Did you know that one of the core values of Yoke and Abundance is Diversity and Inclusion? It’s not something I preach through my business, it’s something I plant and try to allow to “BLOOM” through my business. It’s my intention that Yoke and Abundance will be an organization that exemplifies Diversity and Inclusion through its actions, through it’s way of being in the world. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don’t, but I put a lot of thought and intentionality into what Yoke and Abundance is becoming and who has a seat at the table on the Yoke and Abundance platform. That’s why Yoke and Abundance is a sponsor of Social Design’s Bloom Inclusion conference that’s taking place tomorrow Friday September 21st.
Social Designs founder and Wise Woman Jada Monica Drew and her team chose the word “Bloom” inclusion because “it represents a season of flourishing after the planting season”. The Bloom team believes that “when people come together with a passion for healthy transformation, innovation, and creativity, growth is catalyzed on an individual and organizational level. Tomorrow I’m excited to get to be a Creativity Cultivator at the seminar. What does it mean to be a Creativity Cultivator? It means I’ll be talking to participants, observing, sharing experiences of the conference through social media, and taking copious notes throughout the day to share in a series of blog posts following the seminar.
This afternoon I met with Jada to do a run down of what she specifically needs from me, her creativity cultivator, during the conference tomorrow and I got to sit in with her team of presenters and her videographer. I was immediately struck by the immense intentionality that every team member possessed. Organically we started with an icebreaker of who we are, what our astrological sign is and the origin story of our names (I loved it so much you’ll want to look out for this as the icebreaker at the next wise women Wednesday Panel). The inspiration and connectedness I felt so quickly with everyone was certainly unique. I’m not a presenter tomorrow, but I felt very welcomed into this core team of facilitators. So welcomed I almost could of stayed for their whole meeting even though that wasn’t necessary. As an introvert it’s not often I go into a room of almost complete strangers and feel so instantly at ease. I think the thing that was different about this group is the intentionality they had in preparation. Everyone had come prepared and clear on their intentions for their time together as a team as well as for the conference tomorrow.
Isn’t that a fantastic reminder about how we should live our lives? If we’re clear on our intentions, others can feel them. What I felt this afternoon was included, inspired, and divinely lead to this very wise group. I’m excited to see what unfolds tomorrow with talks and workshops with titles like these…
“Charming the Elephant: Embracing Conversations Around Difference”
“Creating a Culture of Inclusion/Learning How to Form an Inclusion Team”
“Dialogue Principles/Communicating Across Difference”
“Spotting the Holes in Management that Promote and Prevent Inclusion”
These are just a few of the meaty topics on the table for tomorrow. I wish I could sit in on all of the sessions. I hope you’ll follow along with me tomorrow on Instagram, (handle @yokeandabundance) as I’ll be posting stories and quotes from the workshop. If you’re not registered for tomorrow and wondering how to get a seat at the table for the next conference head over to Social Designs, and register for their newsletter. The next Bloom Inclusion is october 3rd 2019, so mark your calendar and be sure to reserve your spot for next year.
What do you most want to know about Diversity and Inclusion?