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October Chapter Meeting - Different Together: Creating Cultures of Belongings
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October Chapter Lunch Meeting - Different Together: Creating a Culture of Belonging

When: Thursday, October 25th
11:00am Registration
Where: RTP Foundation
12 Davis Drive
RTP, North Carolina  27713
United States
Contact: TSHRM Secretary

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What is your company’s culture? Does it have the power to fill employees with a true sense of belonging? When employees feel a sense of belonging and identification with the organization, they are naturally motivated to help it succeed.

The importance of belonging is universal, while diversity and inclusion can mean different things to different people across different cultures. Studies show that feeling a sense of belonging in the workplace leads to more than just good vibes and friendships. Belonging is what helps employees feel like they can be their authentic selves without fear of different treatment or punishment—and it has a major impact on performance and retention.

In this session, you’ll learn seven simple ways to instill a culture of belonging to boost employee engagement, better collaboration, and problem solving. We’ll discuss how to:

·        Lead with an inspirational mission

·        Live by a strong set of values

·        Look for moments to create “how people feel”

·        Leverage leaders as champions

·        Listen respectfully and attentively

·        Lift and recognize individual contributions

·        Lean in toward differences



Speaker Bio: 

Gracie Johnson-Lopez is the founder and president of Diversity & HR Solutions, where her passion, profession, and purpose empowers individuals and transforms workplaces. Gracie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University. She is a certified diversity and inclusion professional and holds a leadership certificate from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Gracie believes in giving back and in being a voice for those not at the table. Her community work includes serving on numerous boards, including Dress for Success of the Triangle, Executive Service Corp, Durham Chamber of Commerce, Black Women in Business, and TSHRM. She has also served as board president for Durham Technical Community College Foundation and the Durham Center for Senior Life.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Gracie held senior level HR executive positions for 25 years in academia and industry. She uses those experiences to address implicit bias, gender inequality, and cultural diversity in her national speaking and training. Though this work is challenging, she forges ahead believing “What’s within me is stronger than what’s in my way.”

Gracie enjoys traveling, writing, fishing, and time with family and friends. Originally from North Carolina, she lives in Durham with her husband Carlos Justino Lopez, Jr. They have one adorable grandson and worship at Newhope Church.