QC Hispanic Chamber hosts next speaker series session

Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its next Multicultural Speaker Series session on Friday, Oct. 27, featuring seasoned storyteller and diversity and inclusion expert Michelle Hyde. 

Check in and a light breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 959 Middle Road, Bettendorf. The program will begin at 9 a.m. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for future members, $12.50 for students and $110 for table of eight. 

For this session, Ms. Hyde will focus on DEI conversations at work. Workplaces are diverse environments composed of employees with many different backgrounds and experiences. Employees want to say the “right thing” to each other, but are not always comfortable broaching discussions around race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity and other facets of diversity that impact the workplace, according to the GQCHCC’s news release. 

Leaders also are often at a loss when it comes to effectively managing sensitive workplace conversations. Rather than shying away, leaders and employees instead can engage in conversations and model understanding that will lead to greater inclusivity, the release states.

Ms. Hyde’s presentation will provide a framework to hold constructive conversations that promote a welcoming, comfortable and inclusive work culture for all employees, which in turn will yield greater engagement, empathy and stronger teams.

Ms. Hyde has worked on the DEI team of a Fortune 100 company, the release states, as well as in the fields of financial services, manufacturing, higher education and national health nonprofits.

The Speaker Series provides an opportunity for attendees to enhance cultural awareness, fulfill diversity education needs, increase integration into the community, and expand networks across community sectors, according to information from Moline-based chamber. An earlier session featured Project NOW Executive Director the Rev. Dwight Ford.

For more information and to register, visit the GQCHCC website.

Get the free QCBJ email newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the people, companies and issues that impact business in the  Quad Cities area.