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Recent Presentations & Workshops

The Explicit Impact of Implicit Bias: Interrupting Implicit Biases to Create More Inclusive Work Environments

Although there has been a lot of dialogue on implicit and unconscious bias, unpacking this concept to understand the myriad of “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to the diversity and inclusion journey of any organization. This presentation will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can break our biases to achieve our highest potential, as individuals and leaders within organizations.  This interactive presentation will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors , nd impact, especially when we are interacting with people who we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. In a rapidly changing global marketplace where our differences can be a source of conflict or strength, understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be an individual as well as an organizational competitive advantage.

Inclusive Leadership = Intelligent Leadership: The Next Level of Intelligence and Leadership for 21st Century Workplaces

In this dynamic and interactive discussion, Dr. Reeves introduces new ways of learning, leading and thinking about leadership and inclusion in the 21st century workplace. Based on research and concepts in her book, The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, this discussion will explore how effectively creating and leading diverse teams today is the key competitive difference between good leaders and the best leaders across different industries.  In today’s business and legal environment, leaders need intelligence in order to lead, and intelligence needs inclusion in order to be intelligent. This is the core of the transition from the old IQ to The Next IQ. This transition is foundational to surviving and thriving in the 21st century, but it is especially critical for leaders who must often make decisions with incomplete information under pressurized and narrow time constraints. Leaders today can no longer survive on the Retro IQ model of intelligence, which research has demonstrated is riddled with bias and has worked to the detriment of any groups of people who are underrepresented in a work environment.  The Next IQ thinking will stretch how you think of diversity, inclusion, leadership and even intelligence to compete in the increasingly seamless global marketplace of the 21st century and manage the diverse talents of your workforce. This discussion will focus on how leaders can learn to make better decisions, drive better performance and achieve better results by enhancing their inclusive leadership skills.

The Next Generation of Inclusion: Communicating Effectively Across Generational Differences

Understanding, negotiating and managing generational differences (and similarities) is critical to developing the full range of experiences and insights you need in order to practice law, service clients, and effectively manage relationships with colleagues and clients in today’s legal workplaces and courtrooms. In this interactive dialogue, Dr. Reeves will explore research, best practices and practical advice on how to recognize and address generational differences in the workplace. Whether seeking to give/get better feedback, serve/develop relationships across all generations, or build networks that strengthen individual careers as well as organizational strength, you will develop skills to bridge generational differences and drive more effective interactions and relationships. Topics will include exploration of the impact of five different generations working together in today’s workplaces, the sources of generational differences, and the key communication breakdowns that occur in workplace and courtroom interactions. The presentation will also cover strategies and practical solutions to bridge these generational gaps in interpersonal interactions, organizational effectiveness, and external communications.

One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men)

One size never fits all. Yet, much of the business and leadership advice given to women on how to thrive and advance in workplaces is based on how men thrive and advance. The sustainable advancement of women requires that we recognize and understand the differences between how women and men communicate, work and lead, and this talk will dive into those differences in a candid, thoughtful and practically applicable way. What are the differences in how men and women promote themselves? What is the impact of those differences on women’s business development successes and their advancement? What are the differences in how men and women lead their teams and advocate for those they lead? What is the impact of those differences on women’s business development successes and their advancement? This talk, with your participation and engagement, will explore all of the above and more in ways that will make you think differently about these issues and how you can tailor the way you communicate, work, develop business and lead to best fit you! This presentation will also cover ways in which men and women from different backgrounds and perspectives can effectively develop business while still being authentic.  The above can be a combination of presentation and small group exercises in which people can be grouped with peers in order to make the conversation more relevant for different seniority levels.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne