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Building Bridges, Not Walls: Effective Communication in Difficult DEI Conversations

Building Bridges, Not Walls: Effective Communication in Difficult DEI Conversations

with Danielle Marshall

Tuesday, August 15

2:00 - 4:00 PM ET



The last few years have brought a new awareness of the need not only to focus on racial equity, but to begin normalizing race-based conversations in the workplace. Yet, many well-intentioned organizations are still missing the mark. This session will explore patterns that limit our ability to hold crucial conversations and provide a framework to support organizations in building the muscle to facilitate conversations, build community, and stay in conversation over time.


In this session, participants will:

  • Identify patterns that may inhibit meaningful race-based conversations
  • Apply a framework for courageous conversations
  • Analyze strategies to make conversations and collaborative efforts more inclusive



Danielle Marshall, Founder of Culture Principles, has worked in the nonprofit sector for 20+ years developing innovative programs that promote racial equity and social justice. She is a dynamic public speaker and facilitator who focuses on strengthening collaboration among teams, leaders, and stakeholders to foster problem-solving, create solutions, and improve culture.  Danielle finds inspiration in leading systemic change work that promotes equity and inclusion.

In response to a persistent need to move organizations beyond DEI statements to develop strategic and actionable equity goals, Danielle founded Culture Principles. As a Certified Diversity Professional and Executive Coach with a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, she draws on experience as an I/O psychologist in applying a racial equity lens to organizational policies, practices, and programs.



Registration Rates 
Each registration fee covers one participant.

MIE Subscribers: $125
Non-subscribers: $175

Special Board Member Rate Subscribers: $100
Special Board Member Rate Non-subscribers: $150

Group rate discount (MIE subscribers only): Five or more registrants from your organization: $75 each.

Contact Erica M. Szuplat, Administrative Assistant, MIE, with any questions regarding the group rate or technical difficulties while registering.

Click on the button at the top right to register now.
Registration Deadline: August 11.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topics, a recording will not be available later. 

Registration Information & Policies
Registration fees are non-refundable. MIE will provide a credit for the full amount of the registration fee, which may be used by any staff at your organization for any future MIE events (trainings, conferences, webinars) or MIE subscription payments. Credits do not expire. An event registration may be transferred to a colleague at the same program prior to the start of the event at no additional cost. Please notify MIE of substitutions as soon as possible. If a registration transfer is not practicable, credit will be provided instead. Registrants who do not cancel before the start of an event will not be credited, however, they will receive access to the event materials. 

If you need assistance during the registration process, please contact Erica M. Szuplat, Administrative Assistant, MIE, at  

For other questions, including accessibility accommodations, contact Jared Smith, Director of Programs, MIE, at

August 15th, 2023 from  2:00 PM to  4:00 PM
United States
Event Fee(s)
MIE Subscribers $125.00
Non-subscribers $175.00
Special Board Member Rate Subscribers $100.00
Special Board Member Rate Non-subscribers $150.00
Group Discount (MIE Subscribers only) Rate: 5 or more registrants, each $75.00