Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Pause. Reflect. Listen. Learn. 

CEA stands firm in our mission of providing employers with Peace of Mind through exceptional HR compliance solutions, training and recruiting services.

DEI programs are an essential aspect of building engaged and happy employees. Organizations with strong diversity climates are more likely to have employees with increased job satisfaction, higher levels of trust, and are more engaged.

Organizations that don't implement DEI practices miss opportunities to tap into their peoples' potential. "Diverse teams are more innovative and make better decisions, and diverse companies have better shareholder returns," according to the study Unrealized Impact. 

If your organization is ready to take on the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, but you're unsure where to begin, we have the tools to get you started.

Article: Best Practices to Increase Workplace Diversity

Employing People With Autism 

The Transformative Autism Program (TAP) was developed with input from young adults on the autism spectrum in order to educate California employers on how to hire, train and retain people with autism—and in turn help them become the valuable employees they have the potential to be.  TAP has provided FREE training for employing people with autism. Click here to read more >>

Research and Resources on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion  



Online Test

  • The Implicit Association Test (IAT) (Project Implicit, Harvard University) The IAT measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science. Take the free online test to learn more.

Reports & Findings

  • A Workplace Divided – Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide (Human Rights Campaign, 2018) In A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide, HRC Foundation seeks to uncover the prevalence of LGBTQ workers feeling pressure to hide their sexual orientation and/or gender identity on the job and the cost of that hiding both to individuals and employers writ large. We also research the benefits to employers and workers when workplace climates are more welcoming of LGBTQ people.
  • Disrupt Bias, Drive Value (Center for Talent Innovation, 2017) Centered on dramatic findings which chart the incidence of perceived bias, this nationwide study identifies where bias occurs in corporate America's talent assessment processes, maps out which talent cohorts perceive bias in which areas, and measures bias's cost to the bottom line.
  • Implicit Bias and Structural Inequity

Research and Resources on Anti Racism  

Articles to read

Information Gathered By: The Conscious KidWe are an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting positive racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.








Podcasts to subscribe to

Books to read

Films and TV series to watch

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media


CEA Trainings On Demand, Virtual, or Onsite

 FREE ThinkHR On Demand Courses & Quizzes (CEA Members, log into your ThinkHR account to take these courses)

 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In the Workplace

Leaders today that are committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizations and the communities they serve will need to adopt new practices and behaviors to reach this goal.

Diversity in today’s work place not only involves differences in race, gender, economic status, and culture it also includes differences in communication style, ages, education and values. With insight, understanding and skill development this timely training will help your team learn to value differences and recognize how unconscious bias is a barrier to trust and respect in the workplace.

 Our facilitated and interactive diversity, equity and inclusion training covers:

  • Primary and Secondary Dimensions of Diversity
  • Definitions of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Embracing our Differences
  • Addressing Unconscious Bias
  • Strategies to Create an Inclusive Culture
  • Micro Messages - Inequities and Affirmations
  • Setting Clear Expectation for Respect, Civility and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Communication with Sensitivity

Facilitating Crucial & Difficult Conversations

Workplace conflict haunts organizations every day – it leads to lost productivity, diminished morale and decreased performance. And, it is very expensive - it will have a negative effect on your organization’s bottom line through increased employee absenteeism, decreased job performance and poor customer service. Most employees do not know they are responsible for resolving their own conflicts. This workshop will help employees’ master skills to successfully resolve conflict situations and avoid future ones. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Navigating through tough conversations with employees
  • Assess a challenging situation and determine an appropriate strategy
  • Utilize a 5-step process for dealing with difficult people
  • Recognize the negative impact conflict has on them, their organizations and others
  • Recognize that they have a responsibility to resolve conflicts when they occur
  • Conflict resolution across department team members
  • Understanding and displaying empathy

Discussing Politics and Pot in the Workplace

Join us for this training that expands on recent HR Trends. From animals in the workplace to understanding gender-neutral protections, we’ll discuss new issues facing California businesses. HR topics covered include:

  • Can an employee bring a “service cat” to work?
  • Can I require an employee to wear certain undergarments?
  • What about hairstyle and other grooming issues?
  • Can our company drug test for marijuana?
  • What are the rules on asking for gender identity information?
  • Do I need to update any forms?
  • How do we handle heated political discussions at work?

CEA has the answers to all of these employee-related questions and so many more. Join us for this enlightening and entertaining program and test your HR I.Q.

Communicate Like a Leader

Studies tell us 70 % of mistakes in the workplace are a direct result of poor communication! Business professionals must have rules and tools for communicating effectively. Everyone need a firm foundation in listening mechanics and  conflict resolution, Every leader must develop these communication skills, or face considerable hardship navigating organizational life, its stressors, and the unique demands inherent in leading others.

Learning Objectives

  • Define, distinguish, and formulate crucial active listening skills
  • What does respect have to do with communication
  • What are the expectations of a multi-generational workforce
  • Define leadership styles of communication
  • Identify methods for dealing with difficult people and resolving conflict on the job

Conflict Resolution — Pause, Reflect, Listen, and Learn

Conflict in the workplace is often rooted in our inability to listen and learn. It is a natural part of team building and when effectively managed conflict is constructive not destructive. Using the model of Pause, Reflect, Listen and Learn you will be able to recognize the cause and choose steps to work through and mediate conflict when occurs between team members.

  • Recognize conflict as a natural part of teamwork
  • Explain the value of diversity of thought, experience, and perspective in teamwork and decision making
  • Apply strategies to listen and learn before reacting
  • Distinguish between productive and unproductive conflict
  • Demonstrate steps for managing conflict
  • Apply strategies for dealing with disruptive and difficult people

Harassment Prevention Training for Employees

Effective January 1, 2019, California businesses with 5 or more employees MUST provide harassment prevention training every two years (SB1343).  We also have a one hour version of this new training program for employees only.

On August 30, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 778. This bill was effective immediately and extended the deadline for employers with five (5) or more employees to provide anti-harassment training by one year – from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021. It also allows covered employers who have provided anti-harassment training in 2019 to wait until 2021 before providing refresher training.

Learning Objectives:

  • A fresh look at harassment, discrimination, retaliation and governing laws
  • Examine scenarios & incidents and discuss possible appropriate responses
  • Talk about your role in harassment prevention
  • Discuss practical measures to create a safe and respectful workplace

Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Managers

This course is designed to raise awareness about workplace harassment and discrimination, and reduce or prevent incidents of misconduct. Effective January 1, 2019, California businesses with 5 or more employees MUST provide harassment prevention training every two years (SB1343).

On August 30, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 778. This bill was effective immediately and extended the deadline for employers with five (5) or more employees to provide anti-harassment training by one year – from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021. It also allows covered employers who have provided anti-harassment training in 2019 to wait until 2021 before providing refresher training.

This training expresses your organization’s strong disapproval of any form of harassment and discrimination based on a variety of “protected characteristics” under state and federal law. This course also helps employees identify the difference between legal discrimination and an illegal “hostile environment”, promotes appropriate behavior, and reduces the potential for harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Businesses understand that employees with high Emotional Intelligence have a greater impact on the success of their company. In addition, studies have shown that emotional intelligence has a greater impact on one’s success than their IQ. Emotional intelligence (EI) can be defined as the ability to be aware of one’s own emotions and those of others and regulate personal emotions to facilitate effective thinking, action and relationships.

Emotional intelligence abilities are skills that can be learned. This training will enable you to identify and develop the EQ of you and your team.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to recognize, regulate and assess emotions how feelings, reactions and emotions affect work relationships
  • How to act instead of reacting is a choice
  • Work easily and effectively with people who have different personalities and communication styles
  • How to remain open and flexible during times of change.
  • Remain in control in emotionally charged situations
  • Anticipate problem situations and the underlying emotions and be prepared to handle them

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Leaders are being pulled in many directions right now and pivoting frequently as things change. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the foundation of leadership today. It is a crucial component of a leader’s ability to influence and impact followers. The real test of leadership is how we lead during a crisis and beyond! We will discuss the key aspects of leadership, personal leadership, and team leadership. With emotions high, we will discuss ways to de-escalate the emotions caused by uncertainty and change. Together we will stay strong, focused and strategic as we move forward.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Emotional Intelligence Overview
  • Leading with Empathy
  • The 5 C’s of Leadership
  • The Power of Hope
  • Creating and Maintaining a Positive Mindset
  • Managing Stress

Creating a Culture of Civility, Professionalism and Respect in the Workplace 

The diversity in today's workplace, not only involves differences in race, gender and culture, but we also address issues that include differences in communication style, ages, education, values, etc. With insight, understanding, and skill development, we can learn to respect others, value differences as opportunities and strengths. A culture of trust, professionalism and respect enhances team efforts and goal attainment.  Learning Objectives:

  • What is workplace respect?
  • Barriers to understanding and respect
  • Strategies for respectful communication
  • Etiquette in the workplace
  • Embracing diversity & inclusion
  • Communication across generations
  • The importance of validation and appreciation
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