by Dr. Cedric Williams
Dr. Cedric Williams shared his expertise as a consulting psychologist who integrates psychological principles and leader development models to help individuals, teams, and organizations move toward occupational thriving. He teaches courses on multicultural competence, assessment for clinician-consultants, private practice development, and clinical dissertations. He has published on various topics including racial microaggressions, multicultural competence, performance, and resilience. Dr. Williams currently works with several non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private firms to provide learning and education on multicultural competence, recognition and response to racial microaggressions in the work environment, implicit bias, and effective allyship.
Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, three master’s degrees, and a B.S. from Illinois State University. Dr. Williams has also served on the executive board of the American Psychological Association's Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology as the Diversity and Inclusion chairperson. In addition to his work as a psychologist, Dr. Williams has served in the US Army (active and now reserves) since 2002. He is an Airborne and Ranger qualified Infantry officer who has led soldiers in a variety of settings.
Leading Below the Surface:
Embodying the Type of Leadership that the
World Desperately Needs
September 22, 2021; 12:00 - 1:00pm ET
LaTonya Wilkins, MBA, ICF ACC
In this interactive session, LaTonya discussed the three prongs of the leading below the surface approach (REAL Leadership, empathy, psychological safety). She presented how to embody the approach, and why the world desperately needs below the surface leadership. During this session there was time for participants to practice embodiment in small groups to gain first hand knowledge to apply in their world.
Founder of The Change Coaches, LaTonya Wilkins partners with executives, upwardly mobile professionals, and teams to build cultures of belonging through highly customized coaching and consulting services. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and has inspired audiences all over the world. She built her career working in HR, talent management and learning & development at Fortune 500 companies before teaching and taking on progressive leadership roles at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business. LaTonya is currently the President of the True Star Youth Foundation board. She gained industry recognition when she was featured on the peer-nominated list of most inclusive HR influencers in 2019.
LaTonya developed her signature concept of Below the Surface Leadership based on her own experience climbing the corporate ladder and researching across disciplines while constantly being the “only one” on her teams. This revolutionary approach to leadership is about creating psychologically safe relationships across differences, empowering underrepresented employees to feel valued, heard, and engaged, and creating cultures of belonging in the workplace.
LaTonya’s clients often describe her as approachable, non-judgmental, inspiring, creative, unique, and insightful. You may experience her the same way as you read through Leading Below the Surface.
To learn more about LaTonya and her work, visit her website:
Conscious Leadership Conversation:
A Leadership Lab Workshop
Led by Faith Hassell and Joel Wright
"Our mission is not just to inform, but to inspire leadership in action. "
Would you like to explore your leadership challenges with others in the community? We utilized this session to explore some of the challenges that were brought to light during the Summit , further define the problems and determine where the greatest interest is for some members to form groups (Leadership Labs) to take action.
Here are the topics that were explored.
· Resilience vs. fatigue/burnout
· Women in leadership - being heard & seen
· Unlearning racism and building equity, and inclusion
· Democratizing Leadership in Education
· Polarities: dealing with divisions at work and socially
· Building connections across remote locations
· Exploring a framework of a leadership journey for new and existing leaders
· Facilitating group dialog
If you are interested in exploring any of these topics with others who share your concerns, please us the contact us form and we will connect you with the appropriate leaders.
For the months of June and July our programming is devoted to our annual Leadership Forum Summit about "Leading to Repair". You can still experience the Summit through our YouTube recordings of the sessions. For information go to our 2021 Summit page.
Pain & Possibility in the Pandemic:
A Dialogue Between Leaders
On May 19th, Renee Moorefield, a genuine optimist, facilitated a discussion addressing some of the dark sides of the Covid experience. Instead of a traditional webinar format, she will lead us in exploring the questions and concerns we still have about dealing with the changes and challenges that the pandemic has brought us. And, she explored her perspectives about helping leaders and organizations use this opportunity to create work environments where people thrive. There was amazing wisdom in the Leadership Forum Community that was shared in this nonstop dialogue.
Renee is CEO of Wisdom Works, a social enterprise she co-founded in 1999 to offer thought leadership and state-of-the-art resources for building brands, work cultures and leadership capabilities that empower all people to thrive. Among organizations she advised are The Coca-Cola Company, Nike, Hermes of Paris, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cox Automotive, Hyatt, Barilla, Merck & Company, and Sainsbury. Her book Driven by Wellth: The 7 Essentials for Healthy, Sustainable Results in 21st Century Business and Leadership is a "must read".
Please check out her website for more about Renee's amazing background :
Education Leadership Lab:
Pilots, Platform, and
Access for All
Learn about how we have partnered with educators and youth to prepare leadership development modules for our youth. Discover how we are piloting these modules in schools where students not only benefit from leadership discussions through topics like “Strength Through Struggle” and “What is Leadership?,” but how students themselves are actually facilitating these discussions and giving us ideas for more topics.
Following the 2020 Leadership Forum Community Summit, a Leadership Lab team was inspired to dive into the topic of Youth/Student Leadership Development. With the rapid pace of change in our world and new challenges emerging every day, our very young leaders are facing struggles like never before. However, these same youth leaders provide hope for a better future, especially if we can support their leadership growth now.
At this event, you will have the opportunity to:
If you believe that leadership development is a lifelong journey that can not start early enough, this discussion is for you. Together, we can support our young leaders to walk together into the unknown with the courage and ideas to solve the most difficult challenges of our day.
For more information on this program check out the Democratizing Leadership Exchange on the Participate platform: democratizing-leadership-exchange
Exploring Restorative Practice
Mala Malhotra Ortiz, Esq., PCC
Restorative practice in community requires vulnerability to admit wrongdoing and to "fess up" to feeling hurt and pain. This foundational step is often missed, which then results in false restoration - a sort of faux or stucco siding.
True restoration requires acknowledgment of breaks in a foundation, then we can move towards developing a joint, community plan around regeneration or rebuilding relationships/community/trust. Mala Malhotra Ortiz, will share her experience with restorative practice. She will provide some history and context and highlight her recent work at W.L. Gore & Associates [www.gore.com], as a member of the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Team.
Jane Rosenzweig will join Mala and talk about a long-term DEI practice at Gore (“Conversations for Understanding”, a vehicle for deepening shared understanding and increasing empathy via dialogue) that Mala champions.
Are Our Comfort Zones Holding Us
Back From Equity and Inclusion?
February 17, 2021
The epitome of privilege is choosing to stay in our comfort zone. Stepping out of your comfort zone to be more equitable and inclusive requires risk which is uncomfortable. Transforming the comfort zone requires a proactive confrontation, naming it, identifying the cost, and turning it around. Without a compelling reason, we will not willingly leave our comfort zones. This session walks you through a tool to support courageous conversations about comfort zones and how they are serving you and/or your team to be equitable and inclusive. Visit Participate to access the recorded session and the Self Awareness Comfort Zone Workbook.
Bio: Erin is the Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development at the YMCA of Central New York. She focuses on staff development that results in confident cause-driven leaders and is committed to strengthening the mission and vision of the YMCA. Erin's mission is to help others find personal joy through opportunities that help them see their potential and guide them to be their best self. Erin has a B.A. in Youth Development and M.Ed. in Recreation Management from Springfield College. She holds her Organizational Leader Certification from YMCA of the USA, as well as trainings from The Center for Creative Leadership, and The Bigger Game Company.
Leadership Through COVID-19
Following the 2020 Leadership Forum Community Summit, a Leadership Lab team was established to address the challenge of Leadership through COVID-19. The exploration included interviewing over 100 leaders that spanned multiple industries, generations, and geographies to learn what it took to lead this year. This event will share trends and insights from those interviews.
Additional Resources are available related to this Incubating Leadership Conversation through this link to Participate. They include a whitepaper, annotated slides, participant reflections from chat, and a audio recording of the 12/9/2020 session.
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