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P01 Lead the Change: Advancing DEIB & Transforming Culture Through Learning

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM ET
Sunday, November 6

Room: Monterey 1

Invest a day and make strides toward real change in the culture of your organization!

Issues of diversity and racial equity have become a top priority in many organizations. Learning and development (L&D) teams connect with every person at every level, offering learning leaders a unique opportunity to advance diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and a sense of belonging (DEIB) throughout their organizations. Transforming our organization’s culture starts with the learning experiences we create—and extends to every action that we as learning leaders take within our organizations.

We invite you to a day of introspection, sharing, and action planning. In this workshop, we’ll tackle the challenge of creating an inclusive mindset at our companies with a three-part strategy: Build the Foundation, Take Action, and Lead the Change.

Build the Foundation delves into social identities, personal socialization, and bias. The difficult—and essential—first step is understanding the impact personal socialization can have on relationships with others, and examining our own identities and experiences. We will use the Cycle of Socialization tool developed by Bobbi Harro to normalize how we learn bias, because all humans have it. Then we will examine social identity mapping. You will learn how the intersection of different identities can and does affect learning design and organizational culture.

As we move into the Take Action section, we will take a deep dive into the structures and processes that could perpetuate inequity in the workplace. Our checklist will help you consider a few key perspectives that can enable you to identify and challenge inequity in your workplace as you create and sustain change.

You will then try on specific ideas to Lead the Change in your organization. We’ll use a process audit tool and create a plan for action. You will leave this session equipped with key next steps to drive change.

Throughout the workshop, participants who hold more privileged identities and those who don’t will learn to connect meaningfully to the conversation on racial equity at work, process our feelings and perceptions, and create an action plan for what’s next.

In this session, you will:

  • Explore personal socialization and bias
  • Learn to assess whether structures, processes, and/or social interactions are equitable
  • Explore ways to work more effectively with your team members and other organizational leaders across lines of difference
  • Work with tools that you can take back to use with your team and throughout your organizations, including the Explore Your Privilege online tool, Social Identities worksheet, and Process Actions Audit

Jess Jackson

Instructional Designer, Writer, Speaker


Jess Jackson is an instructional designer, writer, speaker and has over 15 years’ experience as a diversity peer educator. She is the author of TorranceLearning’s curriculum Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace (CREW), a holistic microlearning training program that addresses equity barriers in the workplace using evidence-informed best practices from social psychology research. She has worked within education addressing access, retention, and success of diverse learners, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been recognized at the international level. Her work has been featured on platforms such as Mic, TedX, Michigan Advance, Learning Solutions Magazine, and ACPA, among others.

Megan Torrance

Chief Energy Officer


Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning, so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and the xAPI. She is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and Making Sense of xAPI. Megan is also an eCornell Facilitator in the Women’s Executive Leadership curriculum.