Championing Inclusive Leadership – 2021

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October 12, 2021 - December 07, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom

AWE brings our team’s core expertise and deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices to this exceptional Inclusive Leaders Series.

While workplaces may be moving in the right direction, changing mindsets, beliefs, and culture take time. AWE brings our team’s core expertise and deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices to this exceptional leadership series.

Recognizing the deep challenges, disruption and divisiveness people and organizations have been experiencing, this program is designed to support a leader’s journey to championing awareness, expand connectedness and focus on human-centric leadership practices needed to make substantial, and lasting shifts needed to shed biases, to impact real change and create transformational cultures of respect by embracing differences and benefits all.

AWE takes participants through six sessions anchored in framework of the Human Lens of Leadership. Each session creates a unique forum for deep exploration, interactive discussions, skill building work and reflection time that helps participants expand their understanding to personal and organizational barriers, as well as how unconscious biases show up in the workplace and within people. We look back to understand the roots and history, and look forward to embrace a new vision for championing change and leading with inclusion. We challenge what we (think) we know, test theories, share learnings to elevate and evolve thinking – from focus on awareness to focus on action – together we explore how to address inequities and identify solutions for building a stronger, more inclusive workplace.

AWE invites you to take this journey to expand, empower, embrace a bold and courageous call to leadership and to take action to foster inclusion and belonging.

The training was encouraging and really opened my eyes to ways to identify and how to act when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
‐ Inclusive Leader Series Participant

As a participant of this leadership series you will:

Develop a deeper awareness of the many constantly evolving facets of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Explore the root of why, what, and most importantly, how leadership competencies must change to be relationship-focused, introspective, and inclusive.

Expand understanding of personal and systemic barriers to inclusion including unconscious bias and how it can show up in the workplace as prejudice, micro-aggressions and other unfair treatment; power dynamics, privilege and structural barriers to inclusion in the workplace.

Strengthen leadership competencies of emotional intelligence; self-awareness and social-awareness.

Cultivate a leaders’s mindset through the lens of inclusion and learn how to demonstrate inclusive leadership behaviors and engage in inclusive communication.

Acquire knowledge for creating an inclusive culture, including understanding unconscious bias and how to have meaningful and inclusive conversations.

Championing Sustainable Change – enhance your capacity to lead sustainable change including leading yourself and others through transition.

Utilize assessments, assignments, and action planning to enhance your leadership capabilities through inclusion.

Dates for series:

  • October 12 – full day, in-person at United Way of Rhode Island, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • October 26 – virtual via Zoom, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • November 9 – virtual via Zoom, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • November 23 – virtual via Zoom, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • December 7 – half-day, in-person at United Way of Rhode Island, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm


This program is designed for managers, directors and others who have responsibilities for leading teams and/or departments within the organization.

Great presenters, materials, tools and sharing of stories that enabled me to better understand inclusion, diversity, equity. It made me self reflect and see a path forward to becoming a more inclusive leader/champion.
‐ Inclusive Leader Series Participant

Meet Kevin Matta (He/Him/His)

Director of Client Engagement & Inclusion and a rising to Partner at AWE, Kevin Matta brings an extensive understanding and focused attention to the human lenses of diversity, inclusion, equality and belonging. Working closely with clients, Kevin listens deeply, with empathy, to fully understand their challenges. Applying his insights and experience, Kevin works in partnership to help shape the journey to raise awareness, expand connectedness, and strengthen inclusive leadership practices.  He also brings a sharp focus on client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections.

A strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, Kevin brings both passion and experience to his role. Bilingual in Spanish-English, he has worked in the non-profit, healthcare, and financial service industries. He has a transformative effect on the numerous non-profit organizations he supports through his volunteer work including serving as Chair and Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Society for Humans Resources Management (SHRM) of Rhode Island;  DAIP (Diversity and Inclusion Professionals); and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.

Meet Antoinette Gomes (She/Her/Hers)

A deeply experienced leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion, Antoinette Gomes is a Senior Inclusion & Education Specialist

Antoinette unlocks the AWE Human Lens of Leadership helping individuals, teams and organizations leverage the necessary strategies and perspectives needed to intentionally create an inclusive culture.  She brings a deep appreciation, knowledge, understanding and knowledge of the value of differences in experiences, perspectives, thoughts and feelings that create inclusive, collaborative, and diverse environments.

Antoinette has been a thought leader serving as a higher educational professional as the director of the Unity Center in the division for Community, Equity, and Diversity at Rhode Island College (RIC). She received the RIC Presidential Medal honoring her service to the college and has been instrumental in establishing the Unity Center Campus Fund designed to support ongoing work on diversity and inclusion.

Meet Tejal Tarro (She/Her/Hers)

As AWE’s Co-Creator and Chief Services Officer (CSO), Tejal Tarro, is known for her authenticity, empathetic listening and a deep understanding of human challenges in the workplace. She is the creator of AWE’s unique services that are deeply intentional learning experiences anchored in being “evolution ready” through emotional agility, inclusive engagement and authentic influence. A practitioner of mindfulness combined with a deep passion and vision for creating equity and access for those who are marginalized in the workplace, Tejal approaches her work with a sense of awareness, enlightenment, belonging, and inclusion.

Tejal’s extensive experience includes the areas of organizational development, change management, facilitation and coaching. A deep commitment to accelerate women’s advancement, Tejal has served on the boards of Vision 2020 and RI Commission on Women. Additionally, she has serves as an ambassador for 10,000 Small Businesses supporting the needs of small business owners.

Tejal lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two teenage boys and her beloved dog, where in addition to juggling the constant chaos of being a working mother, she focuses on personal growth and self-care through yoga, meditation, research, writing and enjoying nature.