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USA Ultimate Coach Convention: EDI Night

February 7, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Monday, February 7: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
FREE sessions for anyone interesting in attending!

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Welcome from CEO Tom Crawford

4:45 – 7:15 p.m. – NO SMALL TALK: How To Encourage Courageous Conversations
Presenter: Richard Butler
Creating Psychological Safety in sports has never been as important as it is now. Social issues such as a global pandemic, racial, and social injustice are taking a heavy psychological toll on us.

Sports teams must support athletes, especially athletes of color, athletes who identify as LTGBTQ+, and athletes with disabilities to cope in these times.

But the question is, how can you promote courageous conversations? How do you create a brave and safe space for athletes to authentically show up at play, and without the fear of being put down, talked over, or punished?

The NO SMALL TALK workshop will give coaches the tools to establish ground rules for facilitating conversations that are crucial to promoting diversity of thought and collaboration. The athletes who are traditionally marginalized will become empowered to speak up, be candid, and challenge other people’s ideas while being respectful and constructive.

Goals of this session:

To have uncomfortable conversations about our personal unconscious bias.
To provide tools for the coaches to facilitate courageous conversations.
To help the coaches create space so that the “whole employee” shows up.


February 7, 2022
4:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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