DEI December | Live Webinar Series

DEI December

Tuesday & Thursdays, 2 December – 16 December | 12 p.m ET/ 9 a.m PT

Join OpenSesame and over a thousand other learning and organizational development professionals for a series of powerful workshops from diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) thought leaders, workplace advocates, and our own OpenSesame elearning course publishers. Session speakers include Harvard, TED, Emberin, National Vision, and Blinkist.

Learn how to:

  • Launch a DEI plan for your organization
  • Integrate DEI programs into your current and ongoing learning curriculums
  • Navigate meaningful conversations about inclusion
  • Strategies and tools to help spark meaningful conversations and generate innovative ideas.
  • Develop a holistic DEI approach and effectively track DEI progress & accountability
  • Create strategy around DEI goal-setting
  • Build DEI at every level of your organization

Register for the series

Interested in registering but can’t make the sessions LIVE? Register anyways to receive all recordings and slides after each live webinar. See you there.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Closing the Gap Between Awareness and Action

Ellen Bailey | Harvard Vice President, Diversity and Culture

Are you looking to transform your workplace culture? Training alone won’t drive behavior change, companies must rely on L&D and human resources to define what core values are. You also need systems in place to track accountability and progress. This session will show the way. 

Speaker Bio

Ellen Bailey is the Vice President, Diversity and Culture at Harvard Business Publishing, where for nine years, she has executed the Diversity & Inclusion strategy for the organization. In addition, she has 20 years of experience in consulting, instructional design, and training facilitation, most recently with AchieveGlobal. She regularly publishes expert briefs and blog posts on topics such as D&I, the multigenerational workforce and the future workforce, and is a frequent host, contributor, and speaker on podcasts and webinars.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Developing Your Culture and Diversity Strategic Plan

Nikiis Doherty | National Vision Manager of Culture, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Philanthropy.

A successful DEI approach starts with a plan. How do you establish DEI values at every level of your organization? This session will help attendees build a roadmap to better understand what an inclusive workspace looks like and how companies can empower workers to bring their full selves to work each day. 

Speaker Bio

Nikiis Doherty serves as the Manager for Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Philanthropy at National Vision. Nikiis brings over 15 years of corporate experience and has worked in the DEI space for 5 years. Prior to joining National Vision, Nikiis led program management on diversity and inclusivity initiatives with Google, Coca-Cola and Lexus/Toyota. Nikiis holds a Diversity & Inclusion certificate from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Argosy University.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Kicking off an Inclusion, Diversity, and Belonging Project in 7 Steps

Mertcan Uzun | Blinkist Head of Talent Acquisition and Diversity and Inclusion

Even with the best of intentions, it can be extremely hard to create a good foundation for proper workplace diversity and inclusion. In this session, the head of talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion at Blinkist shares his top methods for DEI goal-setting.

Speaker Bio

Mertcan Uzun works in the People & Culture team at Blinkist. Before joining the startup world, Mertcan was in academia researching labor market discrimination. Now, Mertcan is trying to make today’s workplace liveable for everyone, regardless of their inherent or acquired backgrounds. This is Mertcan’s biggest passion and goal in life.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Sparking Critical Conversations with TED

Kayla Nalven | TED Director of Content Experience, TED@Work

Join us for this session where TED will show how they use their own iconic TED Talks to ignite meaningful discussions on equity and inclusion. You’ll hear from the TED@Work team and TED’s own employee resource groups leaders about the ways TED ideas can be used to foster more belonging and allyship at work.

Speaker Bio

Kayla Nalven currently serves as Director of Content Experience for TED@Work. Kayla oversees content strategy and content creation for TED@Work. Prior to joining TED, she worked on the Content team at Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop) developing topic-specific, multimedia initiatives targeted to parents and preschool providers. Kayla holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and is a Master’s candidate in the Cognitive Science in Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Defining Your DEI Anchor for 2022

Tara Cooper | OpenSesame Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

DEI has become a core indicator for organizational success and that reality will continue into 2022. Even as different DEI topics trend, one constant thread is that not every employee understands their specific role in advancing DEI goals. You’ll leave this session with new strategies for building DEI at every level of the organization.

Speaker Bio

Tara Cooper has over 2 decades of experience addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She has worked collaboratively with organizations to build skills, strategies, and capacity to advance and sustain equity and inclusion at every level of the organization. In addition to her professional experience in advancing equity, she also holds a master’s degree in intercultural communications and is currently completing her doctorate in adult learning and leadership.