Leading with Values, Not Bias Course

June 1-2, 2023

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Course Content

While many variables contribute to societal inequities, a core variable is bias. For much of U.S. history, biases were enshrined in laws and policies of the country, the various states, and local governments. Laws and policies were explicit in their discriminatory intent. We have seen progress over the years as we strive to create a “more perfect union.” Sometimes, however, the progress is with a step forward and then another one back. The journey toward equity has had high and low points, but what is distinguishing about the United States is its continuing commitment to a diverse society, its continuing efforts to achieve inclusion and equity, and its resilience when confronted with obstacles. Thus, we know that change and progress are possible.

The first step in the change process is gaining awareness and knowledge, which is the purpose of this workshop. The workshop is structured to provide support for people who may have not been exposed to the topics and those who want to build on their knowledge.  The presenters aim to meet people where they are, creating a respectful environment where people can learn without judgment. Borrowing from Stephen Covey, we seek to create a discussion where all participants seek first to understand and then to be understood.

Topics in the workshop include tools for inclusive conversations, terminology (diversity, equity/equality, inclusion/belonging, cognitive fallacies and implicit bias, stereotypes, microaggressions, intersectionality, critical race theory, privilege, allyship, and inclusive leadership. Historical context is also provided.

This is an interactive workshop where participants can develop skills that they can apply immediately as well as a path to continue their journey.

Who Should Apply?

Current and emerging leaders working in utility and local government organizations, who have the interest and authority to lead diverse and inclusive organizations

Program Length and Dates

1.5-day program | June 1-2, 2023

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

To be determined


$550 | Note: Participants are responsible for their own expenses. Discounted hotel rates are available for out-of-town participants.  


Raftelis Performance Academy Cincinnati Training Center:
19 Garfield Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH 45202