Hiring Revolution: Disrupting Racism + Sexism in Hiring

Presenter: Alfonso Wenker

Presenter: Trina Olson


Date: September 13

Time: 3:30 pm

About the Session

During this session, Team Dynamics’ co-founders, Trina C. Olson and Alfonso T. Wenker, lay out the 6-part process outlined in their book, Hiring Revolution: A Guide to Disrupt Racism + Sexism in Hiring. They’ll share what they have done to find and hire teams of people that are incredibly diverse – across race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious tradition, age, ability, ethnicity, immigration experience, and more. Hiring Revolution is an invitation to stop, start, do more of, do less of, and do differently. It is a purposefully tactical approach to hiring the team you claim you want. 

Through a thoughtful reimagining of team building, you will begin the process of reckoning with all the times and places where your hiring intent (find “the best” “most qualified” workers) did not ultimately match your impact (inadvertently convincing yourself that white male workers were the best choice). The session explores small, medium, and large shifts that can transform your hiring practices toward a more equitable way of doing business. The session does not spend time pointing out everything done wrong in hiring days past – the Hiring Revolution session will identify specific problems and pair each with a viable solution you could start implementing today. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how current hiring best practice produces racist and sexist results.

  2. Learn new tools to disrupt individual and group race/gender bias when hiring.

  3. Explore a revolutionized approach to hiring to truly achieve your race/gender hiring diversity goals.

About the Presenter(s)

Alfonso Wenker

Team Dynamics
Alfonso drives Team Dynamics’ client engagement, working side-by-side with C-Suite executives and internal champions of cultural change efforts. Alfonso Wenker is a seasoned executive leader and facilitator of transformational organizational culture and strategy campaigns. Serving in major leadership roles within the field of philanthropy, Alfonso has been responsible for driving sector and systems wide change to diversify both perspective and personnel in order to better steward resources responsible for underwriting major movements.

A Latinx, gay, cis-gender man, Alfonso was born and raised on the west side of Saint Paul, MN, to a Mexican mother and white father. Consequently, Alfonso has often been the ‘first’ or ‘only’ person on a team who is a Person of Color, gay person, or both throughout his career. He has experienced, firsthand, how the attempted diversification in the U.S. workplace has both made strides and done accidental harm.
Trina Olson
Team Dynamics
Trina leads Team Dynamics’ curriculum development; concretizing the tools and resources our clients need to thrive. Trina Olson is a two-time executive director with a track record of building and retaining teams across race, gender, and sexual orientation to achieve shared goals. Trina has built an impressive portfolio of national and regional policy and advocacy experience, centering a multitude of progressive issues, including: healthcare, hunger, living wage, immigration reform, transgender inclusive non-discrimination, and more. Trina is an expert adult-educator who has supported teams around the country to both improve their workplace culture and performance.

Trina is a Minnesotan who has also made her home in eighteen U.S. cities, including: Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. A queer, white, cis-gender woman, Trina is motivated by the ways job creators could be addressing the intersection of identity and workplace more creatively and consistently to address the pervasive inequities still at play across race and gender, in particular.

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