Recent social and racial injustice protests in the U.S. have spurred conversations about racism and discrimination. Debra Nelson, president of Elevate Communications, says some people do or say hurtful things because they are unaware of their own biases. To address this issue, Elevate Communications offers an interactive training program called Raising Consciousness About Unconscious Bias.
The virtual training provides timely discussion about implicit bias, including how to identify micro-aggressions, and strategies to circumvent bias in behaviors, relationships, and decision-making. “We are addressing a real time need in our society right now,” Nelson said.
While people likely know their prejudices and preferences, Nelson feels most are unaware of social and cultural conditioning on their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. “The first step is willingness to recognize that unconscious bias can show up in ways we don’t expect, know about or see,” she said.
Nelson’s work as a trainer began at her mother’s kitchen table where she played school with her two younger brothers, teaching them from her fifth-grade textbooks. Her desire to pursue a teaching career was sidetracked when she became a corporate executive. After leading diversity and communication initiatives in media, higher education, construction, automotive manufacturing and marketing, Nelson decided to return to her first love, teaching.
Today Nelson provides training to employees at corporations, universities, and associations. “We want to help people become more comfortable addressing sensitive topics. At the same time, we care to encourage inclusive behaviors that enhance team morale, productivity, and innovation in the workplace,” said Nelson. “Raising Consciousness About Unconscious Bias creates thoughtful conversations about difficult topics. What I know is most people want to be better, not just for themselves, but for their co-workers and employers. We can help them,” she said.
Elevate Communications also offers customized training webinars on inclusion, diversity, emotional intelligence, and leadership development. For more information or to schedule a webinar, visit www.elevatellc.co or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Debra Nelson is an experienced communication and diversity and inclusion professional, having held executive positions at Mercedes-Benz companies, DaimlerChrysler and MGM Resorts International, where she oversaw and implemented diversity and inclusion initiatives and related training programs. Prior to founding Elevate Communications she led corporate communications at Brasfield & Gorrie. She is the former board chair of the Urban Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, and she has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading diversity and inclusion practitioners by Black Enterprise, DiversityInc, and Savoy magazines.
Elevate Communications is a professional development and communication services firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm offers customized training, consulting, coaching, and communication services. Its mission is to help individuals and companies achieve their highest aspirations.