Diversifying your workforce in a small business can be challenging. Nevertheless, small business leaders can and should work to foster healthy, diverse and inclusive work environments. Diversity isn’t only about race. It is about all the ways people are the same and unique and includes cognitive diversity, work styles, family status, ability, military status, age and beyond. A diverse workforce leads to innovation and expands communication. Small business leaders must think outside of the box to find ways to become more diverse and inclusive, so they can reap benefits and make effective decisions.


Who Should Attend?

Small Business Owners and Managers who want to understand how a diverse team can benefit their company and increase cultural competence with their company.



Learning objectives:

Practice techniques to better understand participant identity, and to facilitate working together without judgement, with greater respect and with better effectiveness.

Understand how diverse teams yield more creative, synergistic and effective outcomes and improve reputation and profitability.

Identify strategies to broaden participant perception of diversity and increase cultural competence in the organization.

Deborah BiddleDeborah Biddle works with organizations and individuals who want to increase effectiveness through solutions-focused development in leadership, diversity and inclusion. As founder of High Performance Development Solutions LLC, she is passionate about engaging leaders and building individual and organizational strength. Deborah has more than 25 years of business leadership, operations, talent development, project and change management, communications, facilitation, training, strategic planning and financial analysis experience.

Deborah is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certified Practitioner, a certified Talent Management Consultant and a certified Retirement Coach. She also holds certifications in Gender-Based Analysis+ from Status of Women Canada and Interaction Style Self-Profile from PPS International Limited. Deborah studies Race, Justice, Implicit Bias and their effects on communication and organizational effectiveness and is a contributing writer for InBusiness Magazine and Madison365 on business, career, diversity and inclusion concerns. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison
  • Schedule: 8:30 am to noon
  • Dates:  November 30, 2017
  • Fee: $149

TO REGISTER: Click to register online or Call to register at 608-262-3909

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.