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Diversity Bias and Belonging in Small Business Training

Join us for this free training that will help businesses cultivate and steward inclusive retail and workplace environments for customers and employees and create a culture of belonging in business.

Event Details:

March 20, 2020, 9 am to 4 pm
At Berkshire Bank, 99 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
FREE but Registration is Required by March 13, 2020.

Registration is limited to 40 participants per workshop session.

Attend one or all sessions.
Lunch available for those attending 9-4.

This training is presented by BRIDGE, Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI).

Event Sessions:

9 to 10 am
Keynote & Panel Presentations
Navigating Bias to Create a Welcoming Business

Join community leaders for presentations on Navigating Bias in Business & Culture in downtown Pittsfield. Perspectives will be shared to support cultural awareness and to become acquainted with local resources and initiatives to continue the conversations. Moderated by BRIDGE CEO and Founding Director, Gwendolyn VanSant.

10:30 am to 12 pm
Cultivating Inclusive and Welcoming Workplaces

A workshop to develop cultural awareness in order to cultivate and steward inclusive retail and workplace environments for customers and employees. We will explore building inclusivity through microaffirmations and we will share strategies to address bias and microinequities.

1 to 4 pm
Cultural Humility, Belonging and Inclusive Leadership in Business

This workshop will explore specific topics in diversity and culture and how to interrupt bias in order to create a culture of belonging in business. This workshop will support your business in developing the awareness, language and tools to assess, address and be accountable to equity and bias in your business. Strategies and tools will be shared to add value and competence to decisions around diversity and inclusion. There will be time for a Q&A in this session for specific challenges or aspirations at your workplace.

Fees/Admission:
Thanks to sponsorship by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), and Berkshire Bank, there is no charge for these workshops.

Registration is required by March 13, 2020.

Next Steps:

A survey will be disseminated at the March 20th event to determine the topics of three follow-up, 90 minute sessions on:

Friday, April 17, 12-1:30 pm

Tuesday, May 19, 12-1:30 pm

Tuesday, June 9, 12-1:30 pm

Lunch will be provided.