Lunch + Learns

Throughout the Lunch + Learn Series we have great discussion and interactive workshops lined up for you - sponsored by members of the wnc diversity engagement coalition. 

In 2019, first session launches on Thursday, August 15th, and series ends on Thursday, October 17th. We will be meeting in Asheville, starting promptly at 11:30am and ends at 1pm. This series focuses on taking a deeper dive in diversity, equity, and inclusion in context of professional and organizational advancement. The classes are focused on unpacking tough topics and framing conversations with historical context so that participants leave with tools, strategies and a deeper understanding of application.

Lunch + Learns are where we, as a professional community, discuss topics like accountability standards for diversity and inclusion and how to develop frameworks for advancing equity in our communities and institutions. Lunch + Learns are FREE and although they are typically geared towards Human Resources professionals, they are open to the community/public as well. 

Lunch + Learns take place 3rd Thursdays from 11:30am-1pm. Registration required, seats limited.


vENUE SPONSORED BY LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY, ASHEVILLE. Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world.

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session i : Thursday, august 15th, 2019 @ 11:30am

topic: creating a culture of inclusion


OVERVIEW: In this lunch + learn, we will explore the ways that organizations can examine their policies, practices and organizational culture to make it more than welcoming for people from all walks of life.

Employee Relations/Diversity & Inclusion, Biltmore Company

FACILITATOR BIO: A precise, progressive Human Resources business partner with 20+ years of progressively responsible HR experience including Employee and Labor Relations, Labor contract negotiations, HR planning/strategy, talent development, talent acquisition, team and leadership coaching, succession planning, change management, behavioral competency-based models, performance management/consulting, training/meeting facilitation, communications, on-boarding, legal and regulatory compliance, compensation, benefits and wellness.


session iI : Thursday, september 19th, 2019 @ 11:30am

topic: work-life balance

OVERVIEW: In this lunch + learn, we will explore the work-life balance - what it means, how to apply it in the workplace, and ways to provide alternatives that may otherwise be barriers to work and doing the work.


FACILITATOR: Kimberlee Archie,
Director of Equity, City of Asheville

FACILITATOR BIO: Kimberlee Archie has been with the city of Asheville since July 2017 serving as the City’s inaugural Equity and Inclusion leader. Her undergraduate degree in social welfare is from the University of Washington and her graduate degree in education with a concentration in training and performance improvement is from Capella University. Kimberlee’s career and experience position her to lead City efforts to support a diverse and inclusive community.

From a career that began in Washington state in the mental health field, Kimberlee went on to become a Family Support Director for a youth service bureau and she directed an early-learning and youth development initiative for the United Way of King County. Kimberlee’s focus on racial equity and social justice began through her work at an Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections site and deepened as the Deputy Director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. She has facilitated workshops, taught courses and presented at conferences on subjects such as inclusive public engagement, race and equity, leadership development, strategic planning, and cultural competence.

Kimberlee’s passion is to facilitate and support the growth and development of others. As the Equity and Inclusion Director, Kimberlee works with internal and external partners, nonprofits, the public, and stakeholders to establish the use of an equity lens in all City policies, practices, programs and services. Kimberlee has instituted and organized an Equity Core Team of City employees representing all departments who are ambassadors, leaders, organizers, and facilitators who implement a strategic action plan to advance a Racial Equity Framework.


session iii : Thursday, october 17th, 2019 @ 11:30am


OVERVIEW: In this lunch + learn, we will hear from local service organizations on ways to recognize abuse, ways to address abuse with the individual(s) impacted, and how to best connect to local resources in times of need.



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