Change SIG - 9/24/2021

09/24/2021 9:56 PM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

Race Matters: Courageous Conversations 
(8:30-10:30 - bring your own coffee/tea and snacks).

Are you struggling to know what to say to your team on the topics of race, diversity, ethnicity, and equity? Do you find yourself paralyzed by the subject of racism?

If you’re unsure of what to say, what questions to ask, and how to listen better as a leader and an ally, join Mike Brown & Asila Calhoun for the TODN Change SIG, where you'll learn techniques for having better conversations with your employees, peers, clients, and more. 

In this interactive session, you will lean into the vulnerability required to get comfortable with discomfort in a safe and collaborative environment.

We look forward to being together and learning from one another.

--- The Change SIG is continuing our addition of a charity selected by the speakers on racism, diversity, ethnicity, and equity, as a way you can appreciate speakers affected by one or more of those issues. This month Mike Brown and Asila Calhoun both enthusiastically chose Ron Brown Scholars Program.
--- When I went out to their website and read about some of the Scholars, I was amazed at what this program is accomplishing. You might want to read about Playwright Katori Hall (RBS 1999) Featured on NPR if you are a woman, a writer/playwriter, or a Tina Turner fan.
--- Please consider a donation to Ron Brown Scholars Program to appreciate Asila Calhoun and Mike Brown for the work they are doing in creating space for us and so many others to have more courageous conversations.
--- If you haven’t already appreciated last month's SIG program, you may want to donate to Micah J. Wonjoon Jessel’s gofundme for adding new scenarios to his Empathable free demo.


Together, Mike Brown and Asila Calhoun have many years of experience in Human Resources; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Leadership Development; and Leadership Coaching.

Their mutual respect for one another and their experience of collaborating on a shared vision drew them to create this workshop.  Asila and Mike’s ability to connect and build rapport with others creates a psychologically safe environment where leaders open up and comfortably share their experiences. Their ability to see people as individuals and meet them where they are accelerates growth and learning.  Their commitment to cultivating leaders who effectively communicate and create diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams is the foundation for this workshop.

Mike is a leadership and certified career coach with a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He is a versatile, collaborative, results-driven coach known for building relationships and his straight-talk approach. He has successfully coached leaders from the C-Suite and Global Sales Executives to new managers.

Asila is an ICF credentialed leadership coach and a certified inclusion coach (CIC) whose business and executive coaching practice focuses on partnering with new leaders, emerging leaders, and executives who are ready for change. She has a direct yet supportive style that facilitates self-discovery and growth in her clients. She is recognized as a coach who deeply listens to what her clients say - and do not say, inquiring about what she’s sensing while offering a different perspective.

NOTE: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2022 speakers.

For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

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