Creating an Authentic Culture of Diversity & Inclusion through Improv Workshop

    February 04, 2021
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Zoom Virtual Platform


    Diversity & Inclusion has been – and will continue to be – a critically important topic for individuals and companies throughout the world. In a marketplace that is extremely competitive in terms of employee retention and recruitment, implementing an authentic culture of Diversity & Inclusion is the key to ensuring staff are engaged, empowered, and confident. So how do firms go beyond creating a Diversity & Inclusion checklist to having leadership and staff internalize and apply the foundational concepts of Diversity & Inclusion?

    SMPS Northern New England’s upcoming workshop, led by internationally-recognized speaker Nancy Watt, will address this challenge. This isn’t your typical Diversity & Inclusion program! Instead, Nancy will provide a unique take on the practical application of Diversity & Inclusion principles through the use of improvisational theatre. This workshop is meant for everyone, introverts and extroverts alike. Nancy is a pro at engaging her audiences and making them comfortable, while cultivating active listening skills, a curiosity mindset, and empathy for all program participants.

    Attendees can expect to leave the program with a higher “AQ – Adaptability Quotient” through the process of unlearning concepts that don’t serve a Diversity & Inclusion culture, leaving them with the agility to lead and change others. Topics to be addressed include: social identity, power dynamics, discrimination, allyship, and systemic oppression, among others. You won’t want to miss this important and powerful workshop!

    About our Speaker, Nancy Watt:
    Rated in the top five Leadership Workshops at Microsoft’s global conference for the last four years, NITA’s Communication Specialist and regular at corporate team building events, Nancy Watt delivers powerfully creative and memorable sessions. Her communications speaking engagements and workshops have been delivered to Engineering and Science departments are Harvard University, Princeton, MIT, Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and McMaster University.

    She does a tremendous amount of STEM outreach is is a proud supporter of SWE and EWB, Engineers Without Borders. Her ‘Pracademic’ approach applies evidence-based research with experiential learning using the tools and techniques of improv. Her workshops on communication, leadership and collaboration directly impacts any institution that needs to deal with unpredictability, build mental agility and foster innovative teams. 

    She’s from Second City’s Improv Conservatory and Sketch Writing Programs in Toronto and Chicago. She has a B.A, Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, is a Certified Improv Practitioner, and completed the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Program from Cornell University. Nancy delivers H.A.P.P.I.E., How to Apply Positive Psychology Improv Exercises.


    $20.00 SMPS NNE Member

    $20.00 SMPS Member (Outside NNE Chapter)

    $40.00 Not-Yet-a-Member

    $250.00 Program Sponsorship & 1 Registration