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    October Chapter Meeting - Diversity in Language and Communications

    Date: October 11, 2018, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    The Summit
    1400 Enterprise Drive
    Lynchburg, VA 24502
    (2nd floor banquet room)
    $15 for Members and $20 for Guests
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    Speaker: Stan C. Kimer, President, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer

    Stan is recognized as an internal/external consultant with unique skills in employee development/career road mapping, workplace diversity (specialization in LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), and organization effectiveness/project management.  While at IBM as Director of Global Sales Operations for IBM’s consulting practice, Stan served as the executive sponsor overseeing career development for IBM’s 3,000 Sales Operations employees. He has now executed his unique innovative career mapping approach which he launched at IBM, with clients ranging from major corporations to church denominations to professional organizations.

    Prior to his Sales Operations executive role, Stan had over 20 years of diverse business experience at IBM, including staff and management roles in Sales, Finance, Marketing, Corporate Strategy and Human Resources.  In his HR role, Stan served on IBM’s global diversity team as the global project manager for LGBT diversity.  During his five year tenure, Stan led IBM to premier leadership industry in LGBT diversity, including winning all 5 key marketplace LGBT diversity awards, expanding IBM’s LGBT initiative worldwide, and developing IBM’s first transgender employee corporate policy. 

    Now as a consultant, Stan is a certified Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Building Bridges Trainer and a TMC (Training Management Corporation) / Berlitz Cultural Trainer - Practitioner. He is active in leadership roles in several community and civic organizations including as Past President of the North Carolina Council of Churches.  In 2013, the Triangle Business Journal recognized Stan with one of their “Leaders in Diversity – role model” awards. Stan received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and BS in Management Science from Georgia Tech.

    In his spare time, Stan is training as a competitive adult figure skater.

    Topic: Diversity in Language and Communications

    As our country continues to become more multi-national and diverse, communications across diverse groups become more challenging and interesting.  Even between generations, communications norms are very different.  And often companies and organizations turn to their Human Resources Teams to provide training and insight in this area.

    This workshop will cover:

    • An quick introduction into the changing field of diversity and inclusion
    • The changing demographics of our country and your state or region
    • The criticality of communications / terms / words within diverse communities
    • An overview of difference in communications in various cultures and countries
    • The evolution of terms used across various constituencies including a table of appropriate, outdated and “forbidden” words and terms.
    • Various tools and mechanisms to foster better communications across different communities
    • The do’s and don’t’s of interacting with people different from you – a tool to use.

    Session Objectives

    By the end of my presentation, a participant will be able to:

    1. Understand the fast changing nature of the diversity and inclusion field and how communications across diverse constituencies is a key component.
    2. Understand the differences in communications styles across various generations and multi-cultural groups.
    3. Leave with a comprehensive list of appropriate, emerging, outdated and inappropriate words and terms to use when referring to or addresses diverse constituencies.
    4. Have some tools and processes to deploy to improve your communications skills across diverse constituencies

    Certification: Pending