Everyone has biases without exceptions. This course addresses those biases, gets at the heart of the matter of diversity and inclusion and endeavors to create true behavioral shifts to create a more diverse and inclusive industry through practical tools, exercises, and simulations. This course will take you beyond EEO compliance and the avoidance of lawsuits. It is our hope that ten years from now, these conversations will be irrelevant.
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- Define diversity and inclusion
- Describe the practical business case for diversity and inclusion
- Summarize various ways to identify your own biases – both conscious and unconscious
- List practical steps for you and your company to take to incorporate more diversity and inclusion in your organizations and on your projects
- Conduct simulation games for learning more about diversity and inclusion in a safe environment
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Brent Darnell earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1981 and began his own construction career. He was an MEP Coordinator and Senior Project Manager on complicated projects like the Brook Army Medical Center and housing for the 1996 Summer Olympic Village. Because of these first-hand experiences, Brent speaks with a deep understanding of his audience and the problems they commonly face. His passion is to transform the industry into one that is more collaborative, more relationship is driven, and more fun.
The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe and his clients include Skanska, Kiewit, Balfour Beatty, Clark, Manhattan, McCarthy, Heery, Beck, Barton Malow, Batson Cook, Granite, Brasfield & Gorrie, Jacobsen Construction, the AGC, ABC, DBIA, COAA, CMAA. He is also an adjunct professor at Auburn, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, teaching emotional intelligence and people skills to their technical students.