Founder Fundamentals - Diversity in the Workforce

December 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Founder Fundamentals is a 12-week virtual workshop series designed to help you kickstart your entrepreneurial career.
About Founder Fundamentals

Interested in building your entrepreneurial skills to launch your startup?

YSpace, York University’s innovation hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host an 11-week educational program called Founders Fundamentals.

Whether you are a professional services company, brick and mortar or technology startup, the program aims to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Spanning across topics such as finance 101, to how to write a business plan, to legal basics and more, this program provides a wide range of learning. In addition, the program connects you with local resources for potential next steps as you progress in your entrepreneurial ventures.

Individuals who attend at least 9 out of the 11 workshops will receive an Innovation York Certificate of Completion, illustrating your dedication to learning about the essentials of launching a successful business.

About the Workshop

Implementation of Equity Diversity &Inclusion (EDI) practices is vital to any business but can often be overlooked - especially when starting a new business. This interactive workshop will explore ways to embed fundamental EDI principles as a conscious pillar in the organization and in the products and/or services delivered. Although the workshop will focus on issues faced by women in the business world, it will also provide valuable and practical strategies on how to become a better allies; and on challenging all of our own unconscious biases. By developing an understanding of foundational DEI concepts, you will begin to understand how to create an engaged workforce that promotes psychological safety, authenticity, and innovation – giving your business a competitive edge over others. 

This workshop aims to cover the following items: 

  • A foundational understanding of the following critical EDI terminology and concepts:   
  • diversity and inclusion 
  • equity vs equality 
  • unconscious bias 
  • psychological safety and engagement 
  • Learn how to become aware of bias and discover tools you can adopt to become aware of your own values, beliefs, and biases 
  • Implementation of quick-win EDI tools/strategies to be a better ally for marginalized groups, and assess your team’s inclusion climate 
  • Understand the benefits of creating a high inclusion work  culture  

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