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How Race and Gender Impact Cross-Cultural Communications in the Workplace

When: 7/15/2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: ZOOM
United States
Contact: Nikki Schutte, SHRM-CP, PHR
PHRMA Office: 503-655-6474

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Session Overview

How we communicate is rooted not only in our family of origin and the community in which we were raised but also by the narrative and feedback society provides to and about us as we mature into adults. Many workplace conflicts can be traced back to both the style of communication and the interpretation communication. None of our systems or our activities are race neutral, not even how we give and receive information. This session will uncover how the societal “infantilization” of white women and the “adultification” of black women/men and other people of color is implicated in many workplace conflicts and miscommunication.


What you will learn:

  • A deeper understanding of how “infantilization” and “adultification”  show up in many workplace conflicts
  • A new way to think about investigating workplace conflicts that on the surface do not appear race related
  • A road-map for changing the workplace dynamic and resources for further learning and training. 

About the Speaker

Shari Dunn is the former Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon and an adjunct at the University of Portland in the MBA program and current CEO/principal of ITBOM LLC, a systemic re-design institutional coaching and consulting practice. She is also on the executive committee of the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board.


She has a law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL. She was a practicing attorney representing victims of domestic violence and then the Senior Attorney in the Civil Division at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association in Washington, DC where she oversaw training, funding and technical assistance for attorneys nation-wide. She then became a funder of that system as the Vice President of a New York, NY-based foundation. Shari transitioned into broadcast journalism and spent a decade as a news anchor/reporter. She has been honored by the Portland Business Journal as both a 2018 Executive of the Year and a 2019 Woman of Influence.







  • PHRMA Member: $40 (Sign-in member pricing to populate)
  • Non-Member: $80 (Not a member yet? Join us, today!)


Recertification Credits:

  • SHRM: 1.5 PDCs (approved)
  • HRCI: 1.5 credits (pending until approved)

Make real progress by attending the "unpack what you learned" session happening on July 21st at 12pm. 

  • Everyone that attends this program, will get a special invite to attend this session. 
  • This work is hard, so let's help each other by discussing key takeaways and how you are making a difference in your workplace.

Zoom Meeting Details:

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  • Admittance to this program will be monitored based upon the registration list. 


  • Refunds: We understand schedules change, but we do ask that you give us 48-hours notice. 

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