D&I: Wellness Matters: Reducing Diversity Fatigue
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When: 11/15/19
8:00 AM -12:00 PM
Where: Improve Consulting & Training Group
1667 East 40th
Suite 1A
Cleveland 44103
Contact: Admin Director

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D&I: Wellness Matters: Reducing Diversity Fatigue

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Event Description:
This program is directed to assisting HR and other business professionals in navigating difficult conversations most professionals have on a daily basis. Often conversations about diversity or even conversations with someone of a different culture, ethnicity or ideology can be taxing on HR professionals. It is important for professionals to have the skills and abilities to navigate challenging conversations and diverse workforces both ethically and appropriately.  But it is equally important for professionals to have the coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques needed to deal with the potential internalization of these stressful moments and conversations.

This session will focus on both aspects by giving attendees a culturally competent approach to incorporate cultural awareness elements. It will also focus on the impact of personal wellness in dealing with such conversations in efforts to help attendees avoid burn out and emotional fatigue. The session will be facilitated in small groups that include interpersonal communication regarding intersections of Age/Race/Gender, Conflict Management, Stress Management, Health and Wellness, Cultural Competencies as well as fatigue and burnout.

Adele DiMarco Kious, Founder of Yinovate
Margarita Diaz, Manager, Health Equity Initiatives, Metro Health System
Jejuana Brown, Program Manager, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Rhonda Sharpley, Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach, Freshly Rooted LLC.
Rashida VanLeer, Owner & Certified Personal Trainer, Iron Koi

This program has been approved for 2.5 recertification credit hour for SHRM and HRCI.

Event Information:
Registration, Breakfast & Networking- 8:00 AM
Program- 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Improve Consulting
1667 East 40th Street, Suites 2E & 2G
Cleveland, OH 44103


Speaker Information:

Adele DiMarco Kious, MA, MBA: Adele is the founder and lead steward of Yinovate, LLC and producer of The Adele Report, a weekly podcast and on-line TV series (launching May 2017).  Her passion is igniting and fanning the flames of the entrepreneurial spirit in people who are leading change.   As a master coach and facilitator, her strength is working with groups, supporting them to lead transformational change within themselves and the communities and organizations they serve.  Using frameworks and processes grounded in Systems Theory, Emotional Intelligence, Gestalt theory, Anthropology, Positive Psychology, Racial Equity and Appreciative Inquiry, these projects range from inspirational speaking engagements, to facilitating team-led culture change, to the design and delivery of leadership development experiences.  She has co-launched three social change initiatives in Greater Cleveland: SOMO (Social-Emotional) Leadership; Prism, a leadership dialogue series on race, power and privilege; and City Repair, a neighbor-led empowerment, community-building and beautification process that’s committed to creating Commons in every neighborhood.  In 2013, she helped open Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights, Greater Cleveland’s first Waldorf inspired pre- and grade school where she currently serves as board president. Through her work and that with sister firm, Currere, Inc., her clients have included The Cleveland Leadership Center, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, YWCA Greater Cleveland, The Gund Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, The Cleveland Clinic, Summit Health System, Planned Parenthood, Cleveland MetroParks, The City of Cleveland, Cleveland State University (both law and business schools), Breakthrough Schools, Council of Small Enterprise, Voices for Ohio’s Children, Neighborhood Connections, Connections Health-Wellness-Advocacy and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.  Adele has bachelor degrees in Biology and Anthropology, master degrees in Business and Anthropology and has completed extensive training with the Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development and the Center for Positive Psychology.  In 2017, she became a certified Life Mastery Consultant and DreamBuilding® Coach through the Life Mastery Institute of Los Angeles, California.  Her current focus is to ignite and fan the flame of the entrepreneurial spirit in Northeast Ohio with faith this shall grow the Beloved, Abundant Community locally and across the country. She lives in the Forest Hill neighborhood of East Cleveland with her partner Chris, their seven-year old son Cahlel and two cats Percy & Pickles.


Jejuana C. Brown is a Program Manager with the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). She is responsible for diversity programming & events including the annual Inclusion Conference. Prior to joining GCP, Jejuana managed strategic projects for the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University. She has a Bachelor of Nonprofit Administration, a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Development and a graduate certificate in diversity management from Cleveland State University.  An active community member, Jejuana also serves on the board and executive committee of the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center. 


Margarita Diaz is the Manager of Health Equity Initiatives in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at The MetroHealth System where she develops and promotes system initiatives and community partnerships to proactively and strategically address health disparities with a focus on underserved and underrepresented communities. She drives a cultural competency model of health care and her work is based on accrediting bodies such as National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards, Health Equity Pledge, Human Rights Campaign, Office of Minority Health and others. Her platform includes Implicit and Explicit Bias, Race, Ethnicity and Language, LGBTQ Health, Inclusive Leadership and much more providing consultative and collaborative partnerships to promote a culture of Inclusion and Diversity with a clinical lens towards health equity.  She is a licensed Cook Ross Unconscious Bias trainer and is a core member of Action Team 1, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for First Year Cleveland-eliminating structural racism to reduce infant mortality for African Americans.  She was recognized in Phenomenal Women Magazine for her equity work in December 2018.

Margarita earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio 1998.  In 2018, she completed a Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in Executive Leadership.

Rhonda Sharpley, Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach, has 40 plus years' experience in the food, health and wellness industry. She received her Certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She has served on numerous boards throughout her career including the Cleveland Child Care and Early Learning Center. She practices a good, better, best model emphasizing not settling for good, until good becomes better and better becomes best!



Cleveland SHRM is committed to the full inclusion of all its members. As part of this commitment starting January 2017, CSHRM will make every attempt to ensure that all members with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate to the highest degree possible in all CSHRM activities. Accommodations will be provided to CSHRM members through collaborative efforts with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, local non-profits, and other community organizations to acquire accommodations that are being provided to CSHRM members.

To request an accommodation for a workshop or CSHRM activity, please contact the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator below.

Katti Sorboro
Email: ksorboro@me.com
Text: 330.990.3046