The social injustice tragedies that took place in 2020 crystalized an existing need within the technology community to empower all leaders to have conversations about race in the workplace.
The Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) are partnering on a quarterly webinar series set to launch in May 2021 bringing together members from our organizations to share their personal narratives surrounding career origins and journeys, leadership development and advancement, and the impact of race, bias, and lack of inclusion.
The intentions behind the series are to:
- Educate and equip our leaders to lead a multi-cultural organization (closing ignorance gap, empathy) and share strategies, data, and tools
- Raise awareness of the challenges for Black leaders in technology - both conscious and unconscious
- Create more sensitivity and openness around the advancement of people of color in tech
- Encourage leaders to have difficult conversations because the understanding and trust that is gained is priceless
We want the result of the series to be a call to action - not one that is demanded, but one that is offered. We're hopeful that attendees will be inspired and strive to remove obstacles and bias from their hiring and promoting practices, be deliberate in their development and inclusion across their teams and have stronger relationships and engagement with their peers and employees.
We will end each webinar with a networking session amongst all attendees. While we listen and learn as individuals, we want to gather together as a community of leaders who are enacting change.
To register, follow the links below to register for each event. Registration is open to active members of SIM and ITSMF or their respective academies and leadership forums. When you register to attend the (Un)Common Ground series, you are agreeing to abide by our joint Code of Conduct.
If you have any questions or issues with registration, ITSMF members can email firstname.lastname@example.org, and SIM members can email email@example.com.