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Date(s) - 06/29/2023 - 06/30/2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Turf Valley Resort


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Please join MD/DC APPA at our annual Summer Education Program

Turf Valley Resort


 June 29th and June 30th

Your registration fee of just $475 not only covers the educational program but also covers your Thursday night hotel stay!  You must register by May 13th to guarantee a hotel room.  No need to call the hotel, MD/DC APPA will be providing them with a list of registrants that require overnight accommodation.

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Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Presenter: Ayanna Castro


Ayanna Castro is a global speaker, life coach and author with expertise in empowering others to realize their potential and overcome self-imposed obstacles in pursuit of their goals. As the Founder and Chief Maven of Work Your Package®, her mission is to encourage and equip others to enhance what they already have to become the “total package” and be extraordinary.

Known for her perfect balance of guidance, support, and hard truths, she is the “go-to” person for those embarking on new ventures or have lost clarity on their goals. As a speaker, Ayanna delights and engages audiences with her inspiring and transparent message of perseverance and “working their package.” Her clients include professional publications and associations, international and professional development organizations, universities, non-profit organizations and the military.

Ayanna has degrees in Deviant Behavior and Social Control and Business Administration. She is also a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP), and certified Master Life Coach. She is also certified in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with over 25 years of professional experience in city government, law, public relations, private equity and media. She is currently the Program Manager of Employee Engagement for one of the country’s largest water utilities and is responsible for enterprise-wide programs to include DEIB, recognition, appreciation and corporate philanthropic giving. She has also authored three books, “Work Your Package – An Eight-Week Guide to Discovering and Developing Your True Purpose”, “Lessons from Wednesday” and “Work Your Package – A Guide to Being the Total Package”.



Thursday, June 29, 2023

Day 1:

Hall of Resources Opens: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Arrival/Registration: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm


I. Introduction
A. Welcome and introductions
B. Workshop objectives and expectations
C. Icebreaker activity

II. Understanding Diversity
A. What is diversity?
B. Types of diversity (race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, ability, etc.)
C. Privilege and power dynamics
D. Implicit biases and stereotypes

III. Equity and Inclusion
A. What is equity and why it’s important
B. Creating an inclusive workplace culture
C. Microaggressions and how to address them
D. Building empathy and understanding

IV. Intersectionality
A. What is intersectionality?
B. Recognizing the interconnectedness of different identities
C. How to navigate intersectional identities in the workplace

V. Communication and Collaboration
A. Effective communication across diverse groups
B. Tools and strategies for collaborative problem-solving
C. Conflict resolution and managing difficult conversations

VI. Action Planning
A. Identifying opportunities for change in your organization
B. Setting achievable goals and action steps
C. Strategies for accountability and follow-up

Lunch: 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Dinner at 6:30 pm

After dinner activities immediately following


Friday, June 30, 2023

Breakfast 7:00 am to 8:00 am

VII. Addressing Systemic Inequities
A. Identifying systemic barriers to equity
B. Addressing structural inequality in the workplace
C. Building inclusive policies and practices

VIII. Building Inclusive Leadership
A. Understanding the role of leadership in creating an inclusive workplace
B. Identifying and addressing bias in leadership
C. Building inclusive leadership skills

IX. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Practice
A. Case studies and scenarios
B. Applying DEI principles in real-world situations
C. Addressing challenges and barriers to DEI implementation

X. Sustaining DEI Efforts
A. Strategies for sustaining and maintaining DEI efforts
B. Measuring and tracking progress
C. Celebrating successes and learning from failures

XI. Action Planning and Next Steps
A. Reviewing action plans from Day 1
B. Identifying next steps and ongoing DEI efforts
C. Strategies for ongoing learning and development

XII. Wrap-Up
A. Reflections and feedback
B. Closing thoughts and next steps
C. Workshop evaluation and resources

Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm




Bookings are closed for this event.