The Class Divide in the Workplace and Its Implications

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Learn how to identify and mitigate social class biases that consistently affect daily human resource functions.

Many D&I conversations focus on race, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and generational issues. Class is usually at the bottom of the list or not on the list at all. According to a Harvard Business Review article titled, “Why Companies Should Add Class to the Diversity Discussion,” “97% of individuals from working-class background report that their social class background affects their work experience.” This session will explore the class divide in the workplace and its implications for diversity and inclusion. Class migration has been ongoing for hundreds of years. It has become a phenomenon over the last 30 years with the increase of college graduates from working-class families. In addition, it will explore class migration and the challenges it poses in the workplace. This eye-opening session will help you to identify class migration challenges and identify class bias.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the implication of class for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.
  • Identify the eight elements of class.
  • Gain awareness of conversations about class.
  • Learn new strategies to mitigate class bias.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Christopher CJ Gross

Christopher CJ

Christopher “CJ” Gross is a dynamic voice in Cultural Transformation, renowned for his infectious energy, captivating engagement, and thought-provoking insights. With expertise in deciphering the power of culture to drive innovation and success, CJ draws from diverse fields such as sales, non-profit, engineering, and change management. His unique ability to create a safe and inclusive environment for sharing thoughts and experiences sets him apart, leaving audiences with practical strategies and actionable takeaways.

CJ's significant impact as a speaker spans various industries, guiding organizations through the complexities of cultural change. Whether addressing small teams or large conferences, his memorable presence and storytelling resonate with all privileged to hear him speak.

CJ is a TEDx Speaker and founder of Ascension Worldwide, a firm dedicated to Cultural Integration and Transformation training and consulting based in the Washington, D.C. area. CJ has 20-years of experience as an international organizational development consultant specializing in leadership development and Cultural Integration and Transformation. CJ is a certified Social + Emotional Intelligence coach, trainer, Keirsey Temperament professional, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator, with additional expertise in organizational mediation. CJ is also an adjunct professor at Saint Bonaventure University in the School of Business.

Salon ABC (Third Floor)
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Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Relationship Management
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All Levels
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