Young Leaders Discuss Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

On March 18, our Young Leaders’ Society held Leadership Development: A Conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Attendees arrived at Maestro’s Restaurant At the Straz and enjoyed a panel discussion with Dr. Luz D. Randolph, Assistant Director of Development, Diversity Initiatives at University of South Florida Foundation, and Erik C. Smith, Managing Member of Inclusivity LLC, that answered questions such as: What do our own inherent biases look like? How can we handle uncomfortable conversations when a colleague’s words or actions are offensive? What do different kinds of privileges look like?

Discussing those topics and recognizing, honoring and respecting our differences helps all professionals create a more inclusive environment in our personal and professional lives. Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to Little Donut House for the donuts and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for having us as well as providing coffee and tea.

The Leadership Development Series is hosted by the United Way Suncoast Young Leaders’ Society to foster philanthropy and leadership. Email yls@uwsuncoast.org for more information on how to become a member.