Respect and the Road to Inclusion

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendees will learn about the what, the why and the how for DE&I HR allies trying to create a roadmap to respectful, inclusive work cultures.

Without respect, there can be no inclusion. Designed for the 2020s and led by one of today's most sought-after presenters, this thought-provoking and inspiring session explores how a foundation of actively practiced respect can become the gateway for truly inclusive workplace cultures. Backed by the most current research from multiple disciplines, participants will explore the business case for inclusion and learn the behavioral fundamentals necessary for building a truly inclusive work culture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn and discuss a contemporary definition of respect for the 2020s.
  • Unpack the differences between tolerance and respect—and why the human brain sometimes settles for the former.
  • Explore the relationship between respect and inclusion and how one becomes the gateway for the other.
  • Learn why authentic friendships are a natural and desired byproduct of inclusive cultures.
  • Discuss and map out the behaviors present in both inclusive and exclusive cultures, and explore the business impact of both.
  • Learn five specific tools and strategies for helping to create your own Road to Inclusion.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Paul Meshanko


Paul Meshanko is an author, professional speaker and business leader with over 20 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change. As a presenter, he has captivated over a quarter million leaders and business professionals globally. His clients have included The Cleveland Clinic, DuPont, Progressive Insurance, Johnson Controls, P&G, Toyota, Ernst & Young, MGM, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance. Paul holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He currently lives in Annapolis, MD.  His most recent book, The Respect Effect, was published by McGraw Hill in 2013.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Relationship Management
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