No matter how you feel about diversity it’s here to stay and projected to increase exponentially, and there are major implications for diversity in the workplace...
“…growing new minorities…will make important contributions to the size of the U.S. labor force in decades to come and the workforce will continue to become more racially diverse.
- William H. Frey, "Diversity Explosion”
ABOUT CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY
ABOUT DR. ALEXANDER
Dr. Kathryn Alexander, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Kathryn Alexander Enterprises, Inc., a Certified Minority Women’s Business Enterprise, and one of the most experienced African-American-owned and operated qualitative marketing research and consulting services in the field. Dr. Alexander has both a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Doctorate in Communications from New York University. Kathryn is also the founder of Conversations on DiversitySM (COD). Before launching COD, Dr. Alexander:
Provided employee research and consulting services for major organizations such as American Express and AT&T
Spent several years in Human Resources at NBC
Guest lectured on diversity at the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business, for many years
Has written a number of articles on diversity
A talented presenter, Dr. Alexander was invited to conduct a seminar at a Pacific West HR Conference by the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). The seminar, “Burn the Old Playbook: Guidelines for More Strategic HR Management,” was approved for general credit by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
Kathryn is also a founding member of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA), an organization dedicated to fostering the highest ethical and professional standards in the field. She has served on the board as secretary and vice president, spearheaded a number of regional chapter meetings and served on the Bylaws Committee for over 19 years.
We go beyond diversity awareness, acceptance, adaptability, and sensitivity training. Our approach is more proactive and our goal is inclusiveness and equity. We strive to bring individual differences to the forefront in order to promote a culture of acceptance, greater collaboration, and ultimately a more cohesive workplace environment. Our primary focus is to work with every internal stakeholder within your company to create an inclusive culture; one that recognizes everyone’s ability to contribute and highlights the value to your organization in recognizing individual differences. Increase your strategic value by finding out how you can foster engagement, improve motivation plus performance, and lay the groundwork for a higher ROI.
THE COD MISSION
The positives associated with workplace diversity tend to focus on benefits to the organization: faster, better problem solving and increased profitability.
At Conversations On DiversitySM (COD), we start with the grassroots; the employees/members who are an organization’s most important asset. Our view of diversity goes beyond differences in culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender and age. We recognize the importance of having a broader, more inclusive view factoring in abilities, perspectives, experiences, perceptions, values, cognitive thinking patterns, leadership styles, regional characteristics, disabilities and identities.
These differences can benefit an organization, but they can also have a deleterious effect. Take this excerpt from the Journal of Diversity Management. While it speaks to cultural diversity in the workplace, it most certainly applies to diversity in any organization or institution.
“Negative effects can include miscommunication, creation of barriers, and dysfunctional adaptation behaviors….[There is also an] increased tendency of organizational personnel to indulge in interpersonal conflicts.”
- Gillian Coote Martin, "The Effects Of Cultural Diversity In The Workplace", The Clute Institute
Our intervention model is designed to identify and overcome barriers to cohesion and performance.
WHEN THE ISSUE IS INTERNAL
2 hours, ½ day, full day
Communicating Across Cultures
Creative Problem Solving
Dealing with Change
Keeping Your Career on Track
Selling Your Ideas
Workshops are tailored to address findings derived from the exploratory research process and to accommodate the goals of internal stakeholders and client objectives.
Consultants are available to create long-term relationships that assess the implementation and sustainability of diversity and inclusion in company policies and practices.
Dr. Alexander is available for public speaking engagements on a host of industry-related topics. Please contact us directly so we may review your needs and Dr. Alexander's availability.
Our Discovery Process
A situation assessment is conducted with key personnel to identify problem areas and formulate hypotheses.
The assessment is followed by exploratory research conducted with targeted employee segments. Privacy protection is guaranteed to promote trust and openness.
Stakeholders are convened to review core insights gleaned from the research findings provided within the detailed report. With this knowledge they can better evaluate the implications and recommendations.
Consulting and workshop packages are provided to address identified pockets of dysfunction blocking workplace cohesion and undercutting performance.
If you know that your organization needs to improve and grow regarding: employee satisfaction, engagement, relationship management, team performance, miscommunication, and/or the retention of top talent...we should talk. Besides, suspected undercurrents that could lead to a protracted and expensive lawsuits, an outcome every company seeks to mitigate. Conversations On Diversity offers our three-stage Comprehensive Organizational Program (COP).