Training Sessions

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At True Colors Consulting, we understand that one size does not fit all, which is why we work with you to ensure that your chosen journey meets your organization or team where they are to help you move along your DEI continuum of learning. We offer supplementary workshops that can be added to any workshop series or ordered separately once your team or organization has completed a learning journey.

These workshops can be:

  • used to design custom journeys

  • added to pre-designed journeys

  • purchased separately after a completed journey

DEI Focus for Executives

This extended foundational workshop introduces attendees to the basic terminology for diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and principles, explores self-identity and the impact of individual identities in our interactions with others, and addresses problems with biases that impact our perceptions, behaviors, and decisions. The extension for executives and senior leaders includes a deep-dive into considerations and benefits of implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, including Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance responsibilities.

Equitable Employment Practices

From sourcing and interviewing candidates, to selection and advancement, to separation from the organization, this workshop explores the employee lifecycle to through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants will learn how to employ equitable practices to create equitable employee experiences that reflect DEI principles, which ultimately leads to higher employee engagement and satisfaction.

Sustainable DEI Programming 

Our organizations could not exist and function without the various people that make up the community. All roles must be considered and included when building and developing impactful and sustainable DEI programming. This workshop goes beyond employee experience and considers boardroom members, donors, suppliers, and others.

 

Sustainable DEI Programming addresses the importance of sustainable programming that is inclusive of all stakeholders. Participants will learn about the structures and benefits of DEI Councils as well as different approaches to identity-based groups such as Affinity Groups, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and how these groups can help to inform DEI strategic planning. This workshop also focuses on executive sponsorship for organizational programs, communication campaigns, and considerations for change management strategies to support your DEI strategy plan and roadmap.

Inclusive Leadership

Building from the concepts of social identity and other fundamental DEI concepts, this workshop addresses the power dynamics of formal and informal leadership; best practices for people management and development; and provides the opportunity for attendees to practice skills from the training that can be applied in every stage of the employee lifecycle.

Inclusive Communication

This workshop addresses inclusive practices and word choice for written and verbal communication for accessibility as well as contexts such as hard-to-navigate conversations or responses to uncomfortable or confrontational dialogue. Attendees will also learn about varying communication styles and how these styles and approaches can impact how we interact with others with similar or differing ways of communicating such as when giving or receiving feedback.

Fostering a Culture of Belonging

This workshop addresses barriers to belonging, such as feeling the need to show up to work in a way that contradicts one's authentic way of being, through appearance, behavior. Participants will consider personal and organizational values to look for and discuss alignment with the organization or team's mission and values. Attendees will be given tips for identifying practices that could lead to members feeling excluded and for implementing inclusive practices to correct or mitigate employee isolation.

Exploring Identity

This workshop builds from the fundamentals and takes a deep dive into self-identity and group identity. Discussion will include how we have internalized beliefs and expectations about others that can manifest in the way of stereotypes. Participants will dive deeper into understanding and mitigating biases both personally and professionally in the workplace.

Deconstructing Race & Racism

Though there are many aspects to our identities, some of which overlap and intersect, race continues to be at the forefront of the minds of most employees. This workshop is outlined with with a historical view of race in America and other parts of the world leading up to the lived experiences of racialized employees in the workplace. Attendees will work to understand varying perspectives as we look at the historical social hierarchies that have led to oppression for millions of marginalized people. Topics will also include intersectionality as well as recognizing and addressing microaggressions. 

Advocacy in Action

Just about everyone wants to be able to stick up for someone who is receiving poor treatment, but sometimes it can be difficult identifying mistreatment and knowing what to do when we witness it. In this workshop, participants will build upon  discussions around microaggressions and respond as an ally in support of the individual or group on the receiving end of harm. There will also be opportunity to build on fundamental DEI concepts and principles to learn how one's power and privilege can be leveraged to support others. Self-advocacy is another skill that is introduced with opportunity to practice in role-playing exercises.