Skill Level Beginner
- Today, more and more organizations are investing in efforts to foster inclusive environments. There is no shortage of studies to support that intentional efforts around inclusion can yield higher employee engagement, create a culture of innovation, and ultimately, impact an organization's bottom line. Hi, I'm Mary Frances Winters. And I am president and founder of the Winters Group Incorporated. For more than 35 years, we've been supporting leaders and organizations in their efforts to create transformative and sustainable solutions for equity and inclusion. One thing that I have learned over the years is that inclusion doesn't just happen. It takes work, it takes intention, and it takes skill. We call that skill cultural competence. Cultural competence refers to our ability to recognize, engage, and adapt across cultural differences. It refers to our ability to not only understand and bridge across other cultures but also understand our own culture, our own identity, our own world view, those values and influences that shape who we are and what we believe. Once you start your journey towards greater cultural competence and apply these concepts and practices to your workplace and life, you will be better positioned to develop cross-culturally enriching relationships and do your part in creating more equitable, inclusive environments. Won't you join me on the journey?