simone Sloan, Rph , MBA is a executive coach and facilitator who works collaboratively with leaders to create a framework for their teams to thrive and get to the next level. The co-author of the new book, Achieving Results, she helps entrepreneurs navigate the ‘roadblocks’ impeding their growth through a 360 degree business assessment and actionable insights that drive success.
Bishop Joseph W. Tolton is the Executive Director of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, multi-denominational group of primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from the USA, Africa, and Mexico. The overriding purpose of The Fellowship is to support religious leaders and laity in moving toward a theology of radical inclusivity which, by its very nature, requires an equally radical social ministry reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice or discrimination.
Angelo John Lewis is the Executive Director of the Diversity and Spirituality Network and a life and business coach and consultant who has designed, developed and conducted group problem solving, team and community building interventions for clients that include AT&T, Verizon, ACNielsen, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is the co-designer of the Game of Games™, a personal growth and team development activity, the originator of the Dialogue Circle Method™, and the author of Notes for a New Age.