Maximizing Inclusion While Minimizing Backlash

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Learn tactics to recognize, reduce and/or eliminate practices that tend to create backlash related to inclusion and diversity by using a strategic inclusion model.

Resistance to I&D efforts can create barriers to organizational progress and success. Eric will highlight a strategic inclusion model that minimizes backlash from employees who may feel excluded by a focus on I&D. Successful implementation strategies will be shared that have accelerated program adoption in several Fortune 500 companies and other leading organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify I&D strategies and practices that can cause backlash from dominant and nondominant culture employees.
  • Use five core principles to increase I&D buy-in by employees and prevent backlash.
  • Describe the Inclusion Power 3 Model for mitigating backlash.
  • Apply the model to reduce the negativity of implicit bias and subjective judgment within the performance evaluation process.
  • Utilize practical tools and templates for application within your organization.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Eric Ellis


Eric Ellis is President and CEO of Integrity Development Corp. Since 1991, his firm has served businesses, law enforcement agencies, and organizations by building cultures where Diversity, Inclusion and Respect flourish, driving business results.

One of our nation’s leading strategists on Diversity & Inclusion, Eric and his firm have won numerous awards, including the State of Ohio's Minority Business of the Year, and the NAACP President’s Award. Eric is a member of the SHRM Inclusion & Diversity Expert Panel.

Eric is author of the book, Diversity Conversations, 3rd edition, and co-hosts a weekly broadcast of the same name at or facebook live, every Saturday, 9:30 am EST @elliseric.

Salon D (Third Floor)
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Leadership & Navigation
Intended Audience: 
Advanced (Elevating DEI)
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