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How Tools Enable Inclusive Learning Within Remote Teams: 4 Must-Haves for Virtually Supporting Inclusive Learning

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Eric Polite II, CDE, Chief Transformation Officer, Eric Polite & Associates; Mayra Archilla-Barton, Manager, Inclusion Practices, CDW; and Chris Olson, Corporate Strategy & Partnerships, Class Technologies

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As organizations look to quickly and effectively move their learning programs online, executives are questioning best practices on inclusivity. According to Shama Hyder in a Forbes 2021 article, a majority of workforce training will remain online or in a hybrid format moving forward. As we shift away from the physical, nine-to-five workplace model, we have the opportunity to increase inclusivity with the tools and technology being built to support our new frontier.

Representation and diversity within workspaces are crucial to recruitment, employee retention, company culture, and revenue. Diversity Wins, a 2019 McKnisey study, found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25 percent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile.

Inclusive and diverse workspaces in the hybrid age involve strategy from the top down, investment in tools and training, and engaged employees with time to invest into online or hybrid training.

Join Eric Polite II, CDE, chief transformation officer at Eric Polite & Associates; Mayra Archilla-Barton, manager, inclusion practices at CDW; and Chris Olson, strategic advisor at Class, as they discuss the four must-haves for virtually supporting inclusive learning:

  • Executive-level buy-in
  • Investment in tools and resources that enable inclusive learning
  • Training for your organization’s leaders to coach inclusively
  • Accessible and equitable learning and development programs


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Eric Polite II
Eric Polite II

CDE, Chief Transformation Officer, Eric Polite & Associates

Eric is a skilled learning facilitator, performance consultant, and systems coach with more than 20 years of experience working to uncover and unleash the inherent potential residing in all people, teams, and organizations. His deep commitment to DEI fuels his unique approach to helping organizations grow their conscious leadership capabilities and create the conditions required for people to—individually and collectively—do their best work. 

Mayra Archilla-Barton
Mayra Archilla-Barton

Manager, Inclusion Practices, CDW

Mayra Archilla-Barton is a member of the DEI office at CDW, a leading multibrand provider of information technology solutions to business, government, education, and healthcare customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. She has more than 15 years of experience in the HR field and is a certified senior professional in human resources by the Society of Human Resource Management. Mayra earned a master’s degree in business administration from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin.  

Chris Olson
Chris Olson

Corporate Strategy & Partnerships, Class Technologies

Chris Olson is a corporate L&D consultant at Class. He brings more than 20 years of organizational effectiveness experience. Primarily operating in the finance industry, Chris oversaw learning and development, performance, employee experience and engagement. He has led 10 national bank merger and acquisition change management initiatives. By leveraging technology that focused on experience and modern learning practices, he delivers skills and talent when organizations needed them most. Before joining Class, Chris was also supporting one of the top HR research and consulting firms, RedThread Research. 


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