Lunchtime Learning: Understanding diversity and racial justice. Panel discussion

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Room
  • 27


  • Non ICF WA members who do not need CCEUs
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August 19, 2020, 12 noon - 1:30 pm PST 

Presented by

Sabrina Taylor Blackwell, MBA, MPM

Rashimi Dixit, MS, ICF PCC

Karena L. Hooks, MSW

CCEUs 1.5  Resource Development

Hosted by ICF Washington State

Description of Webinar

Today as ever is the need for us to get together to have an open conversation to address racial injustice and role of coaching in igniting and impacting the change in the society.

We invited three panelists from different ways of life: D&I corporate leader, a coach, and an equity trainer to share their perspectives on the racial justice and ways we can affect it.

This is your opportunity to have a direct dialogue with panelists, ask your questions, and interact in smaller groups.

This is our opportunity:

  • to continue the dialogue on the racial justice;
  • to educate ourselves about racism and its’ attributes;
  • to share our experience and learn from each other.

    About the panelists

    Sabrina Taylor Blackwell, MBA, MPM

    National Account Director, Strategic Accounts West, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

    ERG Co-Lead and Advisor for GLOBE (Gilead Leadership of Black Employees)

    Co-Owner of CK Distributors, Wholesaler to CA State Hospitals

    Sabrina Blackwell has been in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry for over 20 years - with the last several years working in “market access” - in the role of gaining access with payors for drug coverage. Sabrina has managed people and led teams and projects and recognized for her national and global contributions. She mentors, coaches and sponsors Gilead employees and colleagues. She is a member of The Links, Inc., a non-profit organization servicing black communities. Sabrina received her MBA from Pepperdine University in Organizational Change and Innovation.

    Sabrina has led D&I regional chapters and the national planning committee at Novartis Pharmaceutical, and co-lead and chapter lead for GLOBE, an ERG at Gilead Sciences. Throughout her experiences and challenges, Sabrina addresses race relations, unconscious bias and overcoming “the female glass ceiling” as opportunities for career advancement and broadening understanding. Sabrina resides in Southern California with her husband, two children and an international student from South Sudan.

    Rashmi Dixit, MS, PCC, coach

    My commitment is to support coaches to bring their whole authentic selves into the practice of coaching. I teach coaching in a way that creates transformational spaces for healing self and communities and I do so by bringing a systemic and social consciousness lens to coaching.

    I am an Asian-Indian, cis-gendered, heterosexual woman who uses she/her/hers as pronouns. I was born in a tiny mud house with hay roof in rural India. My first memories are of running amok golden fields and sleeping under open starlit skies. I received my schooling and Master’s degree in Mumbai and I am currently based in Portland, Oregon. I have had the privilege to travel across the world and learn from stories and experiences of people whom I met.

    I am a transformational PCC coach, a mentor for coaches, facilitator of group processes and a faculty member at Leadership That Works. I have worked in sub-committees in ACTO to develop and design new curriculum with social consciousness and systemic lens. I currently serve on the board of ICF-Oregon as Director Coach Education.

    In past 20 years of my career I have worked with several non-profit and for-profit organisations to discuss, debate and design some of the most detailed strategies to bring about cultural shifts and coaching culture for leaders.

    Karena L. Hooks, MSW

    Karena L. Hooks is a recognized Scholar, Leader, Organizer, Educator, Facilitator, Coach, Change Agent and Truth Seeker brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of Child and Youth Development and Education, Organizational Development and Leadership, Community Organizing and Equity Systems Change work from the non-profit, city and governmental jurisdictions, as well as public and private sectors globally.

    Karena is driven by a vision and commitment for a healthy, thriving and just society. She is known for her engaging and impactful facilitation techniques, her high-level skills and abilities to influence organizational and leadership change, a dynamic speaker and a transformational life coach.

    She earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, and a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Washington. She received her anti-racist training through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and her Executive Coaching Certification. She is also currently serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work online program. With each community Karena works with she brings passion and commitment. She truly loves her work and exemplifies a person devoted to a transformed world.

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