New TCED Online Elective: Embracing Generational & Cultural Differences

The Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program at the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) is excited to offer a new TCED elective this February.

Embracing Generational & Cultural Differences is a 4-hour interactive elective that has been designed to explore strategies for embracing and appreciating cultural differences as well as centering communication across generations as a bridge for relationship building, productivity and innovation in the workplace. 

This session will explore how centering communication differences across generations can serve as a bridge for relationship building, productivity and innovation. Join this interactive experience as we demystify our unique communication superpowers within. Course participants will also engage in an interactive experience exploring the root cause of implicit bias. We will take a look at local demographics to understand cultural trends, followed by tangible action items for moving beyond just working across lines of difference and into genuine appreciation of these differences.  

Erika R. Burnett, MEd, will be leading this virtual TCED training. Burnett is the Diversity, Inclusion & Intercutural Communications Instructor for the Tennessee Language Center. Erika is the founder and principal trainer for The Burnett Group, LLC whose mission is to inspire professionals, deepen impact, and challenge the status quo of service delivery in Middle TN and surrounding areas. She enjoys serving as a master trainer, consultant, and facilitator across a variety of topics including strategic planning and board development, civic engagement, youth development, leadership exploration, and understanding and working across lines of difference.

Erika alongside Co-Conspirator Nicole Kemp, launched the Women of Color Collaborative. The Collaborative serves as an intentional incubator for women , curating supportive spaces and opportunities for collaborators to work, play and build together while centering their identity. 

Learn more on our TCED webpage.


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