Human resources association
of treasure valley

DEI Professional Development Series

  • Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Galaxy Event Center at Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 1385 Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID 83642


  • Bring a guest at 50% off the Non-member rate!
  • Bring a guest at 50% off the non-member rate!
  • Bring a guest at 50% off the Non-member rate!

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Bring a guest for 50% off the nonmember rate!!

The Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley is pleased to present two DEI training opportunities on December 15th. Dima Ghawi will provide our luncheon keynote address and an optional afternoon workshop--register for one or both!  The day will conclude with a Networking and Happy Hour sponsored by UKG.

LUNCHEON, 11:30 to 1:00: The luncheon program "How to Overcome Resistance to DEI" presented by Dima Ghawi. Through storytelling and personal narratives, Dima guides the attendees to address common workplace resistance to DEI. She deconstructs these conscious and unconscious biases and demonstrates how to address them in order to build a safe and inclusive workplace culture. Dima shares specific tips that equip the attendees with the tools needed to overcome the leadership team’s resistance to DEI initiatives, helping ensure that the positive ripple effect of DEI can expand across all their organization’s levels.

Audiences will be able to:

  • Understand how resistance to DEI presents itself and the reasons behind this resistance Recognize the value of DEI and how it generates a safe, inclusive, and productive workplace 
  • Use practical techniques to address resistance to DEI without being antagonistic

WORKSHOP, 1:30 to 4:00: The luncheon will be followed by a 2-1/2 hour workshop "How to Create an Inclusive Work Culture." While it is reassuring that more organizations recognize the value of diversity in their teams and are implementing metrics to measure progress, the real goal of diversity is to create a culture of inclusion and belonging. By focusing on establishing an inclusive environment, organizations can unlock the true value of diversity.   

In this presentation, Dima Ghawi shares three tips based on workplace surveys and interviews that she has conducted across a variety of organizations. They include:

  • Providing insight into what employees need to feel welcomed and included. 
  • Managing change and creating a courageous culture, instrumental for handling conscious and unconscious biases, micro-aggressions, and resistance to inclusion initiatives. 
  • Structuring and utilizing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), valuable affinity groups that provide a support network and education opportunity for their members and also increase awareness across the company. 

To build on the DEI workshop being held on December 15, we are offering additional learning opportunities for participants:

As a follow up to the workshop, in January (dates TBD), participants will receive daily resources from Dima Ghawi for two weeks (Monday – Friday), which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete each day. These resources will include watching a short video or reading an article focused on DEI-related topics.

Then, Dima will schedule and facilitate a group conversation (via Zoom) to discuss takeaways from the added learning opportunity. The conversation will provide opportunity for you as a participant to discuss experiences you encountered that made you more observant of unconscious biases as well as microaggressions, the actions you are taking to create a more inclusive work culture, and ways to be a better ally. The goal of the discussion with Dima is to create a space for you to share your experiences.

NETWORKING AND HAPPY HOUR, 4:00-5:00: Join us for networking and happy hour sponsored by UKG.

Luncheon Only: Members $20, Nonmembers $35, Students $10
Workshop Only: Members $45, Nonmembers $75, Students $20
Both Luncheon & Workshop: Members $50, Nonmembers $85, Students $25


    Dima Ghawi is a Jordanian American award-winning author, leadership keynote speaker, and a three-time TEDx speaker. She is the founder of a global talent development company with a primary mission for advancing individuals in leadership. Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, and executive coaching, Dima has empowered professionals across the globe to develop critical business skills and expand their leadership potential. In addition, she has provided guidance to business executives to help them understand the value of gender diverse leadership, and to develop a multi-year plan for advancing quality leaders from within the organization.

    Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. Through her work, she has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. For more information, visit [] and [].

    The Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

     The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


    In Person Meeting Protocols

    We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person. We wanted to make everyone aware of the safety protocols that will be in place at the Galaxy so you can make an informed decision if you want to attend. The Galaxy has hand sanitizing stations though out the facility and has stringent cleaning protocols in place. The Galaxy will have masked servers for us to utilize at the buffet line. We are also limiting the amount of people per table to 8. Feel free to wear a mask if that is your preference,  however, we will not require masks at our meeting.

    Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley 
    SHRM Chapter #0111

    P.O. Box 1733
    Boise, ID 83701

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