DEI Team Development and Advising

Use our time tested, strategic process of building team cohesion and capacity as your organization’s DEI team comes together over 18 months to develop and execute a plan to advance inclusive workplace culture and practices.

Participants will use a blended online and in person approach, to learn practical skills, behaviors and strategies that can be deployed within your organization to advance DEI.

The DEI team development and advising services are for organization leadership and include:

client testimonial

‍Slipstream, a Madison-based energy efficiency firm, began working with Step Up because it wanted to build momentum into its work toward a more inclusive culture. Frank Greb, Slipstream’s president and CEO says Step Up: Equity Matters is “essential” to Slipstream’s efforts.

Lyra Trapp, Slipstream’s Chief People Officer, says Step Up’s virtual tools have allowed the company to measure where employees are in their journey on DEI work, from those ready to tackle the implications of their white privilege to those who did not know the definition of microaggressions. “It’s allowed us to see where we can make the most impact,” Trapp says.

Step Up helped Slipstream get organized, focused and find a sense of purpose. They tailored their approach to the organization so it could get real work done, says Marge Anderson, the firm’s Executive Vice President, Education, and Training, Communications. “I feel more optimistic and positive about lasting, persistent change because of this approach.”

Salem says Step Up worked side by side with CUNA to refine and develop offerings “that really feel like they’re tailored for us rather than off the shelf.” Step Up crafted workshops specific to CUNA by integrating the company’s core values into training sessions to help employees understand that they can’t live those values if they don’t address issues of unconscious bias and microaggressions. Step Up also focused on approaches “to really connect the head, the heart and the hands” to inspire employees to take action, Salem says. “The thing that I value the most about working with step up is that they have been really good partners,” she says. “I think that's a real strength of theirs.”

Leadership Development

Board and executive team members play an integral role in advancing equity within an organization. Our leadership training and development services provide a safe space for leaders to authentically participate in DEI learning and build a unified voice for staff around DEI initiatives and its importance.

Leadership teams will participate in our Equity Accelerator* and 5 individual executive coaching sessions. 

Supervision & Management

As our workplaces become more diverse and organizations emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion, supervisors and managers need to build their skills to lead, manage, and work with a diverse team. In this workshop, participants will learn how to mitigate bias in performance management, lead a strengths-based and values-based team, and develop employees with different cultural backgrounds.

Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourselves to lead.

Gwendolyn Brooks

DiSC Productive Conflict for Teams

Great change requires conflict; conflict can be scary or it can be a tool.   

With Everything DiSC Productive Conflict, participants will improve self-awareness around conflict behaviors. Rather than focus on a step-by-step process for conflict resolution, Everything DiSC Productive Conflict® provides participants with techniques to curb destructive behaviors and effectively respond to conflict situations. The program features an exploration of DiSC® in a conflict context, provides an opportunity for participants to explore their destructive conflict responses, and offers them a method for making more productive choices in their response to conflict.

Students of Everything DiSC Productive Conflict® will: