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Collaborating Across Differences to Engage a Multicultural Workforce

April 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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The Diplomat
1 Diplomat Way
Rochester, NY 14606

PMI Rochester has launched its own Diversity & Inclusion program. Our mission and policy statements, as well as committee activities, are here. It is our intent as an organization to continue to raise awareness and offer opportunities to assist our members in being the best leaders and collaborators that they can be. This event is a tremendous value to our members and non-members alike. This is a very low cost but HIGH BENEFIT opportunity! Take advantage now!

Collaborating Across Differences to Engage a Multicultural Workforce

The workforce of today has changed drastically from 20 years ago.  People in organizations have a wider range of backgrounds and differences than ever before.  Multiple generations, a variety of ethnicities, different races, gender, and sexual orientation differences, are just some of the ways that distinguish employees culturally.

How do organizations engage team members to channel this multicultural dynamism in a way that leverages everyone’s talents and skills while optimizing teamwork and bottom-line performance? What do organizational leaders and team members need to do to recognize their own biases and model greater collaboration across differences?

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify and discuss cultural identity groups and the value differences add to the workforce, as well as the challenges presented with a multicultural workforce.
  • Share unique perspectives and misconceptions of identity groups represented in the audience and uncover individual biases that could hinder collaborative engagement across differences.
  • Learn and practice powerful tips to engage more inclusively across multicultural differences and help others in the workplace optimize teamwork in today’s organizations.


Our Facilitator: Valerie Davis-Howard

Valerie’s extensive career includes being an Owner and Vice President at one of the pioneering OD Firms in the country – The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (KJCG). Prior to her work with KJCG, she was an Assistant Vice President in Organizational Development at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City where she managed corporate diversity initiatives, work-life events, and change management programs.  As a Training Consultant for the State of Michigan, she managed competency development programs for staff and managers.

Valerie is a highly-rated, frequent speaker at national conferences and has published articles on diversity and culture change. During her early consulting career, she was named one of the “New Guard” by the American Society for Training & Development (ATD formerly ASTD), an honor bestowed on a select group of professionals who exhibit a passion for making a difference and achievements that take the field of training and development in new directions.  Valerie earned her MBA from the University of Iowa and bachelor’s degree in Economics from Spelman College. She resides in the Rochester, NY area with her family.



5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Arrival, the start of dinner (soup, salad, sandwiches)

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Workshop with Valerie Davis-Howard (and cookie/coffee/tea break)

8:30 pm - 8:45 pm: Wrap up and opportunity to discuss your learnings with other attendees


PDU's: 3.25 Leadership


$27.00 Member Ticket

$32.00 Non-Member Ticket


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