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Upcoming events

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Prestonwood Country Club, Cary NC

    Note: Speakers will be joining us virtually through Zoom. Virtual option is also available for attendees.

    You’ve heard the words and terms, but what are the distinct differences, and how do they intersect? In this workshop, we will define diversity and related terminology such as inclusion, equity, and belonging. We will discuss how having a diverse team leads to increased effectiveness and performance and the factors or conditions that lead to an increase in effectiveness and performance on diverse teams.

    In this session, participants will:

    • Establish foundational awareness and a common base language with which you can build and grow as a team
    • Recognize the importance of welcoming and valuing differences in the workplace
    • Begin the process of identifying the difference between various types of biases in order to treat people with dignity and respect
    • Recognize commonalities within your team and among others who are different
    • Help each other grow and realize our full potential by creating awareness and action and grow a culture of belonging
    • By fostering an environment of respect, collaboration, positivity and belonging, you will enable your organization to succeed and your team to flourish.

    Speakers Bio:

    Together, Mike Brown and Asila Calhoun have over 60 years of Human Resources experience, over 50 years of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experience, 45+ years of Leadership Development and over 10 years of Leadership Coaching experience. Their mutual respect for one another and their experience of collaborating on a shared vision drew them to create this workshop. Asila and Mike’s ability to connect and build rapport with others creates a psychologically safe environment where leaders open up and comfortably share their experiences. Their ability to see people as individuals and meet them where they are accelerates growth and learning. Their commitment to cultivating leaders who effectively communicate and create diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams is the foundation for this workshop.

    Mike is a leadership and certified career coach with a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    Mike is a versatile, collaborative, results-driven coach known for building relationships and his straight-talk approach. Mike has successfully coached leaders from the C-Suite and Global Sales Executives to new managers.

    Asila is an ICF credentialed leadership coach and a certified inclusion coach (CIC) whose business and executive coaching practice focuses on partnering with new leaders, emerging leaders, and executives who are ready for change. Asila has a direct yet supportive style that facilitates self-discovery and growth in her clients. Asila is recognized as a coach who deeply listens to what her clients say - and do not say, inquiring about what she’s sensing while offering a different perspective.



    Social Media:

    Twitter: @MikeBrownHR

    IG - @calhouncoachingconsulting

    Facebook - @calhouncoaching

    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Prestonwood Country Club, Cary NC

    Dr. Brenda Powell Wells has been a college professor for almost 30 years.  In that time, she has taught thousands of students and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funding.  In her presentation, she will explain exactly what happens when you donate money for a scholarship and how that money is ultimately used.  We’ll cover the rising cost of education, the rising level of student loan debt, and how even a small scholarship can have a big impact on a college student.  A scholarship donor herself, Brenda will talk about the tangible and intangible benefits of becoming a scholarship donor in higher education.

    In this session, participants will learn:

    • The impact scholarship funding makes in a student's life. We could touch on rising student debt and how funding is fundamental to students' completion of their programs.
    • The impact higher education makes on a woman's career and quality of life. Furthermore, how the scholarship impacts one's resume and job placement in life.
    • Why one should contribute and how their impact is an investment in a student's academic well-being. A scholarship investment reduces the student's financial barriers, helping them to focus more of their time and resources in studying and acquiring internships, rather than engaging in general part-time work.

    Speakers Bio:

    Brenda Powell Wells has spent over 30 years studying and teaching risk management and insurance.  She presently serves as the director of the East Carolina University (ECU) Risk Management and Insurance Program, where she is the Robert F. Bird Distinguished Professor of Risk Management and Insurance.  

    During her career she has taught numerous risk and insurance courses.  She has also supervised countless internships and independent study projects.  Brenda has a long history of forming, supporting, and mentoring student organizations and has a wide range of experience in public relations and fundraising.  To date she has raised a total of over $3 million in philanthropic funds in her career.   Brenda has published articles in numerous journals and periodicals, and has varied ongoing research interests including cannabis legalization and its impact on the insurance industry.




If you are unable to attend an event for which you have registered, you must notify the Logistics Chair by emailing at least 48 hours before the start of the event with one of the following choices:

  1. Move the registration to the next BPW event (note that each registration fee may be moved only once);
  2. Transfer the registration to another member or guest to attend instead;
  3. Donate the registration fee to the BPW Scholarship Fund; or
  4. Refund the registration fee, less a $5 processing fee.

By attending this event you acknowledge and understand that photographs and video may be taken during the event and acknowledge and understand that you hereby grant Business & Professional Women's Organization a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free right to use your image or likeness for any lawful purpose relating to marketing of future events, in any media, without right of prior approval of the use.

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