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    Chapter Event - Race in America: How to Remove the Big Elephant in the Room with Meaningful Conversations

    Date: May 20, 2021, 8:00am – 9:30am
    South Puget Sound SHRM
    Online: You will receive a link to the event in your confirmation email upon registration.
    $10 for Students; $20 for Members; $40 for Non-Members
    Event Type:
    2021 Chapter Meetings
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    Please welcome

    Seconde Nimenya, MBA

    Author | Speaker | DEI Practitioner 


    Race in America: How to Remove the Big Elephant in the Room with Meaningful Conversations


    Everyone has a diversity story, and yet, our handling of race issues in America has a long way to go. It's time for us to find new ways to work together and heal racial wounds in ourselves and our communities. The incidents of police brutality on unarmed black people in the United States have caused a global recognition of the realities of racial discrimination and the importance of creating brave spaces for meaningful conversations on race in America and around the world. 

    In order to support organizational leaders and individuals in creating inclusive cultures, author, diversity and inclusion practitioner Seconde Nimenya proposes a program on how to have meaningful conversations on race. In this presentation, Seconde will share a motivational message to inspire and empower participants on how to live, learn, and lead better in a world of differences.

    As Seconde Nimenya writes in her latest book, Unlocking Diversity, "There are no strangers in this life, only other people living their own human experience." 

    Her message is timely, and we are excited she is joining SPS SHRM to share her insights and perspectives with our members.

      Learning Objectives:

      Participants will be able to:

      • Learn about the complexities that surround race and other social issues, and how race relations have shaped the diverse experiences of people of all identity backgrounds. 
      • Gain insights for how to disrupt unconscious bias and improve race relations in the workplace and communities where they live, work and play. 
      • Learn how to recognize and use their privileges to better themselves and others in order to harness the power of diversity stories, and build inclusive workplace cultures where everyone can thrive.

      1.0 Credit approved through SHRM & HRCI


      About the Speakers:

      Seconde Nimenya, MBA

      Seconde Nimenya is an author who has written five books, and a thought leader on diversity, equity and inclusion in a world of differences. Through her leadership development programs, she champions diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and educational systems. Seconde works with organizational leaders and stakeholders who want to build inclusive workplaces and communities, where everyone feels accepted for who they are and what they bring to the world to make it a better place for all. She provides expertise and inspiration to her audiences, sharing key insights and strategies on how to unleash creativity, employee engagement and work satisfaction, all positive drivers of organizational performance and community wellbeing. Through a wide variety of training, presentations, coaching and mentorships, Seconde has made diversity, equity and inclusion her personal and professional mission. 

      Seconde immigrated to North America in the 1990s, starting out as a refugee in Canada, where she lived more than ten years before moving to the United States, where she received her MBA. She blends her varied educational and cultural backgrounds to create dynamic presentations, using a unique approach that is both inspiring and empowering. Her TEDx Talk on race and other identity constructs, titled, “We Are Not All That Different” has been hailed as the most inspirational talk for our times and continues to inspire people worldwide.

      For more information about Seconde’s work, visit:

      **There is limited seating; Late Registrations/Walk-ins may be limited based on number of preregistered.