None of us want to harbor unconscious biases or practice thoughtless micro aggressions. These attitudes and actions, in fact, may hamper personal and business goals. That’s where the Feb. 6 Insight Studio workshop provided help.
Bryan Hubain, assistant dean of students and director of Cal Poly’s Cross-Cultural Centers, led an Insight Studio workshop on “Inclusive Leadership.” The sell-out event offered Chamber members of all leadership levels a unique opportunity to learn how to be more inclusive in the workplace.
Hubain is instrumental in leading conversations about race and identity at Cal Poly. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education, and served as diversity specialist at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
An attendee commented that Hubain modeled “a gentle way to introduce a tough topic,” by helping participants recognize and redirect their own unconscious biases. He also presented the traits of inclusive leadership and explored how diversity makes for healthier business outcomes. A quiz allowed participants to test their leadership inclusivity.
The workshop included a specific, overarching understanding of what it means to be an inclusive leader. It means treating people and groups fairly without stereotyping; understanding and valuing members of the group who may be different from yourself; and leveraging diversity and inclusion to make better business decisions.
The workshop sparked open discussion and sharing. “The presentation was very interactive and I had many key takeaways to use not only in my professional role, but also personally as well,” remarked an attendee.