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World Trade Center Seattle
Seattle, WA
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Can We Talk?
Question: What happens when there is diversity without inclusion? Or, getting more to the point, what happens when women are brought into an organization but struggle to get a seat at the table? And even when they do, they don't get heard?

Answer: Not much. Or, more aptly, more of the same.

Here's the truth: If the only thing an organization is focused on is upping the number of women they employ or promote, they're simply playing a numbers game. The entire objective becomes a process through which they get to check all the right boxes. So a woman might get recognition through a promotion, or even a raise. But, she may lack the clout, respect, and support needed to be viewed as a serious player within her organization.

Join us for a candid discussion on what happens when companies focus singularly on diversifying its workforce without building and encouraging an inclusive environment that supports and ensures success. (Hint: it would be like going for a 10 mile hike with your hiking boots on, but no socks!) Come and hear about what it takes for a woman to go from being an employee, to becoming a manager, to being a leader with a strong voice at the table.

Our panel will share their experiences and insights about:

- What they did that made the difference for them.

- What inclusion looks and sounds like.

- How to handle the issue of unconscious bias or blatant discrimination based on gender.

- Subtle ways in which women are minimized or disempowered, and what to do about it.

- How to create a workplace in which women are empowered.


- What women need to know, and do, to make sure their voices are fully heard -- and, what men can do to ensure women's voices get heard.

This program is not about finger pointing or placing blame. It's about taking a direct look at what's going on, and having honest, constructive dialogue about how to move forward. Join us, and let your voice and presence become a part of the force that moves us toward greater gender equity!

Rebekah Bastian, Vice President of Community & Culture, Zillow Group
Chief Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department
Charu Jain, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Alaska Air Group

Vanna Novak, Founder & CEO, Speak to Persuade

7:00am: Doors Open
7:30am: Breakfast Buffet
8:00am: Panel Discussion and Q & A
9:15am: Networking

This program is brought to you by World Trade Center Seattle.


World Trade Center Seattle (View)
2200 Alaskan Way #410
Seattle, WA 98121
United States


Education > Business

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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