2019 Events

THE FUTURE OF DEI, ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

NOVEMBER 2019, SOUTH AFRICA

Panelist. Two GDIB Expert Panelists, Nene Molefi, Mandate Molefi, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Tanya Cruz Teller, Spaciousness Works, Johannesburg, South Africa, attended. Alan Richter, co-author of the GDIB, was the international guest facilitator, invited by Executive Director Nazeema Mohamed.

Inyathelo the South African Institute for Advancement, a nonprofit trust established to promote a vibrant democracy in South Africa with a robust and sustainable civil society rooted in the African cultural heritage of sharing, hosted two one-day workshops for DEI practitioners – one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town — in November. The workshop theme was:  Come think with us — a dialogue on the future of diversity, inclusion, ethics and integrity in South Africa and the world. 

The purpose of these workshops was to:  

  • Reflect on current diversity, inclusion and ethics policy and regulatory frameworks in South Africa and globally. 
  • Identify future trends – what’s emerging in the areas of diversity, inclusion, ethics and integrity.
  • Discuss tools used to measure change and progress in the field. 
  • Evaluate the progress we have made in South Africa and identify challenges and barriers to change. 
  • Establish what we can do collectively to impact the field. 
  • Draft guidelines / terms of reference for a cooperative and collaborative community of practice in the field. 

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY COMMUNITY JAM 2019

4 – 6 OCTOBER, BURLINGTON, VERMONT, USA

TAD Speaker. TAD Talk: Appreciative Inquiry’s Wholeness Principle: Bridging My Internal Divides to Create Inclusive Spaces.

Co-Presenter (with Marlene Ogawa): Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Amplified with Appreciative Inquiry.

Design and Facilitation: Our Shared and Personal Destiny Champlain College, David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry

The JAM is a multi-generational gathering of students, practitioners, and the curious celebrating Appreciative Inquiry, strengths-based and positive approaches to change and life.  The AI Community jams in a celebration that fosters renewal and connection in an intimate atmosphere of welcome. The schedule includes a diverse range of creative appreciative approaches that engage our intellects, emotions, and curiosity.

A few highlights of the agenda:

  • Embodying the Appreciative using breathing and movement activities with Miriam Novotny, Director of Mosaic Learning Center.
  • Applying AI to work in communities with Fran Stoddard, Vermont Story Lab, host of Vermont’s Across the Fence:  America’s longest running TV show!
  • Building trust in diversity: Tanya Cruz Teller and Marlene Ogawa of South Africa, co-authors, among others, of the incredibly inspiring 2019 book, “Thriving Women, Thriving World.”
  • And back by popular demand, poems by our own Ada Jo Mann!

VOICES OF CHANGE 2019

8 AUGUST 2019, SOUTH AFRICA

Moderator: Women Thriving With Men: A Millennial Perspective A collaborative effort between Nedbank, Accenture, MTN and the Business Exchange. The conversations aim to keep the topic of gender equality alive and relevant. As a moderator I explore with millennials generative questions inspired by our book – Thriving Women, Thriving World. I’m so honoured to be a part of this #VoicesOfChange movement on 08 August 2019 gathering over 300 people committed to gender inclusion dialogue and action. What a great way to contribute to Women’s Month in South Africa!


THE FORUM ON WORKPLACE INCLUSION

16 – 18 APRIL, MINNEAPOLIS, USA

Presenter: Creating Spaciousness To Inspire Inclusion And Innovation: What If DEI Work Was The Most Joyful Work You Could The socio-political environments in which we live and work around the world are testing our personal values and beliefs. Separate realities and opposing viewpoints often collide making it difficult to identify or address the systemic and polarizing gaps perpetuating obstacles to inclusion. Let’s change that together at the 31st annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion as we work to Bridge the Gap.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® (The Forum) is the USA’s largest workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) conference designed for a national & global audience. For 30 years, The Forum has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow professional leadership and effectiveness skills in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas, and igniting change.


WORLD APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY CONFERENCE

19 – 22 MARCH 2019, NICE, FRANCE

Keynote: Thriving Women, Thriving World: An Appreciative Inquiry Forum

Workshop: Appreciative Leadership: The Relational Nature Of Leading Change In South Africa http://waic2019.com

“Is it possible to create a better world? Could we generate conversations between human beings that facilitate positive transformations, in order to reach this noble goal? We are gathered here in Nice to have such conversations together, and to radiate them out to each of our separate regions. This conference illustrates the enthusiastic commitment of our entire community to valuing the common good, as illustrated, for example, by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

The Programme is exceptionally rich in diversity, demonstrating the abundance of initiatives fostering hope all over the world. In each of the more than 30 countries represented here, practitioners and researchers are devoted to ensuring that individuals, families, businesses, health institutions, local authorities, and many more human communities experience the power of positive transformation brought by Appreciative Inquiry.”


DEI FUTURES PROJECT

APRIL 2018, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, USA

Process Co-Designer, MC/Shepherdess: A diverse group of 84 invited DEI supporters and advocates from around the world met to explore the future of DEI work. Conceptualized by The Centre for Global Inclusion and The FutureWork Institute. Using OST, innovation teams & experiential embodied activities, participants explored potential game changers & how to shape the associated opportunities & challenges to co-create the future that’s better for all and improves organizational performance.

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