Reckoning with Race: How Leaders can Navigate Difficult Conversations at Work

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About the Course

Join 4 virtual, one-hour sessions starting on October 28th at 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET for timely discussions. Sessions continue on November 4, 11 and 18.

Torch Co-Founder Dr. Keegan Walden will begin each session to create the learning container. Following that, Jelani Cobb will delve into timely discussions around addressing the issue of race in the workplace to prevent polarization and create positive change. He will offer practical strategies that will help you:

• Learn how to respond to current events charged with racial divisions

• Approach difficult conversations with people who disagree with you

• Address employee concerns

Sessions will end with time for Q&A between participants and Jelani Cobb.

In between live sessions, you will be part of an online portal with supplementary learning material. These learning paths will allow you to take a deeper dive into the origins of America’s racial tensions, reflect on how this affects your personal and professional communities, and apply solutions. By the end of the 4-week course, you will have a solid understanding of how our nation came to be so divided and most importantly, how to create a workplace environment conducive to positive change. 

About the Facilitators

Jelani Cobb, Ph.D.

Jelani Cobb is the author of Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, among others. As a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker, Cobb wrote a remarkable series of articles about race, injustice, and the police; for which he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. He also teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. There, he recently accepted a duPont-Columbia Award on behalf of filmmaker Ava Duvernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary 13th –in which he was prominently featured as an expert on the ‘mythology of black criminality’.

Keegan Walden, Ph.D.

 Dr. Keegan Walden is the Co-founder and COO of Torch. In this capacity, he leads a behavioral science team focused on developing empirically derived tools that generate feedback and analytics to help leaders recognize and overcome their challenges. Prior to founding Torch, Keegan ran the outcomes research team at a national provider of behavioral health services. As a biracial co-founder, he is committed to the work of antiracism and leads courses on the subject. Keegan has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University, and a BA in psychology from Yale University.

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