Inclusive Leader – 2020

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November 05, 2020 - January 21, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Note times are listed in EST

In today’s highly uncertain, fast-paced, diverse and constantly changing environment, it takes a new type of leader to thrive and succeed. This program is designed using the framework and methodology of the Human Lens of Leadership.

Through this virtual experience, AWE uses exploration, interactive discussions and skill-building work to allow participants to leverage the necessary leadership strategies and perspectives needed to intentionally create an inclusive and agile culture where their teams are deeply engaged, collaborative and responsive to changing dynamics.

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:

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

Develop a deeper awareness of the importance and challenges of authentic people-centric leadership, delving deeper into two core competencies of emotional intelligence; self-awareness and social-awareness.
Cultivate a leader’s mindset through the lens of inclusion and 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.
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:

November 5th & 19th – December 3rd & 17th – January 7th & 21st

 Zoom Format, 1:00pm – 3:30pm EST


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


Participation includes attending virtual spotlight events, the AWE Conference experience, and engaging with your cohort through online discussion forums.

Meet Kevin Matta

Kevin Matta (he/him/his) is the Director of Client Engagement & Inclusion at AWE (Advancing Workplace Excellence). Kevin is a diversity and inclusion practitioner and has over 15 years of service in the non-profit, healthcare, and financial industries. Kevin brings a focus on client success and human engagement to AWE through his dynamic background of roles, expertise and ability to make connections.

Kevin serves as chair and director of Diversity and Inclusion for Society for Humans Resources (SHRM) of Rhode Island, is on the board of directors for DAIP (Diversity and Inclusion Professionals), and supports the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island communications committee.

Meet Antoinette Gomes

Antoinette Gomes (she/her/hers) is a Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner with AWE. Antoinette joins AWE after previously serving as a higher educational professional over the course of three decades which culminated in her position as director of the Unity Center in the division for Community, Equity, and Diversity at Rhode Island College (RIC). She received the Presidential Medal honoring her service to the college and collaborated with the RIC Foundation to establish the Unity Center Campus Fund designed to support the ongoing work of diversity, inclusion, and equity by fostering a community of dialogue, understanding, and action.

She is a founding director of the Southside Elementary School Charter School in Providence, a proud graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a small business owner.

Meet Tejal Tarro

Tejal Tarro (she/her/hers) is Co-Creator and Chief Services Officer (CSO) of AWE, Advancing Workplace Excellence, a female-owned organization dedicated to expanding human potential in the workplace through tailored learning experiences.  As CSO, Tejal creates uniquely evolutionary learning experiences for corporations and individuals across all levels.  Tejal also leads the operations within AWE to provide the best possible client value and service.

Tejal has over 25 years of organization development, change management, and business consulting experience in several industries, including health care, retail, manufacturing, and high tech/information management.  She has been in management consulting in large global strategy consulting firms and has led several large-scale change initiatives.  In working with clients, Tejal is known for her authenticity, empathetic listening and a deep understanding of human challenges in the workplace.  Tejal is also an avid practitioner of mindfulness, which allows her to approach her work with a sense of awareness and inclusion.

While pursuing her career, Tejal has volunteered her time and expertise to affect change in women’s advancement and childhood literacy, mostly in the role of designing and leading implementation of new innovative programs. She served as the RI Delegate for Vision 2020, which focuses on the advancement of women in the workforce. She also served as the Chair of the Rhode Island Commission on Women and Girls, where she led the effort to redesign the organization to better serve the needs of women and girls in Rhode Island. Tejal has a BS in Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in Strategy.


Inclusive Leaders 2020

Members get special pricing at checkout: $719.20 (20% off regular price)