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LevelUP - San Diego Region

LevelUP - San Diego Region

Education & Networking Event

Thursday, May 4, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)

Event Details


Breaking Through the Barrier of Sensitive Diversity Topics at Work

Many of us have experienced a moment at work when we were either uncomfortable with a topic someone brought up or we’ve been told that we shouldn’t be talking about something we thought was okay. Oftentimes organizations explicitly ban certain topics, like race, religion, and politics. Why? To avoid conflict between employees and mitigate risk of discrimination or harassment lawsuits.

But for us to progress as a society, how can we move forward if we aren’t allowed to talk about the things that make us uncomfortable? We must learn how to have respectful and productive conversations without stifling individuality or making others (too) uncomfortable.

In this presentation, we will discuss:

  • DIBE (Diversity Inclusion Belonging Equity) Terms and Concepts
  • Overview of What Employees are Allowed to Discuss at Work
  • The Impact of Prohibiting Sensitive Topics at Work
  • Tools to Foster Safe and Productive Conversations

  • Members:  $50
  • Non-Members:  $75

Afternoon refreshments will be provided.

CAE Credits

As a CAE Approved Provider, this program may be applied for 1.5 credits toward your CAE professional development requirements.


May 4
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Registration & Welcome Refreshments
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Education Program
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Networking

Content Leader

Sarah Calfee, MBA, SHRM-SCP (She/Her) Founder/Principal Consultant, Calfee HR Consulting

Sarah Calfee is the Owner and Principal Consultant of Calfee HR Consulting. She serves on the board for the San Diego Society of Human Resources Management as the President-Elect as well as being an Advisory Board member for the Best and Brightest - San Diego chapter. Sarah has over 20 years of corporate America HR experience in technology, manufacturing, retail, and other sectors in companies ranging from small, early start-ups to large, mature organizations. Her background is both broad and deep. She enjoys speaking and writing about Culture, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, and Effective Communication and Leadership.


Lindsay Poss, CMP
Director of Meetings & Events


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