Date: May 2, 2023
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST
The world is diverse; it's made up of people who have different backgrounds, traditions and beliefs. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) creates a culture where every individual is acknowledged and supported, regardless of their differing backgrounds. It helps us to recognize the value in diverse voices and individual differences, including gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Ultimately, a diverse workplace will lead to increased innovation and team success.
During the workshop, you'll discover how to foster a company culture committed to DEI practices and ensure every voice is heard. Learn to recognize common social biases and the best ways to respond to microaggressions. Develop a plan to provide resources that create a safe and welcoming work environment. Understand how to encourage everyone to evolve both personally and professionally through inclusive language and leadership.
It starts with you! With strong commitment and courage, you can lead the way to create a sense of belonging for everyone.
- Define diversity, equity and inclusion and what it means in business.
- Explore the dimensions of diversity.
- Determine effective communication strategies.
- Identify the components of inclusive leadership.
- Uncover ways to prioritize DEI at your company.
- Examine policies and procedures to foster an inclusive culture.
- Learn to successfully encourage respect and belonging among your team.
Dr. Ashton is a human resources executive and a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategist and consultant with 30+ years of cross-industry experience. She is an Inclusion Magazine’s 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Hall of Fame inductee. She is the President of Planet Perspective and the founder of Equity Rising, promoting inclusion, social justice, and a bias-free work environment. She headed diversity and inclusion for Medtronic, Darden Restaurants, Harley-Davidson, Novant Health and Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Ashton has presented to and advised Boards on diversity and inclusion and unconscious bias. She is the former Chief of Test Development and Validation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was a member of the Women in Leadership Advisory Council for The George Washington University. She serves as the DEI Industry Lead for the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago Advisory Council.
Dr. Ashton created the 360o Inclusion Leadership Profile © TM (360o ILP), the Inclusive Culture Profile ©® (ICP) and the Six Pillars of Diversity and Inclusion TM strategical framework, which treats the organization as an ecosystem. The 360o ILP assesses individual skills for leading an inclusive and multicultural workforce and provides action plans to assist with leadership effectiveness. The ICP provides guidance regarding policies, practices, and procedures to better attract, engage, develop, and retain employees.
Dr. Ashton co-developed the Seven Stages of Inclusion Maturity Model ©TM (7SIMM). The 7SIMM provides information about the current organizational stage of inclusion and identifies organizational gaps and strengths to create a consistent integrated inclusive culture and leverage diversity and inclusion to meet business objectives.
Diversity Woman, DiversityInc, the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, International Labour Organization, Global Summit of Women, The Business Journals, Inc, The Guardian, the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity--American Hospital Association and professional organizations recognize Dr. Ashton as a diversity and inclusion thought leader. Savoy Magazine named her as one of the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. She has presented at international conferences from Mexico to Australia.
Dr. Ashton has served on several Boards primarily focusing on human resources and compensation: Advisory Leadership Board Member, Director Board Of Directors, YWCA, Winston-Salem, NC; Board Member, Piedmont Opera; Member Of The Board Of Advisors - Central Florida, United Negro College Fund; Director Board Of Directors - Central Florida, Arthritis Foundation; Director Board Of Directors, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Director Board Of Directors, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP); and Secretary, Medtronic Foundation Board.
Dr. Ashton specializes in organizational psychology and developing an inclusive workplace. She provides guidance and coaching on how to mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace and in talent management. She has published in the Harvard Business Review, Diversity MBA, Diversity Executive, etc. Her Harvard Business Review articles are Does Race or Gender Matter More to Your Paycheck? and What HR Can Do to Fix the Gender Pay Gap. She is an American Diversity Report Advisor and a peer reviewer for the American Diversity Report Academic Journal. She chaired the peer review board for the inaugural issue of the Diversity Business Review, a DEI journal written by DEI practitioners for DEI practitioners, Human Resources, and line management.
Dr. Ashton, a licensed psychologist, was a post-doctoral clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and received her doctorate from Harvard University. She was a fellow at UC Berkeley Executive Education & Directors Academy Program. She is a member of the DEI Task Force for The Executives’ Club of Chicago. She serves as the Advisory Committee Board Member for Mill Road Progressive Governance Fund, Mill Road Capital.