By Wendy Sarubbi | January 13, 2014 1:33 pm

As part of its commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion, the College of Medicine will begin a year-long series of Lunch and Learns in 2014 that focus on understanding, communicating and engaging in an ever-changing world.

The sessions will be led by Bill Hertan, founder of Seattle-based TRI Partners, a national leader in helping companies develop into more diverse and inclusionary cultures. For 25 years, Mr. Hertan has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Walt Disney Company, American Express and Starbucks Coffee Company.

“These dynamic sessions will provide all of us with useful tools on making our College of Medicine more inclusive and engaged,” said Dr. Lisa Barkley, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion. “We’ll look at changing trends and demographics in our globally-connected world and explore ways we can make the medical school a more inclusive environment where we can all learn, thrive and grow.”

The sessions will include topics ranging from intergenerational communication – “Young People Are Speaking a Foreign Language,” to promoting inclusion through technology. Other forums will focus on engaging disabled people more fully into our culture to the changing world of gender identity.

Sessions will be held in Room 101 of the medical education building at Lake Nona from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and are open to all. Please bring your lunch. Participants are asked to arrive between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. since the sessions will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sarah-Vaughn Dottin at or at 407-266-1023.

Session topics are designed around the theme “Building Bridges to the Future.”

Session 1 – January 28, 2014 — Intergenerational Communication: “Young people are speaking a foreign language.” There are more generations in the workforce than in any other time in U.S. history and this session will explore how generational diversity impacts values, leadership and communication.

Session 2 – March 11, 2014 — The Changing World of Gender Identity. The definitions of gender, gender identity and gender expression have changed dramatically, calling us to reconsider how we include these new and emerging definitions in our work and social environment.

Session 3 – May 6, 2014 — Engaging Disabled People More Fully in our Cultur. The medium of Inclusion Theater will help participants understand how to better engage individuals with disabilities.

Session 4 – July 29, 2014 — Better Mentoring Through Innovation and Inclusion. We have all seen successes and failures of formal and informal mentoring programs. But mentoring must change as culture changes. This session will innovative mentoring processes and the results they are achieving.

Session 5 – September 9, 2014 — Working, Living and Communicating in a Globally-Connected World. This session will focus on how inclusion has changed because of our multicultural, globally-connected society.

Session 6 – November 4, 2014 — Promoting Inclusion Through Technology. This session will look at how technology is redefining inclusion – and demanding that we re-think our inclusion concepts, structures and processes to bridge gaps we may not have considered.

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