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Gateways to Inclusion

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Gateways to Inclusion: Turning Tense Moments into Productive Conversations is the new diversity and inclusion training video from SunShower Learning. Featuring Sondra Thiederman, the Gateways video shows how painful and disruptive diversity disasters can be, and offers simple tools to help your people turn these uncomfortable situations into productive conversations.


This is a short 3-minute Trailer of the Gateways video. Preview the 17-minute video here!

"Gateways is a practical training tool for any organization that is working on fostering an inclusive workplace. Through realistic vignettes, Dr. Thiederman provides clear steps to avert diversity conflicts and convert them into opportunities for productive conversations. The scenarios will resonate with any organization as will the tools to address the disconnects.”
     Rohini Anand, Senior Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer
     Sodexo


A scene from the Gateways to Inclusion video

One of the important scenes in the video shows a heated interaction between Rick, a young, hard-working employee, and Harry, a middle-aged manager. Your associates will learn how to turn a difficult interaction like this into a gateway event.

In today's diverse workplace, tense moments occur. When you hear something offensive, when you’ve said something wrong, when something you say has been taken out of context... these situations can lead to hurt feelings, embarrassment, anger, resentment, and much more. But these difficult encounters don’t have to remain difficult. If handled properly, these uncomfortable situations can be transformed into “gateways” that lead to better working relationships and increased understanding. Dr. Thiederman explains that opening such a gateway to conversation—and holding it open, rather than slamming it shut in fear or anger—has immeasurable benefits. Click here to Preview the full video.

Through a series of vignettes, your team will learn:

Gateways to Inclusion Cover

The Gateways DVD cover shows scenes from vignettes and comments from people who share how difficult "diversity disasters" are.


"Gateways to Inclusion’ is a powerful video. It shows how tension and disrespect can derail even the best of intentions. This is definitely an effective tool to use in preparing leaders and employees for tough conversations that can lead to productive outcomes.”
Effenus Henderson, Vice-President, Diversity
Weyerhaeuser Company


Gateways to Inclusion is a flexible package that can be used in short or long training sessions. The program can stand alone; or, if you wish, it can be easily integrated into your existing diversity and inclusion curriculum. In addition to the main workshop, the package includes a 45-minute Refresher Workshop to solidify the program's skills and provide more opportunity for practice. It includes a bonus 4-minute video scenario for discussion.

Call 888-723-8517 for more info or to purchase, or place your order online SunShower Learning.

Why Gateways?

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The workplace is rife with opportunities for confusion, embarrassment, resentment and other feelings that come up when you've said something wrong, or when something you've said has been taken out of context. These uncomfortable situations are the source of tension in the workplace. But the uncomfortable situations don't have to stay that way - if handled well, these uncomfortable moments can be transformed into what Sondra Thiederman, a leading author and consultant in the field of inclusion, calls Gateway Events.

Gateways product shotThe Gateways to Inclusion video training program comes out of Sondra's direct experience in helping people transform these difficult diversity disasters into productive conversations.


The Gateways package includes the DVD with the 17-minute main video plus 3 important Extra Features:
1.  Gateways Main Video, 17 minutes
2. An FAQ with Sondra
3.  A Quiz
4.  An Extra Video Case Study to inspire further conversation

The DVD is fully chaptered and includes subtitles in English, Spanish and French Canadian.

The Gateways CD-ROM has the comprehensive training materials in PDF format:
1. Leader’s Guide
2. Participant Handouts
3. Quiz Guide Sheets
4. Note-taking Guides
5. Identifying Respectful Phrases Handout
6. Post-Test Handout
7. PowerPoint presentation
Furthermore, the Leader's Guide outlines a 90-minute training session and also a 45-minute refresher workshop that you can use to deepen the learning.

A scene from the Gateways to Inclusion video

This scene depicts a bad joke gone badder. In her commentary, Sondra addresses how these tense moments can be turned around into gateway events.

"In an increasingly diverse world, you can count on running into a tense moment at some point. This video, Gateways to Inclusion, gives people the basic tools and insights for turning potential breakdowns into breakthroughs. Everyone can benefit from this honest, direct, practical, and extremely well executed tool for building inclusion.”
       Michael Wheeler, Assoc. Director of Diversity
       OMNICOMEMEDIA GROUP


The video is beautifully shot and brings you right into struggles that real people have in workplace encounters. Starting with a montage of experiences that people have in the workplace, "I guess they didn't get my joke!" to "The meeting was so tense, I didn't want to say anything," to full stories about tense moments. The video leads the viewer to have questions about the tense moments they've been a part of. Then Sondra's commentary delivers guidance. As you deliver the training, you'll have access to the comprehensive Leader's Guide that includes the transcript of the video.

Learning Objectives

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Opening that gateway to conversation – and holding it open – rather than slamming it shut in fear or anger has immeasurable benefits. But to make this work, we need to talk to each other. This video package provides four immediately-applicable skills that will help you turn these tense moments into productive conversations. Those skills are:

A scene from the Gateways to Inclusion video

Comments during meetings are often misrepresented or misunderstood. Things can get very tense.

 

 

What You’ll Learn
This skill-filled video will show your team…


A scene from the Gateways to Inclusion video

This scene shows the impact of making assumptions about a person's intent.

 

 

To Order

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A scene from the Gateways to Inclusion video

This woman overheard her boss making a comment about the race of her co-worker. She wants to say something, but she doesn't want to lose her job.

To order this program, please call us directly to place your order:  888-723-8517 Tanya will take your order and process the credit card by hand. Or you can place your order online here: SunShower Learning.

The Gateways to Inclusion DVD Training program pricing: $695.

Discounts apply for Government (10%), Education and Non-Profit (25%).

We also offer streaming so that you can stream the video on your intranet or LMS, or via our SCORM compliant LMS. Please note: the purchase of the DVD Training program does not license streaming of the video on your intranet.



Gateways is the latest title from SunShower Learning, a boutique producer of diversity and inclusion videos, including Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts, Inclusion Insights, and Anyone Can Be An Ally. To review those videos, please visit SunShower Learning

 

 

Testimonials

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Although Gateways has just been released at the end of March, we are getting feedback from the field. If you have any comments, from watching the Trailer or the Preview, email us.


"Gateways is a practical training tool for any organization that is working on fostering an inclusive workplace. Through realistic vignettes, Dr. Thiederman provides clear steps to avert diversity conflicts and convert them into opportunities for productive conversations. The scenarios will resonate with any organization as will the tools to address the disconnects.”
Rohini Anand, Senior Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo


"Gateways to Inclusion’ is a powerful video. It shows how tension and disrespect can derail even the best of intentions. This is definitely an effective tool to use in preparing leaders and employees for tough conversations that can lead to productive outcomes.”
Effenus Henderson, Vice-President, Diversity
Weyerhaeuser Company


"Gateways to Inclusion’ is very helpful with concrete advice. I particularly appreciate your inclusion of 'communication recovery' - how to respond / recover when you have unintentionally said something offensive. This will definitely help people reduce tension and increase understanding.”
Leslie Aguilar, author of Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts
International Training & Development


"In an increasingly diverse world, you can count on running into a tense moment at some point. This video, Gateways to Inclusion, gives people the basic tools and insights for turning potential breakdowns into breakthroughs. Everyone can benefit from this honest, direct, practical, and extremely well executed tool for building inclusion.”
Michael Wheeler, Assoc. Director of Diversity
OMNICOMEMEDIA GROUP



"Very interesting. I could see using this in a 'harassment prevention / working together with respect' class - especially for clients for whom I've already shown Ouch: That Stereotype Hurts, or a diversity class or a 'difficult conversations' class, as a way to demonstrate micro-inequities, increase awareness of the fact that uncomfortable situations create opportunities to improve relationships and to help participants build their skills to address such situations.”
Mary Chlopecki, Consultant & Trainer



A scene from Gateways to Inclusion

The diverse workplace is already here. It's a reality now. With that, comes diversity-related tension. Learn how to turn those tense moments into productive conversations.

The Gateways to Inclusion training package includes the DVD with the main video and 3 important Extra Features. If you'd like to preview those, just email us.


Because the video program is a fast-paced 17-minutes, you can easily work fit this turnaround into a 1-hour training session. The Gateways program is a valuable preparation or followup to another SunShower program ~ the bestelling diversity video, Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts. Watch Ouch! here.


Gateways e-learning course!

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Announcing the Gateways e-learning course, now in production. Sample the course here.
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