Ann Arbor SPARK Launches New Series of Inclusive Workplace Events for Small Businesses


Ann Arbor SPARK launch his new Inclusive workplace Series of educational activities on Wednesday, January 19 at 11:30 a.m., with Awareness of DCI.

This free online event series is designed for small business owners and will cover a range of topics: DCI awareness, unconscious bias training, managing workplace harassment, creating a diverse workplace and cultural competence. .

Each session will deepen a specific topic and participants will benefit from the interactive format of the event.

The Inclusive Workplace Series provides training and guidance to growing businesses in the greater Ann Arbor area who wish to integrate various aspects of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as they develop. as they grow and develop.

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The series helps leaders, HR professionals, team members, and all champions and allies learn how to create a more inclusive work culture that can lead to improved hiring, retention and retention. ’employee engagement, and generate a return on investment in terms of innovation, performance and growth.

“Based on our work with startups, we know that the seeds for future success are planted early on,” said Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “The Inclusive Workplace Series is designed to help start-ups embed DCI principles into their corporate culture and practices from the start, so that they become part of standard operations as they go. their growth. The more DEI is reflected in our business community, the more successful we will be in attracting and retaining both job seekers and businesses looking to start and grow here.

Inclusive Workplace Series Schedule

During the DCI Awareness launch session on January 22, participants:

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  • Defining diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Understanding individual differences and areas of diversity

  • Become aware of unconscious prejudices and their origin

  • Identify cases of devaluing others through small unconscious behaviors, micro-inequities and attribution errors

  • Learn to manage conflict and foster a culture of inclusion and respect

Each of the events in the Inclusive Workshop Series is free, but registration is required.

Participants can choose to attend as many events as needed; it is not necessary to attend the whole series. Due to the interactive nature of this series, participation is limited and recordings of the events will not be accessible to the public.


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