How to get serious about
diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Janet Stovall

Imagine a workplace where...

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder — and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.

How to train employees to have difficult conversations
Tamekia MizLadi Smith

It's time to invest in...

It’s time to invest in face-to-face training that empowers employees to have difficult conversations, says Tamekia MizLadi Smith. In a witty, provocative talk, Smith shares a workplace training program called “I’m G.R.A.C.E.D.” that will inspire bosses and employees alike to communicate with compassion and respect. Bottom line: always let people know why their work matters.

The Surprising Solution to
Workplace Diversity
Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi is the founder and...

Arwa Mahdawi is the founder and Chief Minority Officer of, a revolutionary new service offering diversity on demand. The site has gained worldwide attention and been covered by the likes of the BBC, Le Monde, the Huffington Post, NPR, and the Atlantic. Arwa is also a partner at cummins&partners, an independent creative agency with offices in Australia and New York. She is a regular speaker at advertising/tech/media conferences, so if you need a minority last minute, give her a call. Arwa is also a freelance writer and writes regularly for the Guardian on issues including marketing, technology, cryptocurrency, and lesbians. Frequent comments on her articles include “Was someone really paid to write this?” and “This comment was removed by a moderator.”

Illumination is an interactive theatre troupe. Many other college and university campuses have this, including Missouri State (Giving Voice Theatre Ensemble). I have done this work with students here at OTC for full time and adjunct faculty training, and for a tutoring center staff training.

Reflection Questions

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” ~ John Dewey

What kind of changes do we need to embrace in order to bring more equity and inclusion into our workplace?

What is a change you are embracing personally?

How might you engage family, friends, and co-workers in conversations about unconscious bias?