The Courage to Forge New Paths

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March 26, 2020 - March 26, 2020
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Virtual via Zoom
Today, amidst the current health and economic crisis, we are living with a heightened sense of uncertainty. We may feel pulled between the need for self-preservation and the need for showing up as the best, most courageous version of ourselves.
Often times moments of difficulty can be the calling to create new paths of working and being that are more inclusive and in greater service to humanity. Hearing stories of others who have had to navigate the path of uncertainty under different circumstances can offer us insights and inspiration to be more courageous and forge new paths of inclusion in our current environment.
Join us for a courageous conversation with Trace Ballard from the CIA who will share with us ways to forge new paths through courage and inclusion.
AWE invites you to join us virtually next Thursday, March 26th


8:15 am – 8:30 am Login & Setup
8:30 am – 9:15 am Conversation with Trace Ballard
9:15am – Conversation followed by Q&A
Price: $40.00
Location: Zoom

Included with registration:

– Access to this video for 60 days
– Extended Q&A with Trace Ballard and team AWE

How To Join This Virtual Conversation

  • Download Zoom in preparation of call
  • You will receive a Zoom link the day before the session start time from, Alex ( with details and guide
  • Join the call 5 minutes before start time to ensure proper connection


Collaboration and Teamwork and Drives Engagement

The topics are always very engaging and thought-provoking and the presenters are always top-notch!
‐ Breakfast Attendee

Spring Monthly Breakfast Sponsors

CVS Health is our Presenting Sponsor for this Breakfast event

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Meet Trace Ballard

Trace Ballard has been with the Central Intelligence Agency since 1985, serving multiple directorates and is currently serving as the LGBT Outreach Program Manager.  Ms. Ballad was the first openly gay officer at the CIA, coming out to agency management and security in 1988, at a time when federal law precluded openly gay Americans from receiving or holding security clearances.

Ms. Ballard is the founder of the Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Officers and Allies (ANGLE); and has been an advocate for workplace equity and inclusion for most of her career.  She held the position of chair and/or co-chair for 20 years and now serves as an advisor to the ANGLE leadership team.

Meet Your Host - Kevin Matta


Kevin Matta, 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.

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