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.


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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.

Want to learn more about Lenoir-Rhyne? Email susy.chandler@lr.edu for more information!


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

topic: creating a culture of inclusion

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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.

FACILITATOR: Kevin Young,
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.

FACILITATOR URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-l-young-20244454


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.


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

TOPIC: seEING & ADDRESSING ABUSE

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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LUNCH PROVIDED BY COOKING WITH COMEDY CATERING. DELICIOUSLY PREPARED WITH HUMOR + LOVE BY CHEF CLARENCE.

Have food needs? Email cookingwithcomedy@gmail.com to support a black-owned, local business!