Today’s version of diversity covers, among many other things: gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and veteran status. Everyone fits nicely into these groups. According to statistical reports, people fit into only one of these categories at a time. We compare men to women, white people to people of color, and cis gender and straight to LGBTQ. What happens when people identify with more than one of these groups? Business leaders have traditionally assumed that every person who identifies with one of these groups experiences the world and workplace similarly. However, people are complex and rarely identify with only one group. It’s time to expand our definition of diversity and get back to its roots: uniqueness and individuality. It’s time to talk about intersectionality. Join us for a special presentation to celebrate diversity and recognize the hidden figures of intersectionality.
In this presentation you will get a better understanding of intersectionality, take a look at the experiences of people from intersectional backgrounds, recognize your own intersectional identity, and discover ways to incorporate intersectionality in your diversity and inclusion efforts to effectively retain and develop intersectional employees.
Demetria Miles-McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of women and minorities in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. Demetria's experiences in retail and corporate America have energized her to take action and lead a new generation of leaders away from traditional stereotypes and self-inflicted limiting behaviors that prevent qualified people from reaching their highest potential. Demetria specializes in bringing the experiences of people who identify with two or more marginalized groups to the forefront, to better understand the strengths they bring to the workplace.
Demetria has been in the business of helping people bring their best selves to work every day, for over 10 years in various leadership and organizational development positions. Demetria has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Instructional Design. Demetria’s unique perspective as an intersectional employee, leader, and researcher brings clarity, freshness, and focus to diversity issues at work that may otherwise go unnoticed.
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