How to Influence Without Shaming as a Leader



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Decisively disrupt and circumvent harmful behaviors to create a sense of belonging and inclusivity in your workplace. 


It’s an unfortunate fact that harmful and biased statements occur in the workplace—and it’s all too common for leaders to respond to these scenarios in ways that shame the individuals who perpetrated that behavior. Yet, while it is important to address these situations swiftly when they occur, it is even more beneficial to repair harm in the moment without shaming. Through proven experiential activities and small-group discussion, participants who are leading teams will better understand the impacts of harmful and biased statements even when unintended, and they will also develop strategies that can disrupt the harms and impacts of these types of behaviors when they occur. Participants will understand that remaining silent when harm occurs perpetuates inequity and hinders the ability to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for employment and learning. This training will therefore give participants the confidence to respond to these incidents in a way that creates a better sense of belonging, and with a climate that promotes, enhances, and fosters inclusivity within teams.

Make the Most of This Series

During this live event, we will touch upon content from the live training Essential Practices for Leaders Communicating Across Difference on June 16. Although it is not necessary to register for that virtual training to attend this one, we strongly recommend that you do so in order to make the most of the experience.

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for leaders and supervisors who want to learn culturally responsive management practices to better lead diverse teams while creating higher performance. 

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

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  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


June 23, 2022

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Understanding the Harms of Shaming 

When harmful and biased statements occur in the workplace, shaming may be a natural response. Here, our experts will discuss what shaming looks like—and why this response is problematic. 



Identifying Biased Behavior and Addressing It Without Shaming 

Biased statements and situations perpetuate inequity not only when they occur, but also when their bias goes unaddressed. Participants will learn how to identify biased behavior, practice how to repair harm in the moment without shaming, and consider ways to recover from being shamed if it does occur. 



Creating a Greater Sense of Belonging 

Here, our experts will share ways in which consistent responses to harmful and biased behavior can be a catalyst for leaders to engage using alternative strategies, instead. Leaders and supervisors will also learn to appreciate how these behaviors promote a sense of belonging and an inclusive workplace climate overall. 


Portrait of Kellie Rafaelli

Kellie Raffaelli

Associate Dean for Student Engagement and Director, International Programs and Services, Michigan Technological University

Kellie is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education Leadership at Capella University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from State University of New York at Oneonta. She served as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity from 2018-2020 and is the advisor to the MTU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. 

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Wayne Gersie, PhD

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan Technological University

Wayne is the inaugural Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University. As Vice President, he is responsible for providing vision, strategic leadership, and thoughtful change management for campus diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense-of-belonging (DEIS) initiatives.

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