Virtual Connect & Learn: Dialogue Across Difference –Increase Connection and Understanding | NAWBO


Virtual Connect & Learn: Dialogue Across Difference –Increase Connection and Understanding

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:00pm6:00pm

The ability to have difficult conversations should be part of every leader's toolkit. Whether as a supervisor/manager, between colleagues, on boards or even at family dinners, having the skills to help yourself and others have the conversation that is needed is vitally important - especially in today's polarized world! In this workshop, McKenzie will show you how to improve your leadership by learning the tools to help create courageous conversations.

You will learn:

  • Four kinds of listening and how and when to use them
  • How to keep conversations open and flowing
  • How to honor differences and still stay in conversation
  • How to create the conditions for groups of people to have effective conversations


Presented by McKenzie Wren, NAWBO Atlanta

McKenzie Wren is skilled facilitator who honors the power of community to solve its own problems. Her particular areas of focus are helping businesses and non-profits create cultures of collaboration and inclusion. Through her independent practice called Culture on Purpose, McKenzie helps groups and organizations increase their sense of community specifically by assisting with communication flow and increasing engagement. She brings an asset-based approach to all that she does and uses collaborative and participatory tools to make sure all voices are heard.  She excels in helping teams and coalitions thrive by supporting participants in creating shared vision and processes. Underlying all of her work is a commitment to social justice and racial equity. Her work around diversity, inclusion and equity is rooted in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s expression of the Beloved Community.

McKenzie earned her master’s degree from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health where she currently teaches students on leadership and community engagement. She is VP of membership of the Southeast Association of Facilitators and is passionate about her family, gluten free chocolate chip cookies and her electric bicycle.