Jessica Diaz

Ph.D. Candidate , Division of Behavorial and Organizational Sciences , Claremont Graduate University 

Jessica Diaz is an organizational consultant and coach focused on leader development and employee experience. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in organizational behavior at Claremont Graduate University, where she researches leadership development, employee engagement, and organizational equity and inclusion. At CGU, she serves as the Director of Coaching for LeAD Labs and is an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. Outside of CGU, she is a Managing Partner at BCD, a public-sector consulting firm. Before earning her doctorate, Jessica spent over a decade focused on leader development and equity in the education sector, serving in a variety of roles including Managing Director of Leader Development for Teach for America.

1:45-3:15pm

Wednesday June 2

Risky Business: Leveraging Psychological Safety in the Pursuit of Workplace Equity

Recently, organizations across the globe have doubled down on their commitment to eradicate racism. However, many still lack the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make meaningful and long-term change. This workshop focuses on the role psychological safety plays in building an equitable and inclusive workplaceDefined as the feeling that a team or organization is safe for interpersonal risk taking, research suggests psychological safety is a key ingredient in ensuring both inclusive workplaces and successful DEI initiatives.  

In this session, you will:  

  • Discuss how subtle racism manifests in our organizations; 
  • Define psychological safety and its role in workplace equity; 
  • Describe what limits psychological safety for employees of color; 
  • Acquire strategies and tools for increasing psychological safety for employees of color; 
  • Explain the role of psychological safety in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work; and  
  • Examine ways of promoting psychological safety during DEI work.