D&I Leadership Council

Leaning into Discomfort: Embracing difficult conversations

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
12:00 PM
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Schedule:Online Program: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

When it comes to Diversity and Inclusion, many of us shy away from talking about it for fear of saying the wrong thing, often derailing progress and action. Instead, we must be open and mindful of how we can each play a role in driving change and contribute to inclusive workplaces and societies.

True allyship involves having candid discussions, accepting our imperfections, nurturing curiosity, and learning to take action. To challenge the status quo, we must advocate for others who experience the world differently from ourselves. Real growth and impactful change become possible when we intentionally create safe environments to support honest conversations.

Join experts from our Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) in a discussion on embracing the uncomfortable and tips and strategies to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Shalyma Cambridge Rob Chiarello Ruby Ng Martin Thibodeau Kory Wilson

Shalyma Cambridge, Client Partner, People Development, Fraser Health Authority
Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President, People & Culture, Pacific Blue Cross
Ruby Ng, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association - Vancouver-Fraser
Martin Thibodeau, Regional President, B.C., RBC Royal Bank
Facilitator: Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships, BCIT

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This event is presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) Program. The DLC, an evolution of the Women's Leadership Council program, is an inclusive program that champions and advocates for leadership that best reflects the diversity of the Greater Vancouver region. The DLC focuses on addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to encourage allyship and enhance business innovation. The DLC is committed to investing in the participation and promotion of underrepresented groups, while supporting the business community to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Learn more boardoftrade.com/programs.

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