In this conversation you will learn about how organizational culture impacts the well-being of employees and how our lived experiences, especially as people of color, matter.
Hasan Rafiq is the VP – Organizational Development Center of Excellence at Newsela. He brings over 15 years of global experience in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), learning and organizational development, Human Resources (HR) transformation, and leadership development. He has a deep commitment to innovation and has built systems and tools that drive greater equity within organizations. For this work, he was awarded the 2019 DEI Innovator of the Year award by Great Places to Work.
Prior to Newsela, Hasan served as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader for the COO at Meta. During his tenure, he led the Coaching for Inclusion program to accelerate the global team’s inclusive leadership capability and led the design of pilot experiences for product teams and leaders to understand the power of design thinking and incorporate inclusion into product design.
Prior to Meta, Hasan worked his way up through HR functions at Ernst & Young (EY) before moving into DEIB-focused global leadership roles and ultimately serving three years as the Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Leader for the US. In this role, his work impacted 15K+ employees across 29 offices. In his earlier role at EY, as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Middle East North Africa (6000+ people, 200+ nationalities), he launched EY’s first Women’s Professional Network in the region. He also led the design and global deployment of HR Business Partner inclusion development training to accelerate inclusion and bias mitigation in talent processes.
Hasan is a Professional Certified Coach and is the founder of Coaching for Inclusion practice for C-suite executives and senior leaders.
00:00 – Welcome
00:12 – Program
00:41 – Thanks to volunteers and supporters
01:02 – The Mentoring Club’s social media channels
01:21 – About The Mentoring Club
04:37 – Hasan Rafiq introduction
07:48 – Enabling an Inclusive Workplace Culture / Agenda
09:29 – “Most of the exclusion that happens is not intentional.”
11:39 – Inclusion is a topic born out of necessity
14:08 – “There is difference everywhere.”
15:01 – “We have just discovered how to be inclusive.”
16:20 – “This is the long journey.”
17:28 – Audience participation – describe diversity
18:20 – Audience participation – describe inclusion
21:21 – Audience participation – describe belonging
23:39 – Definitions – Diversity Inclusion and Belonging
24:39 – Example of communication style difference leading to exclusion
26:57 – Mutual adaptability and trust
28:31 – Building trust / not listening
29:56 – Neuroscience study #1
31:07 – Neuroscience study #2
33:03 – Inclusive leadership
40:36 – Enabling an inclusive culture through disruption
44:19 – The Mentoring Club announcements
52:22 – Thanks and bye!
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