We started the 2018/2019 EBDN year with our annual “Looking Back and Moving Forward” event. During this session, we reviewed the past year, outlined our plans for this years’ events and provided those in attendance with the opportunity to share their thoughts about what EBDN means to them. Words shared included:
Game changer Growth Tremendous Intriguing Lucky Supportive Unlonely Community Comfortably uncomfortable Learning & sharing Refreshing Energizing Safe Tribe
We are pleased and proud to support our community in this way.
Your feedback matters. Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual member survey – we had our best response rate ever! The information gathered from this survey provides the EBDN Board with valuable insight and guidance on the topics that are important to you, our members. The feedback you share is used to determine our event topics for the year.
- Managing Diverse Teams
- Intercultural Competencies
- Difficult Conversations
- Indigenous Awareness in the Workforce
As the EBDN board shared last year, we are committed to providing a session on Indigenous topics each year in support of the TRC.
The full calendar of events, covering the bi-monthly topics as well as the Conversation Cafe dates and locations can be found here.
Special Presentation – Managing Diverse Teams – presented by presented by Erin Waugh, Lead Diversity & Inclusion Consultant at NorQuest College.
Erin provided us with a new perspective on managing diverse teams; challenging us to think about how superhero teams, such as the “X-People”, Avengers and Fantastic Four” manage diversity. These teams are often comprised of unique individuals where everyone’s strengths are known, acknowledged and appreciated and utilized to achieve a common goal or outcome for the betterment of society (or a team). Raising the question – should we focus on managing diversity, rather than managing diverse teams?
If we were to ask – what would your superpower be?
Erin also brought forth the concept of a Do-ocracy versus Democracy, and how these teams move forward to their common goal by doing, not by discussing how to do it.
Thank you to the City of Edmonton for hosting, TD Bank for sponsoring breakfast and NorQuest College for sharing Erin’s time and experience with our group.
Details on our next session scheduled for November 6, in collaboration with ERIEC, can be found here.