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Building Psychological Safety and Belonging (Mobilize Women Week Feature)


 1 hour & 15 minutes

Online • Closed Captioned • 

Building Psychological Safety and Belonging (Mobilize Women Week Feature)

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” - Vernā Myers

Research shows that loneliness has the same effect as 15 cigarettes a day in terms of health care outcomes and health care costs.

The highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety — the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake, or that you won’t be singled out because you’re different.

Psychological safety is essential to trust, and trust is essential to belonging. These characteristics in organizational culture can be huge drivers of innovation, productivity, and success. Employees who feel excluded are 25% less productive on future tasks, have a 50% greater risk of turnover, and are less willing to work hard for the team.

In this session you’ll:

  • Learn how you can make a real difference within your organization by making every member of your team feel included, trusted, and respected.
  • Dive into research and data that can help you make a case for culture shifts within your company and how to measure success.
  • Know how to spot companies who are doing work to create safe environments for their employees to be themselves and thrive.
  • Identify the pitfalls that break down inclusion and belonging through the employee journey and how to avoid them.
  • Help yourself, and your colleagues, get out of a rut, avoid burnout, and languishing by creating environments that prioritize taking care of your mental health.

More on our Speakers from Building Psychological Safety and Belonging

Elizabeth Nieto, Global Head of Equity and Impact, Spotify is an immigrant. She moved to the US while working for Citigroup in her native Argentina. Early in her career in financial services, she raised her hand to lead D&I for one area of the bank and found her life’s calling. She's led global diversity efforts at companies like Amazon and MetLife, and now heads Equity and Impact at Spotify, which brings together three critical teams: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Sustainability, and Social Impact.

Elizabeth’s experience in big companies and start-up environments will bring a unique perspective to this conversation.

“To foster real change, companies will be required to examine the cultural artifacts and rethink existing power structures. Leaders will need to be vulnerable and go deep into self-inspection of their own understanding of racism and what it takes to be anti-racist.“

Erin L. Thomas, PhD, Head of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Access, Upwork, has been very active and vocal about anti-racism in the workplace and how companies can take their promises and turn them into action. She can take ideas as abstract as belonging and explain them in lay(wo)man terms that we can all understand and suggest very specific actions to take immediately to improve workplace culture.

Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, MD, Chief Product Officer, BetterUp, can answer most questions about employee engagement and belonging from many different angles due to her expertise in psychiatry, digital health, and technology. From finding meaning and purpose at work to workplace loneliness, belonging and resilience, Gabriella has led research that can illuminate how we build a better environment for all people. Gabriella began her career in psychiatry and fMRI research and has worked on global mental health policy and interventions for the World Health Organization.

Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Officer, VICE Media Group, has made it her mission to make workplaces work for everyone. As a Dominican-Puerto Rican-New Yorker, Daisy has spent a lifetime navigating cultural and racial identity. She’s spent her career helping companies (from Disney to Viacom and Google) go from inclusive culture theory to practice. 

Shareen Luze, RBC Wealth Management, grew up in a household where equality and equity were core values. She is dedicated to fostering a workplace that helps all employees reach their full potential. She is a vocal advocate for authenticity, diversity, and inclusion, and leverages her energy and passion to develop and implement programs to attract, retain, reward, and develop a talented workforce.

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Full Agenda

This past year, there’s been a spotlight on the many flaws within our society.

While it’s no secret that the world has never been fair, the pandemic showed how broken our healthcare, economic and justice systems really are.

It’s time to re-evaluate priorities, re-imagine and re-build a new equitable world.

At Mobilize Women Week, your perspectives will be challenged at one of our daily feature sessions. At Roundtables, Mentoring Meetups, and Workshops throughout the week, you’ll find a safe space to process what you heard among your peers in at least one of our five programs.

We deserve a better world, and we can make it a reality - together.

Get Introduced to the Women You Should Know

We help our members connect with specific attendees who share their industry and life experiences.

Kristy Wallace

Kristy Wallace

New York, NY

CEO at Ellevate Network

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Maricella Herrera Avila

VP Operations & Strategy at Ellevate Network

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Rebecca Spitzer

Rebecca Spitzer

New York, NY

VP of Product and Technology at Ellevate Network

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Community Discussion
Francisco A Matos
Francisco A Matos

Look forward to participate and expand my knowledge and experience creating cultural DIB sustained shifts and learn how we can provide the psychological safety for leaders and the workforce to be comfortable being uncomfortable, identify what we need to unlearn and what habits-behaviors we need to embrace to achieve a new consciousness in the way we hire: retain and develop our teams...

June 14, 2021

Ellen Meyerson - CRPC
Ellen Meyerson - CRPC

So very inspiring to hear these conversations are taking place in corporations today. Yes, we still have much work to do. Yes, it has taken too long! Yes, to acknowledge we are HUMANS and lead with Empathy is a Priority. Well done Ladies.

June 21, 2021