Expert Panel Provides Tools for Successfully Navigating Race in the Workplace at Local Conference May 15-16

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The “3D Global Coaching Summit: Dimensions of Diversity Dynamics” Offers Open Discussion and Workshop for HR Representatives, Managers and Business Professionals Alike

WHAT: It’s no secret that race is a confusing and difficult topic for most to discuss and address in the workplace. Award-winning leadership and diversity speaker, Tamara Hamilton of Audacious Coaching, LLC will be creating a safe place to talk about race May 15-16 at the 3D Global Coaching Summit: Dimensions of Diversity Dynamics. The two-day event, led by Hamilton and a panel of experts in this arena, will equip working professionals at all levels – as well as other community members – with a better awareness of the invisible nuances that go unnoticed by the many socio-cultural groups which make up our country’s very diverse melting pot.

Chair of Health and Wellness for the Coalition for Change, Arthuretta Martin and MBTI specialist, Dr. Dennis Slaughter, join Hamilton to lead a case study in tandem with breakout sessions to challenge participants to stand in their own power. Attendees will walk away feeling empowered and confident to employ these newly learned tactics to discuss topics of race with their colleagues, families and friends. Guests attending the event can also receive ICF credit and SHRM recertification credit.

WHO: 3D Global Summit produced by Audacious Coaching, LLC

WHEN: Monday, May 15: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.   

Tuesday, May 16: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m

WHERE: Embassy Suites Dulles Airport – 13341 Woodland Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20171

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MORE: Founded in 2012 by Tamara Hamilton, Audacious Coaching, LLC helps organizations address issues of diversity, bullying, and macro-aggression, which many see as the new face of racism. Helping workplaces be safe places, Tamara Hamilton uses inspiration, humor and story telling to help facilitate tough conversations and discuss the un-discussable. The full 3D Global Coaching Summit details and schedule can be found here.

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3D Global Coaching Summit: Dimensions of Diversity Dynamics

3-d Global Coaching Summit Dimensions in Diversity

3D Global Coaching Summit: Dimensions of Diversity Dynamics May 15-16, 2017

Its Inaugural run will be during International Coaching Week: May 15-16, 2017.

The first day, Monday is from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. We reconvene for a group dinner at 5:30 pm and an experiential RaceLab session from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. RaceLab is required to participate. This is not to be missed!

Tuesday, May 16 runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, includes facilitation practice and closing luncheon.

The entire session is 12 contact hours. Coaches can receive ICF credits and human resource professionals can receive SHRM recertification credit.

This is a deep dive into the foundations of race theory, policies, practices, and conflict, and how it shows up in today’s workplace and institutions. Such a foundation will equip participants — especially coaches, HR professionals, therapists, counselors, organizers, educators, leaders, and consultants with a deep awareness of how to talk about race and differences. Participants will learn how to facilitate conversations in this sensitive area and recognize nuances readily grasped by people of color that may elude those from the dominant socio-cultural frames of reference.

  • This groundbreaking session is built upon adult learning theory, organization development, applied behavioral science, leadership coaching, inclusion challenges, and the dimensions of diversity dynamics.
  • In a safe and intensive learning environment, participants will engage in experiential RaceLab activities to expand points of view and to raise awareness of why coaches and human resource professionals sometimes stumble and fumble through conversations and interventions on race and implicit bias.
  • Practice sessions on coaching across lines of racial differences will be demonstrated.
  • Pre-work is required to maximize learning and application of frameworks.
  • Sessions will be in Reston in a location within a short walk of Embassy Suites. Monday night will be an extended day with a group dinner in the Reston Town Center.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY

Monday, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

Program from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. • Diversity Reception 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm • RaceLab at from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Registration: Building the Community
  • Setting the Context–Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Immigration: Foundations of Difference
  • Talking about Race in Safe Space
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout sessions
  • Group dinner: Reston Town Center (Transportation included)
  • Experiential RaceLab session from 8:30 pm to 10:00  pm.  (RaceLab is required to participate. During this segment, participants will experience the impact of race and difference in an innovative game format followed by facilitated small group authentic conversations.)  This is not to be missed!

Tuesday, May 16  9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Registration
  • Breakout sessions
  • Closing luncheon

Registration for the Fall 2017, Winter/Spring 2018 sessions will be $2500 and 2.5 days.

The inaugural session is discounted at $995.00 and includes a wealth of take-away resources that can be used immediately.

Registration is capped at 30.

The event will be held at Embassy Suites, Herndon, Virginia
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RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!

Learning facilitators are:

Dr. Dennis Slaughter, Harvard Negotiation Program and MBTI Specialist, Milton, MA

Arthuretta Martin, M.S. CFCM, DTM, Trainer, Washington D.C. Metro Area

Guest presenters:

Guest presenters will be pioneers in the early entry of African Americans into corporate management which occurred in the mid-seventies and early eighties. They will share personal stories.

Tamara S. Hamilton, Leadership and Diversity Coach

(Facilitators subject to be expanded depending on enrollment)

RESERVE YOUR SPACE BEFORE APRIL 1, 2017!

Bridging Troubled Waters Through Diversity and Inclusion

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As a professional speaker on diversity and inclusion I am moved to speak.

America needs a group hug right about now. Corporate and universal diversity and inclusion can not be reduced to lip service. With a splintered America becoming a part of a new reality, someone has to step up and offer solutions for bridging troubled waters. I am stepping up and equipped to serve our nation to deal with some tough stuff. Seeing today’s youth with fire in their bellies jolts me back to six hot August nights in 1965 when I was an eyewitness to the Watts Rebellion.

As a thirteen-year-old girl, I saw Watts burn as I stood in my backyard feeling unsafe. As I watch the news this week, I am jolted back to a feeling of fear and hopelessness that engulfed my friends and me. I wondered what would happen to my home, to my life, as embers from the fire floated in front of my face. We lived on 89th and Compton Avenue, and the downtown blocks of Watts on 103rd Street, were lit up like fireworks. Orange, red and yellow flames streaked across the night sky.

The events of 1965 shaped my future.

Those events led me to study race relations and to major in Black Studies at Scripps College. I dove so deep that I spent a semester of my senior year with the Experiment in International Living, studying and working in Ghana. I wanted an international perspective. I found that in a masters’ program in African Studies at Howard University. Little did I know I was being equipped for today.

Over years I facilitated work groups that grappled with race and gender issues. Sensitivity workshops helped educators and students to reach each other’s’ hearts and minds across racial and cultural fault lines. Studying communications management at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, helped me to develop the language and frameworks for purposeful dialogue.

My unique capacity to engage opposing forces led to the appointment of the Executive Counsel for Leadership and Career Development at the National Education Association. Designing and implementing employee morale initiatives became the focal point of my work.

The fires of Watts still burned inside of me. I am now channeling this burning desire to help figure out this race thing, the what and why, the impact.

Today, I know my purpose in life. I am equipped for the times we are experiencing today.

As a professional speaker and executive coach, I have fire in my belly to help people find their path across the deepening racial divide, especially our students. Today, I help organizations to address issues of diversity and inclusion as well as bullying, and macroaggression, which many see as the new face of racism. I try to help workplaces be safe places by facilitating tough conversations, to discuss the undiscussables. Perhaps the fires came to me early in life so that I would be unafraid to help build a bridge over turbulent waters, to intervene into tough situations, to help those in conflict see “the other.”

We are now swimming in new waters that will call on us to find those islands of grace, to reach across the pond. The key is for us not to drown but to figure out how to wade to safer ground. As I watch Latino, Asian, White, Black, and Native American middle schoolers march through the streets of San Francisco seeking “help,” the fires are burning now in their souls. They will need to swim harder and faster to safer shore.

I want to be lifeguard for them, workplaces, and for our future. Please reach out to me if I can assist your organization, group, corporation, or school to emerge through the often murky waters of diversity and inclusion. 

 

Today’s Youth: Our Promise of a Future

That was the title of my 1970 high school graduation speech forty five years ago.  It was  just five years past the 1965 Watts Rebellion. I experienced the worst urban rebellion in our history when I was thirteen. It does not take much to recall the sights, sounds, and high energy in the air. Night skies turned blazing colors of oranges, reds, and yellows– the colors of hot anger billowing up into the dark.

As I watched  the burning of Baltimore, the imperative is the same: today’s youth is our best promise of a future. How will we step up as adults stepped up in 1965 and helped us to organize to improve our community?

Our youth need hope.  They need to dream with courage and faith.  All is not lost. All is not lost when caring adults step up to help, when agencies bring in jobs and activities.  The future of our youth has been compromised.  Yet, all is not lost.

In 1965, I wondered if all was lost after six days of burning and destruction in Watts.  James Baldwin wrote about The Fire Next Time. Are we there yet?

When the Education Community Gets it Right

Tonight I had the honor of speaking to the education community of the W.E.B. DuBois Charter Schools Consortium in Memphis, Tennessee. Headed by Director Ruby Payne, this is a cohort of parents, grandparents, school leaders, and community members with a single focus like a laser: prepare our children for the future.  This community gets it right. They have found the secret sauce to create a collaborative force to build a hedge around students who could have a different future if these adults had not steeped up to the plate.

I spoke about the Effective Use of Self: Focusing on the 4 Cs of Compassion.  Our students, no matter where they live and no matter the socio-economic make-up of the neighborhoods, are all at risk to an uncertain future.  These adults are building citizens–young people who know how live and thrive in a civil society.

They are doing it the old school way: not security guards at the entrance but grandparents. These grandparents, my good friend Lennell Terrell being one of them, meet the students at the door and ensure they are appropriately dressed in full uniforms.  Those out of compliance are soon in compliance after being sent home enough times.  Did parents get angry? Of course, they did. It was an inconvenience for Tyrone or Tonya to come back home for socks or a belt.  They have zero tolerance for sagging pants and skirts too short.

They have reached back into the wisdom of the community and given then significant roles to play because they get it: it takes a village to raise a child.

I look forward to more interaction with the people in Memphis. I am energized by positivity and the W.E.B. DuBois Charter School Consortium has got it going on! Now this should be Breaking News, CNN.

 

Association Training Academy (ATA)

Hearing the Call

A small voice speaks when we rest our minds and let our thoughts marinate. Like the body, the mind needs stillness and rest to refuel, to rejuvenate. While resting my mind on my 63rd birthday, an idea buried under three years of post-retirement activity, was born. I did not want to fall into the trap of mistaking a busy life for a life with deeper meaning. I had to sit a minute and let myself catch up to me. When that happens, a lot happens. This time is the nurturing of an idea that has lived in my heart a long time, just waiting for the time and the opportunity to “pay it forward.” The announcement below is the essence of an idea whose time has finally come.

Association Training Academy

Who We Are

The Association Training Academy (ATA) is a professional network of highly skilled organizational change agents, consultants, facilitators, coaches, and organization development practitioners. The network provides professional development, coaching, and training to associations, nonprofits, unions, school districts, and civic organizations that are grappling with tough issues related, but not limited, to:

  • Leadership and Personal Mastery
  • Executive, Presidential, and Management Onboarding
  • Staff Engagement and Morale
  • Executive and Managerial Transition
  • Retirement Coaching: What’s Next?
  • Strategic Planning for Organizers
  • Managing Time and Priorities
  • New Staff Development
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Communication Skills
  • Career Development
  • Agenda Driving
  • Project Management
  • Leadership and Well Being

ATA Network Associates hold extensive certifications in organization development, facilitation skills, leadership development, project management, management training, board development, and executive coaching.

ATA prides itself on having a team of professionals with academic preparation and experience on the front lines of working with associations and advocacy groups facing unprecedented challenges.

Our Purpose

  • To provide a high level of learning experiences for leaders, managers, and staff who work for associations and advocacy organizations, specifically unions.
  • To design and deliver board training to help associations meet their governance goals
  • To provide executive coaching based on desired goals and outcomes

Our Mission

To positively impact leadership and human systems in associations by helping people to master competencies in adaptive leadership, strategic communication, organizing, relationship management (team building), conflict resolution, and aligned thinking.

Our Core Values

  • To focus on excellence in consultation, design, execution, and assessment of experiential training engagements
  • To maintain open lines of communication to ensure association needs are fulfilled at the highest level of service and commitment
  • To understand the association’s current reality and desired future
  • To perform professional duties with respect for confidentiality
  • To design interventions customized for each unique environment
  • To be knowledgeable of best practices in association effectiveness and leadership development

My closing thought: never underestimate the power of the small voice.  We never know what treasures are locked inside of us until we pause to settle our minds and listen from within.

Happiness

A college friend called me tonight to share her happiness. She had attended a workshop I created called “Balancing Boulders:  Strategies for Managing the Stressors in Your Life.” At the time of the class, not quite eighteen months ago, her business was challenging.  She reminded me tonight as she held two signed real estate offers — one in excess of $1.6 million.

A few months ago she applied advice from the class to manage her boulders, those entities ( people, circumstances, finances, relationships–any thing that blocks energy to move forward, to live her dreams).  Operating from her personal power zone, now  she can just think about the profile  the profile of the clients she wants, they appear. Her reputation at work is getting a makeover. Offers for partnering are frequent. Life is on high.

What is different?

My friend changed her point of view. She decided to remove her boulders and step into her business life with a positive attitude. She expected success. She let her energy flow in the direction of her dreams. She could the ride the waves of the real estate market  with an attitude of fun and adventure.

Her happiness was contagious. I had tears of joy in my eyes and in my voice.  I kept saying her name and shaking my head from side to side. Her happiness was the medicine I needed. I did not need to tell her of my recent good fortune of standing in the middle of a miracle–being affirmed that living on purpose is a gift from God. I needed to feel the best kind of happiness, the kind when you know that with a little support, someone else had tapped into her invisible power and felt the rush–the audacious rush of empowerment.

Happiness is a healing balm. It just feels so good.

 

 

Holding On to Self

We need to be intentional about holding on to Self. It is so easy to have an emotional hijacking where someone, intent on stealing your joy, can walk into your office, your classroom, your work space, your life–and tries to just walk off with all of your energy.  When we work hard to be positive, to see the glass as half full always, we have to protect our hearts–build a hedge around it to keep the bad stuff at bay.

I am surprised sometimes when I talk to someone and hear the victim’s voice: “I can’t believe she said that to me.”  “I can’t control what happens to me.” I don’t know what to do, how to respond.”

I offer this piece of advice.

  • First, take three deep breaths.
  • Count your blessings one by one more than twice.
  • Look inside to find your strength.
  • Lean on a power much greater than yourself.
  • Realize that you are unique and wonderfully made.
  • Smile so big on the inside until your body feels empowered.
  • Park your emotional baggage in the corner.
  • Frame your words carefully and with grace.
  • Speak from your heart and not from your emotions.
  • Seek clarity: “Are you understanding what I am saying?”
  • Pause.
  • Listen.
  • Commend yourself for standing up for yourself.

It’s important to hold on to your Self. It connects you to your Source.

Are You Awake Inside of Your Life?

I can’t act like this is a heavy question I have been pondering for weeks. It just jumped inside my head and demanded to be the blog post today as I resume/or start to really explore my thinking out loud on paper. The better question is more personal: “Am I Awake Inside of My Own Life?” Focusing on the laser-driven question reminds me to check  inside before going out into the world.  It matters that I am awake and fully present inside of my life.

I am committed to have my personal and professional missions be aligned.  This needs my alert and ready attention. I want to enjoy the riches from my life and career.  This means holding a sacred space for my husband, family and friends. Only I can orchestrate that the things I enjoy most on the professional side are congruent with what I enjoy most on the personal side. I don’t want to snooze through that song. At this stage of my life, I am really hearing the music of my soul.

I do feel awake inside of my own life. But I also know I can drift into cruise control: waking up each day without a plan or commitment to finishing something started. It doesn’t matter if it is knitting a scarf or finishing another chapter on my memoir.  What I know for sure is that being fully awake, accounted for my own dreams requires the energy to will it so and the power to believe.  I have energy to unleash to make my dreams come true. I have stories to tell that will help and heal. I have songs to write to rock the melody of my own life. Yeah! I am awake.

I am here now.