Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for the Public Sector

January 17th & 24th, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST | Online

Training Overview

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) for the Public Sector has been designed to help government employees champion workplace inclusivity by recognizing bias and building a culture where emotional and psychological safety is a top priority.

Fundamentals of DEI & Self Exploration, Recognizing Bias, Creating a Sense of Belonging – This course takes a deep dive into DEIB and will equip you with the skills to imbed diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into the very fabric of your workplace.

Whether you are just getting started in your career, managing staff and teams, or using this course to deepen your understanding of DEIB, this in-depth training course has something for you. Through an informative mix of presentations, self-reflective exercises, and a supportive peer learning environment, DEIB for the Public Sector will provide actionable steps designed to help you sharpen and continue your DEIB journey.

Who Should Attend

This training course is relevant for all public sector employees at all levels including:

CEO/COO/CDO/CFO and their teams & CHROs and Heads of DE&I

Change Management and Organizational Development Leaders

Recruitment & Retention Leaders, Managers and Teams

All Human Resources Leaders, Managers and Teams

Health and Wellbeing Leaders, Managers and Teams

Learning Outcomes

Get better acquainted with DEIB terminologies such as diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging.

Recognize and mitigate bias in decision-making and workplace environments.

Learn how to build an inclusive and psychologically safe workplace and help foster a sense of belonging.

Set accountable action steps to benchmark your DEIB strategy in the short and long term.

Meet Your Facilitator

Irma Vartanian
Intercultural Competence Trainer

Irma is an Intercultural Competence Trainer with more than 25 years of experience in the corporate world. She’s an expert in the fields of People Skills for Leaders, and Communication across cultures.  A global citizen, based in Canada, a keynote speaker, author and columnist, Irma has worked and lived in Europe, the UK, the US and the Middle East.

Irma’s clients include Fortune 500 company executives, Public Sector and government officials, and international corporate leaders. Her pieces of training involve enhancing leadership brand and developing negotiation & communication skills within a global framework, where bridging cultural gaps and sensitivities is a must for success.  

In today’s world, companies and organizations thrive on multiculturalism. Irma believes that communication is at the core of any successful and effective collaboration. This calls for customized intercultural competence training for government officials, and public sector agents. With this in mind, Irma has designed a cross-cultural communication course to develop stakeholders’ engagement and exude trust while sustaining equitable and inclusive outcomes among multicultural and diverse communities. 

Key Sessions

Day 1: Modules 1 to 2Day 2: Modules 3 to 4

Fundamentals of DEI & Self-Exploration 

  • An Introduction to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
    • Overview of DEIB & how it has evolved and changed
    • Exploring key terms and definitions 
    • Understanding the impact of DEIB in the workplace – everyone has a role
  • Breakout Activity
    • The Diversity Wheel – exploring ‘identity’
    • Self-Reflection – how identity has shaped us 
    • Group discussion and ‘learn and share 
  • Identity and Intersectionality
    • Setting the Framework: What is Identity & Intersectionality?
    • How does intersectionality impact employees’ experiences at work?
    • The relationship between overlapping identities and the complexity of prejudice

Discovering Unconscious Bias

  • Defining different types of biases
  • Recognizing bias and understanding the impact it has in the workplace
  • How unconscious bias impacts organizational decisions and long-term micro-aggressive behaviors

Breakout Activity

Mitigating Bias

  • Understand how to recognize and reduce unconscious bias in decision-making
  • Learn how to apologize AND move forward
  • What happens when we don’t mitigate bias?
  • The impact of micro-aggressions

Creating a Sense of Belonging 

Inclusion and Empathy

  • Understanding the difference between Empathy and Sympathy
  • Recognizing the individual, team and organizational impact on creating an inclusive environment
  • Listening with intent – mitigating listening bias

Breakout Activity

  • Giving and receiving peer feedback
  • Empathetic Listening – listening without bias
  • Calling attention to the challenges and opportunities for putting listening into practice

Conscious Allyship – Learning and Group Discussion

  • Intent VS Impact
  • The difference between performative and conscious allyship
  • Advocating for diverse voices and creating psychological safe spaces
  • Drawing on lessons learned in this course, establish a blueprint for being a conscious ally, leading with empathy and putting work into action

Group Activity: Putting Learning into Action
In this group activity, you will have the opportunity to devise a personal toolkit that can be tested and put into action in the workplace. At the end of this activity, you will receive peer-to-peer and facilitator feedback.


Early Bird 1

Until November 10

$595 USD

per person + GST

Early Bird 2

Until December 15

$795 USD

per person + GST

Regular Price

$995 USD

per person + GST

Customised in-house options available for teams

Interested in any of our online trainings?

You can also choose to have them delivered in house. We will work closely with our inspiring session facilitators to tailor the content around the key development areas your team are prioritising, shape the learning outcomes around your core departmental challenges and make the most of your L&D and upskilling budget.

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