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2019 NEPDEC Conference

Best Practices for School Climate Improvement: Strategies that Support Diversity and Inclusion

September 20, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Spend a day with top leaders in diversity, inclusion and school safety as they address the most pressing and complex issues that accompany teachers, administrators and behavioral health professionals in dealing with students facing racial, sexual identity, discrimination, violence and behavioral health challenges in the school setting.

Conference Agenda

8:00 AM         Breakfast
8:45 AM         Keynote Address with Dr. Michael Fosberg
10:15 AM       Breakout Session I
11:15 AM       Breakout Session II
12:00 PM       Lunch
1:00 PM         Roundtable Discussion/”Best Practices” Work Plan

Register now for a comprehensive program and engage in important dialogue with experts on race and identity issues, school violence, suicide prevention and other related meaningful discussion which will reshape the way we converse on diversity, inclusion and school safety issues.

To reserve your seat, please complete our Registration Form. Registration is $40 per attendee and a registration form must be submitted for each attendee.

If you have any questions, you may contact us at 570-558-396 or email@nepdec.org.

May 2019

NEPDEC is proud to present the third in our three part webinar series for Spring 2019. These webinars were recorded at our conference on Embracing Diversity for Maximum Impact in the Workplace held on 10/26/2018 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. To view the third in our webinar series, use the title link below.

Series III: Diversity Best Practices – Action Planning and Implementation

NEPDEC Executive Director, Brad Kovaleski, addresses the attendees of the Conference on Embracing Diversity for Maximum Impact in the Workplace.

April 2019

NEPDEC is proud to present the second in our three part webinar series for Spring 2019. These webinars were recorded at our conference on Embracing Diversity for Maximum Impact in the Workplace held on 10/26/2018 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. To view the second in our webinar series, use the title link below.

Series II: The Impact of Cognitively Inclusive Work Teams – Strategies for Success


NEPDEC Executive Director, Brad Kovaleski, addresses the attendees of the Conference on Embracing Diversity for Maximum Impact in the Workplace.

Beyond Sexual Harassment, Equity Across the Gender Divide

Beyond Sexual Harassment, Equity Across the Gender Divide

Simma Lieberman

Webinar: March 21, 2018 from 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

For access, contact linda@nepdec.org

Background and Purpose:

Accusations and reported incidents of sexual harassment, assault and abuse of power by men over women and, in some cases, over other men, show up in the news every day.

Lawsuits are being filed and reputations are being lost; particularly for those organizations that were warned and took no action, or kept payouts quiet while the offenders were still employed.

Too often the situation is being presented as a “men vs. women” battle. This is unhealthy for organizations and negatively affects people’s ability to work together. It doesn’t solve the problem.

Requests for anti-sexual harassment training are on the rise as people seek solutions, since many do not know what to do.

While anti-sexual harassment training is important to set boundaries, and prevent certain egregious behaviors, it’s not enough. When people have the opportunity to engage in dialogue, hear and understand each other’s perspectives, it reduces objectification and promotes gender equity. They are more willing to collaborate and help each other.

This webinar is designed to initiate the conversation that goes beyond sexual harassment laws to engaging in dialogue across gender and find new ways to connect as peers. Harassment is a form of bullying and it takes people across the gender spectrum to prevent it together.

Topics include:

  • Sexual harassment and the ways in which different types of sexual harassment impact everyone in the workplace (not just targets of harassment)
  • Why some people don’t report harassment or inappropriate behavior
  • How gender dialogue can break isolation, prevent sexual harassment, promote gender equity and increase collaboration across gender
  • Ways to support co-workers and push back against inappropriate behavior
  • How to take actions to go from silent bystander to active ally

Methodology:

During the webinar participants will have opportunities to share their experiences and ask each other questions.

At the end of the webinar people will have time to provide suggested solutions.

Simma Lieberman is internationally known as “The Inclusionist,” because she creates inclusive workplaces where employees love to do their best work, and customers love to do business.

Her passion for diversity and its possibilities began in 1963 when she went on the March On Washington. In 1963. She wishes she could say that it was because of hearing Martin Luther King give his “I Have A Dream” speech, but she was too young to remember it. However, she has always remembered what it felt like to be amongst 250,000 people for the first time of all colors, cultures, and ages, rallying and marching together for change.

Later on, she began working with a multi-cultural organization in New York City, where she was trained to facilitate dialogues with diverse racial and ethnic groups, in order to reduce tension, and create effective working relationships.

Her first culture shock was when she moved from the Bronx to Eugene, Oregon, where she was a member of a multicultural global theater group.

Today, Simma works with leaders of organizations who understand that while training in areas of diversity and inclusion is important, sustainable change only occurs when diversity and inclusion are integrated into the business strategy, and are part of the organization’s cultural DNA. She strongly believes that implementing good diversity management and developing cultural intelligence are necessary for organizations to stay relevant and competitive in tomorrow’s markets.

Her unique ability to view organizations through an inclusion lens also enables Simma to help leaders in organizations uncover employee genius, and leverage their diverse talents and skills at any level.

She has worked with a wide range of organizations that include: Applied Materials, Gulfstream, America Empresarial, Intel, Diageo, Kimpton Hotels, VSP, Boeing, Pillsbury Bakeries and Foodservices, McDonalds, Women’s Foodservice Forum, Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, UC Berkeley, and the US Dept. of Transportation.

Simma is a member of two diversity think tanks, a former co-chair of the San Francisco Regional Chapter of Out and Equal, and former board member of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. She is the president of the Northern California Chapter of Society for the Advancement of Consulting, and an inductee to the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame.

Publications that have featured her articles and ideas include The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Fast Company, The Economist, Forbes, Black MBA, Restaurant Hospitality Magazine, Insight Into Diversity, Working Mother, Cosmopolitan UK, Human Resource Executive, CEO Refresher and CNN.

She is the co-author with George Simons and Kate Berardo, of Putting Diversity to Work, how to successfully lead a diverse workforce, the co-author of The Diversity Calling, Building Diverse Communities One Story at a Time and the author of 110 Ways to Champion Diversity and Build Inclusion and Stress Management for the Motivated, A Workbook For You.

Contact Simma at Simma@Simmalieberman.com or 510-527-0700.

Skills for Having Difficult Dialogues

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Dr. Jim Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW

2pm-4pm

Monday, December 5, 2016
Wilkes University, Henry Student Center, Miller Room, 2nd Floor

1.) Understanding the context of the conversation and incorporating this understanding into our planning;
2.) “Setting the stage” for meaningful discussion;
3.) Integrating “best practices” in our facilitation of difficult topics;
4.) Dealing with the normal testing, resistance, skepticism, and anger which these discussions may trigger;
5.) Preparing one’s self as facilitator for leading difficult discussions;
6.) Following up with participants after the discussion.

James Calderone has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilkes University in English, with a Secondary Education Certification, a Master’s in Social Work from University of Wisconsin/Madison, and a Doctorate in Education from Temple in Adult Development. Calderone also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Marywood University.
Jim is a full professor in the Social Work Department at Misericordia University and a Licensed Social Worker. He has also served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at Misericordia. He has been accepted into the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Jim is active as an ordained priest in the American Catholic Church in the United States, and is director of the St. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastoral Outreach Center in Kingston, PA.
Dr. Calderone has served on the Advisory Board of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, and has been an active diversity consultant and trainer. He has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program, and presented at many national conferences on diversity planning, curriculum, and training. He currently works with Consult4Diversity, a firm providing assessment and training to colleges, universities, healthcare systems, and businesses.

Upcoming Workshop on December 5th, Skills for Having Difficult Dialogues

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Dr. Jim Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016
Wilkes University, Henry Student Center, Miller Room, 2nd Floor

1.) Understanding the context of the conversation and incorporating this understanding into our planning;
2.) “Setting the stage” for meaningful discussion;
3.) Integrating “best practices” in our facilitation of difficult topics;
4.) Dealing with the normal testing, resistance, skepticism, and anger which these discussions may trigger;
5.) Preparing one’s self as facilitator for leading difficult discussions;
6.) Following up with participants after the discussion.

James Calderone has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilkes University in English, with a Secondary Education Certification, a Master’s in Social Work from University of Wisconsin/Madison, and a Doctorate in Education from Temple in Adult Development. Calderone also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Marywood University.

Jim is a full professor in the Social Work Department at Misericordia University and a Licensed Social Worker. He has also served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at Misericordia. He has been accepted into the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Jim is active as an ordained priest in the American Catholic Church in the United States, and is director of the St. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastoral Outreach Center in Kingston, PA.

Dr. Calderone has served on the Advisory Board of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, and has been an active diversity consultant and trainer. He has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program, and presented at many national conferences on diversity planning, curriculum, and training. He currently works with Consult4Diversity, a firm providing assessment and training to colleges, universities, healthcare systems, and businesses.