Part 2: Agile Meets Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

by Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Melanie Coffee , Trenton Merideth, Sr., Jyl Feliciano

October 8, 2020

In this session, we explore how the values of Scrum can guide us in creating more diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in organizations. In the second session of this two-part series, we focus on making the business case for the integration of DEI practices, and discuss how the Five Values of Scrum: Commitment, Courage, Focus, Openness, and Respect can also guide us in creating more DEI on agile teams and across the organization. Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. facilitates the session featuring a panel of thought leaders who will share their own experience, expertise, and guidance. We explore how agile teams can be models for DEI, and aim to discover how we can translate good intentions into better business practices and work experiences so that everyone can leverage the benefits of agility and help transform the world of work. Viewers will learn: • Why improving DEI helps elevate team performance and boost business results • How the fundamental values of Scrum align with those of DEI • How privilege and unconscious bias can impede team performance • Best practices and strategies agile experts and DEI professionals are implementing. This session is valid for 2 SEUs.



Author(s)

Pamela Meyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Pamela Meyer is the author of four books on agility, innovation, and learning, including The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams and Organizations, and is a Certified ScrumMaster®. Through her in-depth research and expertise in understanding how adults learn to innovate and improvise, along with two decades of working with Fortune Fortune 50 to 500 companies, Meyer helps business leaders implement best agility practices to drive results. In addition to her work with organizations, Pamela Meyer teaches courses in business innovation, organizational change, and adult learning at DePaul University in Chicago.

Melanie Coffee

Melanie Coffee is a communications expert with more than 20 years of journalism experience. Through effective storytelling and community building, she helps brands bring significant awareness to increase the value of a product or service and she helps organizations elevate the global conversation around key social issues. A longtime diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate, Melanie has hosted numerous training workshops on inclusive leadership, diversity and effective communication for professionals across various industries including legal, media and technology. Her natural curiosity and passion for collaborative, effective change led her to the world of Agile 10 years ago, where she is a Certified Scrum Master, who is continually learning and honing her craft as getting better is never done.

Trenton Merideth, Sr.

Trenton is an experienced project manager with expertise in project planning, project/product life cycle management, budget development & management, and process re-design. He has worked in the pharmaceutical, consumer, management consultant, and health care industries. Trenton brings value to organizations through his ability to manage large, complex projects & teams, effectively communicate with team members, executive leaders & global leaders, drive revenue and market share, and launch projects on or before their projected launch dates.

Jyl Feliciano

Jyl Feliciano is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition at Advocate Aurora Health, and brings a background in preparing companies for the Future of Work within human resources, operational engineering, education, and organizational inclusion coaching. Jyl has 10 years of experience in re-energizing and elevating D&I operating models by developing equitable sourcing, selection, and retention strategies with a focus on coaching leaders to lead with an inclusive lens and adopt innovative tactics rooted in marketplace data analytics, to successfully integrate equity and inclusion into each phase of the employee life-cycle. Jyl has successfully led Global Inclusion Programs across the finance, technology, and consumer products industries by challenging leaders to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership.

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