UnConference Montreal: Thawing the frozen middle

Event Type : UnConference
Starts at April 01, 2019 8:00 AM Eastern
Finishes at April 01, 2019 4:30 PM Eastern

Why is middle management so resistant to change – especially when it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility? It’s perfect storm really. The pressure to get the job done meets upstream/downstream currents, lack of motivational empathy and understanding of organizational impacts of exclusion, and lack of focused support for well-being as it relates to change.

How do you light a fire under middle management as advocates of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility?

We will look at how to value difference through change management, how to apply consistent key messaging to highlight key differences, ways to develop motivational empathy, connect desire to understanding of organization impacts of exclusion, and how to establish a “safe-challenge” culture. 

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  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration and breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Opening remarks
  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Session 1 - Understanding the challenges of middle management
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Break - Snacks served
  • 10:45 a.m. – noon: Session 2 - Change agents and intro to change management
  • Noon – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.: Session 3 - Dive into change management 
  • 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.: Session 4 - Putting it into action
  • 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Break
  • 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Session 5 - Taking first steps towards a D&I change plan for your organization
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Closing remarks

Presentation language

  • French


Registration is now closed.

For current Canadian Certified Inclusion Professionals (CCIPTM), this event qualifies for continued professional development credit. Contact [email protected] for more information.

For members of the law societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and the Yukon: this program may qualify for credit in the area of Practice Management as part of your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development, as required by your Law Society. To learn more, click on the link to your province above or contact your local Law Society.

Event Location

Canadian National Railway Company, Transcontinental Room
935, rue de la Gauchetiere West
H3B 2M0