Race + Gender Matter at Work

Presenter: Alfonso Wenker

Presenter: Trina Olson


Date: September 12

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Small ballroom

About the Session

In this session you will be introduced to the key tool, Team Dynamics Embodied Identity House, in depth. One room at a time, you will be guided by experts through 10 distinct facets of identity that are currently the differences that are the primary predictive factors of health, wealth, and treatment in the U.S. You will be introduced to a practice of more consistently noticing the identities and dynamics present and absent in your work. You will get the opportunity to self-reflect as well as receive invitations to spark and deepen curiosity in ways that will add to your equity work and values. We will debunk the myth that power is a zero sum game! In a workplace setting, the ability to influence decisions, networks, priorities, projects, and resources is paramount.

One at a time, this session will carefully review the five types of power, sharing examples and opportunities for how, as colleagues, we can better harness and utilize power in service of shared goals. We will also layer on the reality of the ever present nature of identity when it comes to predictable access and barriers to power. We will dig into the pervasive and predictable impacts of white dominant culture in modern day U.S. based workplaces. We will explore the frames of anti-racism, privilege, and supremacy to unpack the ways in which ubiquitous racial programming has led to workplace cultures and practices that are out of alignment with our goals of racial equity. In good news, each of the problematic behaviors – often disguised as “professional best practices” – come with an anti-racist antidote. One by one, viable alternatives to inequity will be offered for you to learn and practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the nature of cultural patterns of behavior in the workplace.

  2. Explore how race and gender serve as filters to our workplace experiences.

  3. Reflect on the ever-present nature of power and how to navigate it in working relationships.

  4. Examine workplace behaviors that create cultural dominance in a US context.

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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