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Embodied Inclusive Leadership Training

September 15, 2023 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Loft at The Farm, SoHo, New York City

Are you looking to become a truly inclusive leader and equip yourself with the necessary skills to unlock the potential of your creative team? Join us for Embodied Inclusive Leadership, a one-day training focusing on empathy, coaching, feedback, and equitable listening to help you become a more impactful design leader.

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Invest In Your Leadership

Do you find yourself wondering:

•  How can you equip yourself to be a truly inclusive (not just performative) leader;
•  How can you open up the potential of direct reports, coworkers or creative partners who may not share the same identity, background or perspective as you; or
•  How can you bring out the highest expression of creativity in teams that may come from different identities, perspectives and agendas?

The AIGA Embodied Inclusive Leadership training is a transformational program that equips creative professionals with the skills to lead with empathy and inclusivity. Through interactive sessions, participants learn to cultivate an inclusive mindset, communicate effectively, and develop emotional intelligence. Facilitated by DEI specialists, the program provides a safe space for open discussions on topics like unconscious bias and power dynamics.

This training is for first-time and aspiring managers & leaders who want to bring a DEI lens to their practice, in a small and intimate AIGA leadership setting. Sound like you?  Register Today

Dive Deeper into the Content

    Bring more skillfullness and impact to your 1:1s. Hone the ability to listen with deep empathy to the needs and feelings of your colleagues who may not have the same background or perspective as you to nourish a team culture of psychological safety. 

    • Deepen your practice in managing your presence, attention and emotions to nourish psychological safety in 1:1s, particularly around difficult client or team situations that may be bring up strong feelings  
    • Augment your capacity to affirm what a coworker or creative partner has shared to make them feel seen and supported at work 
    • Gain a shared vocabulary on equitable listening and a toolkit of powerful questions, acknowledgements and phrases to evoke more meaningful 1:1s for self directed leadership transformation 

      Hone your ability to compassionately and effectively communicate feedback based on the individualized needs of diverse employees. 

      • Practice and discuss real feedback scenarios, get peer support and feedback on your most difficult 1:1 feedback conversations
      • Get the Team Empathy Guide and Team Facilitation Template to have more skillful 1:1 feedback conversations by uncovering each person’s communication needs and feedback histories with your team through honest stories and sharing 
      • Gain a shared vocabulary on equitable feedback and toolkit of thought-provoking questions, trust-building conversation openers and empathetic statements to nourish psychological safety in your 1:1 feedback conversations 
        • 6 hours of small group coaching
        • Workshop toolkit with actionable vocabulary, tactics and tools
        • Community of peer leaders to stay in touch with to support you on your leadership development journey
          • 30 mins of strategic preparation and follow-up homework  
          • Openness for participation, vulnerability and transformation 
          • Willingness to lean into conversations that relate to DEI (e.g. gender, race, ability, sexuality, identity, etc.)

          Meet Your Trainer

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          Meet Melissa

          This training will be guided by Melissa Andrada (Mel - she/they), a DEI Strategic Consultant, Workshop Facilitator, Motivational Speaker and Leadership Coach, driving socially just change within organizations that have included BUCK, Amazon, Mother and The New York Times. They are also a consultant, facilitator and speaker for the best-selling book Radical Candor. 

          Mel was the COO of Learnerbly, a VC-backed startup based in London collaborating with clients like IDEO, ustwo and Moving Brands to accelerate the growth of their people. She also co-founded the corporate learning arm of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins where she was a lead strategist in both their New York City and London offices. 

          When they are not at work, they can be found teaching a hatha flow for the queer community, surfing in Mexico and writing essays on mental health and what it means to be human

          Mel has a Masters in Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh and is currently completing a second Masters in Expressive Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. 

          Watch the Open House Q&A with Melissa and Lee-Sean


          Early Member Rate

          $1,045 flate rate

          Early rate expires August 9, 2023

          Early Nonmember Rate

          $1,145 flat rate

          Early rate expires August 9, 2023

          Regular Member Rate

          $1,145 flat rate

          Regular Nonmember Rate

          $1,245 flat rate

          Learn how to coach with empathy and feedback to create a more inclusive team dynamic. Register Today–the early rate expires August 9!

          About the Venue

          The Loft @ The Farm
          447 Broadway, New York, NY

          This intimate and highly adaptable space was originally a barn in the expansive farmlands of Missouri. Today, it emanates the same serene, natural energy amidst the lively streets of SoHo. 

          How to get there:
          The Farm SoHo is located at 447 Broadway, 2nd Floor, just a half block south of Grand Street. There is an intercom buzzer to the right of the door when you arrive. Easily reached by the N, Q, R, W, 6, A, C, E, 1, J, Z lines at Canal Street and a short distance from the B, D, F, M lines at Broadway-Lafayette and Grand Street.

          The Loft @ The Barn Venue

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