THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY
First generation diversity efforts were, and unfortunately remain, hyper-focused on creating diversity in our workplaces. This is evident in the performative tracking of a variety of “diverse identities” with slow change to policy, compensation, and systems that overtly and covertly govern corporations. The women of Professional Dimensions quickly saw the need to take this conversation to the next level in Milwaukee to drive meaningful action.
From these beliefs and insights, the Ideation Summit was created to intentionally bring together leaders in the Milwaukee community to focus on inclusive leadership, racial inequity and institutionalized practices that prevent the advancement of all.
This summit is intended to disrupt your thinking about diversity, flip it on its head, and give you the practical tools to ensure that we are building a world in which we all can thrive.
START WITH YOU
This year’s theme: Start With You. We will push you to think more deeply about what it looks like to operate from your area of influence to drive change. Personal responsibility, starting where you are, understanding power, and locating your sphere of influence are the topics that will drive conversation. Every presenter will center their remarks on understanding our realms of influence and how to leverage our voices and choices for change.
Thank you so much for attending this year’s Professional Dimensions Ideation Summit!
We hope you’ve had time to process your experience, and we’re excited to stay in touch with you to build a coalition of leaders who will remain accountable to advancing inclusivity.
The most important action to take after an experience of this nature is reflection. Moments of reflection allow us to process and make meaning of new information. This is the first step in “starting with you”! Once you’ve processed individually, we’d ask that you take a moment to share your thoughts with people you trust. While we all experienced the same content, we’re all walking away with unique perspectives and summaries of our experiences.
It should come as no surprise that my reflection led to deep appreciation for Professional Dimensions women, especially our board of directors, for their bold leadership. It takes incredible courage to lead change and yield this level of impact:
This list is presented in the order of what I’m most proud of. Typically, you’ll see attendance and funding at the top - it’s undoubtedly important. At the same time, if we want to change outcomes in this city, we need to change metrics, and change what shows up at the top of our “wins'' list. Professional Dimensions is committed to serving as a proof point that change is possible - that organizations founded decades ago can evolve while empowering leaders to take responsibility for creating a city where everyone can flourish. What are you most proud of post-summit, and why?
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SURVEY (5 MIN)
HERE IS THE LINK to the post-event survey. Please be honest and transparent as we’ll use this information to inform ALL of our future events. Beyond this survey, you can look forward to quarterly communications that will provide you with information and opportunities related to our collective mission to advance inclusivity. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Professional Dimensions.
POST-WORK FROM OUR KEYNOTE
Our event keynote Michelle Silverthorn has shared a diversity, equity and inclusion toolkit with resources for participants to access within the next 30 days. Please visit this site: https://michellesilverthorn.com/deiresourceguide. The password is "changetheworld".
HERE are the slides from Michelle's Presentation.