We hope that all of our community members are staying safe and healthy while managing the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

Due to the continuing progression of uncertainty and challenges, we have decided to reschedule the second session of the Florida Diversity Learning Series – Difficult Dialogues – Respectful Discussions on Divisive Topics to a VIRTUAL event held Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Logistics and details for the virtual process will be sent to those who RSVP closer to the event date.

Please RSVP at the bottom of this post for this event so we can accurately and timely communicate logistics.


Our Topic: Difficult Dialogues – Respectful Discussions on Divisive Topics

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Our Facilitator is Lorette VanPelt of The Winters Group

Loretta is a Senior Consultant with The Winters Group, Inc. With over 20 years of experience, Loretta’s work in diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and cultural competence has engaged her with a broad range of industries in the Fortune 500, 100 and many of the Top 50 companies recognized by Diversity, Inc. She works with clients to develop short- and long-term strategies to help maximize on-the-job capability while achieving organizational, group and personal goals. She works with executives, leaders and employees from the C-Suite to the shop floor, within organizations both national and international.
Loretta’s experience incorporates consulting, organizational development, program evaluation and design, project management and education and training.

Some of her work consists of implementing initiatives that include strategic diversity planning, organizational cultural audits, focus groups, audit recommendation planning, preparing Diversity Councils for their tasks ahead and working with Employee Resource Groups.
Loretta has worked with client groups in many sectors including technology, automotive / manufacturing, hotel and food service, pharmaceutical, consumer products, health care, financial services, construction services and government agencies.

In this workshop we will:
*      Learn to identify inclusion/exclusion issues to be addressed
*      Enhance our communication skills to engage in difficult dialogues
*      Practice respectful dialogues on difficult topics