How to Communicate About DEI and Social Justice Issues: The Fine Art of Not Saying Stupid Sh*t

Once upon a time, companies stayed out of social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) situations. Today, customers and employees expect to be seen, heard, and valued. They expect businesses and their leaders to be transparent about DEI efforts, take a stand on social justice issues, and demonstrate how they’re making the world a better place. Misalignment between what a company says and what it actually does destroys credibility and leads to a host of other consequences, including brand reputation damage, high attrition, difficulty attracting talent, lawsuits, boycotts, loss of market share, and more. 

DEI and social justice communications is a new and required skill set for communicators. The key to success is to embed them in your processes from the very beginning. We must acknowledge unconscious bias and learn to think and act beyond ourselves and our own limited experiences. 

September 15, 2022
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

During their September 15 program, Janet Stovall and Kim Clark will discuss the why, what, when, and how to communicate DEI and social justice subjects. They'll introduce a practical tool to help companies craft DEI and social justice and communications aligned with their mission, vision, and values – consistently,  proactively,  and in ways that are powerful rather than performative.

DEI touches every part of the organization beyond communications, from marketing to sales, human resources to technology. Social justice is no longer something that happens ‘out there, somewhere.’ The business world has the best potential to usher in change that’s long overdue – and now is the time to do it.

About the Speakers

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Janet M. Stovall
DEI Pragmatist, Speaker, Award-winning writer, Social Impact Warrior

Global speaker, facilitator, writer and consultant Janet M. Stovall helps businesses dismantle systemic inequity, especially where it intersects with race. Global Head of DEI at the NeuroLeadership Institute and founder of the DEI consultancy, Pragmatic Diversity, Janet brings deep expertise around DEI communications practices and principles that drive change and build culture in large, complex organizations. She helps leaders shape DEI visions; devise strategies to achieve them; and secure the collective buy-in and accountability needed to make them a reality. Her three TED talks challenging businesses to get serious about inclusion have 2.5 million views.

Kim Clark
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Communications Educator and Consultant

Kim Clark has focused her career on messaging, audiences and how communications shape people's experiences. Her career spans documentary filmmaking, agency partnerships with the Discovery Channel, and leading global internal communication teams at KLA, PayPal, GoDaddy and GitHub. She is known for her ability to facilitate sensitive and yet urgent conversations to make meaningful progress in creating inclusive workplaces. She speaks at conferences, runs custom workshops, and consults with companies on all things diversity, equity and inclusion communications related. She lives in California with her two cats, two kids, and one girlfriend. 

  • September 15, 2022 at 12:00pm – 1pm
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