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Hiring Revolution! Disrupting Racism and Sexism in Hiring // Winter 2023
Thursday, January 19, 2023, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Online-Only

Hiring Revolution! Disrupting Racism and Sexism in Hiring

Thursday, January 19, 2023
2:00pm - 5:00pm ET

Format: Online
Location: Zoom
Intended Audience: All A.R.T./New York members are welcome to attend! This may be particularly useful to anyone working in HR, General Management, Executive Leadership, or any other role tasked with hiring.
Participation Level: Low

During this session, Team Dynamics’ co-founders, Trina C. Olson + Alfonso T. Wenker, layout the 6-part process outlined in their book, Hiring Revolution: A Guide to Disrupt Racism + Sexism in Hiring. They’ll share what they have done to find and hire teams of people that are incredibly diverse – across race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious tradition, age, ability, ethnicity, immigration experience, and more. Hiring Revolution is an invitation to stop, start, do more of, do less of, and do differently. It is a purposefully tactical approach to hiring the team you claim you want. 

Through a thoughtful reimagining of team building, you will begin the process of reckoning with all the times and places where your hiring intent (find “the best” “most qualified” workers) did not ultimately match your impact (inadvertently convincing yourself that white male workers were the best choice). The session explores small, medium, and large shifts that can transform your hiring practices toward a more equitable way of doing business. The session does not spend time pointing out everything done wrong in hiring days past – the Hiring Revolution session will identify specific problems and pair each with a viable solution you could start implementing today.

Team Dynamics is an LGBTQ+, People of Color and woman-owned company that helps people and employers meet their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. We are focused on helping leaders and workplaces live up to their potential through intentional and meaningful culture change. 

Too many American workers report disliking their job, their boss, their organizational culture as a whole, particularly after navigating the co-occurring crises of a global pandemic and civil uprisings for racial and gender justice. We can and must do better if we are going to create the workplaces we need to innovate and make lasting impacts.

Alfonso Wenker (he/him/his) drives Team Dynamics’ client engagement, working side-by-side with C-Suite executives and internal champions of cultural change efforts.

Alfonso is a seasoned executive leader and facilitator of transformational organizational culture and strategy campaigns. Serving in major leadership roles within the field of philanthropy, Alfonso has been responsible for driving sector and systems wide change to diversify both perspective and personnel in order to better steward resources responsible for underwriting major movements. 

A Latinx, gay, cis-gender man, Alfonso was born and raised on the west side of Saint Paul, MN, to a Mexican mother and white father. Consequently, Alfonso has often been the ‘first’ or ‘only’ person on a team who is a Person of Color, gay person, or both throughout his career. He has experienced, firsthand, how the attempted diversification in the U.S. workplace has both made strides and done accidental harm. 

Prior to co-founding Team Dynamics, Alfonso served as the Vice President for the Minnesota Council on Foundations, which collectively supported member organizations overseeing more than $20 billion in resources. Alfonso also co-chaired the National Creating Change Conference, the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ+ organizers in the country. In 2012, Alfonso took a leave of absence from philanthropy in order to play the role of Deputy Finance Director for the historic Minnesotans United for All Families Campaign. 

Trina Olson (she/her) leads Team Dynamics’ curriculum development; concretizing the tools and resources our clients need to thrive.

Trina is a two-time executive director with a track record of building and retaining teams across race, gender, and sexual orientation to achieve shared goals. Trina has built an impressive portfolio of national and regional policy and advocacy experience, centering a multitude of progressive issues, including: healthcare, hunger, living wage, immigration reform, transgender inclusive non-discrimination, and more. Trina is an expert adult-educator who has supported teams around the country to both improve their workplace culture and performance.

Trina is a Minnesotan who has also made her home in eighteen U.S. cities, including: Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. A queer, white, cis-gender woman, Trina is motivated by the ways job creators could be addressing the intersection of identity and workplace more creatively and consistently to address the pervasive inequities still at play across race and gender, in particular.

Trina is a frequently called upon thought leader and presenter. She specializes in all things staff management and organizational strategy. Trina’s past executive experience includes time leading a regional community foundation, as well as leading Immigration Equality, the national organization committed to providing free legal services to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, binational couples, and detainees. Trina has used her degree in communications to design winning fundraising, communications, and issue campaigns.

Their book, “Hiring Revolution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Disrupt Racism and Sexism in the Workplace” is NOW AVAILABLE! BUY YOUR COPY TODAY: https://bit.ly/TDHRshop


All A.R.T./New York workshops, roundtables, and trainings feature automated captioning provided by Zoom. ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available by request; requests must be made at least 5 business days before the event. For requests, accessibility information, or other accommodations please contact Ashley J. Hicks at [email protected].

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