OPTIMIZING INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP I
Friday, 3 December 2021
Please join 10 minutes early
Login: 07:50 Eastern U.S. Time
Meeting: 08:00–10:00 Eastern U.S. Time
Meeting ID: 898 4266 4319
Meeting organized by: Meridian International Center
Meeting Topic: Lobna “Luby” Ismail, founder and president of Connecting Cultures, and Julia Gaspar-Bates, founder and president of Intercultural Alliances, will conduct a highly interactive workshop exploring DEIA through a Global Lens. The objectives for this workshop are to 1) examine global perspectives of DEIA and engage IVLP participants to build rapport with each other; 2) explore how DEIA is defined and addressed through an American lens; and 3) identify specific actions to address DEIA as inclusive leaders within participants’ respective organizations or work.
Equity v equality:
McKinsey 2020 report: Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters:
Inclusion & Belonging:
Employee Resource Groups:
Video clip: There is no justice without disability
Resources cited by Luby and Julia:
Center for Global Inclusion:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:
JAN (Job Accommodation Network):
Meet Your Speakers
Lobna “Luby” Ismail
Founder and President
Lobna “Luby” Ismail, founder and president of Connecting Cultures, has expertise on cultural competence, Arab cultures, and intercultural communication. She is committed to bridge-building and breaking down the barriers of bias based on her lived experience as an Arab American and American Muslim. Luby advocates another dimension of diversity based on her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. Luby acquired an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in International Service from The American University. A sought-after speaker, she has traveled to Asia, South America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Her clients include Federal and State agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and corporations including Microsoft, Walt Disney World, Foreign Service Institute, and the Institute of International Education. Luby is a member of Toastmasters International, and a Peer Mentor for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Founder and President
Julia Gaspar-Bates is founder and president of Intercultural Alliances, LLC, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm. With more than 30 years’ experience working globally, she has designed and delivered trainings for leaders and teams on four continents in multiple languages. Julia has been immersed in intercultural environments her entire life. Born in London into a bi-cultural family and raised in the United States, she has lived in six countries as an adult and traveled to nearly 50. She incorporates a holistic approach to her work integrating mindfulness-based practices to allow her clients to deepen their self-awareness of the many factors contributing to their cultural identities, increase their knowledge, and develop skills to work in diverse environments. Julia holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations, spent 10 years as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, and is in the process of co-writing her first book on cultural differences between the French and Americans.