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Can Mindfulness Reboot Diversity and Inclusion?

Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Chris Altizer, Altizer Performance Partners and Marjorie Derven, Consultant, RGP

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Diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategies have simply not moved the needle for corporations. While a variety of factors, including inadequate resources, competing priorities, and lack of accountability, have all contributed to slow progress, changing demographics, the need for innovation, and globalization have made D&I more important than ever. It’s time to rethink traditional approaches.

A complex issue that necessitates an integrated solution, D&I can be enhanced through mindfulness, which focuses on training the mind to balance the sometimes-competing functions of awareness and attention. Hallmarks of mindfulness include the ability to suspend emotional judgment under stress, greater self-awareness, and increased compassion in thought and action. By increasing competencies of presence, awareness, and attention, mindfulness at work can illuminate the behaviors and mindsets that build bridges across differences and enable organizations to leverage the power of D&I.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the driving and restraining forces shaping D&I in companies today.
  • Understand how mindfulness increases the ability to pause and manage nonconscious biases in moments of communication and decision.
  • Discuss the advantages of increasing awareness, attention, presence, nonjudgment, and compassion in leadership and team behaviors to build more inclusive workplace cultures.
  • Discuss the advantages of developing mindfulness as a portable competency that enables employees to engage and contribute fully at work.


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Chris Altizer
Chris Altizer

Altizer Performance Partners

Chris Altizer, formerly a senior human resources executive with vice president and senior vice president roles in organizations that include Aetna, Pfizer, Warner-Lambert, and Allstate, brings deep experience in leadership, organizational change, and team performance to clients of Altizer Performance Partners. A career diversity and inclusion advocate and ally, he blends 25 years of professional experience with C-suite executives and leadership teams across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to improve organizational and leadership performance. He blends his deep professional experiences in leadership, teams, and organizational change with his personal experiences in yoga, martial arts, and mindfulness to help leaders and teams discern, decide, and dedicate their paths to personal and professional growth, mastery, and performance.

Marjorie Derven
Marjorie Derven

Consultant, RGP

Marjorie Derven is a Change Management and Communications consultant at RGP. She has been consulting with global organizations for more than 20 years to improve individual, team, and organizational performance for some of the world's top companies. Passionate about the value of diversity and inclusion (D&I) to unleash creativity, foster positive teamwork, and the workforce achieve its full potential, Marjorie blends expertise in organizational effectiveness, change management, and leadership development in her D&I practice. A frequent presenter at global conferences, Marjorie writes extensively about D&I and engagement and has served as a Diversity Value Index judge for the last five years.

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