WiA 2020 Equity Series: Hidden Costs l Workshop

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August 6, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Zoom Webinar

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Women in Architecture Houston's 2020 Equity Series Event:
Hidden Costs - Virtual Workshop



This virtual workshop begins by introducing participants to data and research on the organizational, business, and financial benefits of a diverse and inclusive (D&I) workforce in architecture, engineering, and construction. The workshop provides goal-setting exercises that architecture leaders and participants can use to establish diversity and inclusion benchmarks, strategic planning, and accountability structures within their firms. The session then moves toward focusing on data-informed recruitment and retention strategies that improve diversification in predominantly white and male industries. By improving the profession’s diversity, we help to ensure we are better able to serve the health, safety, and welfare of a more diverse client base and the public at large.

AIA Credit: 2.5 LU



Dr. Paula Ioanide, PhD, Rise to Equity Excellence, LLC, brings ten years of teaching and facilitation experience to her workshops on diversity, institutional equity, and inclusion. Known for her engaging and interactive style, Dr. Ioanide views the work of challenging bias and building inclusiveness as a journey that requires awareness, compassion, and commitment. Creating spaces that are non-judgmental yet honest, Dr. Ioanide helps people understand how bias and discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, class, and other identity factors work in workplace settings. At the same time, she offers practical skills for building more equitable, inclusive, and affirming climates. 

Dr. Ioanide is the author of The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness(Stanford University Press, 2015). She co-edited the recently published anthology titled Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters (Punctum Books, 2019).


Michelle Courtney Berry is certified and trained NLP Master Coach and Practitioner for Health and Wellness as well as an author, speaker, trainer, actor, performing artist, playwright, poet, humorist, and nature lover who helps improve the quality of people’s lives by helping them manage stress, time, conflict, and competing priorities. The Founder and CEO of Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC and the Founding Director of America Rises, Inc. Michelle is an intrepid orator, a two-time TEDx speaker, a two-time SXSW speaker, an internationally-recognized meditation teacher, an internationally-certified stress reduction expert, health and wellness coach, and both a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. She has also opened for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Howard Zinn, Mos Def, Nikki Giovanni, and Dr. Maya Angelou.

To date, Michelle has delivered more than 3,500 keynotes, addresses, and inspirational speeches around the world. She lives with her family and her cat Caitlyn in the “gorges” Finger Lakes Region of New York.


Registration is required and limited spots available.  Instructions will be emailed to all registrants the day before the presentation


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