Power Shift Project Graduates Its Second Class of Trainers

Power Shift Project, Workplace Integrity, Train the Trainers

A class of 9 trainers received certification to teach the “Workplace Integrity” curriculum to news organizations nationwide.

On Sept. 6, the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project graduated its second class of 9 trainers who received certification to teach a one-of-a-kind training curriculum to news organizations nationwide.

The custom-tailored training curriculum is designed to advance the Power Shift Project goal of workplace integrity, defined as environments free of harassment, discrimination and incivility — and filled with opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it. The resources and programs of the Power Shift Project are designed for leaders, HR professionals, educators, employees and interns, and the lessons can be applied to all sectors of the workforce — not just the media.

The “Workplace Integrity” curriculum was developed by Jill Geisler, who conducts leadership, training and coaching in newsrooms around the world. She is the Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership and Loyola University Chicago’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity.

The interactive curriculum includes:

Critical Thinking

How to analyze common workplace exchanges related to harassment, discrimination and incivility — checking facts, providing context, identifying bias, surfacing assumptions and challenging logic.

Courageous Conversations

How to better understand conflict and responses to it. How to speak proactively (introducing subjects) and reactively (responding to the words and actions of others) to ensure workplace integrity.

Culture of Respect and Trust

How to assess and improve workplace culture, with ideas and responsibility coming from the ground up.

Thought-Provoking Case Studies

The workshop features nuanced, real-world case studies that are intentionally framed in second-person voice. “You” are facing various proactive and reactive scenarios, such as stepping in when a person is being harassed and coaching a coworker who brings a concern to you.

Over a two-day workshop held at the Newseum, participants experienced the training, saw it deconstructed and practiced delivering it in small work groups. They received a certificate of completion, a facilitator’s guide, case studies and other resources.

The workshop also included a briefing with experts from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Women’s Law Center on anti-harassment and discrimination law, and evidence-based best practices for creating safer, more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

The Power Shift Project will hold additional Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers workshops at the Newseum on Nov. 14 and 15. Early bird registration begins Sept. 11, 2018.

Applications will be accepted from individuals in the news industry and related educational organizations who could deliver the training in their own organizations or who would be committed to teaching the curriculum to other media organizations.

In addition, the Power Shift Project’s “go team” of certified trainers is now available to deliver the “Workplace Integrity” curriculum to management and staff in the newsroom and beyond. Invest in this high-quality training designed by journalists for journalists. Book a trainer today!

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