Rhodes Perry (he/him) is a bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, internationally sought-after keynoter, and a workplace culture strategist. He helps business executives and people leaders build belonging at work by establishing psychological safety and trust. Nationally recognized as a diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader, he has over 20 years of leadership experience having worked at the White House, the Department of Justice, and PFLAG National. Media Outlets like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press have featured his powerful work. His first book, Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Build an Inclusive Organization was published in 2018 and his second book, Imagine Belonging: Your Leadership Guide to Building an Equitable Workplaces was published in February 2022. Both books debuted as Amazon bestsellers and were published by Publish Your Purpose Press. He earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MPA from New York University. He currently serves on the National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce’s Transgender Inclusion Task Force, the Cascade AIDS Project’s Board of Directors, and on the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Rainbow Community Task Force.
1) The Belonging Basics. Wrap your arms around what belonging means, why it matters, and how you can build it at work by building real and psychologically safe relationships at work. After this workshop, you will be able to:
2) Flex Your Empathy Muscles. Recognize why empathy is a leadership superpower that will help those that you lead establish a greater sense of trust and connection with you as a leader, and with your organization. After this workshop, you will be able to:
3) Embody Inclusive Leadership Practices. Commit to improving your organization’s culture by examining the transferrable set of leadership behaviors you want to pass along to the next generation of executives in your organization. After this workshop, you will be able to:
4) Power at Work. Learn the role that both social and positional power plays in the workplace and explore ways these sources of power can help build more safety, trust, and belonging on the job. After this workshop, you will be able to:
5) Fumbling Towards Repair. Embrace the role you can play to repair from unintentional harm you may have caused, or you may have witnessed, that has caused a rupture at work. After this workshop, you will be able to:
6) Make the Commitment. Commit to transforming your workplace culture by beginning with yourself, recognizing what it truly takes to inclusively lead and build a culture of belonging. After this workshop, you will be able to:
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