Kendra Neal Wright is a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) professional that works with individuals and organizations to transform workplaces through the design and implementation of internal and external DEI practices and programs. She has worked across multiple industries including tech and government, creating and sustaining award-winning workplaces. She currently serves as Johnson County Government's first organizational DEI leader.
True belonging requires authenticity and vulnerability. Psychological safety serves as the bridge between surviving and belonging. Harvard professor Dr. Amy Edmondson defines psychological safety as a sense of confidence that the team will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up, a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking, where trust and mutual respect allow people to be themselves.
What are the signs of a work culture that is psychologically unsafe? How does this impact the mental and emotional well-being of the team? How can you create this culture in your workplace?
Join us to explore these questions and more!
Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. As a champion for personal and professional wellbeing, Rebecca brings her extensive background in human resources, organizational development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to help others strengthen their personal awareness and build new skills to more powerfully navigate their journey. She draws from skill sets such as emotional intelligence, positive psychology, resilience, and courageous leadership to support others in their goals to become more inclusive and more impactful leaders to themselves and others.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Series with Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner: It Begins with Us
When we feel "belongingness," we experience not only connection and acceptance, but we feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. This series is will explore concepts of belonging and othering, focusing on how we can foster more diverse and inclusive spaces for ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities.
Beginning March 11th, Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner presents a monthly series on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), alternating fireside chats with interactive workshops.
By the end of this series you will have:
Started the internal work of belonging and self-acceptance
Learned and implemented inclusive leadership skills at home and at work
Identified the impacts of socialization on stereotypes and bias and ways to mitigate these
For more information about each session, visit the series webpage.