[Webinar] Ask an Expert Anything: Responding to resistance to DEI

Learning with LCW: Originally recorded on Tuesday, May 30, 12 pm CT

Persuading another person to move beyond their own resistance is both science and art. A conversation for DEI professionals and allies who are newer to our work or looking to reinvigorate themselves, this dialogue centers on examples of resistance we face in our day-to-day practice as it surfaces during interpersonal conversation.

This is your chance to ask an intercultural expert anything about addressing resistance and earning buy-in in the workplace. Together, we’ll identify specific language to use and avoid and examine helpful models to deploy in settings where resistance surfaces – whether in talent management decisions, team interactions, or one-on-one relationships. Submit your questions ahead of time when you register, and we’ll curate the discussion to address the topics that matter most to you.

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About the Facilitators

Larry Baker – Lead Facilitator

Larry applies 20 years of adult learning experience in leadership development, performance improvement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to design LCW programs that offer practical, performance-based impact. Often described as an engaging and motivational master level facilitator, Larry has a unique ability to take the learner on a pathway to discovery.

A Chicago native, Larry’s career in the Fortune 500 space spans the financial services, insurance, retail, human resources, call centers, and IT sectors. His earlier career included a role at State Farm as a Performance Improvement Consultant and Development Advisor, and later as an executive team member at Target. Today, Larry encourages and inspires individuals at Eli Lilly, Boston Consulting Group, US Bank, and others to cultivate a deeper self-awareness that allows them to enhance their relationships with their colleagues and the communities they live in.

Larry has a B.S. in Sociology from Illinois State University, which allows him the ability to examine how an individual’s social condition could potentially have a systemic impact on an organization’s inclusion objectives. He lives in Chicago with his lovely wife and his three wonderful children. Away from work, you can expect Larry to be attending one of his children’s events, spending quality time with his spouse, rooting for his Chicago based sports teams, or participating in activities sponsored within his church.

Rebecca Parrilla – Director of Content & Research

Rebecca’s passion is to help people more easily and authentically understand, energize, influence, and collaborate with people of different cultural and diversity profiles.

As Director of Content & Research, Rebecca ensures that LCW’s workshops, digital tools, frameworks and toolkits are forward-looking, practical, relevant, current, and always at the vanguard of our clients’ needs. In keeping with LCW’s mission, , Rebecca also examines LCW content through the lens of cultural competence – an approach that centers learned and shared behaviors and values which emerge from common experiences and influences of diverse communities globally. Rebecca also manages LCW’s full-time Facilitator Team, provides support to the LCW Consultant Team, and is a member of LCW’s Executive Leadership Team, contributing to the strategic direction of the organization.

Before this role, for fifteen years Rebecca advised, collaborated with, and designed and facilitated workshops for LCW clients across industries, most recently as a Principal Consultant. In that role, she supported global organizations such as Boston Consulting Group, Johnson & Johnson, Emerson, Spencer Stuart, and Unilever in their goals of mitigating unconscious bias and embedding cultural competence and inclusion into their talent processes and teams. She has played a leading role in designing and implementing LCW programs such as “Leading with Conscious Inclusion,”, “Managing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”, “Building a Culture of Inclusion”, and “Understanding the Latinx/Hispanic Experience in the US”.

Rebecca’s expertise in cultural competence benefitted from over a decade in Global Treasury Management at ABN AMRO Bank in Chicago and continued when she moved to China for a full-time teaching position at Shanghai Dianji University, where she designed and delivered English classes for first- and second-year students for several years.

A Puerto Rico native, Rebecca is a native English- and Spanish-speaker. She is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), a member of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR-USA), and has co-authored the Cultural Detective®: LGBT package. She holds an MBA in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago and resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her children.