Training Program

Class 1 - Introduction

Objectives

  • Set tone for empathy, open dialogue, meaningful discussion, “brave space”
  • Set tone for hands-on experiential learning
  • Set tone for vulnerable personal-reflection
  • Set tone for intersectionality
  • Explain and answer questions about class scope, tone, and logistics
  • Learn about each other’s goals, interest, curiosity with relationship to this class
  • Lay out broad strokes of lack of diversity in business

Activities & Discussions

  • Discussion: Why are you taking this course? What are your hopes and fears?
  • Discussion: At class end, what do you hope to have gained, generally or specifically?
  • Decide: Class norms/agreements
  • Discussion: Show obstacle system. What do you make of this?

Relevant Themes

  • Bonding, group cohesion, tone setting
  • Lay out general framework of class 
  • Tie in intersectionality from start

Facilitator Notes

  • Facilitator disclosure and vulnerability can help set right tone
  • Be honest about opinions, not secretly trying to lead someone there 

Homework (for this class)

  • Write a 3-4 paragraphs about hopes/fears & what you want to get out of it – share with group
  • Take diagnostic

Readings
(for this class)

  • Read course documents – syllabus, pedagogy

Class 2 - Diversity and Inclusion

Objectives

  • Learn about lack of diversity and inclusion in business and other powerful spheres (politics, legal, military, police, etc)
  • Make connections between race and gender
  • Show how inclusivity differs with race and gender
  • Show material and psychological effects of not feeling included

Activities & Discussions

  • Present diversity slides
  • Discussion: readings - what Qs came up?
  • Practice: explain why you think there’s a problem, why you care, why you’re taking action (to a friend, a skeptic, a work colleague)
  • Discuss HW interviews
  • Fishbowl activity – women speaking about experiences of race and gender

Relevant Themes

  • Intersectionality
  • Systemic influence on careers

Facilitator Notes

  • Taking stock: how engaged is each individual? How could they be moreso?
  • What are levels of shame/guilt/badness? How are they affecting learning, reflection, and participation?

Homework (for this class)

  • Prepare a 2-3 minute presentation (one slide) on the diversity at one or two companies you’ve worked for or might work for in the future
  • Interview a female friend or colleague about her experience being a woman in the workplace

Readings
(for this class)

  • McKinsey 2017 Women in the Workplace report
  • Articles/charts about diversity in tech, finance, consulting
  • Charts showing lack of inclusion, greater dissatisfaction
  • Articles talking about effects of lack of inclusion
  • #metoo article
  • BCG articles about importance of men being involved

Class 3 - US History of Women's Rights

Objectives

  • Recognize how the work of expanding women’s right has been accomplished. Who did the work? Why was the work successful at that time in history?
  • Recognize pattern of attributing social disempowerment to biology and common sense

Activities & Discussions

  • Present HW slides
  • Discussion: HW interviews
  • Discussion: readings - what Qs came up?
  • Discussion: What are the same themes, trends, stereotypes still around today as were 100 years ago? How have they evolved?
  • Guest: expert/authority on women’s rights over time in US

Relevant Themes

  • Trends and themes throughout time continuing through today
  • Can’t understand today without history

Facilitator Notes

  • Make discussion more personal by framing times in terms of eras of parents and grandparents

Homework (for this class)

  • Prepare a 2-3 minute presentation (one slide) on a topic of women’s roles and rights history
  • Talk with a woman in older generation re: sexism

Readings
(for this class)

  • Reading on systemic sexism 
  • Charts, quotes, images, videos from famous and powerful people in the US that show women’s role in society

Class 4 - Obstacles Women Face in the Workforce

Objectives

  • Cover different Obstacles
    • Sponsorship / Mentorship
    • Second shift and workplace policies
    • Role models, “seeing yourself” there
    • Social networks
    • Male blindspots
    • Conscious sexism
    • Internal conditioning
    • Unconscious bias

Activities & Discussions

  • Present group’s HW slides
  • Discussion Qs: How do you see this obstacle in yourself? In others? In businesses? Systemically?
  • How do you take action on these different levels?

Relevant Themes

  • Human Psychology, Development, and Learning
  • Good ppl & intentions, bad outcome
  • Power dynamics
  • Subtlety and power of subconscious
  • Obvious example = tip of iceberg

Facilitator Notes

  • People can tend to feel guilt/shame. Need to show them that most ethical move at this point is to take responsibility and move forward

Homework (for this class)

  • Prepare a 10-min presentation on assigned obstacle including Q&A, disc, scenario, best practices 
  • Interview a woman on assigned obstacles

Readings
(for this class)

  • Reading on sexist/racist machine learning
  • Reading on human learning and psychology
  • Reading on good ppl & intentions, bad outcome
  • Parts of google unconscious bias video
  • Gaslighting video
  • + Individual readings based on obstacle

Class 5 - Inclusive Leadership Skills

Objectives

  • Knowing what motivates & inspires others 
  • Seeing a whole person.
  • Coaching, empowering, supporting, including, pushing, bringing out the best
  • Interrupting unacceptable behavior
  • Channeling guilt and personal setbacks into growth

Activities & Discussions

  • Connect personal experiences of leadership skills to allyship and identity
  • Scenarios and role plays
  • Communicating about one's own identity and motivation to care

Relevant Themes

  • Skills from this section are fundamentally leadership skills

Facilitator Notes

  • Each role play and scenario takes longer than you think it will

Homework (for this class)

  • Prepare a 10-min presentation on assigned inclusive leadership skill including Q&A, discussion, scenario, best practices 

Readings
(for this class)

  • Reading on allyship actions and behaviors
  • + Individual readings based on leadership skill

Class 6 - Dialogues on Differences

Objectives

  • Practice skills
  • Have concrete action plan moving forward
  • Close out group

Activities & Discussions

  • Connect personal experiences of leadership skills to allyship and identity
  • Scenarios and role plays
  • Communicating about one's own identity and motivation to care
  • Share next steps
  • Wrap up with closing

Relevant Themes

  • Active listening without judgement
  • Viewing and handling conflict productively
  • Communicating beliefs
  • Respecting and understanding differences

Facilitator Notes

  • There will be a lot of complex experiences around facilitating dialogue

Homework (for this class)

  • Have engaged in a one-on-one conversation or facilitated a small group dialogue around identity
  • 1 page paper on allyship next steps

Readings
(for this class)

  • Reading on facilitation
  • Reading on connecting across differences