Research shows that gender-balanced and racially-diverse engineering teams perform better when it comes to decision making, problem solving, and innovation. This leads to better design, implementation, and completion rates for your firm’s engineering projects.
This workshop will give you practical skills, tips and tools to manage and lead diverse teams in an engineering workplace.
While there are more generalist diversity training courses available, the facilitators often aren’t from engineering backgrounds. This means they don’t fully understand the profession and its unique culture. Their case studies don’t reflect the unique practical challenges engineers face.
Arti is a practising engineer with 20 years' experience in the profession, bringing her lived experience of the profession to the training to make it authentic and impactful.
By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills to successfully manage a diverse engineering workforce benefit from lower attrition rates, better performance, and better Return on Investment.
This workshop will run on the following dates:
11 October 2023, 10am – 2pm AEDT
Please register at least three business days before the scheduled course start date.
- Understand equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as the differences in these concepts as they play out in the workplace (to put in practice values on diversity and inclusion).
- Understand and fully embrace the benefits of diverse teams, and an inclusive workplace culture.
- Apply practical tips, tools and behaviours to manage racial, cultural, gender, intergenerationally diversity.
- Manage culture competence and difficult conversations in a workplace where diverse team members are present
- Know how to manage tensions and encourage collaboration and respect between staff who struggle to work effectively with a diverse workforce
Is this course for you?
This course is ideal for team leaders, project leaders, project managers, managers and leaders across all engineering disciplines, as well as anyone interested in improving diversity and inclusion in their workplace.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
- Common diversity and inclusion terminology and meanings
- Bias and how it plays out, bias interruption strategies
- Identifying diversity in your team and workplace
- Inclusive leadership styles and behaviours
- Skills for inclusive language and conversations
- Cultivating your cultural competence
- How to have difficult conversations
- How to attract and retain diverse talent
- Concept of allyship and being a champion for change
Delivery platform - Zoom
These sessions run through Zoom. On the day of the short course you will receive the unique Zoom link at least one hour before the short course is scheduled to begin.
We suggest that you download the Zoom Desktop Client to ensure you can fully participate in the short course. If you view the short course through the Zoom web browser or via a phone or tablet device you may not be able to participate in the interactive elements such as answering polling questions.
Please read through the following information on Zoom to ensure you are prepared for the short course:
Dr Arti Agrawal’s current professional positions reflect her dual passions: science and social justice. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Data Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She is also the CEO and founder of Vividhata Pty Ltd, a diversity and inclusion consulting company, which is a social enterprise.
Arti has a PhD in Physics, completed at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2005, along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Technology Enabled.
Her many professional accomplishments include being awarded the 2020 IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award for exceptional contributions to the Society as a champion of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She was also awarded the OSA Diversity and Advocacy Recognition in 2020 for her unwavering dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the global optics and photonics community.
Previously, Arti was the Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Involvement at Anthony Nolan Trust, a blood cancer charity, and before that was Director of Women in Engineering at UTS along with holding an Associate Professorship in Electrical Engineering. Arti has also worked at City, University of London from 2005-2017 in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and has been a Royal Society postdoctoral fellow.