• Alumni Professional Development: Build Sustainability and Inclusiveness Into Your Organization’s Recovery Plan

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

    Alumni and friends Welcome

    The Schulich Global Alumni Network, in partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), is proud to present a new Alumni Professional Development series.

    Build Sustainability and Inclusiveness Into Your Organization’s Recovery Plan

    Research suggests that organizations that demonstrate inclusive business practices are 57.8 per cent more likely to improve their reputations. In addition, employees who view their workplace as inclusive are likely to consider their organization to have ethical value. In the current context, embracing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Indigenization (DEII) is a strategic advantage, critical to risk management and increases future personal and business outcomes.

    Implementing these practices, however, can be difficult. Wherever there are people, there is bias, and bias affects how we learn, work and interact with each other. We are knowledge workers who “think for a living,” but “much of our thinking is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or prejudiced.

    Unconscious bias is a major risk in the modern workplace, which is increasing in diversity and complexity. Organizations are challenged against this backdrop by increasing demands for greater equity, diversity, inclusion and indigenization from ideation, through design and delivery of services.

    This webinar is designed and delivered in a manner to provide opportunities for reflection on the biases you hold and provide strategies to become aware of the impact of bias on individual and organizational outcomes and reputation.

    The Webinar will address 3 Key questions:
    1. What is Unconscious Bias?
    2. How it Works?
    3. Why it Matters?

    Michel Shah, Facilitator, SEEC

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Michel Shah, Facilitator, SEEC

Michel Shah is an experienced educator, speaker, coach and consultant who has been a leader supporting the development of personal and interpersonal skills for over twenty years. She is a Facilitator of Executive Education at Schulich School of Business, York University and the author of ‘Explorations in Career Development: Personal and Professional’ (2019), and ‘UpSkill: Soft Skills and Professional Development Essentials’ (2021), McGraw-Hill Education.

Michel is the founder of Hammersmith Prep School in Jamaica and the MAS Programme which integrates confidence building and leadership development into the K12 curriculum. She is the founder and CEO of The UpSkill Corporation Inc. where she facilitates UpSkilling conversations in organizations across Canada. From education and health care to finance and government, Michel provides strategies and readily actionable steps for soft skills development.

She incorporates sound pedagogical principles, adult learning methodologies, applied practice to transfer learning, Universal Design for Learning principles and accessibility compliance standards in the teaching and learning process. Michel unpacks complex issues bit by bit using relatable stories and practical examples that inspire greater awareness and produce many “aha” moments. Then she provides “bite size” steps that are readily actioned to deliver measurable results. She truly believes the development of personal and interpersonal skills can significantly improve how we work, play and live with each other and have a lasting impact on our rapidly changing society.
More recently Michel has been sharing stories, leading conversations and reflections on bias consciousness, diversity, equity and inclusion. One story Michel loves to share is the story of how she got a boy’s name.

Michel holds a MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BA (Hons.) from the University of Toronto, and has completed the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) with the University of Kingston, England. She is a Certified Training and Development Professional, Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and a Project Management Professional.

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