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Global Diversity & Inclusion Training
A Global Lens - Empower trainers have facilitated workshops in Italy, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and beyond. We customize workshops to the country and cultural context, as DEI looks different in France versus India - In France, for example, religion is a big issue; in India, the caste system is ever present. Understanding and integrating those cultural and country specific nuances is key to delivering workshops that change attitudes and behaviors. In addition, cross cultural communication is extremely important when it comes to efficiency, productivity, and people’s feelings. Empower Global’s trainers are deeply experienced in navigating differing cultural communication styles and in helping participants from different cultures to understand each other and interact more productively.
Millennials + GenZ- Millennials represent largest generation in the global workforce. Their expectations and way of working in the workplace are far different from generations past. For example, millennials place a much higher premium on social purpose and diversity and inclusion than the generations before them. They need to feel as if they are contributing to social good. Empower specializes in understanding how millennials work and what it is that they want as staff and as managers. Empower understands how to empower them to be their best selves and become leaders who are able to inspire and transform those around and beneath them.
The Virtual Space - Ms. Karlin, CEO of Empower, has also authored a white paper on Inclusive Facilitation in the Virtual Space and written numerous articles on inclusion and engagement in the virtual world. Many trainers and companies don't understand how to utilize the virtual space in a way that is compelling and engaging. Empower's virtual trainings have been described as compelling, inspiring, motivating, and transformative.
Virtual Reality - The use of virtual reality is an incredibly powerful tool to help participants walk a mile in someone else's shoes. The high-tech aspect of VR also is an appetizing way to engage those employees who are typically put off or disinterested in unconscious bias training. Our partnership with Equal Reality enables us to use virtual reality both on flat-screen and using VR goggles to give people a profound emotional experience which is extremely effective in producing behavior change.
Telenor in Pakistan
Fendi in Americas
UN World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
UN World Food Program in Asia / Italy / Americas
Enedis in Brussels, Belgium
Danone in Barcelona, Spain
Women in Aerospace in Toulouse, France
Airbus in France / Spain / Germany
AbinBev in Uruguay/Argentina/Chile
Slalom in USA
Rb in UK/ France/ Nigeria/ Dubai/ Germany/ Italy/ US/ Spain
Harvard University in USA
IE Business School in Madrid, Spain
Coldwell Bankers in USA
Women Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia
Lumni in Peru
TROS Interactive in Israel
Salsify in US, Portugal & France
Legacy International in Palestine
Wintershall Dea in MENA region, Europe, and Latin America
Recommended for women
This fun and lively workshop will engage women in stepping into their power, overcoming negative self-beliefs, celebrating their strengths, and communicating clearly and confidently. Utilizing strengths training, positive psychology, improvisation, and team building activities, women come out of this workshop energized, sure of themselves, and ready to conquer the world.
"Empower Global’s Workshop on Women’s Empowerment is a wonderful opportunity to take stock of our strengths as women and think deeply about those we’ve yet to explore in ourselves. I loved the variety of topics we covered - from networking to public speaking to banishing negative self talk. All of them are important building blocks to personal and professional success and I’m glad we were able to discuss them all in a female focused space." - Elizabeth, Washington, DC
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Recommended for anyone
We will go through the little ways that bias can manifest in behavior and actions, and explore the experience of those on the receiving end of those microaggressions. We will also touch on how our brains are more likely to take cognitive shortcuts and activate stereotypes in times of crisis, and discuss how to recognize and combat this in real time We will discuss empathy in action, practice effective “upstanding” methods, and go through concrete examples of ways to counter bias and promote inclusion, including digital tools that can aid in that mission. Participants will ultimately be engaged in creating their own action plans regarding how to foster more inclusive, participatory workspaces.
"The diversity and inclusion session Empower led was one of the best learning sessions (not going to call it training – didn’t feel like that) I have ever done. So so so engaging and empowering." - Abby, RB, London, UK
Inclusive, Courageous Leadership
Recommended for manager level and up
The world is changing from an old power model to a new power model. In the old model, command and control was the norm, hierarchies reigned supreme, and only voices at the top affected decisionmaking processes, who often represented one race, gender, and social class. Today, the new power model requires leaders who can manage difficult conversations, create mechanisms to include diverse voices, practice empathy, and empower their employees rather than inspire fear. This workshop will engage participants in challenging conversations around how to be the new kind of leader, and managers will leave with a set of actionable tools to help them in their journey.
"Thank you for an amazing training today. I knew the topic was important but the 4 hours looked daunting. In reality, the training was exceptional and I probably could have used all day for it. Thank you again." - Jenna, Director, Product Management, Edward Jones
Advancing Gender Equity in the Workplace
Recommended for men
In the post #Metoo era, men are hungry to become allies to women. 61% of men in the US, for example, care that their industry reaches gender parity by the ends of their careers. However, they are not sure how to help. This workshop will help men to explore and understand ways that they can empower their female and minority colleagues. Based upon research done by Promundo, an international NGO focused on masculinity and gender equity, this workshop will engage men to become active allies in the workplace who help to stop harassment and stem continuing inequities and microaggressive behaviors.
The research shows that allyship trainings are substantially more effective at preventing sexual assault than traditional sexual harassment training. We also cover all of the areas necessary for compliance with your state's laws.
"Samantha conducted a Gender Equity workshop for Slalom’s Women’s Leadership Network. I found the session to be very insightful and valuable and I am eager to put the learnings into practice with my team. Thank you for the collaborative, thought provoking and educational workshop!" - Brian Ringley, Client Services Lead, Slalom, Miami, Florida
Inclusive Virtual Facilitation
Recommended for managers
We are now destined to a world of online meetings, that are unlikely to peter out even when we reach herd immunity. Managing a virtual conversation in a way that is engaging and inclusive is not an easy task. Learn how to utilize the virtual space in a creative and interesting way that ensures everyone's voices are heard, and that people leave energized instead of exhausted.
"I’ve received great feedback from the team. everyone thought the session on inclusive virtual facilitation was very interesting and valuable. Especially for our team, which spends pretty much all day on back-to-back Zoom calls. Thank you again for a great session." - Alberto Padilla, Vice President at Insight Partners
Recommended for women, manager level and up
Most of our organizational structures and companies were created and nurtured with men in mind. Therefore, the qualities desired and lauded in leaders were typically masculine ones, strength, resolve, competition. However, in an era of unprecedented crisis, the skills women are raised to have- emotional expression, empathy, inclusiveness- couldn't be more valuable. This workshop dives into discussions of what constitutes feminine leadership, helps women to lean into their own natural leadership style, and puts things in the context of the larger world and crisis we are facing at present.
"As a black woman in America the principles of feministleadership were often muted and went unspoken as I held many positions in male-dominated industries or familial norms warned against going against the patriarchal systems in place.
Samantha created a space for women to talkabout our lives, challenges we are facing in the workplace and opened our eyes to different cultures & upbringings. In addition, she imparted her wisdomupon us, provided us reading material and videos to enhance our learning and gave us tools to help us handle certain situations differently. This class opened my eyes and dramatically helped me to reinforce my own value and how I approach my team and the world." - Lakysha, VP Cox Communications
Recommended for everyone
Often AntiSemitism doesn't get mentioned in the panoply of diversity and inclusion topics, and yet, AntiSemitic hate crimes were at an all time historic high in 2020 in the US.
Many white supremacists often espouse racist as well as AntiSemitic views, as the recent hate crime perpetrator in the Winthrop, MA shooting did. Fighting between Israel and Gaza has only spiked AntiSemitic sentiments and rhetoric.
Though it may seem as if there are a lot of Jews, we only constitute 2 percent of the American population, and 9 percent of the European population (Jews were once
This workshop educates employees on the history of AntiSemitism, the links between AntiSemitism and AntiZionism, explains the bystander phenomena, and educates employees on what it means to be a Jew and the significance of Jewish holidays. We dive into ways to make your Jewish colleagues feel included and respected in your workplace.
Empathy in Action
Recommended for manager level and above
We're facing a time where everyone all over the world is dealing with some sort of hardship- be it the loneliness of self isolation, the fear of uncertainty, the sickness of a loved one, worry about income and the future, or their own health ailments.
Practicing empathy and compassion has never been more important. Utilizing tactics from psychology, mediation, and Buddhism, this workshop will dive into how to be present with others, how to show them that you care through your actions and your speech, explore the difference between empathy and sympathy, introduce people to simple, every day actions to express empathy with their teams, and take everyone's ability to be compassionate up to the next level.
As Brene Brown says, "Leaders must either invest a reasonable amount of time attending to fears and feelings, or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behaviors."
Cross Cultural Teamwork
Recommended for anyone working across cultures
More and more organizations are working across borders and have staff distributed across the globe. But differing cultural norms and ways of communicating can often leave people feeling frustrated, upset, or outright confused. This workshop goes through Hofsteade's research on differing cultural values, and explains differing methods of cultural communication, supported by Stella Toomey's work. It gives tools on how to understand each other's cultures better and how to act respectfully and clearly no matter who it is you are dealing with in any time zone!
In light of political and social unrest, many individuals and companies are looking for ways to pivot from being simply un-racist to actively anti-racist. This workshop is designed to help participants understand historical manifestations of racism present today. We will challenge our preconceived notions around race and how we consciously or unconsciously contribute to institutional and structural racism. A key goal of this workshop is to move our talk into action by developing tools and strategies to claiming and embodying an anti-racist identity and company culture.
Understanding the LGBTQ Landscape
We will discuss who and what fits into the “LGBT+ category,” including terminology, myths/facts, and why it is vital for everyone to have this foundational knowledge. We will talk about how to become more empathetic, how to speak up when witnessing a problem, and examine specific and manageable ways we can do better, as individuals, as team leaders, as an organization, and as an industry. This training will be accessible, approachable, and requires no previous knowledge. Come as you are, leave more informed and prepared than you were.
“Kryss provided great insight about LGBT history and rights and answered all of the employees’ questions. She was among the best guest lecturers I have ever had.” - Bryant, Los Angeles, CA
Creating Institutional Change
recommended for ERG leads/movers and shakers
Employee Resource Groups have a big challenge - how can you leverage your ERG to not only be a safe space, but to change your organization and industry to create more opportunities and belonging for your identity group?
This workshop, based upon global research on pioneers and coalitions who have changed policies, changed governments, and changed institutions, will help equip your ERG members with the step-by-step process needed to create lasting change.
recommended for everyone
The Bystander Intervention Workshop Covers:
- why bystander intervention is important, on both an individual level and on a systems level
- The different types of microaggressions (Micro-assaults, micro-insults, and micro-invalidations)
- A range of techniques to respond to each that work, based upon: your identity, your relationship with the perpetrator and victim, your seniority level, your personality type and your values
- How to push through the fear and discomfort of intervening
- Why it is beneficial for the intervener on a psychological level
- How it changes the perpetrator's future behavior
Then we do role plays in groups where one person plays the perpetrator, one person the victim, one the intervener, and one observes in order to practice in a safe space, w/live coaching.
Breaking the Bias for Women in Tech
What are some of the gender biases in tech that repeatedly appear that set up an unwelcoming environment for women – employees, clients, and consumers? What are some of the barriers and challenges that women face on an individual level? What have the women in your company experienced?
What can you do to be an ally to women in your workplace? What can you do to empower yourself, if you’re a woman? How can a company create an environment where women thrive?
How can tech, as an industry, revise how it functions to be more welcoming and empowering for women? Where do women have opportunities to lead the way?
This workshop deep dives into the whole tech industry, many of the inequities that exist, and how we create systemic changes towards equity in tech- not just for employees but for clients and consumers of technology. It also offers an opportunity for women to share their experiences and provide solutions and actionable tools for allies and men to empower women and to rethink how we do tech as a whole from an equity frame.
"This has been an incredible session and so much of it resonates. Sessions like this I think would be incredibly valuable for leadership across the board – both men and women." - Ella, Amazon Web Services
"This was an incredible session and very validating for so much of what I've experienced in 13 years in the industry. Thank you so much! "- Lauren, Amazon Web Services
"Thank you SO much for your time and for all of the leadership contributions on today's session. So glad I was able to join while I could." - Brianne, Amazon Web Services
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What else do people have to say about Empower's workshops?
"Shifting a culture isn’t easy, and maintaining one can prove just as challenging. Empower Global helped us take these first steps in becoming better mentors and colleagues by facilitating a corporate workshop on Gender Equity at Slalom’s South Florida Office. Following the workshop, participants and allies met to take actionable steps towards making our office more gender equitable.
We are continuing to amplify our efforts in D&I recruitment and are considering larger internal initiatives to ensure that candidates and employees are not subject to implicit racial and gender biases. We are holding each other accountable to produce more gender neutral team outings, and to refrain from using gendered language and analogies in our discussions, among others. Empower’s workshop ignited a powerful movement at Slalom South Florida, and we are greatly appreciative of their services, and continued impact on gender equity in the workplace." - Lauren Cardenas, Consultant, Slalom
"Aurelie provided an insightful and compelling D&I training to our LVMH colleagues. It was engaging and in tune with delivering sound strategies for success through the lens of inclusion. Aurelie has ben a great business partner for us in terms of driving the messaging of D&I being a business imperative." - Corey Smith, Head of DEI, North America LVMH
"Samantha has an amazing way of bringing joy and energy to a session all while making participants feel comfortable. Her ability to interject seamlessly with anecdotes of her own struggles as a woman searching for success and meaning is complemented by moments of real vulnerability that draws out the same out in all of us."- Emma, Legislative Assistant, US Congress
"Samantha is a very effective speaker who is able to bring training alive to the group. She is engaging, moves across all attendees, and helps make vulnerability more palletable. She is fun, authentic, and down to earth." - George, VP, JP Morgan
Some Recent Workshops + Keynotes...
Championing Women in the Workplace
Amazon Web Services
"Breaking the Bias for Women in Tech"
"Breaking the Bias for Women in Tech"
"Women's Empowerment in Palestine"
Leading Entrepreneurs of the World
Lean in Energy
"Inclusive Virtual Facilitation"
Reaology + Coldwell Bankers
"Unconscious Bias + Inclusive Leadership"
"Gender Equity in the Workplace"
VERIZON and Ellevate
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The GLOW and PODCAST ROW
"Confidence, Courage, and Communication"
New York City
January 15, 2020
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