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Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom

Friday, June 18th | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom

Please join us in honoring Juneteenth on Friday, June 18. Juneteenth is the observance of the ending of slavery in the United States. The holiday links back to June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It was at that point Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and the slaves were freed.

In this webinar, presented in partnership with Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, we’ll hear from Dr. Sandra Upton, Vice President of Global Diversity Practice at Cultural Intelligence Center, and Paul Doyle, Founder & CEO of Inclusive Performance Strategies. Attendees will learn more about the history and significance of Juneteenth and why it’s important to celebrate within your organization.

We cannot lose sight of the impact slavery has had and continues to have on this country.  It has been over 155 years since the last slaves were freed. We will continue collaborating with our communities and members to take action that improves and makes changes for the betterment of everyone.

Friday, June 18
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Members & Non-Members: $0


Meet the Speakers

Paul Doyle
Founder & CEO, Inclusive Performance Strategies
Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom 1Paul T. Doyle, Founder & CEO, applies over 30 years of management experience to help organizations enhance their performance through inclusive work and service environments. By understanding how to embrace the cultures, values and behaviors of a diverse workforce, Paul helps organizations maintain the competitive edge needed for success in today’s rapidly changing global economic market. A key to his success is creating platforms of trust through intentional relationship building-allowing diversity of thought to be achieved and valued. Thus, fostering inclusive growth and innovation.

Paul holds a degree from the College of Education & Human Services at Ferris State University, from which he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He has completed the Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the National Diversity Council and also a certified administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI). Paul is a recipient of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Leadership & Philanthropy Award, Grand Rapids “GIANTS” Leadership Award for Community Health, and the Legacy Award for Legislative Leadership. He teaches as Adjunct Faculty at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Paul also serves on several boards and committees to improve the quality of life for all individuals within his community through inclusion. Learn more about Paul’s passion for this industry here.

Dr. Sandra Upton
Vice President, Global Diversity Practices with the Cultural Intelligence Center
Juneteenth: Celebrating FreedomDr. Sandra Upton is Vice President, Global Diversity Practices with the Cultural Intelligence Center, and is responsible for providing leadership and expertise on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters for CQC clients across the globe. She has over twenty-five years of experience training and consulting with businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and non-profits around the globe. She has led CQC’s response to the growing demand from global companies such as Amway, Starbucks, Steelcase, Hallmark, Fiat-Chrysler, Perrigo, Cintas and institutions and schools like Harvard University, London School of Economics, University of Michigan, Queensland University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Boston Public Schools, Dallas ISD, that are committed to integrating CQ into their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Sandra is also the subject matter expert for the Center’s work in unconscious bias and has led the Center’s unconscious bias certification programs across the globe. She is a frequent speaker and consults with numerous businesses and institutions on how to effectively integrate CQ and unconscious bias assessments and training into business and educational settings. She travels frequently and has consulted with organizations and facilitated trainings in places such as Brazil, China, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, and several countries throughout Europe.