Diversity Speaker - Dr. Maura Cullen


Maura-Cullen-683x1024.jpgDr. Maura Cullen is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap and a highly-acclaimed diversity trainer who has educated and inspired people worldwide on how to be more inclusive, understanding and authentic when communicating with others.

She will be doing two presentations that are FREE and open to the public.

Taking Adversity Out Of Diversity 

  • Thursday, January 18
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Founders Hall Amphitheater

This honest and engaging program will inspire people to create more inclusive communities. Our biggest challenge in achieving this goal is our fear of being judged and misunderstood. This fear prevents good people from taking meaningful action. At times we are so afraid of saying the ‘wrong’ thing that we make the biggest mistake of all which is to say nothing. Our patterns of communication are vital to our success when exploring such explosive issues as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disabilities, age and religion. This award winning session gets beyond our fear of saying the ‘wrong’ thing and teaches more effective and compassionate ways to connect.

Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say 

  • Thursday, January 18
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Founders Hall Amphitheater

Conversations around diversity have us walking on eggshells. This program offers practical ways to quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of our interactions.  Have you ever found yourself saying, “Some of my best friends are…” or “I don’t think of you as…”? We make statements intended to be supportive or complimentary, but end up being problematic. Participants will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place.