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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Espresso Live: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Join us to learn how to shape an engaged, collaborative, and adaptive culture that helps people work better together. How to design, implement and measure equity, inclusion & diversity strategies that improve company performance. Powered by Niagara College.

We discuss removing the systemic, and often hidden, barriers that impede underrepresented talent and company performance, and equip you to lead and sustain meaningful change.

Resources based on questions posed during the webinar:

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Our guests:

Rashmi Biswas has successfully led large teams, held profit and loss accountability, and gained extensive business experience within corporate and academic arenas in Canada, the USA, and the UK. Rashmi is a co-owner at Lake and Associates where she specializes in leadership development, team performance, and process facilitation working with public sector and private sector clients, and has provided services in North America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Rashmi holds an MSc in Human Resource Management; a BSc (HONS); and a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education, Facilitation and Training, and she holds the Diversity and Inclusion for HR certificate from Cornell University.

Michelle Grocholsky (she/her) is the founder and owner of Empowered, a boutique consulting firm on a mission to make equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) an integral part of how organizations and their people operate.

Empowered was born out of Michelle Grocholsky’s 15 years of experience designing and leading global EDI strategies across industries including Financial Services, High Tech, and Land, Property and Construction. Driven by the slow rate of global progress and a tendency for companies to focus on surface-level initiatives that fail to elicit behavioural or cultural change, Michelle designed Empowered with the intention of making change where it matters most – in our decision making, people systems and practices. Her work has been recognized in Canada, the U.K and U.S in the areas of inclusion & diversity, women’s advancement, employee engagement and empowerment.

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