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Harnessing the Power of Resistance
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Research shows that companies with greater workforce diversity and inclusion have higher profits and increased innovation compared to those with a homogeneous workforce. However, organizational methodologies for launching successful diversity and inclusion initiatives elude many organizations. Many leaders make the fatal error of avoiding resistance. In this interactive experience, you will explore in-depth the positive role resistance plays in the implementation of successful diversity and inclusion initiatives.
During this session you will:
Maria Velasco Maria is a strategic organizational development and leadership consultant for organizations seeking transformational change in the area of diversity and inclusion. She has over 15 years experience developing and implementing sustainable diversity and inclusion initiatives to help strengthen and leverage diversity for organizations from a variety of sectors with the goal of reducing bias, increasing cultural competence, promoting inclusion and institutional change. Her projects include those in education, healthcare, mental health, technology, scientific, government and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Maria uses Appreciative Inquiry and Action Learning methodologies to build cultures of inclusion and to foster intercultural understanding. Born and raised in Salamanca, Spain, Maria has a BA in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Consulting from Fielding University. Her Master thesis (2017) focuses on defining the role of the transformational leader in leveraging resistance around the implementation of diversity and inclusion change initiatives. An adaptation of the study has been accepted for publication in an international peer-review journal.