Many of us have been involved with diversity training that focuses on cultural difference and respecting all perspectives. While this is a good start, we cannot move toward true equity in our workplaces, organizations, and personal relationships until we address historical and institutional inequality. In order to address the myriad ways that certain people are marginalized based on social identities such as race, gender, disability, religion, class, sexual orientation, etc, every one of us needs to understand our own identities, how we all demonstrate bias that is often unconscious, and how we are all capable of moving toward equity.
Anne Phibbs, PhD is Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives: http://strategicdi.com/. She brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. A seasoned consultant, Anne works with small and large organizations on a variety of diversity and inclusion needs, including diversity audits, diversity plans, customized training, and leadership development. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to the context, culture, and goals of the organization.
With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes to thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, healthcare, and faith community settings. Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 method. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.