2020 Virtual Funding Symposium

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

October 22, 2020
1:00-2:30 PM ET


AchieveNEXT will begin at the enterprise level by exploring what Diverity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) means and why it is so important to enterprise success. They will discuss how DEI drives innovation, competitive advantage, and better enterprise financial performance, including a high-level discussion of the strategic alignment of employee experience (EX) with customer/client experience (CX).

AcieveNEXT will then focus on the greatest impediment to an inclusive culture by examining unconscious bias at the individual level. Explore why we have unconscious biases, and how bias can impact our ability to have effective interactions, with a focus on impact vs. intent.

After participating in this session, attendees will:

  • better understand how to use DEI as a business driver
  • apply a more strategic approach to DEI efforts
  • appreciate the impact of bias
  • gain a deeper understanding and awareness of unintended assumptions, including how microinequities and micro-aggressions impact our personal interactions
  • develop the tools and techniques necessary to change default behavioral settings

Each participant will receive a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Glossary  and a link to complete the Harvard Implicit Bias Test  prior to the session. AchieveNEXT will also make available during the session a link to complete their proprietary enterprise data tool, the Cultural Impact Quotient (CIQ)  assessment, so participants can determine where their enterprise falls on a DEI maturity model.  

Robyn Pollack, Managing Director, AchieveNEXT

Robyn Forman Pollack, Esq. is a Managing Director at AchieveNEXT. A business strategist with an expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, Robyn increases top-line, bottom-line and shareholder value by teaching enterprises to leverage their DE&I Initiatives for growth and success. Through financially-focused,  specialized diversity, equity and inclusion services and solutions, Robyn and the AchieveNEXT team help forward-focused enterprises create measurable impact on talent and enterprise performance and maximize advantage in the markets they are competing in by aligning employee experience (EX) with customer/client/community experience (CX).  Robyn has been actively involved in DEI issues for over twenty years. She has lectured and written extensively on issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, strategic best practices, cultural change, communication, team collaboration, networking, negotiation, and effective leadership. Robyn brings years of experience working with enterprises as a restructuring attorney and believes that aligning business and human capital is the catalyst for change. 



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