Community Calendar Event

15th Annual Black New England Conference

Presented by: Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Crossing River Jordan: Healing Racial Wounds Through Accountability & Truth-Telling

Traditional African spirituality acknowledges that there is no real separation between the spiritual and the rich fabric of everyday life. In this traditional worldview, spirituality informs everything including politics, economics, survival, healing, death, and rebirth.

The 2021 Black New England Conference explores paths forward from legacies of racism to collective accountability and collective healing. Presenters will examine the ongoing impacts of enslavement, murder, mass incarceration, unethical medical experimentation, disenfranchisement, and the many more harms perpetrated against people of African descent and the ways traditional spiritual and religious practices serve as sources of strength, hope, resilience, and healing for Black people in the centuries-long struggle for justice. We will also delve into past and present-day efforts to gain reparations and the healing inherent in proper memorialization of accurate history.

Conference Panels

  • The Past Is Not Past: Historical Black Practices of Survival & Claims to Freedom
  • A Check Uncashed: Past & Present Projects for Reparations
  • Tell It True: Healing Through Public Memory & Memorials
  • My Home Is Over Jordan: The Role of Religion & Spirituality in Black Healing
  • The Right to Be Whole: New Modes for Healing Generational & Historical Black Trauma
  • I’ll Fly Away: How We Move Forward from Here
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 - 8:45am to Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 2:30pm
Location: Saint Anselm College / Hybrid

12th Annual Halloween Howl

Presented by: Intown Concord

Get your costumes ready for downtown Concord's spookiest night out!

Intown Concord's Halloween Howl returns to Main St. on Friday, October 29th from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm.

Join us for Wicked fun on Main St. for community trick-or-treating, festive costumes and decor, and plenty of ghoulish games and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

To make way for all the fun and to ensure safety for all, Main st. will be closed to traffic from Centre St./Loudon Rd. to Pleasant St. starting Friday, October 29th at 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The event begins at 5:30 pm.

Halloween Howl is proudly brought to you by Intown Concord and generously sponsored by Century 21 and Double Midnight Comics and supported by the City of Concord.

If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact Haylie at events@intownconcord.org

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Main st

Key Concepts in DEI

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

Are you aware that 100% of people are biased but most do not know it? Would you recognize a microaggression when you see it? Do you understand the impact of microaggressions on your organization? Do you understand whether your workplace environment is welcoming to diverse people? If you answered NO to any of these questions or just want to brush up on the topics, this session is for you? Come participate in an interactive session that takes you through how our biases lead to microaggressions, organizational policies, and culture that is, at best, unwelcoming and at worse, illegal.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • understand what unconscious implicit bias is and how it impacts performance
  • interpret types of microaggressions and their impact to your organization
  • begin to analyze the “welcomness” of your workplace for diverse employees.

Facilitator: James McKim, PMP, ITIL,  Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition, LLC

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

How to Have Difficult Conversations

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

Want to challenge discrimination but don’t know how? Gain an understanding of the reasons conversations can be difficult and learn tools to make them more productive.

Facilitator: James McKim, PMP, ITIL,  Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition, LLC

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

Achieving Organizational Performance Through DEI

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

Senior Management has decided they want to pursue diversity for the good the organization and its customers/clients. You have been tasked with leading or playing a major role in carrying out this decision. But how do you do this? Whether you are Senior management or middle-management – in HR or Business Unit/Department Leadership, this session will help you understand how to set yourself up for a successful diversity, equity, & inclusion push. It will review what we call the 5 magic D&I Implementation Guideposts.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • link your DEI initiative to organizational performance
  • create a roadmap for your DEI initiative
  • set the proper expectations for a DEI initiative
  • create welcoming, inclusive spaces and a higher-performing organization.

Facilitator: James McKim, PMP, ITIL,  Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition, LLC

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

Measuring DEI: Beyond Simple Counts to Impactful Engagement

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

You have made the decision to embark on a DEI initiative. Good. Now how do you know whether or not your effort is successful? Management guru Peter Drucker said that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” That applies to DEI. If you can’t measure DEI in your organization, you can’t improve it. Join us for a discussion of measuring a DEI initiative.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • identify and calculate the metrics that are important in a DEI initiative
  • gather data about your DEI initiative
  • analyze the data and draw conclusions from the analysis.

Facilitators: James McKim, PMP, ITIL,  Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition
Julie Alig, PhD, Principal, JLA Analytics, LLC

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

De-Biasing Techniques

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

Are you aware that 100% of people are biased but most do not know it? Research has shown that it is this unconscious implicit bias that causes discrimination and the “isms” that exist in society. This highly interactive workshop will help you understand how to de-bias yourself and show you how to embrace diverse people and ideas.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • fully understand implicit bias
  • list the different types of biases
  • list techniques to de-bias yourself.

Facilitator: James McKim, PMP, ITIL,  Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

Resmaa Menachem says that culture is the way our bodies re-enact history through the foods we eat, the stories we tell, and the images that move us.  This workshop introduces how different cultures impact interactions in the workplace.

Facilitator: James McKim, PMP, ITIL,  Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Women in the Workplace

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

Research has shown that organizations that truly engage women at all levels outperform those organizations that do not. And despite claims to the contrary, research also shows that truly and equitably engaging women equitably is not happening in the US.

This session explores how organizations can create an environment where women are treated equitably while helping to drive innovation and sustainable performance.

Facilitator: Julie Alig, PhD, Principal, JLA Analytics, LLC

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

Age in the Workplace

Presented by: Organizational Ignition

There are a record 5 generations in the workforce. Yet our society and employers seem to value only the younger ones. Research has shown that youth focus to be short-sighted when it comes to achieving superior organizational performance.

This workshop describes how organizations can innovate and beat the competition by engaging all generations.

Facilitator: Julie Alig, PhD, Principal, JLA Analytics, LLC

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:

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