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Belonging: Fostering Psychological Safety and Below the Surface Leadership in Organizations, Clients, and Yourself

LaTonya Wilkins, PCC, MBA

July 1-5, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

The workplace is changing at an alarming rate. Humans have expressed a need to belong more than ever. It’s becoming especially important for organizations and leaders to be prepared for the future that employees, customers, and other stakeholders are demanding. But, while “belonging” is a word we throw around a lot, how do you actually achieve it? How is it different from DEI?

In this class we will explore belonging through three dimensions (self, team, and organizational levels). After also exploring the definitions, we will learn and practice tactics to create, embrace, and embody it. We will also explore why creating psychologically safe atmospheres in which employees, clients, and colleagues feel safe being their authentic selves can have a positive impact on productivity, employee wellbeing, and organizational culture.

The final two days will focus on evaluating how far you are away from embodying (or creating) true belonging by understanding the degree to which you regularly get below the surface in everyday interactions and promote supportive accountability. Based on all the new knowledge we acquire, we will build a vision for the future to sustain belonging in our own lives.

This course is open to leaders in business and the nonprofit sector, HR practitioners, coaches, managers, community organizers, organizational consultants, educators and students, and anyone interested in creating a culture of psychological safety, belonging, and below the surface relationships at work.

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About the Instructor

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: LaTonya Wilkins has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. She receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: LaTonya Wilkins has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

LaTonya Wilkins, PCC, MBA: Founder of Change Coaches and author of Leading Below the Surface: How to Build Real (and Psychologically Safe) Relationships with People Who Are Different from You, LaTonya Wilkins specializes in coaching executives on leading “below the surface” to build psychologically safe relationships with their teams across differences. She is a sought-after coach and keynote speaker who has inspired audiences all over the world. Founder of Change Coaches and best-selling Author of Leading Below the Surface, LaTonya Wilkins coaches CEOs, senior executives, and teams around the world. Global leaders typically call LaTonya when they are facing the following challenges: creating psychologically safe teams, improving connections across differences, effectively coaching their team to create accountability and trust, and building sustainable cultures of belonging.

LaTonya has coached leaders at many well-known companies including Google, Target, The New York Times, and several nonprofits. She built her career working in HR, talent management, and learning & development at Fortune 500 companies before teaching and taking on progressive leadership roles at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business. LaTonya has been recognized as an “excellent” teacher by her undergraduate and graduate business students. She is on the board (having previously served as the President) of the True Star Youth Foundation, which is a digital marketing social entrepreneurship company that recently received a Google Impact Award. LaTonya was also a member of the Advisory Board at Women of Color in the Workplace. LaTonya's book Leading Below the Surface was named a top-10 book for executive leaders by and a top psychological safety book of 2023 by Book Riot.

LaTonya has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Well+Good, and Inc Magazine, and was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in 2024. She is also currently an Adjunct MBA Lecturer for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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What Alumni are Saying...

"LaTonya was an excellent facilitator and I appreciated the mix of lecture and group activities as well as short videos." - 2023 Participant

"Excellent! Latonya was present, engaging and dynamic!" - 2023 Participant

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Well organized, informative and interesting." - 2023 Participant



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