An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Inclusify: How to Lead More Inclusively During Covid-19 and Beyond

Presenters: Stefanie K. Johnson and Cindy Pace (Moderator)

Date: 27 May 2020 

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Humans have two basic desires: to stand out and to fit in. Companies and organizations respond by creating groups that tend to the extreme—where everyone fits in and no one stands out, or where everyone stands out and no one fits in. It’s no use having diversity if everyone feels like an outsider.

Further explored in her new Harper Collins book, Inclusify: Harnessing the Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams, the presenter will share the surprising ways the leaders undermine inclusion and provides actionable ways that leaders can pivot to build more inclusive teams. Being an inclusive leader is difficult in any time – and this challenge is even greater when we are all working from home during the Covid-19 Crisis. She will share continuous, sustained approaches shown to help diverse teams feel engaged, empowered, accepted, and valued. Learn how Inclusifying can change a team by making it possible for unique perspectives to be heard, thus allowing the best, most innovative, and creative solutions to emerge while creating an atmosphere in which all employees can be truly engaged.

This webinar will help you:

  • Identify unexpected ways that well-intentioned leaders undermine their teams
  • Recognize the myths and misperceptions that drive these behaviors
  • Provides practical strategies to become an Inclusifyer.

Speaker Information

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Stefanie K. Johnson, PhD, is an Associate Professor at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of business, author of the forthcoming book, Inclusify, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on (1) how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and (2) strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. Stefanie was named the “authoritative voice on inclusivity and diversity,” by Thinkers50 and selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, comprising 30 international management scholars whose work will shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. Her research has been covered in media outlets including Forbes, The Economist, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. She has appeared on Fox, ABC, NBC, CNN, and CNN International. She has presented her work at over 170 meetings around the world including at the White House for a 2016 summit on diversity in corporate America on National Equal Pay Day. Stefanie holds the Andrea and Michael Leeds Research Fellowship, is the Director of CU Boulder’s Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Leeds, and is a 2020 CU Boulder RIO Fellow. She is passionate about disseminating her work more broadly and has taught two LinkedIn Learning courses on how to increase diversity and inclusion in corporations.

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Cindy Pace, Ed.D., Vice President Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at MetLife, where she leads the global D&I strategy for an enterprise wide employee base of 49,000 in nearly 40 countries. Aligned to the company’s business imperative, the strategy drives and promotes D&I as critical success factors to fuel innovation, cross-cultural collaboration and business success. She has 20 years of corporate management experience working in financial services, healthcare and biopharmaceuticals. She is also a global scholar practitioner and is an inaugural faculty member and lecturer at Columbia University School of Professional Studies in the Human Capital Management program.

As a thought leader on global diversity, inclusive talent practices, and women’s leadership, she has presented and facilitated workshops at numerous conferences, organizations, and academic institutions including Harvard Business School, Indiana Tech Global Leadership PhD Immersion, Kellogg Northwestern School of Management, Universidad Europea de Valencia’s International MBA Program, Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, and Columbia Business School. She wrote an article in Harvard Business Review entitled How Women of Color Get to Senior Management which has been featured in Forbes and Fortune. She also authored a chapter on Navigating Leadership in the edited book, Women’s Leadership Journeys: Stories, Research, and Novel Perspectives, which is part of the Leadership Practice Series published by Routledge. She currently serves on the ILA’s Board of Directors.