5:30 PM17:30

Tips for Creating an Inclusive Workplace from the Start[Up]

Join us at our next event as we welcome Annie Contractor Founder of Workplace Equity Partners ( to provide tips on starting an inclusive culture in your workplace!

What Attendees Can Expect:
Learn some initial steps from IDEA practitioners who work with multiple organizations
Leave with some specific steps that they can adapt to start to build or further the workplace parity strategy of their organization.
Hear from one or more startup or growing organizations with IDEA strategies in place
Inclusivity: Celebrating, welcoming, valuing and leveraging differences

Diversity: the presence of differences in a group

Equity: each person gets what they need

Accessibility: demonstrated willingness and ability to accommodate a variety of needs so that people of all backgrounds can consider an opportunity with or within your organization.

Annie Contractor grew up in rural Wyoming, served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, hand-built a log cabin, farmed lettuce in Hawai'i, and amplified Brazilian activists. In the midst of these experiences, she designed and led 4 social justice research studies on 3 continents that have directly impacted food security, environmental justice, housing justice, and low-income mothers' access to quality jobs. Workplace Equity Partners aims to leverage these skills of applied research to the task of eliminating differences in pay, career opportunity, and work satisfaction for people of all identities.

***This event is Sponsored by GUSTO***
Gusto's mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life. Each year Gusto processes tens of billions of dollars of payroll and enables thousands of businesses to provide employee benefits like health insurance and 401(k) retirement plans and 529 college savings plans, many for the first time. And because our small business customers come from all walks of life, we built both a diverse team and an inclusive workplace to serve them well.

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4:00 PM16:00

Discussing Disability in the Workplace

For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we'll be hosting a conversation about how to respectfully discuss disability in the workplace.

Hear a brief presentation from CoDiv member Natasha Walton as she walks through disability nomenclature, the rich history of the disability advocacy in Colorado, and how we can work together to create safe and accessible workplaces for everyone.

We'll also have plenty of time to mingle and connect with other CoDiv members. Hope to see you there!

Big thanks to GoSpotCheck for hosting this month's Meetup!

Please send us an email at for any accommodations you may need to attend the event.

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11:00 AM11:00

Lunch & Learn - Beyond Fitting In

Showing up to work every day is hard when you can't bring your whole self, but it's important to find a place that values diversity, inclusiveness, and belonging. Join Lia James, Director of Growth + Strategy at humanpredictions, in a workshop on how to find what you're looking for in your career.

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8:00 AM08:00

The Affects of Immigration Reform in the Workforce

In this panelist format, Kaytia King will introduce how is mobilizing the tech community to promote policies that keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy, starting with fixing our broken immigration system.

Then we'll hear first hand experiences from those who have gone through the immigration process and understand why we have a once in a generation opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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6:00 PM18:00

Unlearning Racism

This event is aimed at empowering those who want to do something about racism but struggle with what specifically to do. Karen Fleshman, Esq. is the founder of Racy Conversations. She will teach us what racism is and how to relate across difference as equals, respect and learn from each other, raise antiracist children, and create interracial sisterhood

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6:00 PM18:00

How to Support (Not Just Accept) Gender Fluidity In the Workplace

After our first successful and insightful Co< div > Meetup, we're back at it! Considering your suggestions we have a wide range of topics lined up for upcoming Meetups. Join us this month as we invite Carter Stepanovsky to present on How to Support (Not Just Accept) Gender Fluidity In the Workplace.
Carter's approach to work is always 'human first', and this empathetic approach has enabled them to build strong working relationships with their customers, and cross-functionally with management, peers, and direct reports as a Director of Customer Success at Kapost.

Carter publicly transitioned to using gender-neutral pronouns, legally changed their name and came out as transgender and/or non-binary while in a customer-facing CSM role at a tech start-up in Boulder. The process spanned 16-months and required tremendous communication, patience, and respect between Carter and all parties: their coworkers, company leadership, and customers.

This session will be an open discussion: part story-telling, part discourse. It's Carter's intention that we can use discussion to make trans* stories visible and heard in the workplace.

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