Diversity and Inclusion Event: Having Effective Change Agent Conversations

We are excited to announce an upcoming diversity and inclusion event focused on having effective conversations.

Dealing with issues of difference, micro aggressions, and unconscious bias is an important part of creating an inclusive climate at Champlain, yet these conversations are not easy and can be difficult to navigate effectively. Often people become defensive, issues are side-stepped or avoided and it becomes difficult to make positive changes. As a member of the Champlain College community, it is expected that we continue to increase our competencies in inclusion efforts for each other and our students.

Join us for a professional development training on how to turn difficult conversations into more effective, productive opportunities for learning and insight to achieve better outcomes.

In these dynamic experiential sessions, we introduce a framework and process to have difficult conversations more effectively. In these sessions you will learn:

  • About our brain and why difficult conversations can derail
  • The S.A.V.E. Communication Model and how it keeps the higher brain engaged during difficult or stressful conversations
  • How to put the model into practice in both one-on-one and team conversations

We will be having two separate sessions, one geared specifically for managers and the other for staff and faculty.

For Managers: Wednesday, April 19th from 8:30-11:30am in Lakeside 101/102 (Sign up here).

For Staff and Faculty: Wednesday, April 19th from 2-4pm in IDX Argosy Gymnasium (Sign up here).


About the Presenter: Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A., is a highly sought after organizational consultant and executive coach. She brings a wealth of experience in global diversity and inclusion, intercultural management, leadership development, personal effectiveness, and presentation skills. Shannon has over 15 years of experience working with organizations and leaders to communicate effectively to improve global performance. She has successfully created and implemented large-scale diversity and inclusion training initiatives (20,000+ employees) with clients such as Deloitte, Deluxe, American Express, Cargill, Philips, Seagate, Minneapolis Public Schools, and AT&T, so she knows how to execute results.

Shannon is co-founder of BrainSkills@Work™, LLC, a consulting firm devoted entirely to applying neuroscience and the latest brain research to more effectively develop diversity and inclusion and leadership competencies. She achieved advanced certification as a NeuroBusiness coache at Harvard with Dr. Srini Pillay (Harvard Medical School and CEO of the NeuroBusiness Group). Shannon and Co-Founder Mary Casey released a white paper “The Neuroscience of Inclusion: Managing Unconscious Bias” Spring 2014, and their upcoming book The Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times will be out in Fall of 2014.