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National PD Day in partnership with the Toronto Chapter

May 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT



May 19, 2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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National PD Day in partnership with the Toronto Chapter

Professional Organizers in Canada is proud to present this Professional Development Day prepared jointly by National and the Toronto Chapter. The agenda was created to bring awareness regarding unconscious bias and understanding the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in your business.

POC Toronto Chapter was instrumental in bringing this idea to the National level and we are pleased to share this opportunity across the country.



11:00am – 11:05am – Welcome Remarks
11:05am – 12:05pm – Session 1: Knowing Me Knowing You – Anna Harvey
12:05pm – 12:35pm – Break
12:35pm – 1:35pm – Session 2: Unconscious Bias – Barbara Polk
1:35pm – 1:50pm – Break
1:50pm – 2:50pm – Session 3: Why Understanding DEIB is Good for Our Business – Amrit Dhillon
2:50pm – 3:00pm – Closing Remarks

Presenter Bios

Anna Harvey

For more than a decade, Anna has been a coach, facilitator, and speaker (workshops, presentations, and keynote) who inspires people to live into the full potential of their own unique and meaningful life.

Underpinning all aspects of her career and presentations is her continual learning and training in self-awareness – the starting point of authentic decision making, aligned life actions, and fulfilling  relationships.

Anna was an early adopter of the innovative Lumina Learning Spark psychometric assessment. Lumina’s core message is to drop judgements, to understand the essence of the other, to seek out where the other person is coming from and adapt our own personal behaviour in order to convey respect and build rapport.

Barbara Polk

Barbara is a business executive with more than 25 years of human resources, diversity, equity & inclusion facilitation, leadership training, and board governance experience. Barbara has worked with the following industries: Arts & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Nonprofits, Software Development, Energy, Financial and Humanitarian services.

She is also an ICF accredited executive coach.

Amrit Dhillon

Amrit Dhillon is a human motivations, insights and behaviours researcher. Today she works as a UX researcher in the Canadian tech space. She comes from a professional background as a market researcher, innovation strategist, sociology consultant and senior research advisor. As the host of the The Shadeism Series, Amrit is passionate about uncovering the deeper why behind human behavior.
Her investigation into shadeism began during her graduate studies, where she was the first Canadian grad student to tackle the topic of skin lightening among Canadian South Asian women.

Her groundbreaking research went on to win national awards, scholarships and receive media recognition. Her ability to conceptualize and understand the lived reality of those around us is what drives her ethnographic approach in the professional setting. In her career, she has helped clients in every industry gain a deeper understanding of their end-users, their motivations, journeys and drivers by applying an empathetic, business-focused approach to problem-solving.

Amrit’s approach is to describe the tenants of DEIB and then focus on how it relates to our industry and clients. We’ll address questions such as: How do I approach this topic on social media? Are there any trusted resources to help me craft a DEI&B policy for my business? Why can’t I call it the “master” bedroom anymore?


Members: $30.00
Non-members: $50.00
Prices do not include GST/HST

Registration closes May 19, 2022 11:00am Eastern

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