Seminars, Keynotes & Story Performances
We all have blind spots when living or working with other people. It’s not our fault. No matter whether the Dimension of Diversity is race, gender, religion, age or income misunderstandings are inevitable. There will always be days we don’t know what to say or do. Times when we feel we just don’t know enough.
Many times practices that appear harmless are actually toxic to your employees or the community you serve. Policies can be innocently made that appear insensitive to some groups. The truth is your employees and clients are often thinking about disparities in your organization long before they become openly discussed issues.
If you ask people who are like you about your organization, chances are they see things similarly. Unfortunately, that perspective is limited. What’s more, your organization could be at risk for a lawsuit if effective training isn’t in place.
But how do you avoid spending time and money only to find yourself left with more frustration? Simple. Talk to me.
I have been actively studying the issues of diversity for over 30 years. I also bring my background as a writer, performing artist, TV personality and motivational speaker to the table to deliver an unforgettable seminar.
Don’t worry about raising tensions or awkwardness. I’ll take on the “difficult” issues with humor, clarity and compassion. With a track record of thousands of workshops, you can trust O’Halloran Diversity Productions to deliver this issue with impact, sensitivity and heart.
In my Diversity Seminars and Keynotes, your participants will discover how we are all Insiders or Outsiders some of the time.
Insiders have insecurities too!
Sometimes we’re part of the Insider group. Insiders tend to be good people who don’t want an unfair advantage and, yet, society is setup to give us privilege – wanted or not. It leaves us feeling guilty and scared – unsure of what our responsibilities really are. We’re tired of being blamed for being Insiders, but we’re unsure of what we should do. We can’t imagine working harder yet somehow we’re given the message we’re not doing enough. Something is expected of us, but what? Somehow the inequities of the past are still playing out today, but how? And, most of all, what are we supposed to do about them? We’re already burdened by so many pressures and stresses of our own.
Outsiders question their place in the world
Sometimes, we’re part of the Outsider group. When we’re Outsiders, we’re tired and angry. But we don’t want to feel that way. Are we bumping up against the biases of others and real structural inequities? Or are we sabotaging ourselves? And, by the way, just because we feel like Outsiders doesn’t mean we know how to relate to other Outsiders. We’d like to build bridges to Insiders and other Outsider groups for survival, skill building and relationships. But doesn’t that take time and attention away from building our own group’s pride and identity?
Whether your people identify as Insiders or Outsiders or haven’t even considered the question, I have supported people in their journey of discovery in all walks of life:
- Faith-based Communities
- Other non-profit organizations
You and your group will leave my seminars ready to act upon:
- An understanding of Inside and Outsider thinking and behavior
- Unintentional, often unconscious personal biases
- Practical tools to suspend judgment that stops the divisions between departments and groups
- Hidden policies, inherited historical inequities and institutional bias that sabotage best efforts
- Inclusive behaviors that create a culture where teamwork works
- Political will to motivate active, productive citizens
- Conflict resolution and win/win scenarios
- Strategic alliances, Guiding principles, Benefits for all and much more!
My seminars and keynotes are custom-designed for each client and can run one to six hours long or be booked as a multiple day event.
Examples of Diversity and Inclusion Seminars and Keynotes
BREAKTHROUGHS IN CULTURAL AWARENESS and SKILLS – FROM MULTICULTURAL TO MULTI-MARVELOUS
You might think you know a thing or two about biases in general or yours in particular but this workshop can really open your eyes to the unconscious assumptions and behaviors all of us make without even meaning to! Plus, it’s really fun to learn new things about people you’ve studied or worked with for years. You’ll practice ways to communicate better with people from different groups and you’ll discover skills to help you right in your own homes with your loved ones. You’ll leave with a plan to make your organization even more inclusive.
PC: POLITICALLY CORRECT OR PERSONALLY CARING? HOW NOT TO WALK ON EGGSHELLS AROUND EACH OTHER
Ever feel as though you don’t know what to say or not say anymore? Do you find yourself wishing that people could just relax around each other no matter how similar or different they are? I will give practical, common sense guidelines for treating each other with respect. You’ll leave the workshop finally understanding not just what are some group’s most common sore spots but why these words or actions have the “ouch factor.” Not just an intellectual exercise – you’ll be given practical, inclusive skills you can apply right away.
THE IMPLICATIONS OF UNINTENDED EXCLUSION
When an organization fosters feelings of insiders and outsiders – consciously or unconsciously – there are predictable results: lower morale, less teamwork, confused communications and harmful publicity (not to mention the effect on the bottom line). On the other hand, diversity and inclusion done right becomes an integral part of an organization’s identity and can be the missing ingredient to lasting success.
JUST WHAT IS RACE?
Race is one of the most volatile subjects and yet few of us know exactly what it means. Even fewer of us know the explanation of how the idea of race has changed throughout history or how what happened in the past still affects us in almost every aspect of our lives today. I give down-to-earth, you-can-do-it-tomorrow ways to break free of the legacy of racism that all institutions have inherited. And though it isn’t always easy to face, we think everyone wonders from time to time, “What might I be unconsciously doing around race that could paint me as a fool or worse?” Stop feeling guilty, scared or hopeless – bring this workshop to your school or workplace.
BUILDING A CONFERENCE COMMUNITY
Often by the last day of a conference things start to gel. But why wait till then? Why not warm up the atmosphere before the first speaker or workshop? By sharing quick, fun stories, newcomers feel immediately welcomed and old-timers meet and mentor new people. Have your attendees walk away feeling seen, heard and even having some meal buddies if they so desire. Everyone leaves the session with energizing intentions for the conference and excited to get started.
BEING A LEADER IN A GLOBAL, MULTICULTURAL WORLD
Leadership is not about telling people what to do, but inspiring people to come together to create amazing results! Learn how the global leaders of tomorrow create diverse teams that work together for common goals. Realize a much larger definition and appreciation of culture. We are all multi-cultural and the leader who is culturally fluent knows how to bring out the best in everyone.
At your next event – Entertain…Increase understanding…
Raise audience satisfaction and enjoyment…Create community
Festivals and community groups who want to give their audience entertainment, depth and artistic excellence, call on Sue to perform for their groups from children to adult audiences. As a festival and concert producer herself, Sue tailors her original performances to your audience so they’re glad they came to your festival or program.
Sue can give a straight out amusing presentation or deliver her trademark social justice performances. So often when performers try to wrap issue-oriented messages into their presentations they come off as too pushy, opinionated or downright boring. Sue’s stories combine education and entertainment into stories that respect, enlighten and emotionally move your audience members to take action. Stories well told move away from preachy “you should” lecture into the experience of being inside people’s lives. The drama and humorous moments of Sue’s present day and historical stories is what makes them so compelling.
See examples of storytelling performances here.