May 5, 2021
ECA Chicago Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Contractor Training
Zoom Webinar: Recording Now Available
ECA Chicago is pleased to announce Leadership Surge’s EMPOWER U diversity, equity and inclusion training program specifically designed for electrical contractors.
ECA Chicago recognizes that diversity strengthens our workforce, benefits our communities and makes our industry stronger and more competitive. ECA is pleased to partner with Leadership Surge, a training and development firm who works with frontline leaders on developing awareness, understanding and proficiencies in diversity, equity and inclusion. The EMPOWER U – the DEI Experience is a yearlong program kicking off with coach Alex Willis reviewing the 4 Lenses Personality Training, which establishes a common language and value system for diverse perspectives and unique talent in the workplace or simply in life.
Identify personal and company biases related to diversity and inclusion
Understand and be able to articulate the business case for diversity and inclusion
Understand and create plan for adopting and incorporate diversity and inclusion within the company culture
Identify situations in which further discussion and planning needs to take place related to diversity and inclusion
Create a plan for taking action after completion of the training
Session 1: May 5, 2021 -
This program is complimentary to ECA Members and their Employees. There is no limit on the number of employees that can participate.
Session #1 Follow Up: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion July Mini-Activities
ECA Chicago is pleased to continue partnering with Leadership Surge to deliver its EMPOWER U diversity, equity and inclusion training program specifically designed for electrical contractors. In May, Leadership Surge’s Alex Willis shared the 4 Lenses Personality Training and over the month of July, we’d like you to take some time on a weekly basis to watch the short videos, participate in the activities and reflect on the topics in each Toolbox Talk. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be exploring unconscious bias from several different angles including identifying what’s shaped each of us as well as how bias can hijack the brain.
Week of July 5, 2021 – Identifying what shaped you
Week of July 12, 2021 – Toolbox Talk: Unconscious bias
Week of July 19, 2021 – How bias hijacks the brain
Week of July 26, 2021 – Toolbox Talk: Evaluating beliefs & assumptions
Week of July 5th: Identifying what Shaped You
Step #1: Watch the Video from Alex
Step #2: Think about the events that shaped your way of thinking.
Step #3: Use this Guide for you and your team to participate in the "Reflection Activity"
Week of July 12th: Unconscious Bias "Toolbox Talk"
This Toolbox Talk reminds us that unconscious biases (also known as implicit bias) are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by putting people into categories. Many unconscious biases tend to be exhibited toward minority groups based on factors such as class, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious beliefs, age, disability and more.
Download this Toolbox Talk Discussion Card and follow the instructions to have a conversation with your team this week about unconscious bias.
Week of July 19th: How Bias Hijacks the Brain
Take a moment this week to watch this video from Alex Willis, and think about how Unconscious Bias can Hijack your Brain.
This is a simple, yet powerful exercise, to complete as an individual (not a team discussion).
Week of July 26th: Toolbox Talk - Evaluating Beliefs & Assumptions
In this toolbox talk, you and your team will review the importance of engaging with others who hold views different than your own. You will also explore why this is ultimately beneficial for team dynamic.
August Activities: Conflict Resolution
In August, you will be exploring conflict resolution from several different angles.
Week of Aug. 2, 2021 - Navigating conflict resolution (4 min video)
Week of Aug. 9, 2021 - Toolbox Talk: Conflict resolution
We all know that conflict is inevitable - it's a fact of life. Everyone has experienced conflict and will probably again in the future. This Toolbox talk reminds us there are tools and techniques available that can help each of us confidently deal with workplace conflict.