Agenda: The Ally’s Journey
The 2019 Better Man Conference is excited for you to join us in a day of exploration and deepened learning. Participants will take attendees through the four steps of the Ally’s Journey that includes the ability to meet individuals where they’re at in their learning process as an ally. With experiential, interactive and multimedia activities, participants will be guided through steps, each building on the last, leading everyone to a place where they can choose specific commitments to lead inclusively in their own organizations.
9:00 am – Opening Remarks – Eduardo Placer, Fearless Communicators
9:10 am – Context Setting – Ray Arata, Better Man Conference Founder
9:20 am – Venue Host Welcome – Moody’s
9:40am – Opening Keynote – Tony Porter, A Call To Men
Keynote Speaker: Tony Porter, CEO, a call to men
Our society fails to challenge traditional masculine norms that negatively influence leadership and organizational culture. This combined with various other means of marginalization, can impact how others are seen or heard in the workplace. In step one of the Ally’s Journey, participants will embark on a process of increasing awareness of their biases and earned/unearned privileges to better support conscious choice for inclusive language and behavior.
10:05 am – Interactive Session – Dale Thomas Vaughn & Ariana Blossom
11:05 am – Networking Break
Facilitators: Dale Thomas Vaughn, Co-Founder, Inclusionary Leadership Group; Ariana Blossom, Founder and CEO, Blossom Consulting LLC
Acknowledge Bias and Privilege
11:20am – Better Man Cards: A strategic partnership between the Better Man Conference and iCrossing – Frederic Bonn will introduce a valuable tool for engaging allies.
Frederic Bonn, Executive Creative Director, iCrossing New York
Better Man + iCrossing Partnership
Taking responsibility for one’s unintended impact of behavior and language can be very uncomfortable….. yet it is necessary. Step two of the Ally’s Journey uses video to simulate workplace scenarios, and participants will have the opportunity of viewing common workplace microaggressions from multiple points of view. Whether a bystander, offender or affected person, participants will experience, discuss and identify potential solutions.
11:30 am – Interactive Session – Dr. Robin Rosenberg & Ray Arata
12:30 pm – Networking Lunch
FAcilitators: Robin Rosenberg, founder & CEO, Live in their world; Ray Arata, Better Man Conference Founder and Co-founder, Inclusionary Leadership Group
Take Responsibility for Impact
1:20 pm – Manbox Culture: Remaking Manhood – Mark Greene will speak on the challenges we face as men raised in man box culture.
Mark Greene, Founder, Remaking Manhood
Manbox Culture Presentation
Listening with the intent to understand is a true gift, especially to someone who often feels voiceless. Whether listening as ally or receiving feedback about your own behavior, providing space for these conversations is crucial. In step three of the Ally’s Journey, participants will have the opportunity to actually role play scenarios from the previous session.
1:35 pm – Interactive Session – Sumayyah Emeh-Edu & Robert Beaven
FACILITATOR: SUMAYYAH EMEH-EDU & Robert Beaven, Inclusionary Leadership Group
Listen with Empathy & Compassion
2:35 pm – Allyship Panel – Moderated by Dr. Ed Gurowitz
3:20 pm – Networking Break
Moderator: Dr. Ed Gurowitz
Panelists: Mark Greene, Founder, Remaking Manhood; Brian Rusch, Executive Director, The Ubuntu Lab; Lorenzo Claridy, Head of US Inclusion and Diversity, GSK
Allyship in Action
Step four of the Ally’s Journey requires that we take all of the new insights and knowledge of the day about ourselves and others and plan some new actions and behaviors. Using the JBC Inclusive Leader Continuum’s Four Phases, participants will consider their place in the journey and have the opportunity to address remaining fears and uncertainties, as well as generate ideas for activating and advocating from new knowledge gained.
3:35 pm – Interactive Session – Jennifer Brown
Ally Continuum Presentation
Group Exercise on Commitments to New Practices and Behaviors
Facilitator: Jennifer Brown
Commit to New Practices
4:35 pm – Conference Close – Ray Arata