Cultural Intelligence unit

Impacting Individuals for the Empowerment of All

Impact Foundry has launched an initiative to address the adverse impacts of systemic racism and the overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination and disadvantage.

Through our series of trainings, workshops, and webinars, our team of experts will facilitate and guide crucial conversations with you, and your team which will help to strengthen your organization, and build capacity. You will learn to explore, discuss, and gain greater understanding of other cultures, and how to interact, in safe and compassionate spaces.

Topics will include, but are not be limited to: DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), Cultural Responsiveness, Cultural Identity, Racism, Anti-Racism, Unconscious/Implicit Bias, and Allyship.

Cultural Intelligence Series I – 2022


Tue, 3/15 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Intro to Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence or Cultural Quotient (CQ) is having the capacity to relate and work effectively with different groups of people, and across cultures (including Big-C “Culture” and little-c “culture”). Cultural intelligence goes beyond cultural awareness and political correctness. It articulates the core competencies and skill sets necessary for true diversity and inclusion within your organization. It provides tools to help develop your leaders and team members and give them a firm foundation in the understanding of CQ. This module will examine the various elements of cultural intelligence and how to operationalize it in an organization.

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Tues, 4/19 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Developing Language of CI – Building a Living Glossary

Understanding diversity, equity and inclusion in the post-2020 world requires a new language, and a new vocabulary communicated through the lens of cultural intelligence. This language reflects a judgment-free perspective which serves to bring different groups of people together through common understanding, and appreciation of the lived experience of others. This module will educate the participants on the common language of DEI to create common understanding, and common connections among divergent groups of people within an organization.

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Tue, 5/17 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Understanding Implicit Bias Through the Lens of CI

All human beings operate with varying degrees of implicit bias. Implicit bias are unintended preferences of people which have the ability to adversely impact the effective operations of any organization. This module will explore the various types of implicit bias, micro-behaviors, and the proper ways to address, and resolve issues that arise from this mindset.

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Tue, 6/21 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

How to Create Sustainable Change

High performing organizations are not only focusing on the diversity of its workforce, but also on how that workforce reflects a culture of equity and inclusion. Inclusion addresses how well the organization shares power, access, and resources within all elements of the workforce- particularly those elements which represent marginalized and/or underrepresented groups of the organization. This module will discuss effective ways in which organizations may become more inclusive.

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Tue, 7/19 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Managing Conflict Through the Lens of Equity

When organizations commence the DEI journey of transformation, there will be conflict and communication “breakdowns”. You will face barriers on the journey to creating an inclusive organization. This module supports people and organizations in managing expectations for success and provides tools and resources for navigating conflict with individuals, and groups of people and organizations.

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Tue, 8/16 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations

Despite technological advances of our modern civilization, humans have an even greater challenge than ever before for maintaining effective communication. In this training module, you will learn new skills to create greater connectivity and meaningful collaboration among team members. We will address and provide tools for how to effectively communicate with others utilizing understanding and awareness, and how to navigate difficult, but crucial topics and conversations through the lens of emotional and cultural intelligence.

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Tue, 9/20 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Panel

This module will bring together a panel of subject matter experts to share practical experiences about the journey of organizational transformation. The panel members will share successes, setbacks, and other experiences they’ve encountered on the DEI journey. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with these experts to gain practical wisdom on the keys to implementing a successful DEI program.

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Additional Elements of the Program

  • Evaluation of each learning module
  • Pre and post surveys for the participants
  • DEI reading list
  • Lunch and Learn networking opportunities for senior & mid-level leadership

Cultural Intelligence Unit Series II – WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH GENDER IDENTITY AND PRONOUNS? – 2022

Gender identity and pronoun training has gained prominence to raise awareness around respect and equity challenges in organizations among staff and volunteers. In this three-part series, What’s the Deal with Gender Identity and Pronouns? We discuss the many facets of gender identity, the use of pronouns, identifying gender bias in the workplace, and how we can advance belonging amongst staff, volunteers and within your organizations.


Wed, 7/28 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

History and Intro to Gender Pronouns

In the 1st of 3 modules, we will explore the historical context of gender and the development of gender bias, and gender identity in culture and technology. Also, we will learn about how to practice gender pronouns and gender-neutral pronouns while addressing the fundamental impact of gender bias.

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Wed, 8/25 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Importance of Language/Advancing Equity in the Workforce

This 2nd module will examine the importance of gender pronouns and the use of language to reduce implicit bias and help to create equity in the workforce. Through current trends and examples, we will review the ways in which gender bias is masked in technology, organizational policies, marketing and communications, and donor relations.

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Wed, 9/22 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Reducing Bias Around Gender

We conclude this 3-part series by utilizing lessons from the first 2 modules. We will review participants’ understanding of gender identity, history, use of pronouns, and language as it all relates to equity in the workforce, thus reducing gender bias.

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