EMBRACE Webinars

The EMBRACE webinar series emboldens, educates and nurtures employees, member cities, business and community organizations to embrace differences and encourage belonging by fostering relationships to advocate community engagement, equity and inclusion for the betterment of all.

Are you ready to listen, learn and discuss ways to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in your city?

View  a list of and register for an upcoming one-hour training session.

Past EMBRACE Webinars:

Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion through Transformational Leadership. 
November 3, 2023

In the October 2023 EMBRACE webinar, Bill Tanks, the Agency Executive Director of Public Services, Equity and Inclusion for the City of Powder Springs, shares his insights on transformational leadership.

Building a Successful Inclusion Program 
October 24, 2023

In the September 2023 EMBRACE webinar, Renae Jackson, Equity and Engagement Manager with the City of Decatur, talks about how to build a sustainable program that promote inclusion within the city government.

Inclusive Leadership: Nurturing Inclusive Climate 
May 24, 2023

In this webinar, participants will learn that simply throwing a mix of people together doesn't guarantee high performance; rather, it requires "inclusive leadership" that assures all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, valued, have a sense that they belong, and are confident and inspired.

Certified City of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Certification Program 
January 18, 2023

In this January 18, 2023, EMBRACE webinar, Alexandra Campos Castillo, Program Manager of Georgia City Solutions, introduced Georgia City Solutions’ new city certification program: Certified City of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, a program designed to recognize cities that adopt policies and practices that promote equity and inclusion within their municipal government and community.

Intentional Equity & Inclusion in Economic Development 
December 15, 2022

In this December 13, 2022, EMBRACE webinar, Chris Pike with Urban Pulse addressed how cities can be intentional in developing and implementing equitable economic development strategies that grow quality jobs and increases entrepreneurship, ownership, and wealth for all members in the community.

Improving the Workplace by having Courageous Conversations 
October 25, 2022

In this October 18, 2022, EMBRACE webinar, Bill Tank, Director of Public Services, Equity and Inclusion for the City of Powder Springs, discussed the concept of "courageous conversations" and what it takes to have those conversations in the workplace.

South Fulton Fire and Rescue's Camp EMBERS 
August 17, 2022

The August 16, 2022, EMBRACE webinar featured Captain Tangela Rowe with the City of South Fulton's Fire and Rescue Department. Capt. Rowe discussed the department's Camp EMBERS, a fire leadership program for girls.

Daring and Inclusive Leadership 
July 19, 2022

In this EMBRACE webinar, Pearl Alexander, Executive Director of Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement at Georgia Tech, discussed ow leaders can identify new ways of leading that will support, attract and retaining diverse and talented professionals.

Shifting Priorities: Addressing Wealth Inequities to Building Community Wealth 
June 21, 2022

In this June 21, 2022, EMBRACE webinar, Ashaunda' Davis discussed the wealth divide in Georgia and how by shifting priorities communities can increase economic empowerment, equity, and inclusion.

Canton's Roadmap for Inclusive Economic Growth 
May 17, 2022

Canton's Roadmap for Success is a strategy that reviews all city decisions through the lenses of eight tenets for success. Included in these are goals to engage the city's diverse population, assist small businesses with succeeding in the regional economy, and creating great neighborhoods. City Manager Billy Peppers provided an overview of the city's efforts during the May 17, 2022, EMBRACE webinar.

A Guide to Workforce Relevance 
April 19, 2022

The April 19, 2022, EMBRACE webinar featured Teaa Allston-Bing, HR Director for the City of Douglasville. In it she provides insight into the art and science of upskilling, the importance of investing in yourself, and remaining relevant in the workforce.

Inclusive Leadership and Local Government 
March 15, 2022

As our communities and organizations become more culturally diverse, today’s leaders must transform into a more inclusive leadership style. In this March 15, 2022, EMBRACE webinar, Covington City Manager Scott Andrews discusses his city's effort to champion inclusive leadership to foster a stronger city government and community.

Workplace Culture and Emotional Intelligence 
December 30, 2021

This January 30, 2021, webinar, which was part of GMA's Talk It Up Thursday series, features Freddie Broome, GMA's Director of Equity and Inclusion. In it, he examined the techniques of teaching diversity while integrating emotional intelligence practices to help employees understand their emotions and the emotions of others to create an inclusive workplace.

Understanding Hate Crimes and How They Impact Communities 
November 16, 2021

In this November 16, 2021, EMBRACE webinar, Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman, Vice President, Southern Division, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), discussed what a hate crime is, the importance of comprehensive hate crimes laws, data on hate crimes and the importance of reporting, who perpetrates hate crimes, and what can be done to address it in our communities. 

Diversity, Dialogue & Exchange: African American Women in Enterprise 
October 19, 2021

Shellee Mitchell with the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was the presenter for the October 21, 2021, EMBRACE webinar. She discussed AACUC's "1-to-1 Woman Mentoring Program" which addresses the stigmas of racism and feminism by pairing together women from diverse cultures to learn from each other about the barriers that stoke blind spots, which in turn hinder social and economic development.   

Value-Based Messaging 
September 21, 2021

In this September 21, 2021, EMBRACE webinar, Bambie Haynes-Brown with Georgia ACT, reviewed the components of value-based messaging to stakeholders, storytelling, story mapping, understanding your audience, framing, and equity. 

August 17, 2021

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal and non-verbal exchanges, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (e.g., race/ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion). In this August 17, 2021, EMBRACE webinar, Johnny Knatt helped participants define and describe microaggressions, understand how microaggressions impact individuals and workplace environments, and reviewed response and intervention strategies.

Managing Bias in the Workplace 
June 8, 2021

During the June, 8, 2021, EMBRACE webinar, Erin Beacham, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Deputy Regional Director, Southern Division, discussed various forms of bias, its potential impact on people and how individuals can identify ways to address biases in themselves and others. She also reviewed ADL’s Pyramid of Hate, which shows how complex biased behaviors grow from the bottom to the top.