Diversity and Inclusion

Turning passion into persuasion and making positive changes in your workplace and community 

Conversations about race are difficult and challenging because they are deeply emotional and trigger strongly held beliefs about identity and fairness.

There is great risk in failing to have these conversations in a respectful way because they can have profound consequences throughout the workplace, leading to issues with morale, group cohesion, and, in serious cases, employee retention.

One of our previous clients said it best, “if we don’t get this right, it could pose an existential threat to the firm.”

How can we talk about this sensitive topic without hostility and offense? 

We recently held a Virtual Townhall on this topic and over 1,000 professionals from around the world joined us.

Hosting a training of this magnitude and doing over three hours of Q&A, gave us an unparalleled insight into the challenges and opportunities presented by these difficult conversations.

Our unique approach blends high-level negotiation and conflict resolution techniques with an understanding of civil rights and was featured in CNBC, Forbes, and USA Today within a 2-week span.

Custom Training Program

All of our training programs are customized to the specific needs of your organization.

After the training, your leaders will be able to do the following:

Cultural and Pay Equity Assessments

Pay Equity: Employers are subject to increasing legislative, political, and public pressure to remedy the equity pay gap and achieve pay equity. The momentum has been fueled in part by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements’ and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The first step in addressing financial inequities and unequal access to opportunity is to conduct a pay equity audit.

An audit can help you to determine whether:

Cultural Assessment: This robust, qualitative assessment is designed to give you insight into the atmosphere within your organization. The goal is to shed light on the gap between your ideal environment and your current environment. Our team will gather and analyze the data and then present the report to your leadership along with action planning.

About Your Presenter

Bestselling author and speaker Kwame Christian Esq., M.A. is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a subject matter expert in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. Kwame has conducted workshops throughout North America and abroad and is a highly sought-after national keynote speaker.

Kwame is the host of the world’s most popular negotiation podcast, Negotiate Anything. The show features leading experts in the field to deliver the best-in-class content. Now downloaded more than 1,500,000 times, Negotiate Anything has a dedicated and growing following with listeners in more than 180 countries around the world.

Kwame’s TEDx Dayton talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was the most popular TEDx Talk on the topic of conflict in 2017, and has been viewed over 140,000 times. His book, Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life, is an Amazon Best-Seller and has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety, and emotion often associated with difficult conversations through a branded framework called Compassionate Curiosity.

As an attorney and mediator with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree), Kwame brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to making difficult conversations easier. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Otterbein University’s MBA program, as well as The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in the top-ranked dispute resolution program in the country.

Prior to practicing business law and founding ANI, Kwame did civil rights work at the Kirwan Institute, an interdisciplinary engaged research institute that seeks to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed. While at Kirwan, Kwame focused on criminal justice and health equity.

Katherine Knapke is the Chief Operating Officer at the American Negotiation Institute. As the second-in-command at the firm, Katherine is responsible for the daily operation of the company. Her key responsibilities include client management, coordinating and implementing programs, and managing ANI staff, contractors, and interns.

Katherine also hosts the Ask with Confidence podcast, which is designed to empower women by helping them develop the skills and confidence they need to better navigate difficult conversations and achieve the highest level of success.

Katherine’s background is in the medical profession as a Psychiatric Nurse trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and she is a Certified Mediator. She is dedicated to helping women overcome psychological, emotional, and societal barriers in the workplace.

Free Resources

Guide: How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race

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