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2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Rene Petties Jones, Featured Presenter

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Cheryl Ciccarelli

May 6, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Rene Petties Jones, President, National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY as a featured speaker  at our 2022 D&I Symposium: DEI at Work.

We will be helping you get to know each presenter, panelist, and moderator in the weeks ahead, leading up to the 5th Annual D&I Symposium on June 16th – get your tickets here.

Rene Petties Jones

Bridge divides created by real and perceived differences in this transformative experience 

What is a Racial Healing Circle?

Racial Healing Circle is a facilitated conversation where participants are brought closer together through safe, engaging dialogue.

How do they work?

Trained facilitator Rene Petties-Jones from the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY will ensure a confidential space for our participants to explore current issues and safely ask questions.

Think this isn’t for you?

Think again. The goal of a Racial Healing Circle is to help uncover and recognize our own inner misunderstandings, misconceptions, weaknesses and strengths. People with different backgrounds or beliefs all stand to gain insight from this unique opportunity to reflect and connect.

Bio:

Rene Petties Jones is the President of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY Incorporated.  They are a human relations organization that focuses on DEI issues.

2022 D&I Symposium Speaking Topic: Racial Healing Circle

Note:

  1. The conversation may become uncomfortable and emotional 
  2. **Requirements Camera Must remain on

Racial healing recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. It is an experience and a tool that can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences. 

The experience relies on intentional listening. It may be an emotional, even transformational, experience for participants, as conversations can unearth truths and conscious and unconscious biases. It can also raise awareness, consciousness, compassion, and empathy among those who participate. Trained Racial Healing Circle practitioners are responsible for helping to ensure that these circles are confidential safe spaces for participants to have truthful conversations with one another.  

Presenter(s):

  • Rene Petties Jones (& Team), President at National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY   

Beginner to Intermediate level

Listen to Rene describe what attendees can expect from this Microsession

Attend the 2022 D&I Symposium

Our 5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium will feature national experts on D&I sharing their knowledge on subjects such as building an inclusive culture, and the best practices, cultural assessments, and dimensions of diversity.

KEYNOTE: Melissa Donaldson, Chief Diversity Officer, Wintrust.

This event will feature workshops and break-out sessions with actionable next steps for attendees to take away.

Thursday, June 16, 2022
9.30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register to Attend Here

See Full Event Details & Agenda Here

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