WHAT IS THE BLOOM INCLUSION SEMINAR?
Bloom Inclusion is an interactive professional development experience combining innovation and inclusion. Each year the design team introduces an innovative and challenging approach to support participant growth in inclusion. We believe inclusion is an ACTION. While some may encourage you to “think outside of the box,” our team encourages leaders to be question the “box” itself. Come prepared to be challenged, to learn, to grow, and to BLOOM!
WHO OFFERS BLOOM?
PRESENTERS: Experienced inclusion and equity trainers and consultants make up the Bloom Team. Collectively, they have experience working with NGOs, corporations, foundations, hospitals, government, K-12 school, and higher education.
ADVISORY TEAM: Our Advisory Team supports the design, outreach, and strategic planning of BLOOM.
PARTNERS: Our partnering organizations are the curators of BLOOM; Social Designs Consulting, Deftable, and Professional Business Cultures.
Why is the BLOOM Inclusion Seminar so unique?
We dive right into the inclusion tools and tactics in the workplace that appeal to your learning styles and organizational needs. How do we know this information? Easy. We ask before you arrive and craft the experience to fit for you. Bloom’s priorities are simple:
1. Innovation: Bloom applies creative approaches to proven inclusivity methods.
2. Integration: Bloom brings together teams of inclusion leaders from within organizations and connects them with similar leaders within peer industries and across industries to gain the best perspectives on effective and proven inclusion best practices and techniques.
3. Inspiration: Bloom participants leave the event empowered with actionable items and new skills to apply in their organizations.
Bloom is described as an “inclusion” seminar. How is that different from a seminar about “diversity and inclusion?”
Diversity refers to the similarities and differences among people. It is the demographic mix. Inclusion refers to an environment where that diversity or demographic mix can maximize its effectiveness. Bloom empowers organizations to foster inclusion so they can reap the full potential of the diversity within their organizations and position themselves to increase and retain diversity in their organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect by attending Bloom?
There will be one hour of intentional instruction about inclusion in the workplace and how to utilize inclusion tools for impact. Afterwards, roll up your sleeves for an experiential model of learning and experimenting with potential solutions for your organization’s inclusion issues. There will be trained consultants giving one-on-one attention to you and your ideas and solutions.
Who should attend Bloom?
Everyone is welcome. We haven’t met anyone yet who didn’t benefit from learning more about inclusion. Bloom, however, is designed specifically for leaders and teams with responsibilities for inclusion in their organizations. They will benefit the most from Bloom because Bloom will give them an opportunity to actually work on their organization’s inclusion efforts with consultants and with each other. They will get feedback on ideas and plans, learning from experience what works and what might need fresh thought.
Bloom is described as an “inclusion” seminar. How is that different from a seminar about “diversity and inclusion”?
Diversity refers to the similarities and differences among people. It is the demographic mix. Inclusion refers to the environment where that diversity or demographic mix can maximize its effectiveness. Bloom is focused on helping organizations foster inclusion so they can reap the full potential of the diversity within their organizations.
How do I convince my employer that it will be worth it for me to attend Bloom?
First, make sure your employer understands that Bloom is a different type of seminar. You will actually be working on your organization’s inclusion efforts while at Bloom. You won’t just be listening to information. Next, you might remind your employer of recent studies, like the McKinsey study showing that companies that capitalize on racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry medians. You could also point out that by 2025, 75% of those in the workforce will be millennials, post-millennials, or Generation Z, and the people in those generations prioritize diversity and inclusion when evaluating where to work.
How can I become a sponsor, supporter, vendor, or exhibitor?
We are custom designing opportunities to best partner with each sponsor, supporter, vendor and exhibitor. Please email email@example.com and we will find a mutually beneficial way to involve you in Bloom.
Registration and Costs
How do I register?
What is the registration deadline?
Unless the event sells out earlier, registrations will be accepted up to 30 days before the event.
What is the cost to attend?
The fee to attend Bloom is $199 for participants.
Are discounts available?
Yes, upon request.
Groups: Inclusion initiatives within organizations are often more successful when there is a team of leaders working together. To support and encourage teams to attend together.
What if I sign up but I’m unable to attend?
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are no longer able to attend.
Transfer: We can transfer your ticket to another person within your organization as long as those arrangements are made in advance.
Refund: You will receive a full refund if you provide notice of cancellation 30 days prior to the event.
When is the event?
Bloom will be held Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Will food be provided?
Breakfast with coffee, tea, and juice will be provided starting at 8:30 AM. Participants will also enjoy lunch and a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you would wear to work normally or step down to business casual. We want you to be comfortable. Consider bringing a sweater if you tend to get chilly in event/conference settings.
What should I bring?
Business cards: There will be opportunities for intentional and networking throughout the seminar.
Ideas and Plans: There will be opportunities to work on your organizations inclusion ideas and plans. Spend some time in advance thinking about your organization and its goals so you can make the most of your experience.
Will there be WiFi available?
Yes, our venue provides access to the Internet via WiFi.
I’m traveling from out of town, where should I stay?
Greensboro’s Convention and Visitors Bureau provides great information about places to stay in Greensboro, as well as other things to do while you are in town. Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons