Bias, Language, Microaggressions and Allyship


“Workplace allies” are people who are willing to personally align themselves with colleagues from underrepresented or marginalised groups to make sure they’re heard and included.

When most employees, staff or team members are confronted with the problems of discrimination, harassment, and other bad behaviour at work, they assume that their job is limited to their own behaviour – Joanne will talk about how you can step up and step in as an ally to amplify and spotlight colleagues who not being represented.

When recognising and understanding our own Biases, Perspectives, and the Language we use can have an impact, including microaggressions, that we had not intended. Whether it is in the recruitment process, on-boarding or new colleagues, having challenging conversations, allocating work or even selecting suppliers it is important to understand where our blindspots occur and mitigate them through conscious inclusion.

The fear of saying or doing the wrong thing is often cited as a major barrier to many inclusion initiatives – this training workshop introduces the importance of both Emotional (EQ) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) as a foundation of creating an inclusive workplace culture.

Summarising this all together in what you can do right now to step up and step in to being an effective and powerful workplace ally.

Key Points:

  • • Recognising Our Biases, Perspectives and Blind Spots
  • • Owning the Impact of Language
  • • Understanding Microaggressions
  • • Becoming an Effective Ally – what you can do!

During the training Joanne will utilise breakout rooms and interactive tools, as well as provide opportunities for Q&A where you can challenge her with your thoughts or maybe event ask her for some ideas on how you can tackle your own challenges. © SEE Change Happen Limited Page 2 20th July 2021

About our Trainer

Joanne, who is the Founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, describes herself as an Inclusion and Belonging specialist that works with organisations throughout the UK, Europe and Elsewhere to bring culture change that allows

people to thrive from pre-hire to retire.

She is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, Member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals, consultant, and facilitator who focuses on “people people” be that in Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, or Learning & Develop to bring sustainable change by establishing a “why of D&I” for both the Organisation and the leadership teams to ensure it is promoted throughout to all colleagues.

Joanne is a prolific podcaster who hosts “Inclusion Bites” and is a regular columnist in a UK based National Newspaper where she shares her views on Inclusion and Belonging and creating environments where people can thrive.

Recently, Joanne was named as one of the “Top 15 must-follow diversity & inclusion thought leaders to watch out for in 2021” by Peoplehum.com and one of the “125 People to Follow on Linkedin About Diversity and Inclusion“ by DiverseIn.com.

Her mantra is “Smile | Engage | Educate” and that we should treat people as they wish to be treated.

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