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Professional Identity: Discovering One's True Self in the Workplace

  • October 08, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)

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  • This event is $25 WAHRA members who have paid their 2022 membership dues!
  • This event is $25 WAHRA members who have paid their 2022 membership dues!

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Professional Identity: Discovering One's True Self in the Workplace


Presented by Dr. Joyce Weru, PPC, SPHR, MBA, of Rise Above Coaching, (Washington, DC) 


Understanding one's professional identity is a critical first step in effective DEI work. Professional identity is a blend of an individual's unique self and their role within various social and workplace groups. The impact of team diversity on innovation can be complex, presenting a dilemma for organizations: embracing diversity can foster innovation but also risk interprofessional conflict, while homogeneous teams might limit innovation.

Perfectionism, valuing quantity over quality, fear of open conflict, and power hoarding are often ingrained in organizational cultures, presenting as "expected" professional behaviors. Individually, these traits might seem manageable, but collectively, they create work cultures that privilege some while marginalizing others.

Professional identities are threatened by the loss of valued activities, autonomy, and status. Equity in professional identity addresses these threats by eliminating biases, ensuring equal opportunities for all individuals to thrive. For organizations committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), it is crucial to consider the diverse ideas, perspectives, experiences, and career drivers of their workforce as part of their DEIB strategy.

Program Objectives

1. Address Professional Identity Challenges: Discuss how HR practitioners can tackle the unique challenges of professional identity in their HR practices.

2. Foster Belonging: Explore how HR can support employees' sense of belonging by nurturing positive professional identities.

3. Integrated DEIB Strategy: Describe actions that can facilitate a cohesive strategy focusing on professional identity across organizational departments.

4. Leverage Diversity: Recognize how diversity enhances an organization's mission, vision, and values and utilize it to boost organizational performance.

This workshop aims to equip HR practitioners with the knowledge and tools to address professional identity challenges and foster an inclusive and innovative workplace culture. Through active participation and practical guidance, participants will learn to create a work environment where diversity and professional identity are fully integrated and valued.

Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

  • along the west side of the Bakery District building along South 6th Street
  • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
  • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
  • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

Professional Identity: Discovering One's True Self in the Workplace has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI. 

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