Thursday 21 May
16:00 - 17:00 (BST) / 17:00 - 18:00 (CET) / 11:00 - 12:00 (EDT)
Multiculturalism and Mental Health
Instructors: Mitch Brown & Dawn Bryan
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During times of uncertainty and disruption, two things are certain: We are not in control and we need each other. We need each other so we can rise to the present challenge and create an improved future. Everyone’s voice is needed. Everyone has to be invited to the conversation. How do we strategize for an uncertain future? There’s no one answer and no easy answers. But part of the solution requires that we call on everyone. Because we are better together.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DEI DURING CRISIS AND CHALLENGE
The same events impact people differently. Leaders who honor differences and show they care, bring out the best in others.
We must be all in to keep the business running. We work alongside people who have survived personal tragedy, community calamity and national crisis. And they’ve come out thriving. To tap into their teams’ potential, leaders must expand their inner circle, manage bias and empower everyone to contribute.
We need to learn from each other. Commitment to diversity and inclusion encourages an environment of teamwork, collaboration and focus in times of change, uncertainty and challenge.
Through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lens, teams can problem solve and innovate better.
SO HOW DO LEADERS HONOR UNIQUE IDENTITIES AND LEVERAGE THE TALENT, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES OF OUR ENTIRE WORKFORCE DURING TOUGH TIMES? We must Commit, Care, and Collaborate.
Kaleidoscope Group Facilitator Bios
MITCH BROWN, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Mitch Brown is a Sr. Consultant and Facilitator at The Kaleidoscope Group and Executive Advisor for Tomorrow’s Truth. Mitch serves as an Executive Advisor, Facilitator, and Thought Leader for Tomorrow’s Truth, helping organizations to better understand their Millennial Talent.
Prior to joining the Kaleidoscope Group, Mitch served in a management consulting role with the Gallup Organization. Mitch provides expertise in the areas of cultural assessment and millennial diversity. Since joining the Kaleidoscope Group, Mitch has worked with Tompkins County of NY, Thrivent Financial, FHLB Dallas, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and FDNY. Mitch, a certified NFL Agent, spends the rest of his time working as a co-founder and partner of Agility Sports, LLC.
Mitch holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, a J.D. from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Management. Mitch currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
DAWN BRYAN, SVP OF GLOBAL PRACTICE
Although born in the United States, Dawn spent almost all her adult life living and working in Europe, Asia, and the Horn of Africa. She joined the Kaleidoscope Team in 2018 after repatriating to the US and now leads their work with global clients. As the Senior Vice President for the Global Practice, Dawn concentrates on global diversity and inclusion. Her work enables global companies to develop vision, strategies, and infrastructure that incorporate the variations in how D & I is conceptualized and experienced in the global contexts in which they work so that they are able to drive enterprise-wide effectiveness and transformation.
Dawn enjoys enabling leaders to develop in global leadership capacities, taking a practical skills-based approach that fosters the specific competencies needed to excel in culturally diverse and complex environments. She loves helping people within global organizations not only understand and appreciate one another but also harness their diversity for greater creativity and productivity.
In leading the Global Practice, Dawn works with a team of colleagues within Kaleidoscope who bring years of D &I expertise as well as with an extensive global network of multilingual D & I experts who provide in-context experience in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
In addition to consulting, Dawn enjoys coaching individuals and teams, facilitating, and public speaking. She combines 25 years of cross-cultural experience, training in effective global business practices, and a gift for listening to others to help organizations take practical steps towards continuous improvement.
Dawn specializes in building trust and understanding in diverse teams, identifying solutions to intercultural challenges, assessing cultural dynamics in organizations, and bridging cultural divides that affect business. Her past clients include the European Union, the Canadian Government, the International Community School of Addis Ababa, BBA Aviation, and World Relief. Current work includes global D&I support for Adidas, Martin Brower, IRI Worldwide, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
In addition to a Masters in Global Affairs, Dawn holds multiple accreditations in facilitation, a certificate in Global Leadership and Organizational Coaching, and a BA in Education.
Dawn is now based out of Chicago and in addition to her professional work she also volunteers in a number of capacities, serving as a mentor to women new to international leadership and as a board governor of a large international school in the Horn of Africa. She also serves as President of Families in Global Transition (figt.org), an award-winning organization recognized for leading research and developing best practices for people and organizations working cross-culturally.
Whether in a professional or volunteer capacity, Dawn loves helping people successfully manage transitions, navigate cultural complexity, thrive in international settings and work in diverse teams.