Start your morning with a stimulating conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion with the United Way Suncoast Young Leaders’ Society on Tuesday, March 26th at Maestro’s Restaurant at the Straz Center. Enjoy coffee, mini donuts and networking with young professionals from across our community to build connections, knowledge and professional skills.
So many conversations today center on living better lives together through recognizing, honoring and respecting our differences and learning better ways to work with our peers.
Our panel will cover topics including:
- Understanding our own inherent biases
- How to react when someone’s actions/words are offensive
- Techniques for handling uncomfortable conversations around race and diversity
- How can we create a more inclusive environment in our personal and professional lives
Dr. Luz D. Randolph is Assistant Director of Development, Diversity Initiatives at University of South Florida (USF) Foundation, cultivating relationships across the community that enhance students’ diverse experiences. Dr. Randolph assisted in the development of the Black Leadership Network which provides financial and mentoring support to African American students. Dr. Randolph holds a B.A in Interpersonal Communication and a Masters in Education from USF. She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership Administration degree at Nova Southeastern University.
Erik C. Smith is the Managing Member of Inclusivity, LLC, specializing in cultural competence, community relations and cross-cultural marketing. Most recently Erik was the Cultural Competence and Inclusion Director at Valpak where he developed a cultural competency rubric to show how diversity, coupled with inclusion, creates opportunities for innovation, drives revenue and enhances recruitment, retention and professional development of employees and suppliers. He has consulted for numerous Fortune 100 advertising agencies.
The Leadership Development Series is hosted by the United Way Suncoast Young Leaders’ Society to foster philanthropy and leadership. Click here to REGISTER. Tickets are free for YLS members, $10 for non-members Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.