Turning Diversity Tension into Diversity Dialogue: Part II

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
12:30-2:00 pm

Webinar: A Seminar That Comes to You

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For Access information, please call NEPDEC at 570-262-6597.

Part I of this webinar, presented last spring by Dr. Thiederman, focused on how to lay the foundation for productive diversity-related dialogue in the workplace. NEPDEC received such positive responses about this program that Part II of Dr. Theiderman’s webinar will be presented this fall.

After a brief re-cap of Part I, this webinar surveys five cognitive skills and strategies for enhancing participants’ ability to turn tense conversations into opportunities for greater understanding and a better working relationship. An example of just one of these skills is how to identify productive goals for the conversation. The program then concludes with one or more follow-up actions. This practical, how-to webinar is valuable for all NEPEC members.


 Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation’s leading experts on workplace diversity, cross-cultural business, and bias reduction. As President of Cross-Cultural Communications, a San Diego-based training firm, Sondra has 25 years experience as a speaker, trainer, and author helping professionals in Fortune 500 companies, public sector organizations, and dozens of associations find ways to successfully navigate our increasingly diverse workplaces.

Since receiving her doctorate with an emphasis on cross-cultural studies from UCLA, Sondra has helped hundreds of groups develop solutions to their cross-cultural and diversity leadership challenges. Among her clients are such leading organizations as General Motors, Xerox Corporation, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Marriott Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, Century 21 Real Estate, American Express, The Federal Reserve Bank, Motorola, and AT&T. She has also addressed notableassociations including the Arthritis Foundation, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In addition, she has served as consultant to the University of California and the American Cancer Society and has been appointed by Elizabeth Dole to serve on the Diversity Cabinet of the American Red Cross.

Sondra has extensive media experience including mention in such national publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and U.S.A Today. She is published in professional journals, and has written on diversity for the web site Monster.com. She is the author of four books including the award-winningProfiting in America’s Multicultural Marketplace and, most recently, Making Diversity Work: Seven Steps for Defeating Bias in the Workplace.

“Is It Bias”, the video based on Thiederman’s book Making Diversity Work: Seven Steps for Defeating Bias I the Workplace, with a Leader’s Guide, is now available.

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NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.