Race Matters: Courageous Conversations for Leaders Workshop Unveils Essential Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • June 3, 2024 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Collider

    1 Haywood Street
    Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Ticket Price $485.00-$650.00 This event is not available

Race Matters: Courageous Conversations for Leaders Workshop Unveils Essential Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leaders seeking to navigate the challenging terrain of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) will find valuable insights and tools in the "Race Matters: Courageous Conversations for Leaders" workshop, available on June 3, 2024.

In a world where effectively addressing racism, recognizing biases, and creating an inclusive work environment are critical leadership skills, this one-day intensive workshop provides a safe and collaborative space for leaders eager to enhance their communication on these crucial topics. Designed for those who may feel paralyzed or unsure about discussing racism, the workshop tackles the complexities of diversity-related terminology and explores the intersections of DEIB.

Facilitated by Asila Calhoun and Mike Brown, recognized DEIB and Environmental Justice (EJ) experts, participants will:

  • Gain foundational awareness and a common language for growth as leaders.
  • Learn effective responses to comments contrary to organizational values.
  • Incorporate inclusive language to foster open dialogue and feedback.
  • Cultivate awareness and action to help leaders reach their full potential.
  • Develop meaningful questions to initiate race-related conversations with employees.
  • Hone listening skills as leaders and allies.

The program delves into allyship skills through scenario practice, encouraging participants to lean into vulnerability and discomfort within a supportive environment. Time is allocated for reflection, allowing attendees to craft action plans for ongoing learning and development.

"We believe that creating a workplace environment founded on respect, collaboration, positivity, and belonging is key to organizational success. This workshop equips leaders with essential tools to communicate effectively, identify challenges, expand partnerships, and improve relationships," said Liz Tarquin, CEO, CASE Consultants, who will host the event at The Collider in downtown Asheville. 

The workshop will be held on June 3 from 9:00a to 4:30p.

For more information or to register, visit 

Registration Page

 or contact Veronica Crane-Lindsey, The Collider/CASE Events Director at 


 or 1-828-CLI-MATE (828-254-6283).

About The Facilitators:

Together, Mike Brown and Asila Calhoun have over 60 years of Human Resources experience, over 50 years of DEI experience, 45+ years of Leadership Development and over 15 years of Leadership Coaching experience.

Their mutual respect for one another and their experience of collaborating on a shared vision drew them to partner together to deliver leadership and diversity training.  Asila and Mike’s ability to connect and build rapport with others creates a psychologically safe environment where leaders open up and comfortably share their experiences. Their ability to see people as individuals and meet them where they are accelerates growth and learning.  Their commitment to cultivating leaders who effectively communicate and create diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams is the foundation for this workshop.

Mike is a leadership and certified career coach with a passion for DEI. Mike is a versatile, collaborative, results-driven coach known for building relationships and his straight-talk approach. Mike has successfully coached leaders from the C-Suite and Global Sales Executives to new managers in over 5 continents.

Asila is an ICF credentialed leadership coach and a certified inclusion coach 

whose business and executive coaching practice focuses on partnering with new leaders, emerging leaders, and executives who are ready for change. Asila has a direct yet supportive style that facilitates self-discovery and growth in her clients. Asila is recognized as a coach who deeply listens to what her clients say - and do not say, inquiring about what she’s sensing while offering a different perspective. 

About The Collider:

Situated at One Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, The Collider offers Class A/A+ event, co-working, and office facilities within a LEED V4 certified space. With a theater accommodating up to 200 people, multiple conference and breakout rooms, and the scenic Overlook Lounge offering Blue Ridge Mountain views, our space creates unique opportunities for engagement, collaboration, and ideation at the intersection of climate science and business sustainability, resilience, and adaptability. Committed to driving positive change, The Collider provides a platform for meaningful conversations and initiatives that shape a resilient and sustainable future. 

Date & Time

Mon, Jun 3, 2024 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Venue Details

The Collider

1 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801 The Collider
CASE Consultants International

CASE Consultants International (CASE), third-party manager of The Collider event venue in downtown Asheville, is an SBA-certified Women-Owned (WOSB) focused on creating impactful science and technology solutions that help our clients do what they do better.


CASE operates a 3-part business model of federal contracting, consulting (management, scientific, and technical), and Collider events management.

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