The Ultimate “Clash of the Cultures” Unveiling Motivation for Change, “Don’t Tolerate Me, Leverage My Diverse Skills”

Does diversity reality matter? Haven’t we done enough? Will being inclusive really impact our organizational productivity? “I am more than a token or a quota requirement.” Many of us have been asked by others, or even asked ourselves some of these questions. And although research shows that diversity helps to reveal our cognitive blind spots, and uncovers opportunities that otherwise would be missed, most of us get stuck and unable to move forward during the times of tension and discomfort. The reality is that a more diverse workforce increases organizational effectiveness. In addition to all of this, it has the capability to lift morale, bring greater access to new segments of the marketplace, and even enhance productivity. However, with all of this, many of us have also experienced attempts to increase diversity in the workplace that have backfired, and sometimes even heightening the tensions among employees and hindering a company’s performance.

This workshop aims to explore the impact, challenges, and diversity mission paradigm shifts within leadership. Participants will: 1) Define their motivations for diversity – both in your audience and workforce. 2) Gain an understanding of the changes that need to happen, the time frames they need to happen in, and where the responsibility inevitably lies. 3) Reflect and learn from short-term projects that you can connect to long-term strategies for change.


Nike Greene, MA MFT, was born in, Portland Oregon. As a wife and mother of four, family is her primary value. She is a George Fox University graduate with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the Director of Education & Community Engagement for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Nike’s endeavors remain connected to her passion around collaborative communities, engaged families and celebrating diversity. As a therapist, she believes that healing and unity can build stronger communities. She is known for her vibrant personality, experiences within school and correctional systems, community leadership and her stand for social justice. She has presented for the City of LA GRYD conference, Oregon State Annual Diversity conference and several College campuses for the past 8 years.