NCIL Presents: A Webinar Series on Racial Justice and Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI)

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), with partial funding provided by Walmart, presents a series of webinars that are focused on definitions, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals and organizations committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

DEAI: A Focus on CIL & SILC Boards and Leadership 

A Foundation on Racial Justice: Personal and Interpersonal Perspective

A Foundation on Racial Justice: The Organizational Perspective

Please register at the links above or for more information please reach out to jenny@ncil.org.

Webinar Descriptions:

DEAI: A Focus on CIL & SILC Boards and Leadership 

The first webinar of the series is focused specifically on CIL and SILC Board Members and other Leadership of the organizations and will work to align everyone on the definitions, attitudes, and behaviors of an organization committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. 

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify how to establish common language and working definitions of racial justice and other key terms.
  • Learn how to assess an organization’s readiness for DEAI strategy development and deployment.
  • Recognize the key elements necessary for a successful DEAI change initiative
  • Identify actions that establish a strong foundation for racial justice work.
  • Identify measures and methods for accountability. 
  • Describe how to define the roles and responsibilities of the Board and organizational Leadership to sustain an organization that is committed to racial justice.

A Foundation on Racial Justice

This two-part webinar series will enable members and staff of CILs and SILCs to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities surrounding best operational practices and systems that create equitable access for all.

Part I: In the first part of this series A Foundation on Racial Justice: Personal and Interpersonal Perspective, participants will:

  • Establish common language and working definitions of key terms used in DEAI work.
  • Examine one’s own culture and learn from others’ cultural identity
  • Explore common attitudes, stereotypes and behaviors that perpetuate exclusion and stifle inclusiveness.
  • Explore appropriate attitudes, behaviors and skills when interacting with diverse constituents.

Part II: The second part of this series A Foundation on Racial Justice: Organizational Perspective, will enable participants to:

  • Understand the business case for a culture that embeds the principles of DEAI.
  • Assess an organization’s readiness for DEAI strategy development
  • Recognize the key elements necessary for a successful DEAI change initiative
  • Identify actions that establish a strong foundation for racial justice work.
  • Assess if the capacity exists within or determine if outside expertise is needed to lead DEAI work.

Presenter:

Dr. Linda Groomes, Founder and CEO of Achieving My Purpose (AMP)

Dr. Linda Groomes is the Founder & CEO of Achieving My Purpose (AMP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform, inspire and empower young women, ages 18-30. She has demonstrated her leadership skills in the public and private sectors during her tenure at Hallmark Cards, LGC Enterprises and the City of Scottsdale.

Dr, Groomes directed Hallmark Cards’ diversity efforts for over eight years where she was responsible for directing corporate programs including hiring and development of women and people of color, identifying, and advising minority retailers in the personal communication business, coordinating the supplier diversity program, and community relations. She served in the diversity consultant position for the City of Scottsdale.

Through her own consulting firm, LGC Enterprises, Dr. Groomes developed strategies for major corporations, educational institutions, government entities, and nonprofit

organizations. LGC conducted training in numerous countries and trained well over 20,000 executives and their employees in a wide range of diversity-oriented topics.

She operated her own business, LGC Enterprises, Ltd. for seventeen years.

Dr. Groomes holds a Ph.D. from Grand Canyon University in Psychology, a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University. She also holds a Certificate of Continuing Education from the Tuck School of Business.

Dr. Groomes is the author of a book, “Lessons to Share with the Daughter I Never Had”.

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