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Inclusive Conversations: Self-Advocating in the Workplace

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On June 19th, a select group of 10 are welcome to join this workshop on Inclusive Conversations (a monthly series that explores various topics in building an inclusive culture).

“How do I explain a learning disability at work?”

“I want to speak up about this problematic policy, but don’t want to be ‘that guy’”.

How do you initiate vulnerable, sensitive conversations for yourself and/or others in the workplace? As a manager, how do you respond to weighty requests from your team?

Self-advocacy is a touchy subject. Employees are often hesitant to speak up for fear of becoming stigmatized or labelled, or simply because an issue feels private. Employers may over- or under-react to an employee who chooses to self-advocate. Even when everyone is aligned, there can be practical roadblocks to supporting a team member who is asking for certain considerations.

These conversations are both legally and personally loaded. This high discomfort level puts us at risk for under-communicating, or being afraid to openly address important information.

This workshop puts all these issues on the table. You’ll learn both the why and how of practical guidelines for these conversations, on both sides of the table. You’ll practice taking different perspectives through facilitated exercises, learning from simulated experience. Open discussion and questions are a major part of this workshop, so you can learn from the experience of fellow participants.

This workshop will be facilitated by two speech-language pathologists with expertise in professional communication and “hidden disability” workplace issues. We’ll cover some conceptual, cultural, and legal frameworks, so that you have a structure for addressing these challenging topics. You’ll learn language that is neutral and goal-oriented, a tool to create conversations that are personally validating and outcome-relevant.

Whether you’re a junior employee, team lead, or HR representative, this evening will give you a solid frame of reference for sensitive topics, and practical tools to move through these discussions.

After the hands-on workshop, our company chef will prepare a homemade dinner so you can mingle with our team and our facilitators to ask questions about building an inclusive culture.


3-6 PM: Hands-on workshop
6-7 PM: Dinner and Q&A