Webinar: Keep it Simple: A Minimalist's Guide to Talking About Race

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February 23, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Unfortunately, talking intelligently about race has been overrun by academia -- folks with many degrees, a college or university platform, and publications in traditionally acclaimed journals and books. As academics continue the important work of advancing knowledge about race and systemic oppression, such approaches can repel the very audiences who are seeking simple language to describe very complex lived experiences. Coaches, in varied environments such as leadership, health and career domains, also need to be comfortable discussing these topics in ways that support their own learning, their client's specific context and the goals of the engagement. In this highly interactive session, Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold will provide tips for a minimalist approach to talking about race, racism, anti-racism, systemic oppression, and its inherent intersections as a coach.

Speaker: Shaunna Payne Gold


Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold (she/her/hers) is the Founder & Owner of Gold Enterprises, LLC an independent, 100% woman- and minority-owned consulting firm founded in 2016 which provides inclusive strategic planning, educational sessions, executive coaching, and facilitation services for aspiring multicultural and anti-racist organizations that value everyone, capitalize on cognitive diversity, while being profitable and philanthropic. Dr. Gold's most recent post was the Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at Towson University near Baltimore, MD. She brings 24 years of experience in DEI strategic planning, facilitation, Multicultural Organizational Development, Intergroup Dialogue, Truth & Racial Healing Circles TM, and project management. Dr. Gold was recently honored as a 2020 Leader in Diversity by the Baltimore Business Journal and the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for Towson University in 2020 and 2021. Dr. Gold holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University, a Master of Divinity in Campus Ministry from Eastern Mennonite University, and a Doctor of Education from The George Washington University. She is a first-generation college student, originally from Altavista in Southern Virginia.