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WHAT IS IT?

Brave Lil' Convos is a monthly series that equips people with vocabulary, skills and tools to lead and participate in brave conversations about racial injustice, equity and tolerance in the workplace. 


Monthly topics vary based on what’s happening in society, timely issues and suggestions from participants.

WHY DO IT?

Meetings can be an opportunity to build relationships, counteract unhealthy uses of power and design good processes. 


As managers look for ways to create an inclusive team culture, Brave Lil' Convos is here to help with guided discussions to encourage dialogue and tackle brave conversations amongst team members.

WHO SHOULD DO IT?

  • Active learners.

  • Anyone curious to learn more about what they know, and also don't know.

  • Anyone wanting more practice having and/or leading conversations related to DEI.

  • Anyone wanting practical and tangible advice on the little things that can pop up on a daily basis.   

UPCOMING SESSIONS: BRAVE LIL' CONVOS

Topics vary each month, although the focus will always encourage relationship building, empathy building and cultural learnings.

THE HARMFUL MYTH OF THE MODEL MINORITY

Wednesday, April 20, 2022  @ 12pm CST

Violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community increased 339 percent nationwide last year yet so many of these incidents were not considered hate crimes including the high profile shooting in Atlanta where six Asian women were murdered. Why were prominent leaders hesitant to label these hate-crimes? The simple answer: the myth of the “model minority.” This term was coined by a sociologist in The New York Times Magazine in 1966 and it branded Asian Americans as law-abiding, industrious, and attaining greater educational and financial success relative to other racial groups. Therefore, pitting this impossibly large group against other minority groups while perpetuating a dangerous falsehood that the AAPI community is immune from racism and prejudice. 

How do we all uphold this harmful myth and what can we do instead to champion and support our AAPI colleagues and friends? Join us in April to discuss these questions just 10 days before AAPI Heritage Month starts in May. We’ll be joined by very special guest, Jessica Boling, co-founder of ElevAsian, an organization dedicated to elevating the visibility of AAPIs in the Milwaukee community and Chair of the AAPI Coalition of Wisconsin, which acts as a conduit for AAPI communities and local and state resources to come together against hate and racism. 

UNDERSTANDING RAINBOW CAPITALISM & HOW TO BE A REAL ALLY

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 12pm CST:

Every June, we see more and more companies modifying their logos to incorporate the colors of LGBTQ+ flag or offering rainbow merchandise for the duration of Pride Month. While some of these companies have the best intentions, the impact of these actions fall flat. These attempts by companies to support the queer community ends up being performative and does not demonstrate that they are taking any particular commitment to real change.  


Companies of all sizes can and should be doing more to support their LGBTQ+ employees and colleagues — and not just in the month June. Join us in May, with special guest, Elle Halo, dedicated LGBTQ Health Equity Advocate and Educator and currently serves as the Inclusion Health Program Specialist at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to discuss how to avoid rainbow capitalism faux pas and how to become a year long LGBTQ+ ally. 

SO YOU STARTED A DEI INITIATIVE… DOING THE WORK IN A MEANINGFUL WAY

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 12pm CST

As a follow up to our February Brave Lil’ Convo, So you want to start a DEI initiative…, we bring you the second part of a three part conversation. For those who were just getting started on their DEI journeys in February, we want to check back in and see how you’re doing! This conversation is also for anyone who needs help staying on track with their DEI work and wants to set themselves up for long-term success.  


How does your DEI initiative tie-in with your company’s mission, vision and business plan? What questions do you need to ask before starting a DEI-focused hiring process or DEI training? What are realistic goals, timelines and KPIs that you can set for your DEI work? Discuss these questions and more with our founder, Morgan Phelps!  

UPCOMING BRAVE LIL' CONVO SPECIAL GUESTS

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JESSICA BOLING

The Harmful Myth of the Model Minority

April 20, 2022 @ 12pm CST

Jessica Boling is a co-founder of ElevAsian and Chair of the AAPI Coalition of Wisconsin. 


Previously, she was the Director of Community Engagement to the Asian American Pacific Islander Communities at the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee. And she also served as the  Director of Operations at Silicon Pastures Angel Investment Network where she was responsible for sourcing, presenting and managing startup investment deals for a Midwest-based angel group.

In 2016, she ran the political campaign in 2016 for an Asian-American candidate in Wisconsin against a 24-year incumbent. She is also a founding member of ElevAsian, an AAPI leadership group in Milwaukee.

In 2013, Jessica conducted research on international aid in Cameroon as a Fulbright Fellow. Additionally, she served as the Secretary General for a nonprofit organization in South Korea for adoptees returning to Korea.

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from both Seattle University and Boston College. In her free time she enjoys training for different races, traveling and telling jokes with her friends.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Once you register for a Brave Lil' Convo, you'll receive an email containing a new discussion guide. Topics will vary and come with timely articles for all participants to pre-read.

You'll join a live, virtual session on Zoom (Brave Lil' Convos is scheduled over the lunch hour). Our Collaboration Expert guides you and other participants through that month's respective topic, and provides leave behinds for you to continue the learnings and reference later.

By attending a Brave Lil' Convo you’ll walk away with tangible tools to become a braver facilitator and/or participant in complex conversations that will help you build a more inclusive workplace.

FIRST ONE FREE!

Submit your email address and receive an exclusive code to join a session for free!