Embrace your Cultural Identity and Power

ARE your employees empowered enough to leverage their cultural identities and strengths at work?

are your minority group members being marginalized in your organization?

do they connect and operate in separate silos of disconnect within your company?  

 

At AJ RAO, LLC, we understand the benefits of empowering employees to bring their cultural diversity to the table.  

WE HELP YOU CREATE AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE.

WE HELP YOU CREATE SPACES OF BELONGINGNESS WHERE YOUR EMPLOYEES CAN THRIVE IN THEIR CULTURAL IDENTITIES AND STRENGTHS.

WE HELP YOU HARNESS THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF YOUR DIVERSE TALENT BY DEVELOPING THEIR DIVERSITY.

 

Marginalization in Workspaces

Who are marginalized employees?

Marginalization happens when employees are treated as invisible or as if they are all interchangeable and replaceable. The value of their unique skills and talents as people get diminished, or are even seen as unwelcome or unnecessary.

In general, the major groups that are traditionally marginalized are:

  • ethnic minorities
  • religious minorities
  • people with disabilities or challenges
  • LGBTQIA+ persons
  • women

These are employees who are excluded from opportunities or face a lack of opportunities for authentic participation in formal or informal day-to-day conversations, decision making or group activities in an organization.

The burden is put on them to include themselves even while their unique identities are minimized as unimportant.

 

The impact and cost of marginalization:

  • emotional tax
  • no or very slow career growth
  • no skill development
  • low self-esteem
  • resentment
  • lack of confidence
  • increased anxiety and stress
  • burnout and fatigue
  • lack of motivation
  • being overworked and underpaid
  • relationship conflicts
  • being overlooked for leadership opportunities because they don’t fit the mold of a “traditional leader”.

Embrace Your Cultural Identity and Power

An educational, interactive and transformational community building training experience to empower and train your talent to harness their cultural identities and strengths, and to engage in your company with their unique contributions.

Individual Participant Benefits

Understanding the important influences of cultural identity

Decrease in personal emotional tax

Solutions to resolve microaggressions

Learning the language of inclusive communications

Developing inclusive emotional management

Implementing inclusive cultural competency

Understanding the new metrics of diversity, equity, and, inclusion

Learning intergenerational style differences

 

What is in it for your organization?

Increase in diverse representation of talent

Understanding the gaps in diversity, equity and inclusion across the employee life cycle

Deep learning of the intersectional realities of employees

Increase in long-term profitability gains

Creation of a robust pipeline for succession planning

Cost savings by reducing piece-meal trainings on diversity

Updated policies to protect the organizations assets and interests for the future of work

The LEGupward™ Framework and Process

Phase 1: Learn

Phase 2: Empower

Phase 3: Grow

Step 1: Set the Stage

To identify individual and overall group starting points for progress benchmarks. 

Step 2: Clarify

 To create a strategy to successfully clarify a solid, common foundation of cohesion and belongingness.

 Step 3: Make the Invisible Visible

 To start the process of helping employees create and experience their own belongingness.

 Step 4: Converge for Alignment

 To converge employee leadership traits, skills and voices with organizational goals, culture and priorities.

 Step 5: Practice and Implementation

 To create actions for employees to model compassion, belongingness, and inclusion to others in the organization.

 Step 6: Feedback Looping

To build natural feedback loops for continued growth after the completion of the program.

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Informational

Self-paced video and audio files to include multiple learning styles. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Identity
  • Cultural Identity Formation and Influences
  • Acculturation
  • Mindset
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Convergence of personnel to organizational goals
  • Metrics
  • Case studies on successful belongingness
  • Unlearning biases
  • Mentoring and sponsorship
  • Inclusive Emotional management
  • Inclusive communications

Reflective

Thought exercises in every module to help you reflect on and process the informational modules. Exercises include but are not limited to:

  • Deep dive into personal biases
  • Deep dive into organizational biases
  • Branding your inclusion
  • DISC assessment
  • EQ assessment
  • Leadership Voice assessment
  • Transition management assessment
  • Understanding wellbeing
  • Effective communications
  • Developing a cohesive inclusion strategy

Transformational

  • A two-hour onboarding session to set the stage
  • Weekly 90 minute group coaching calls to build team cohesion
  • Optional 30-minute per module 1:1 coaching sessions for those who need extra support
  • Unlimited email and text support

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does is this training program?
Traditionally, this program was built to be a 10-week program, with 1 week for enrollment, setup and onboarding, and the final week for any debriefing. Due to the customizable nature of all programs offered at AJ Rao, LLC however, this program can be modified to fit your timeline needs.
What is the cost of the program?
The overall cost of the program is dependent on the size of your group. There is an upfront needs assessment fee also based on the size of the group. This fee is applied towards the cost of the program implementation for those who decide to enroll in the full program.
Have you implemented this program in other groups?
Yes, this program has implemented in other group settings as a part of other services. Due to the confidential nature of the non-disclosure agreements associated with those services however, we are unable to provide any specifics that may be considered a violation of our agreements with other parties. We can definitely provide more general statistics of success and performance at your request.

We also can assure you that we take your confidentiality just as seriously.

What if I just want to sponsor one or two employees?
You are more than welcome to sponsor individual employees in the Visible Leader Training Program for Individuals. While the content of the program is nearly identical, the implementation and delivery in the individual program are catered to the individual’s needs and schedule.
Can this program be converted into workshops or a retreat?
Yes, to a large extent, we can deliver this program and implement it in almost any format you choose. We cannot guarantee that the content would be identical to the layout as it has been designed, however, we are more than happy to have a conversation with you about this to see how we can best serve your needs.

Stay ahead of the curve. Be an Ally of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belongingness. Transform your organization into a shining example of belongingness and thriving.