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TRI Partners, Inc. presents the 6th Annual Central Florida Diversity Learning Series
Driving Inclusion — Anticipating & Implementing Strategies and Tools
Sessions for 2017
1.
Engaging Our Veterans – Continuing the Dialogue
Tues | January 24, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Had To Be Productions
Session 1: Had To Be Productions
Had To Be Productions
Had To Be Productions

In 1997, Carrie Gibson founded Had To Be Productions, named for its inaugural production of Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna’s “It Had To Be You” selected as the Outstanding Independently-produced Play for 1997 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This comedy allowed Gibson and Anthony Curry to meet and perform together for the first time. In her first original project for Had To Be, Gibson created a one woman show on cultural diversity, “Not Until You Know My Story.” The following year Curry joined her to create the play, “Not Just Ramps,” which evolved out of the intense audience response to the character of Emily, a young woman with cerebral palsy and Curry’s personal experience raising his son Adam who is autistic. They have been an acting and writing team ever since. In 2008 they updated Not Until You Know My Story integrating Curry into the performance. They created Into the Fire in 2009 followed by Because You Know Me in 2010.

Had To Be Productions has toured their unique theatrical documentary plays and workshops throughout the country to government agencies, corporations, educational institutions, and conferences. Their presentations have been seen by audiences as small as a dozen people to over 1000 people in a variety of settings and venues. In 2009 they began the tradition of developing a new play annually. Each topic has been inspired by an audience reaction to one of their current plays. Had to Be Productions has performed in 23 states and, in 2010, officially became an international touring company with its first presentation in Toronto, Canada.

2.
Defining, Developing and Defusing Difficult Dialogues
Tues | March 7, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Session 2: Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D. is a Cross-Cultural Consultant. She was Founder and President for 27 years of a successful organization development company specializing in cross-cultural issues, located in Seattle, WA. A social psychologist with over 40 years' experience as a manager, teacher, researcher, and writer, Donna specializes in cross-cultural instructional design, cross-cultural communication and value systems, team building, and culture change strategies for organizations in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Donna has co-authored three books: 52 Activities for Exploring Values Differences, 52 Activities for Improving Cross-Cultural Communication, and 52 Activities for Successful International Transitions. She has written articles on preparing the next generation of diversity trainers for the 2007 Pfeiffer Annual Training Series and on preparing global leaders for the 2012 Pfeiffer Annual Training Series. Her most recent publications include a chapter on Diversity and Inclusion for the Multicultural America Encyclopedia and chapters on Generational Diversity and Global Diversity Management for the Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence, both published by Sage.

In 2012 Donna was named a Diversity Legend by the International Society of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals. Donna's current work is focused on courageous conversations, unconscious bias, and white privilege. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.

3.
D&I Crisis Response – Picking Up the Pieces (Being Pro-Active), Social Strain
Tues | May 2, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Samí Haiman-Marrero
Session 3:
Samí Haiman-Marrero
Samí Haiman-Marrero
Samí Haiman-Marrero is one of the nation's leading business development and marketing experts today specializing in the U.S. Hispanic market. She is the Founder and President of URBANDER, a solution-based firm that successfully assists companies and organizations in developing and implementing groundbreaking business development and marketing strategies with a strong focus on Diversity and Inclusion. URBANDER's past and present client roster includes Orlando Health, Florida Hospital, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Meredith Corporation (publishers of Parents magazine), BigR.io, TADIN Herb & Tea Co., Health Exchange Resources, and the U.S.A. Domino Federation, to name a few. Haiman-Marrero holds a Masters in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico, and has been interviewed by international, national and regional media such as The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Florida Trend magazine, and Canada's CBC News, regarding the Latino experience in the U.S.

Named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in Central Florida in 2016 by VISION Magazine, Samí also volunteers as a member of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund's TAC committee (Orlando chapter), as a member of the University of Central Florida's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Community Engagement Council, as Co-Chair of Feed & Fortify Community Organization, an organization dedicated to helping families in transition and eradicating homelessness, and as Co-Founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando, a community program that assists survivors and families impacted by the Pulse tragedy.

4.
Free Speech / Hate Messaging – Having Sensitive Conversations
Tues | July 25, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
To Be Announced
Session 4:
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5.
It’s ALL about the “I” – Lessons Learned / Best Practices – Embedding Inclusion
Tues | Sept. 19, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
To Be Announced
Session 5:
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6.
Managing Inclusion / Exclusion Fatigue – The Toll on Mental Health
Tues | Nov. 14, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
To Be Announced
Session 6:
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