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Consulting & Workshops

 

Stacy believes strongly in connecting people to opportunity. One of the most effective ways she does this is by drawing on her extensive training in the behavioral sciences to connect clients to resources and frameworks designed to help them address complex workplace issues. Through her consulting and training work, Stacy is particularly motivated to put her research into practice in service of her clients’ success.

WORKSHOP:

Understanding Unconscious Bias and Its Impact

WORKSHOP:

Enhancing Your Strategic Network

WORKSHOP:

Managing Visibility

WORKSHOP:

Bystander Awareness: Lessons in Civil Courage

Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias and Its Impact

Interpersonal interactions at work and in other organizational contexts are undergirded by unconscious biases—pervasive but unspoken thoughts, feelings or beliefs that shape our behaviors. Often, we’re not even aware that these unconscious biases are shaping our decisions around how we interact with others. Consciously, we have an illusion of objectivity and fairness in how we deal with those around us. But contrary to our conscious intentions, unconscious bias is widely prevalent, robust and, unfortunately, a cause of exclusion and prejudice. Most importantly, unconscious bias is costly to both organizations and the individuals in them.

Understanding Unconscious Bias and Its Impact provides participants with research, best practices and tools for identifying unconscious bias. Participants are also given methodologies to uncover and address them. Participants learn about the sources of unconscious bias and discuss what actions to take to minimize the impact of unconscious bias at the individual, group and organizational levels.

The workshop is participatory in nature, using mini-cases, video scenarios and participant experiences as tools to delve into the impacts of unconscious bias.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Discuss what is meant by “unconscious bias” and identify sources of this phenomenon
  • Explore processes by which unconscious bias occurs
  • Use a customized vignette as well as video clips and participant experiences to illustrate unconscious bias
  • Identify action steps at individual, group and organizational levels to counter unconscious bias
  • Collaborate as a learning community to distill lessons and next steps that each participant can take away from the workshop
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Workshop: Enhancing Your Strategic Network

No one who “makes it” does so alone. We all need assistance as we strive to meet our goals and achieve our dreams.

Enhancing Your Strategic Network presents a framework to manage our strategic networks, and the relationships in them, more effectively. Participants are guided through core networking concepts and dimensions in preparation to analyze their networks. Through network mapping, and by focusing on a specific leadership goal, participants analyze their networks and develop an action to fill identified "network gaps" in a structured, systematic way. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of their strengths and developmental opportunities in relation to their networks. Participants will leave the workshop with a plan for moving forward toward their leadership goal—with the help they need.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Define networking and identify the importance of using this process strategically
  • Work through a proven framework to manage networks, and the relationships in them, more effectively
  • Use network mapping as a tool to identify developmental opportunities or network “gaps”
  • Identify action steps to strengthen existing network ties or build new ones in the service of meeting participant leadership goals
  • Collaborate as a learning community to distill lessons and next steps that each participant can take away from the workshop
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Workshop: Managing Visibility

As we engage in managing our visibility, it is important to be in touch with what aspects of our identity empower us and where we may feel vulnerable.

Managing Visibility focuses on how participants manage their presence or visibility within their organizations. The concept of visibility is defined and participants have an opportunity to explore their visibility through an engaging exercise. Participants discuss the challenges of being too visible (hyper-visible) or not visible enough (in-visible). Tempered visibility, which involves aspects of both standing out and blending in, is described; participants identify actions they can take to temper their visibility.

Managing our visibility requires us to be in touch not only with how we feel about various aspects of our identity, but also to be aware of how we are perceived by others. In the workshop, we will use a range of interactive exercises that provide insight into our internal dialogue as well as others’ perceptions of us. For example, the Social Identity Profile Exercise provides an opportunity for participants to focus on a number of their own social identities and to understand how the resulting group memberships inform their behavior, feelings and attitudes, both generally and in specific settings. The Implicit Association Test provides an opportunity to tap into the unspoken, but important, assumptions that we make about people (and that they may make about us) as we work together.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Define managing visibility and identify the importance of using this process strategically
  • Understand the continuum of visibility strategies, from standing out to blending in, available to participants navigating career and life journeys
  • Explore tempered visibility as a strategy drawing on the full continuum
  • Simulate the internal conversation around managing visibility through an interactive exercise
  • Delve into unconscious bias as an external factor impacting visibility
  • Identify action steps to utilize visibility strategies in the service of meeting participant leadership goals
  • Collaborate as a learning community to distill lessons and next steps that each participant can take away from the workshop
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Workshop: Bystander Awareness: Lessons in Civil Courage

Organizational decisions or behaviors that exclude certain individual or groups from both opportunities and rewards don’t happen in a vacuum. There are often bystanders who see acts of exclusion happening right in front of them and, for whatever reason, decide to keep their heads down. But exercising the courage to speak up in the face of exclusion or prejudice is key to organizational efforts to foster a culture the embraces inclusion and diversity as a strength.

Bystander Awareness: Lessons in Civil Courage takes the understanding of diversity below the surface and provides specific strategies for building more respectful organizations and skills for intervention. Participants are guided through a history of the bystander phenomenon, through a discussion of the Kitty Genovese incident as well as relevant social psychological theories (such as diffusion of responsibility). Using “bystander scenarios,” participants are given an opportunity to practice speaking up and acting in response to hypothetical inequities. Strategies are provided to support participants in being active bystanders for institutional change.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Define bystander awareness and explore the historical background of this historical psychological process
  • Practice interventions in a safe space so that participants feel ready to utilize them
  • Think through various scenarios illustrating examples of bystander behavior
  • Consider cultural differences in appropriate interventions
  • Learn from other participants’ experiences and expand possible menu of responses
  • Identify action steps to take when faced with situations in which bystander behavior may occur
  • Collaborate as a learning community to distill lessons and next steps that each participant can take to make upstanding behavior more open, expected and legitimate

Read about a Bystander Awareness training session Stacy led at Harvard (page 18) >

If you’d like to talk about how I can help your organization and its people become the best they can be, please get in touch.