OSC2 University: Inclusive Leadership Development

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2-part online series for OSC2 Member Brands on how to build inclusive relationships and organizational culture. Featuring Dena Samuels PhD

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How to Build Inclusive Relationships and Organizational Culture

Session 1 (Aug 21): Effective Cross-Cultural Conversations

Session 2 (Aug 28): Making Meetings (virtual and in-person) Inclusive and Engaging

Featuring Dena Samuels, PhD, Mindfulness-Based Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Author, Speaker, Leadership Trainer & Transformation Coach


  • Individuals who are interested in learning about how to build relationships across social differences and build a more culturally inclusive workplace
  • HR professionals who want to increase their understanding and skills in minimizing implicit/unconscious bias and mindfully engage with employees and candidates
  • Organizations, campuses, corporations that want to uplevel their hiring practices
  • Committees focused on choosing: candidates, scholarships or other award recipients, or making any other decision that affects people’s lives
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about how their actions affect people from marginalized groups

Dates: Aug 21 and 28, 2020

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Format: Two live online sessions (120 min each)

Price: $185 per session per participant

About the Course

This is a moment in our nation’s history we won’t have again. Our lives have been turned upside-down by a global pandemic, and racial inequities are finally in the forefront of the news and in the streets. We are all affected by these events and when you add any other personal challenges you might be facing (health issues, financial woes, family concerns, among others), the question arises: how do we move forward? We have a choice right now to either be wishing things would go back to the way they were before, or to feel what you are feeling, recall that things weren’t so great for most people before, and to set an intention to perhaps do things differently moving forward.

What this moment in our collective evolution calls for is Mindful Inclusive Leadership. As you may be aware, Mindfulness is the ancient practice of present moment awareness. I think about it as an awareness of our thoughts, emotions, experience, and interactions with others. How might we use this tool as a way of increasing connection, understanding, and belonging? How might we use it to create a more inclusive and engaging workplace? This course will provide insight into these questions and strategies for building a more equitable and inclusive future where everyone feels like they belong and are valued.

Session 1: Aug 21, 12:30pm-2:30pm (120 mins)

Effective Cross-Cultural Conversations

At this moment in our country’s long history of racial discrimination, many people are asking how to have effective conversations across social differences. Building those relationships is one antidote to social injustice. Because we are more segregated now than we were during the Civil Rights era, we are not learning how to build those relationships. It requires: an understanding of the challenges inherent in cross-cultural dialogue, self-reflection of biases and behaviors, followed by training and skill-building. Without blame or shame, this is an opportunity to gently and compassionately connect to the problem to become part of the solution. This session will especially focus on how to engage in mindful, inclusive conversations.

Session 2: Aug 28, 12:30pm-2:30pm (120 mins)

Making Meetings (virtual and in-person) Inclusive and Engaging

More employees are working from home than ever before and are relatively new to the world of virtual meetings. As it turns out, virtual meetings can be even more culturally inclusive and engaging than in-person meetings, if facilitated well. Creating an inclusive culture increases company loyalty, decreases sick-days, and is great for your bottom line. This session provides the background to understand why virtual meetings can minimize bias and offers specific strategies for making virtual (and in-person) meetings more inclusive, effective, and engaging where every attendee feels like their voice is heard.


Dena Samuels, PhD,

Mindfulness-Based Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Author, Speaker, Leadership Trainer & Transformation Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dena Samuels, PhD, serves as a mindfulness-based diversity, equity, and inclusion author, speaker, leadership trainer, and consultant. As an award-winning tenured professor, Dr. Samuels taught at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs for 20 years while consulting nationally and internationally. She now consults full-time on mindful, inclusive leadership development, and remains on faculty at the university. Author of several books and many other publications, her passions include inspiring people to raise their personal and social awareness to live more fulfilling, connected, and meaningful lives; and assisting organizations, campuses, and corporations in building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures. Her community activism focuses on facilitating cross-racial dialogue.

Additional Resources

Check out Dena Samuels Consulting for more information, and Dr. Samuels’ Resources page filled with articles and down-loadable handouts.


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