EPIC Education Series

Event Details:
When: October 28, 2020 12:00 pm – March 24, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual Workshop Series via Zoom

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $1,800
VBSR Members – $1,440

Registration is open

 

SOLD OUT!

Click here to express interest in participating in the next EPIC Education Series Company Cohort 

(planned for April/May 2021 – September/October 2021)

Abundant Sun VBSR

VBSR and Abundant Sun are pleased to announce the launch of our EPIC Education Series. EPIC is short for Ethical Performance Improvement Campaign, which we have designed to help organizations improve their overall ethical performance in order to hit their strategic goals around business growth.

 

The EPIC Education Series is an 8-part series of 2-hour interactive virtual roundtable workshops spanning from October 2020 through March 2021, that will address some of the most pressing issues of our time around ethics, leadership, and governance. Hosted by VBSR, and facilitated by Abundant Sun’s VT-based and international team of associates, participating companies will have the unique opportunity to delve into anti-racism, business resiliency, and climate crisis in one comprehensive learning experience. We believe in learning by doing, so after each 2-hour roundtable workshop, you will have a chance to engage in some action learning, applying concepts to your own business or organization and bringing that experience back to the next session to share with peer participants.

 

For the inaugural offering of our EPIC Education Series, participation will be limited to 12 companies and organizations. Registration is 1 per-company (not per-person). Our aim is to help each participating company develop the vision, strategy, and infrastructure they’ll need to effect positive transformations on the individual and organizational levels.

Participation in this workshop series is ideal for companies who are serious about making a significant organizational commitment to addressing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), are seeking in-depth and ongoing learning and support from a DEI expert, and who would appreciate the experience of being part of a learning cohort of like-minded socially responsible companies engaging in this journey together.

 

Company registration includes up to three registrations for each workshop, and we ask that at least one person from each participating company plans to attend all 8 workshops and serves as the point of contact for their company or organization. This is a great opportunity for senior leadership and/or board members to work in collaboration with other staff members who may be serving on diversity, equity and inclusion or culture committees within their organization.

In addition to attending the 8 virtual workshops in this series, participating companies through their designated point-of-contact will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with the Abundant Sun team as needed outside of the workshops to receive a limited amount of individualized support discussing their company-specific situation, issues, and strategy. Learn more about Abundant Sun.

 

The EPIC Education Series workshop schedule is as follows:

(All workshops will take place virtually via Zoom)

 

Module 1 – Introductory Roundtable

Wednesday, October 28, 2020; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Getting to know one another, your organizations, your challenges, and your goals

 

Module 2 – Equality & Equity

Thursday, November 19, 2020; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Marrying the legal, moral and business cases for valuing diversity, and creating inclusive, high-performing cultures

 

Module 3 – Race Against the Machine

Wednesday, December 9, 2020; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Providing an education in US history and civics to help you improve your organization’s racial equity performance

 

Module 4 – Visionary Leadership

Wednesday, January 6, 2021; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Looking to a better future by disrupting old patterns and carving out new ways of thinking and responding to today’s challenges

 

Module 5 – Great Governance

Wednesday, January 27, 2021; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Identifying governance models that are fit for our 21st-century purpose and challenges, which ensure accountability and a healthier level of trust and transparency.

 

Module 6 – Employee Engagement & Client Service

Wednesday, February 17, 2021; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Mapping out a strategic approach to your organizational cultural transformation, rooted in a shared responsibility across a variety of your stakeholder groups.

 

Module 7 – Data Analytics & Building Strategy

Wednesday, March 3, 2021; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Realizing the importance of applying management science to all areas of your business performance management, including area of diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Module 8 – Grand Finale

Wednesday, March 27, 2021; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Reporting back key learning achieved with the EPIC Education Series, and sharing your strategies for growth.

 

Registration Fee:

VBSR Member Company/Organization Registration: $1,440

 Includes three staff registrations to each of the eight series workshops, as well as the ability to connect one-on-one with the Abundant Sun team outside of the workshops to receive a limited amount of individualized support discussing your company-specific situation, issues, and strategy. We ask that at least one person from each participating company plans to attend all 8 workshops and serves as the point of contact for their company or organization.

Non-Member Company/Organization Registration: $1,800

Includes three staff registrations to each of the eight series workshops, as well as the ability to connect one-on-one with the Abundant Sun team outside of the workshops to receive a limited amount of individualized support discussing your company-specific situation, issues, and strategy. We ask that at least one person from each participating company plans to attend all 8 workshops and serves as the point of contact for their company or organization.

 

SOLD OUT!

Click here to express interest in participating in the next EPIC Education Series Company Cohort 

(planned for April/May 2021 – September/October 2021)

 

Meet Abundant Sun:

 

Jude Smith RacheleDr. Jude Smith Rachele

Co-founder & CEO, Abundant Sun

Jude is a highly charismatic, dynamic, and insightful consultant and presenter. Originally from the USA, she has lived and worked internationally across the UK, Europe and the Americas, and currently resides in Vermont, USA.
Jude has worked in the area of diversity, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership and cultural competence for the past 25 years. She has designed numerous programs to help professionals display inclusive behaviors and to understand and respond respectfully to various cultural traditions, behaviors and values.

Her work also emphasizes the responsibility that professionals must understand differences in order that they don’t discriminate and that they treat people fairly or sensitively. The objective is to get the best out of people by understanding them as individuals, within the context of their different visible and non-visible identities.

Jude has been an Adjunct Professor at Marlboro College, Vermont, where she designed an MBA course in Data Analytics, Decision-making and Performance Management. Previously she has also been an Adjunct Professor in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, and Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.Abundant Sun

Working globally, Jude introduces best practice from the private and public sectors of many territories ensuring clients receive leading-edge learning solutions. Jude holds a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Business. She is the author of many articles, and of the book “Dismantling Diversity Management: Introducing an Ethical Performance Improvement Campaign.” Jude was also a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio delivering several powerful and insightful commentaries on contemporary issues.

 

Caro Lee

 

Caro Lee

Managing Director, Abundant Sun

Caro is an experienced, imaginative and resourceful diversity and inclusion consultant with an established track record of effecting change. With over fifteen years in the sector, she has experience working within a range of organizations offering training, thought leadership, and practical skills in managing equalities, diversity and inclusion issues.Abundant SunAs the former Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Herbert Smith Freehills, she created the Firm’s EDI strategy, working with a range of in-house and external practitioners to design, develop and implement it effectively.

Caro is a great communicator, working well with and engaging staff at all levels within an organization. She offers experience of collaborative working on presentations, articles and essays on EDI, enabling organizations to showcase their commitment and expertise both internally, and within their industry sectors and wider afield. She is also a qualified psychotherapist (MSc Counseling and Psychotherapy) specializing in diversity and inclusion issues.

 

Abundant Sun has an invaluable team of associates who also will be contributing to the EPIC Education Series.

 

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to pay for your company’s registration via invoice, please contact: carrac@vbsr.org.