February Meeting - Making the Invisible, Visible

  • Thursday, February 05, 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM
  • University of Phoenix, Room 221 [Broward | Cypress Creek]

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February Meeting: Recognizing Microaggressions

A large number of our practitioners attended February’s program to hear Lela Panagides, Founder of Leap Into Leadership, discuss the topic on Making the Invisible, Visible – the power of unconscious bias and the impact of microaggressions. Microaggressions are brief verbal dialogs, behaviors, or environmental hindrances that, whether inadvertent or advertent, communicate negative messages to the targeted person or group because of their identification with that group.

The loss to personal well-being and work effectiveness due to microaggressions has been documented and was presented. Our members and guests, using their practitioner experience as well as having diverse backgrounds and cultures, discussed in depth the outcomes of microaggressions and the social implications that challenge our society. The purpose of this presentation, in general, is to reduce microaggressions and their negativity by raising awareness to a higher level, and testing that awareness through practice in ‘spotting’ microaggressions as they happen in different settings. By doing so, we expect to apply that knowledge and increase understanding from the perspective of the person or
groups who are traditionally subjected to microaggression.

Our speaker illustrated how important it is to recognize and define microaggressive behaviors, words and actions, appropriately. Research on the topic is growing - supported by thought leaders and social scientists alike - however; the subjectivity of the topic alone creates less than full agreement on what it is and how it affects us all. There were some in the audience who gained knowledge and understanding, and others who challenged or sought to understand better the aspects presented on microaggression, which led to a sharing of experiences and open discussion. 

This natural interaction during presentations is what makes the SFLODN group unique. During our programs, members continuously contribute because we take time to discuss and apply the Socratic Method, which creates an evening of learning and growth. You will always come away from our programs with a thought provoking experience.

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Making the Invisible, Visible: 

The power of unconscious bias and the impact of microaggressions, with Lela Panagides, founder of  Leap Into Leadership.

How aware are you of your personal biases? How does your ‘unconscious biases’ affect your work, your relationships, your life and the lives of those around you? Would knowing this contribute to your emotional intelligence? In this program we will build awareness of how each of us contributes to creating and perpetuating disparities in our society without even being aware that we are doing so.

Delivered by nationally acclaimed speaker and coach, and former Director of People and Organization Capability at Microsoft, Lela Panagides will lead us into exploring the concept of ‘microaggression’ in the workplace and elsewhere, its applications, its manifestations, and its consequences. With interactive worksheets and discussion, participants will be given opportunities to reflect on their own microaggressions, both conscious and unconscious, with the goal to raise awareness and create positive, behavioral change in their organizations and communities.

Take this step to expanding your vision for becoming a more contributing and effective member of society in your work and in the work of your company and clients.

You will take away a Five Step Process to implement in your organization by learning:

  • The concept of microaggression in the workplace and understand its impact
  • How to recognize microaggressions when they appear
  • How to self-monitor (unconscious awareness) and be open to change when acting in a biased fashion
  • How to combat microaggression at the individual, organizational, and societal levels


About SFLODN Monthly Meetings

Our meetings occur on the first Thursday of every month.
Dinner is included!  Networking and dinner begin at 5:30.  
The program begins at approximately 6:15.

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Location: University of Phoenix - Cypress Creek Campus 
550 W Cypress Creek, 2nd Floor, R
oom 221, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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