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01 July, 2020 | (01 hr)

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Given the current state of the pandemic, the blurring of society, work and personal boundaries, and heightened media attention to recent social unrest, corporations are challenged with responding sufficiently and appropriately to the needs of their employees.

As corporations are increasingly speaking out on race-based offenses, organizations are still unsure how to speak about race. In this broadcast, we will examine what businesses can do to equip senior leaders and mid-level managers for these critical but difficult conversations.

By attending this webcast, viewers will be able to:

  • Lower the barriers, impediments and risks that prevent managers from being willing to have difficult conversations about race;
  • Develop strategies for inquiry, deep listening, self-disclosure and managing feedback;
  • Understand the workplace, corporate and cultural policies, and status from perspectives of racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Identify specific diversity initiatives that communicators can take, working with senior leadership and HR teams, to better equip leaders for dialogue, difficult conversations, and learning; and
  • Identify steps and resources for independent learning about the workplace experience as it relates to diversity.

Who Should Attend: Chief Communication Officers and employee communication practitioners in all areas of corporate and organizational communication who would benefit from the information that can help them more effectively support employees during this difficult time.


Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D.

Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice, Darden School of Business
University of Virginia

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Laura’s research and consulting focus on the science of maximizing human potential in diverse organizations and communities. She has published over fifty research articles, t...Full Bio

Courtney L. McCluney, Ph.D.

Courtney L. McCluney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, ILR School
Cornell University

Dr. Courtney L. McCluney is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the ILR School at Cornell University. Dr. McCluney’s research examines how marginalization practices in organizations create disproportionate access to resources and power for marginalized groups. She primarily...Full Bio

Martin Davidson, Ph.D.

Martin Davidson, Ph.D.
Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business
University of Virginia

Martin N. Davidson is the Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He currently serves as senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer for the School. His thought leadership has changed how many executives ap...Full Bio

Craig E. Carroll, PhD

Craig E. Carroll, PhD (Moderator)
The Conference Board Communications Institute

Craig E. Carroll leads The Conference Board Communications Institute and is the Executive Director of the Observatory on Corporate Reputation® (OCR Network). Craig has published three of the leading research compendiums on corporate reputation: Corporate Reputation and the News Media...Full Bio

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