Champions

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Back By Popular Demand!

Part Two: Dialogue on "Men Who Get It When Women Lead" 

The Elephant in The Room Series!

A multicultural panel of men and women who get it!

Ann CaulkinsAnn Caulkins
The Charlotte Observer
  Manuel ReyManuel Rey
Fifth Third Bank
  Terry Shook
Terry Shook, FAIA
Shook Kelley
  James TaylorDr. James Taylor
Carolinas HealthCare System
 
Nick Wharton

Urban League of Central Carolinas
Chair, WIE Champions

   
Photo of Panelists from 2014 Multi-Cultural Conference

Panel

(l-r): Dr. James Taylor - Carolinas HealthCare System; Charles Bowman - Bank of America; Venessa Harrison - AT&T North Carolina; Manuel Rey - Fifth Third Bank and Nick Wharton - Urban League of Central Carolinas

Catalyst-Marc

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Levine Museum for the New South
200 East 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Urban League

Program Sponsor 

Presented by WIE Champions

Men Championing Diversity and Gender Equity

  

"An Authentic Conversation Among Men Who Lead"
Featuring Lee Mun Wah

 

Lee Mun WahThe Champions first community dialogue to strengthen human capital in Charlotte was a huge success that attracted over 50 corporate professionals and educators diverse in gender, race, and ethnicity. What does it mean to Face an Ethnic Charlotte and authentically discuss racial fears embedded in work interactions, education, and public policy, that erodes cross-cultural trust?

The evening dialogue session kicked off with introductory and welcome comments from Nick Wharton, Chair, Champions and host sponsor Dr. Arthur Jackson, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, respectively. Dr. Patrick Graham, President/ CEO Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) ignited the dialogue with a review of the State of Ethnic Charlotte Study highlighting the intractable ethnic cohort graduation rates of Charlotte Mecklenburg School students and efforts to address job unemployment. In 2011, an encouraging sign of progress was that the ULCC job-training graduates earned $700,000 in salaries and contributed $7.5 million to the tax base of Charlotte. Additionally, in 2012, the ULCC was awarded the Innovator Champion CEO of the Year Award for its cutting edge Fiber Optics/Broadband Training Program and its first in the nation, Bank of the ULCC by the National Urban League.

Largely in response to the tragic and senseless murder of his mother by an African American man in Berkley, California, our featured speaker, Lee Mun Wah, Founder StirFry Seminars and Consulting, became committed to the arduous work of racial reconciliation in organizations and companies across the United States. Mun Wah dispels the myth that a post-racial America exists and argues that a learned fear of the diverse other permeates many aspects of how one lives, works, plays, and also votes in elections, but is rarely openly acknowledged or confronted in polite circles. Through a process Mun Wah terms "Mindful Facilitation” participants were masterfully led through a series of exercises, anecdotal stories, and dialogue to unearth explicit and implicit biases that fuel distrust and conflict. Mun Wah’s disarming and honest facilitation allowed diverse perspectives and fears to be heard with clarity, sincerity and mutual respect. At the conclusion of the three-hour session, participants departed rejuvenated and hopeful with new insights into race, gender, class and privilege, and an urgency to interrupt mental scripts that interfere with personal accountability to communicate honestly across difference.

We thank all the participants and program sponsors: Urban League of Central Carolinas, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte Country Day, and the Delhaize Group. Stay tuned for our next event!

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